University Hospital Muenster
Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Diabetology and Infectology (113789)
Specialized in: gastroenterology, hepatology, endocrinology, diabetology, infectology
About the department
The Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Diabetology and Infectology at the University Hospital Muenster offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in these fields. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut Schmidt. Thanks to rich clinical experience, acquired in the best medical facilities in Germany and abroad, the physician has gained an excellent international reputation.
The physicians of the department specialize in the treatment of hepatic, gastrointestinal, infectious diseases, pathologies of the endocrine glands and all types of diabetes mellitus. To make an accurate diagnosis, there are used the most advanced laboratory tests, ultrasound diagnostics and numerous endoscopic methods. In addition, the department’s scope of activities includes care for patients before and after liver, pancreas and small bowel transplantation. The combination of an outstanding competence of physicians, progressive treatment methods and the most advanced medical equipment ensures the excellent quality of medical care.
It is worth noting that the department’s specialists are also actively engaged in research activities, which allows them to develop innovative treatment methods, and thus save people’s lives. The patients of the department have access to the treatment conducted within the clinical trials of both national and international levels.
The department’s service range includes:
- Diagnostics and treatment of liver diseases
- Liver cirrhosis
- Wilson's disease
- Transthyretin amyloidosis
- Hereditary amyloidosis
- Viral hepatitis
- Acute kidney failure (multimodal treatment concept)
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Cholangiocellular carcinoma
- Liver adenoma
- Diagnostics and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases
- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Biliary tract diseases
- Care for patients before and after liver, pancreas and small intestine transplantation
- Ultrasound diagnostics and ultrasound-guided therapeutic procedures
- Endoscopic procedures
- Gastroscopy and colonoscopy, including polyp removal and endoscopic therapy for esophageal and gastric varicose veins (for example, in patients with cirrhosis)
- Interventions on the biliary tract (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, percutaneous transhepatic drainage of the gallbladder), treatment of benign and malignant stenosis of the bile ducts
- Endoscopic ultrasound (endosonography) with punctures and therapeutic interventions (for example, endoscopic radiofrequency ablation of malignant focal lesions)
- Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation
- Endoscopy of the small intestine, including endoscopic interventions in patients after small bowel transplantation
- Liver biopsy
- Diagnostics and treatment of hormonal and metabolic disorders (endocrinology)
- Thyroid diseases
- Parathyroid diseases
- Adrenal gland diseases
- Pituitary diseases
- Disorders of male and female sex hormones
- Hormone replacement therapy in patients with gender identity disorders
- Bone metabolism disorders (for example, osteoporosis, Paget's disease and phosphate diabetes)
- Neuroendocrine tumors (interdisciplinary collaboration)
- Lipodystrophy (special clinical focus)
- Diagnostics and treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes and other types of diabetes
- Insulin pump therapy
- Modern glucose monitoring systems (CGM/FGM)
- Patient training (nutrition, drug therapy, monitoring of blood glucose levels)
- Diet therapy
- Diagnostics and treatment of infectious diseases
- Multidrug-resistant infections that require special antibiotic therapy
- HIV infection and AIDS
- Sexually transmitted diseases (for example, syphilis, gonorrhea and herpes)
- Opportunistic infections (for example, toxoplasmosis, reactivation of cytomegalovirus infections)
- Gastrointestinal infections, including viral hepatitis (for example, hepatitis A, B, C) and diarrheal pathogens (norovirus and salmonella clostridium)
- Other diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic options
- 1982 - 1988 Study of Human Medicine at the Hannover Medical School.
- 08.1985 - 10.1985 Internship at the South West Cardiothoracic Centre, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Derriford Hospital, UK (educational grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)).
- 1985 - 1988 Doctoral student of the Working Group on Clinical Nutrition and Fat Metabolism (Prof. Dr. C. Canzler), Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Prof. Dr. F.W. Schmidt) of the Hannover Medical School.
- 1986 - 1987 Clinical advanced training in Metabolic Disorders, Genetics and Endocrinology (Head: Prof. Dr. B. Weintraub, Prof. Dr. J.J. Mulvihill) and research stay at the Section for Molecular Diseases (Head: Prof. Dr. H.B. Brewer), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA (educational grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)).
- 1987 - 1988 Practical year in Internal Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA; in Surgery at the Vinzenz Hospital Hannover; in Radiology at the Hannover Medical School.
- 1988 3rd state examination at the Hannover Medical School (grade: "very good").
Clinical and Scientific Career
- 1988 - 1990 Internship in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Head: Prof. Dr. F.W. Schmidt), specialization in Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Rheumatology.
- 1990 Research Fellow of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Hannover Medical School (under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. F.W. Schmidt, from 1992: Prof. Dr. M.P. Manns).
- 1992 - 1994 Clinical training in lipid metabolism disorders and research stay at the Section for Molecular Diseases (Head: Dr. H.B. Brewer, Jr.), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA (International Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)).
- 1994 - 1999 Resumption of employment as a research Fellow of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Hannover Medical School (Head: Prof. Dr. M.P. Manns).
- 1999 - 2005 Senior Physician of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology (Head: Prof. Dr. med. H. Lochs) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Charité Campus Mitte.
- 2005 - 2010 C3 Professorship for Experimental Transplantation Hepatology as a joint focus of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Diabetology and Infectology and the Department of General Surgery (Head: Prof. N. Senninger) at the University Hospital Muenster.
- Since 2010, Director of the Department of Transplant Medicine at the University Hospital Muenster.
- Since October 2017, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Diabetology and Infectology at the University Hospital Muenster.
Certifications and Appointments
- 1989 US Medical State Examination (FMGEMS / ECFMG: Basic Science, Clinical Science, English).
- 1989 Doctoral thesis on subject: "Familial hyperalpha and hyperbetalipoproteinemia: kinetic and molecular genetic examinations", Hannover Medical School (Summa cum laude).
- 1990 Admission to medical practice.
- 1995 Additional qualification in emergency care.
- 1996 Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine.
- 1997 Board certification in Gastroenterology.
- 1998 Habilitation. Subject: "Functional and structural characterization of apolipoprotein A-I".
- 1999 Appointment as C2 Associate Professor at the Charité.
- 2000 - 2005 Examiner of the Medical Association of Berlin in Gastroenterology.
- 2000 - 2005 Member of the Doctorate Committee of the Charité.
- Since 2002 Vice-President of the German Society of Amyloidosis (DGAK).
- 2004 Extraordinary Professor at the Charité.
- 2004 Appointment to C3 Professorship for Experimental Transplantation Hepatology at the University Hospital Muenster.
- Since 2005 Transplantation Commissary of the University Hospital Muenster.
- Since 2006 Lecturer of the module "Transplantation Medicine" at the University Hospital Muenster.
- Since 2010 W3 Professor of Clinical and Experimental Transplantation Medicine.
- 1996 Prevention Award of the German Society of Internal Medicine.
- 1997 1st Prize of the Section "Research and Perspectives" of the 1st European Protein Conference in Berlin.
- 1998 Ludolph Brauer Prize of the Northwest German Society of Internal Medicine.
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