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Department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, geriatrics)

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Sturm
internal medicine, gastroenterology

About the department

The department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, geriatrics) at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Westend treats emergency cases all around the clock and provides professional medical care to patients with gastrointestinal tract diseases. Qualified and experienced department doctors perform endoscopic manipulations with modern high-resolution equipment and under sedation to ensure pain-free procedures. In addition, the gastroenterology department closely cooperates with the department of general, abdominal, endocrine and minimally invasive surgery. Both departments work under one roof in the intestinal centre and treat tumour diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The German Cancer Society qualifies the intestinal centre as a colon and pancreatic cancer centre. It is worth mentioning that the head physician of the department is famous because of his scientific and clinical research regarding inflammatory bowel disease. The multidisciplinary team of the geriatrics department includes nurses, doctors, social workers, psychologists and physiotherapists from various fields. Furthermore, medical staff follow all international recommendations in caring for geriatric patients.

One of the clinical focuses of the department is a precise diagnosis of pathological changes in the gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, the department provides treatment for malignant and benign tumours of the oesophagus, stomach, and small and large intestine. Bile ducts, liver diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease treatment are the other focal points of the department.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • gastroscopy
  • esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy
  • enteroscopy
  • double-balloon enteroscopy
  • capsule endoscopy
  • colonoscopy
  • recto-sigmoidoscopy
  • rectoscopy
  • proctoscopy
  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • cholangioscopy
  • percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
  • endoscopic ultrasound (endosonography)
  • sonography

Endoscopic therapy:

  • polypectomy
  • EMR (endoscopic mucosal resection)
  • ESD (endoscopic submucosal dissection)
  • rubber band ligation
  • stenting (bile ducts and pancreas)
  • percutaneous transhepatic cholangiodrainage (PTCD)
  • creation of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)
  • feeding tube implantation (PEG, PEJ)


  • malignant tumours of the gastrointestinal tract treatment (pancreas carcinoma, colon cancer)
  • benign gastrointestinal tumours treatment

Treatment of gastrointestinal diseases:

  • chronic inflammatory bowel disease treatment
  • oesophagal diseases
  • stomach diseases
  • liver and bile ducts diseases
  • pancreas diseases
  • intestinal diseases

Geriatrics service for oncology, internal medicine and psychiatry

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Doctor profile


  • Medical studies at the RWTH Aachen University


  • Worked as a doctor and research assistant at the Centre for Internal Medicine at the University Hospital in Essen in 1994
  • From 1999 to 2002, he worked, funded by the German Research Foundation, as a Research Fellow at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • From 2004 to 2012, Sturm worked as a senior physician, and from 2009 as deputy clinic director at the Medical Clinic with a focus on hepatology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and metabolism at the Charité
  • From 2012 to 2014, Sturm was a chief physician for internal medicine at the Waldfriede Hospital and its Medical Director from 2013 to 2014
  • Since July 1, 2014, Sturm has been a chief physician at the Department of Internal Medicine I with a focus on gastroenterology at the DRK Kliniken Berlin-Westend
  • Was centre coordinator of the interdisciplinary colon cancer centre at the Charité and chairman of the German working group on chronic inflammatory bowel diseases of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS)

Awards, memberships, publications

  • A member of the advisory board of the CED competence network of the DCCV and founded the IBD specialist training program
  • A founding member and spokesman for the "German IBD Study Group (GISG)"
  • From 2008 to 2017 he served as Chair of the Scientific Committee and the Guideline Committee of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO)
  • A member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis and is the National Representative of the German Society for Gastroenterology and Metabolism at the European Gastroenterological Society UEG
  • Has published more than 80 scientific manuscripts and book contributions in international journals, including Gastroenterology, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Gut
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