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Breast centre

Dr. med. Christine Ankel
mammology, gynaecology

About the department

The breast centre at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Westend specialises in diagnosing and treating breast tumours. The department is certified by the German Cancer Society and is famous because of its qualified medical team. Furthermore, the department is equipped with modern devices for gentle surgical procedures. It is important to note that the head physician of the Breast Centre is a member of the Leading Breast Cancer Specialist Federation and many others societies. Moreover, the doctor is awarded various certifications for mammography and breast sonography by DEGUM (German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology). The friendly team of the department include experienced gynaecologists, plastic surgeons, nurses and cooperates with oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and physiotherapists. 

The primary medical focus of the department lies in the revealing of unclear breast findings and surgical treatment of malignant and benign breast tumours. In addition, professional doctors in the department perform plastic surgery on breasts (augmentation, lifting, etc.). 

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostics options:

  • chest x-ray
  • upper abdominal sonography
  • CT (computed tomography)
  • MRI
  • bone scintigraphy 

Breast plastic surgery:

  • breast augmentation with silicone implants
  • breast augmentation with autologous fat
  • mastopexy (breast lift)
  • breast reduction
  • gender reassignment breast surgery

Breast cancer surgery:

  • breast-conserving surgery
  • mastectomy (removal of the breast)
  • ablative surgical procedures
  • skin-sparing mastectomy
  • modified radical mastectomy
  • removal of sentinel lymph node
  • reconstructive breast surgery with implants
  • reconstructive breast surgery with autologous fat
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1984-1991: Got fundamental medical education and received MD degree from the Free University of Berlin
  • 1994: Finished habilitation and was given license to practice medicine
  • 1996: Did research work for a dissertation
  • 2001: Got a specialization certificate in gynaecology and was recognized as a specialist in gynaecology and was given a license to practice gynaecology

Experience

  • 1994-1996: Did her gynaecology residency under the supervision of Prof. W. Busch at Moabit Hospital, Berlin
  •  1997-1998: Served as a gynaecology resident under the supervision of Dr. M. Wolf at Havelhoehe Community Hospital, Berlin
  • 1998: Did obstetrics residency under the supervision of Prof. H. Kentenich at DRK clinics, Berlin
  • 1998-2003: Worked as a senior gynaecologist at the Havelhoehe Community Hospital, Berlin
  •  2003-2007: Was appointed as the senior physician at Vivantes Clinics for Breast Diseases
  • 2010-2011: Served in the provisional management division of AM Urban Unit of Vivantes Clinics for Breast Diseases
  • 2011-2012: Served as a trainee at the department of aesthetic and plastic surgery
  • 2012-2016: Was appointed as the senior physician at the senology department of Vivantes Clinics for Breast Diseases
  • 2016-2019: Was then appointed as the senior physician in the operational gynaecology department at Rotkreuzklinikum Munich and Women's Clinic Taxisstraße Breast Division
  •  2019-2021: Has been serving as a senior specialist in the operative senology department of DRK clinics, Berlin
  • 2021 onwards: Promoted as the chief physician at the Breast Unit of DRK Clinics 

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Professional Organizations for Gynecologists
  • German Senology Association
  • Leading Breast Cancer Specialist Federation
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Community of Germany
  • Certificate for Mammography screening
  • Breast sonography certificate by DEGUM
  • European Academy of Senology certification
  • AWO gynaecologist awards
  • Рas published about 17 articles that have been cited about 3 times
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