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University Hospital Ulm

location_on Ulm, Germany
8.7/10 from 83 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectology (228427)

Hartmut Döhner

Prof. Dr. med.

Hartmut Döhner

Specialized in: hematology, oncology, palliative care, rheumatology, infectology

About the department

The Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectiology at the University Hospital Ulm offers the full range of services in these fields. It provides an accurate diagnostics and effective treatment of oncological diseases, benign and malignant blood pathologies, rheumatic and infectious diseases. A separate focus of the department is palliative care aimed at relieving pain and improving the quality of life of the terminally ill patients. The doctors of the department have unique clinical skills and rich experience, which contributes to high treatment success rates. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut Döhner.

The department is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm, which ranks among the best medical institutions of this kind in Germany certified by the German Cancer Society and the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe). Each clinical case is considered on a regular interdisciplinary tumor boards, after which an individual treatment strategy is developed taking into account all the diagnostic results, disease stage, general patient's health, age, etc. All the treatment concepts comply with current national and international standards. Most often, in the treatment of cancer, doctors use conventional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy with antibodies, as well as innovative forms of therapy, for example, the use of mitosis and signaling pathway inhibitors. The department also maintains close cooperation with hematologists and oncologists from the neighboring specialized hospitals.

It should be noted that one of the department’s priorities is allogeneic blood stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, which has been performed here since 1978. Currently, the department offers various options for allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation (related donors, unrelated donors, haploidentical donors, umbilical cord blood). The department has a special certificate, which allows to perform both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantations, and it is also certified as a center specializing in peripheral stem cell and spinal cord tissue sampling according to JACIE (Joint Accreditation Committee of the ISCT and the EBMT) standards.

The main clinical focuses of the department include:

  • Hematology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of all forms of anemia
    • Diagnostics and treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome
      • Blood test
      • Microscopic differential blood test and bone marrow examination (cytology and histology)
      • Molecular biological examinations
      • Symptomatic supportive therapy (transfusion)
      • Antibiotic therapy
      • Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (only for young patients)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of acute myeloid leukemia
      • Immunophenotyping
      • Cytogenetic and molecular genetic examination
      • Induction chemotherapy
      • Chemotherapy with cytotoxic drugs
      • Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
      • Therapy with hypomethylating agents 
    • Diagnostics and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia
      • Chemotherapy
      • Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
    • Diagnostics and treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasm
    • Diagnostics and treatment of multiple myeloma
      • Chemotherapy
      • Proteasome inhibitor therapy
      • Immunomodulatory therapy
      • Antibody therapy
      • Combination therapy
      • Infusion therapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant lymphoma
    • Diagnostics and treatment of patients with hemophilia A and B, Von Willebrand disease and other hemorrhagic diatheses
  • Oncology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of lung cancer
      • Surgical treatment
      • Radiation therapy
      • Adjuvant chemotherapy
      • Palliative chemotherapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of kidney cancer
      • Kidney removal (nephrectomy) with lymph node removal
      • Removal of a kidney part in small tumors
      • Tumor resection
      • Systemic and combination therapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of sarcomas
      • Surgical treatment
      • Radiotherapy (adjuvant and neoadjuvant)
      • Chemotherapy
      • Amputation 
    • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant brain tumors (gliomas, meningiomas, medulloblastomas, lymphomas)
      • Medical history analysis and general medical examination
      • X-ray examinations
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Computed tomography
      • Magnetic resonance imaging
      • Skeleton scintigraphy
      • Biopsy
      • Surgical treatment
      • Chemotherapy
      • Radiation therapy
  • Palliative care
  • Allogeneic stem cell and bone marrow transplantation
  • Diagnostics and treatment of infectious diseases (within the specialized center, certified by the German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI))
    • Tropical infections
    • HIV
    • Echinococcosis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of rheumatic diseases
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Spondyloarthropathies (for example, ankylosing spondylitis)
    • Collagenoses (systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma)
    • Vasculitis
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic services

Curriculum vitae

University Education

  • 1976 - 1977 Medical School, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany.
  • 1977 - 1979 Medical School, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 1979 - 1980 One-year scholarship at the University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France.
  • 1980 - 1983 Medical School, University of Freiburg.

Academic Degrees

  • 1985 Doctor of Medicine, Medical School, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 1994 PD (habilitation), Medical School, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 1999 Professor of Medicine, University of Ulm.

Professional Experience

  • 1983 - 1985 Residency in Surgical Pathology, Institute of Pathology, St. Vincentius Hospital (Prof. H.M. Schneider, Dr. H. Wolfmüller), Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • 1985 - 1988 Training in Internal Medicine/Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine V (Prof. W. Hunstein), University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 1988 - 1990 Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Oncology (Prof. Clara D. Bloomfield) and in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Section of Medical Genetics (Prof. Diane C. Arthur), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
  • 1990 - 1993 Training in Internal Medicine/Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine V (Prof. W. Hunstein), University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 1993 - 1999 Senior Physician, Section of Hematology/Oncology and Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2003 - 2011 Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Ulm.
  • Since 1999, Head of the Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectology, University Hospital Ulm.
  • Since 2006, Head of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm (CCCU).
  • Since 2012, Coordinator, Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1074, experimental models and clinical trials in leukemia.

Memberships

  • 1993 American Society of Hematology.
  • 1996 German Society of Hematology and Oncology.
  • 2001 European Hematology Association.
  • 2002 American Society of Clinical Oncology.
  • 2006 German Cancer Society.
  • 2015 American Association for Cancer Research.

Awards

  • 1979 - 1980 Scholar, German Academic Exchange Service.
  • 1988 - 1990 Research Scholar, Mildred Scheel Foundation.
  • 1995 Leukemia Clinical Research Award of the German Society of Hematology and Oncology.
  • 2009 Recipient of the Kenneth McCredie Lectureship, International Association for Comparative Research on Leukemia and Related Disorders (IACRLRD), Ohio, USA.
  • 2010 Anita and Cuno Wieland Research Award for Translational Cancer Research, University of Heidelberg.
  • 2011 Wilhelm Warner Award for Cancer Research, Hamburg.
  • 2012 Elected Member, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
  • 2014 José Carreras Award of the European Hematology Association (EHA).

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