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Department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, hepatology, cardiology)

Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Duchmann
internal medicine, gastroenterology, hepatology, cardiology

About the department

The department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, hepatology, cardiology) at Academic Hospital zum Heiligen Geist Frankfurt am Main treats the entire spectrum of internal organ pathological conditions. The department specialises in gastrointestinal tract diseases, cardiovascular system diseases and lung disorders and pays special attention to emergency medicine. The department's medical team annually diagnoses and treats more than 4,500 patients with disorders of the internal organs. Experienced doctors and nurses have access to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. These include invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterisation, pacemaker implantation, gastroscopy, rigid and flexible bronchoscopy, and non-invasive examinations such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography. In addition, the department has an intensive care unit that specialises in the treatment of emergencies. Seriously ill patients can find all the latest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the department, such as non-invasive or assisted ventilation, intermittent or continuous venovenous hemofiltration and modern analgosedation. Also, based in the department, a certified chest pain unit deals with acute coronary syndrome treatment.

The advantage of the department is the possibility of complex treatment under one roof. After a thorough and accurate diagnosis, doctors prescribe individual therapy to patients according to the latest national and international standards. The trained nursing staff creates conditions for a comfortable and pleasant stay in the hospital.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Reflux disease of the oesophagus
  • Ulcers of the stomach and intestines
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal tract infection
  • Diverticulitis
  • Liver disease
  • Inflammation of the gallbladder, pancreas
  • Tumours in the digestive tract
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 
  • Cancer 

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease) 
  • Physical examination (palpation) 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Interventional endosonography
  • Breath tests for Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Ultrasound of the abdominal organs
  • Elastography (assessment of liver stiffness)
  • Colour Doppler sonography
  • Endoscopic retrograde imaging of the bile ducts and pancreas (ERCP)
  • ECG and long-term ECG
  • Flexible and rigid bronchoscopy
  • Other diagnostic procedures 

Treatment:

  • Drug therapy
  • Rotablation 
  • Resynchronization therapy (heart failure therapy)
  • Emergency treatment of myocardial infarction
  • Left heart catheter with stent implantation
  • Balloon dilatation
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Chemotherapy, immunotherapy and antibody therapy
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Recanalization for obstruction due to tumour growth
  • Physiotherapy 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1992 - 1997 Preparation for board certification, Department of Internal Medicine I, University Hospital Mainz
  • 1990 - 1992 Research Fellow, German Research Foundation, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA
  • 1989 - 1990 Internship, Department of Internal Medicine I, University Hospital Mainz 
  • 1982 - 1988 Study of Human Medicine, University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

Experience

  • Since 2012 Medical Director of the Hospital zum Heiligen Geist Frankfurt am Main
  • 2007 Head Physician of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Oncology, Cardiology, Pulmonology at the Hospital zum Heiligen Geist Frankfurt am Main
  • 2005 - 2007 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Internal Medicine I, Charite University Hospital Berlin
  • 2004 - 2005 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Emergency Medical Care, Charite University Hospital Berlin
  • 2002 - 2004 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Internal Medicine (focus on the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases), Charite University Hospital Berlin
  • 2001 - 2007 Senior Physician, Department of Internal Medicine I, Charite University Hospital Berlin
  • 1998 - 2000 Senior Physician, Department of Internal Medicine II, University Hospital Saarland Homburg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Gastroenterology
  • German Society of Immunology
  • European Board of Gastroenterology
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