University Hospital Erlangen
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (289965)
Specialized in: pediatric and adolescent medicine
About the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at University Hospital Erlangen
The Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Erlangen offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment for children (including premature babies and newborns) and adolescents of all age groups. The department provides care in various medical fields. It includes specialized outpatient clinics, which allow offering all patients the optimal treatment depending on their specific disease and age. The key to high efficiency of therapeutic measures is excellent qualifications of the experienced department's doctors. A number of diseases are treated within the special interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence. For example, these include the Perinatal Center, the Epilepsy Center, the Cancer Center, etc. These centers have at their command the very latest diagnostic and therapeutic methods. The department's doctors are competent in conservative therapy. If the child requires surgical treatment, pediatric surgeons are involved in the therapeutic process. The specialists work in accordance with the current recommendations of the German Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ) and regularly demonstrate good treatment results. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Wölfle.
An important focus in the department's clinical practice is on the treatment of hematological and oncological diseases in children. The department admits children and adolescents with all types of solid malignant tumors, leukemias, benign diseases of the blood and immune system. The department's doctors use an interdisciplinary approach to both diagnostics and treatment and, if necessary, involve in the therapeutic process pediatric surgeons, radiologists, specialists in nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, neurosurgery, etc. All diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are carried out in strict accordance with the recommendations of the German Society for Paediatric Oncology and Hematology. In November 2017, the department's pediatric oncology and hematology was awarded a certificate of the German Cancer Society, which testifies to its compliance with high standards of medical care and good treatment results.
The department also has an impeccable reputation in pediatric neurology. It offers all modern methods for the diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the brain, nerve endings and muscles, as well as convulsive syndrome. Special attention is paid to the diagnostics and treatment of epilepsy: the department carries out surgical treatment of this pathology jointly with specialists in neurosurgery. In addition, children with physical and mental disabilities can be examined and receive comprehensive consultation on appropriate treatment methods.
Another very important focus of clinical practice is pediatric nephrology. It offers the very latest medical advances in the diagnostics and treatment of all congenital and acquired diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. The department cooperates closely with the Department of Urology at the university hospital in order to provide surgical correction of urinary tract pathologies and kidney transplant, if required.
In addition, the department offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment in such medical fields as perinatal medicine, pediatric endocrinology, diabetology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, etc. The spectrum is supplemented by rheumatic diseases, as well as congenital and acquired immune system disorders.
The department's range of medical services includes the following options:
- Care for premature babies
- Diagnostics and treatment of bronchial asthma and other diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract (pulmonology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the bones and joints (rheumatology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of genitourinary diseases, bedwetting, etc. (urology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus in patients between the ages of 0 and 21 years (diabetology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of endocrine disorders, growth and puberty disorders (endocrinology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of developmental and cognitive disorders (neurology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of neuromuscular diseases, hydrocephalus and spina bifida
- Diagnostics and treatment of epilepsy, including rare types of refractory epilepsy (within the specialized Epilepsy Center)
- Diagnostics and treatment of stomach, colon, liver and pancreatic diseases (gastroenterology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of benign and malignant diseases, rare and hereditary cancers (oncology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of blood diseases, bleeding disorders (hematology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of immune system disorders
- Diagnostics and treatment of congenital skin diseases (dermatology)
- Diagnostics and treatment of ectodermal dysplasias
- Diagnostics and treatment of cystic fibrosis
- Diagnostics and treatment of rare diseases
- Pediatric intensive care
- Diagnostics and treatment of other disease
Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Wölfle
Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Wölfle is the Head of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Erlangen. He held the position on July 1, 2019. Prior to this, the specialist held the position of Deputy Head of the Department, and then Acting Head of the Department in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Bonn. In addition, while working at the University Hospital Bonn, he was responsible for an outpatient program for obesity in children, which includes diet therapy, exercises and behavioral therapy. The specialist plans to introduce the same program at the University Hospital Erlangen, since the problem of overweight in children becomes more and more relevant every day. Prior to joining the University Hospital Bonn, Dr. Wölfle worked in Basel, Switzerland. The specialist has devoted three years to research activities at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
The key focus of the professor's specialization is the treatment of endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus in children. Prof. Joachim Wölfle also pays special attention to the study of obesity in children. In addition, an important focus is placed on the treatment of rare diseases in children. It is worth noting that Prof. Joachim Wölfle worked for many years in the German Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and for three years had been the President of this society.
Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
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