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University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

location_on Hamburg, Germany
9.2/10 from 92 Votes

Department of Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Kidney Transplantation (229515)

Tobias B. Huber

Prof. Dr. med.

Tobias B. Huber

Specialized in: nephrology, rheumatology, endocrinology, kidney transplantation

About the department

The Department of Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf offers the full range of medical services in these fields. The department's doctors are recognized experts in the diagnostics and treatment of kidney diseases, hypertension, rheumatic diseases, endocrine disorders, diabetes mellitus, morbid obesity and lipid spectrum disorders. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Tobias B. Huber.

With more than 80 kidney transplantations yearly, the department has an excellent reputation in this field at the national and international levels. It also performs combined kidney and pancreas transplantation. In addition, the service range covers the preparation for transplantation and follow-up care for patients.

The department offers all types of renal replacement therapy, including hemodialysis, hemofiltration, hemodiafiltration, peritoneal dialysis. The therapeutic options also include lipid apheresis, plasma separation and immunoadsorption. The department conducts about 8,000 renal replacement therapy procedures annually.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of kidney diseases
    • Acute and chronic kidney failure
    • Primary kidney diseases
    • Systemic diseases with kidney lesion
    • Inflammatory kidney diseases (glomerulonephritis)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of all types of hypertension
  • Preparation for kidney transplantation and follow-up care
  • Kidney transplantation, including combined kidney and pancreas transplantations
  • Dialysis procedures
    • Hemodialysis
    • Hemofiltration
    • Hemodiafiltration
    • Peritoneal dialysis
    • Lipid apheresis
    • Plasma separation
    • Immunoadsorption
  • Diagnostics and treatment of rheumatic diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of endocrine diseases and diabetes mellitus
    • Pituitary diseases
      • Hormone-producing tumors (prolactinomas, Cushing's disease, acromegaly, etc.)
      • Hormonally inactive tumors
      • Pituitary dysfunction (anterior and posterior lobes), which causes a deficiency of the corresponding hormones
    • Thyroid and parathyroid diseases
      • Hyperthyroidism (for example, Graves' disease, adenoma) and hypothyroidism (for example, Hashimoto's disease)
      • Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
      • Thyroid nodules and tumors
      • Conservative therapy of thyroid nodules, also with the most modern thermal ablation procedures (radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation)
      • Parathyroid hyperfunction (hyperparathyroidism) accompanied by secondary diseases (osteoporosis, kidney stones, etc.)
    • Adrenal gland diseases
      • Hormone-producing tumors of the adrenal cortex (Cushing's disease, Conn's syndrome, tumors, which produce sex hormones) and pheochromocytoma
      • Incidentalomas
      • Adrenal cortex dysfunction (Addison's disease)
    • Insulinomas (insulin-producing pancreatic tumors)
    • Type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Diagnostics and treatment of morbid obesity (within the Center of Competence)
    • Diet therapy
    • Drug therapy
    • Endoscopic therapy (EndoBarrier)
    • Surgical treatment (sleeve gastroplasty, gastric banding, biliopancreatic diversion, gastric bypass surgery)
    • Behavioral therapy
  • Diagnostics and treatment of lipid metabolism disorders
    • Familial hypercholesterolemia with LDL receptor defects
    • Familial hypercholesterolemia in ligand defects (Apo B 3500 mutations)
    • Mixed hyperlipoproteinemias, type III hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia
    • Increased lipoprotein levels
    • Secondary hyperlipoproteinemia in diabetes mellitus
    • Chylomicronemia syndrome with and without pancreatitis
    • Tangier disease
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Huber is a German nephrologist and therapist. He holds the position of the Professor and Head of the Department of Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. Previously, he headed the Department for Chronic Kidney Disease at the University Hospital Freiburg. Dr. Huber is known worldwide for his scientific work on the molecular structure and function of the kidney filter.

The doctor studied Human Medicine in Freiburg, Vienna and Tampa (USA), 1992 - 1999. After receiving his Doctoral Degree at the Freiburg Institute of Physiology, he worked as an Assistant Physician in the Department of Nephrology at the University Hospital Freiburg. Since 2003 till 2006, he was engaged in research activities as a Scholar (Emmy Noether Scholarship) of the German Research Foundation in the Department of Immunology and Pathology at the Washington University in St. Louis (USA). In 2007, he had his habilitation and board certification in Internal Medicine. Also, at this time, Dr. Huber headed the Emmy Noether Research Group in Freiburg. In 2012, he took part in the Heisenberg Programme. Since 2013, he is W3 Heisenberg Professor in Nephrology in Freiburg. Since 2015 till 2017, Dr. Huber worked as a Deputy Head of the Department of Nephrology and Internal Medicine, as well as the Head of the Department for Chronic Kidney Diseases at the University Hospital Freiburg. Also, he was a Co-Director of the Center for BioSystem Analysis (ZBSA). Since April 2017, Dr. Huber has been the Head of the Department of Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.

Scientific Contribution

Prof. Huber and his team made an important contributions to understanding renal function and the pathogenesis of kidney diseases. The researches are aimed at studying complex signaling processes in the development and progression of kidney pathologies. Huber's team identified several molecular mechanisms responsible for the formation of kidney failure, aging and pathological changes in the kidneys.

Membership in Scientific Societies

  • German Society of Nephrology.
  • American Society of Nephrology.
  • German Society of Internal Medicine.
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Awards and Honors (selected)

Prof. Huber was awarded several national and international prizes for kidney researches. In addition to research scholarship of the German Nephrology Foundation (2002), the German Society of Nephrology awarded him the Carl Ludwig Prize (2004), the Hans U. Sollinger Research Prize (2009) and the Franz Volhard Prize (2010). In 2012, the American Society of Nephrology and the American Heart Association awarded him the prestigious Young Researcher Prize. In 2014, Dr. Huber received the Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council for his researches of diabetic nephropathy. In 2014, the professor became a Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Since 2015, he has been a Senior Internal Research Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).

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