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Department of internal medicine (pneumology and sleep medicine)

Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Schmidt
internal medicine, pneumology

About the department

The department of internal medicine (pneumology and sleep medicine) at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Mitte is specialised in the diagnostic and treatment of respiratory and sleep disorders. In the partnerships with the thoracic surgery department, the pneumology department is a part of the Central Lung Clinic. In addition, the department established the Lung Cancer Centre, which was certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG) and participated in the "National Network Genomic Medicine (nNGM) Lung Cancer". The diagnostic and therapeutic approaches used in the unit are always according to the latest guidelines. Furthermore, the department has a certified sleep laboratory at its disposal. It is important to note that the chief doctor is a member of German and European societies. 

The team focuses on diagnosing and treating bronchial and lung respiratory diseases, including chronic illnesses. Specialists are exceptionally professional in treating lung carcinoma. The patients get high-level help for acute pulmonological problems in the emergency centre—furthermore, people with sleep disorders and respiratory problems during sleep also get qualified curation. 

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Sleep disorders treatment:

  • sleep-related breathing disorders, especially obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
  • narcolepsy
  • restless legs syndrome
  • periodic limb movements

Sleep medicine:

  • sleep monitoring
  • respiratory monitoring (pulmonary function test, ergometry, echocardiography, rhino- and laryngoscopy)
  • change in sleeping positions
  • weight reduction
  • CPAP therapy
  • BIPAP therapy
  • laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (LAUPP)
  • sleep hygiene 

Lung Cancer Centre:

  • lung carcinoma
  • lung metastases
  • pleural mesothelioma
  • other malignancies of the thorax

Treatment of lung diseases:

  • сhronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • pulmonary emphysema 
  • bronchial asthma
  • bronchitis
  • pneumonia
  • pulmonary tuberculosis
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • collagenosis
  • sarcoidosis
  • respiratory failure
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1990-1997 studies in Heidelberg, Montpellier (France) and Berlin
  • 1997-1998 Charité, Berlin, gastroenterology and endocrinology
  • 1998 PhD: "Tracheobronchial stent implantation in tumours of the central airways - clinical and experimental investigations", Charité, Berlin
  • 2005 specialist in internal medicine
  • 2007 specialist in pneumology

Experience

  • 1999-2010 Charité, Berlin, pneumology
  • 2010-2016 University Hospital Halle, Clinic for Internal Medicine I, Head of Pneumology
  • 2011-2016 Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Faculty of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 2012-2015 University Hospital Halle, Clinic for Internal Medicine I, Provisional Clinic Director
  • 2012-2016 Board Member of the Krukenberg Cancer Center Halle
  • Since 2016 DRK Clinics Berlin | Mitte, Chief Physician at the Clinic for Internal Medicine – specialising in pneumology and sleep medicine
  • Board of Directors of the Certified Lung Cancer Center
  • Lecturer at the medical faculty of the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Pneumology (DGP)
  • European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  • German Cancer Society (DKG)
  • The pneumatological-oncological working group (POA)
  • European Association for Bronchology (EAB)
  • Campaign bronchial carcinoma, e. V. (ABC, Scientific Advisory Board)
  • Central German Society for Pneumology (MDGP)
  • Respiratory league
  • Tumor Center for Clinic and Practice, e. V. Berlin
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