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Department of pneumology

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Witt
pneumology

About the department

The department of pneumology at MEOCLINIC Berlin provides counselling and treatment to patients with airways (bronchi) and lungs diseases. Doctors have various diagnostic tools and options to initiate a professional diagnosis and rapid treatment and therapy. The pneumatological examination is often possible without taking tissue samples to allow a reliable diagnosis still. A distinction is made between functional analysis and imaging processes. In the department, functional testing is carried out by the specialist using spirometry, and body plethysmography is also added. This is followed by blood gas analysis and CO diffusion measurement. After the examination, therapy is implemented in the ward. There are also supportive physiotherapy measures. These include tapping massages, inhalations or breathing training, thermotherapy, or physical training for necessary weight reduction. For some complaints, long-term oxygen therapy is also available.

The physicians at the department specialize in particular in obstructive lung diseases such as asthma or COPD. However, diseases of the pulmonary vessels and bronchial carcinoma are also treated. The team’s expertise lies in lung cancer diagnostics and treatment, lung transplants (second opinion), and urban air pollution (diesel exhaust fumes).

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

The treatment spectrum of the consultation hours in the private practice for pneumology includes:

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Pulmonary emphysema
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer (bronchial carcinoma)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Pneumonia (lung infection)
  • Pleuritis (inflammation of the pleurisy)
  • Sarcoidosis

Pneumology diagnostics:

  • Complete lung function diagnostics
  • Allergological diagnostics
  • Body plethysmography
  • Spirometry
  • Blood gas analysis
  • CO Diffusion
  • Provocation tests for allergy diagnosis
  • Bronchoscopy (endoscopic imaging of the bronchi)
  • Small circulatory diagnostics (pulmonary hypertension, right-heart catheter)
  • Sleep apnea diagnostics: cardiorespiratory polygraphy in an interdisciplinary sleep laboratory
  • X-ray (imaging using radiation)
  • CT (scanning using radiation)
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1983-1984 Resident in the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Stomatology, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald
  • 1/1983 Promotion to Dr. medical at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald
  • 1984-1988 Further training as a specialist in internal medicine at the university clinic and polyclinic for internal medicine of the medical faculty (Charité) of the Humboldt University in Berlin
  • 1988  Recognition as a specialist in internal medicine
  • 1988-1990   Specialization in the field of pneumology at the Research Institute for Lung Diseases and Tuberculosis, I. Med. Clinic of the Technical University of Munich and Heckeshorn Lung Clinic in Berlin
  • 9/1990 Recognition of the subspecialty in the field of pneumology
  • 1/1993 Habilitation, license to teach in the subject of internal medicine
  • 1994  Authorization to lead further training in the sub-area of ​​pulmonary and bronchial medicine granted by the Berlin Medical Association
  • 1/5/1995 Approval as an examiner in the sub-field of pulmonary and bronchial medicine
  • 12/16/1998 Appointed professor for pneumology in the medical faculty (Charité) of the Humboldt University in Berlin

Experience

  • 1990-1992 Assistant doctor in the gastroenterology department of the Charité clinic for internal medicine, representative for pneumology
  • 1992  Appointment as Senior Physician at the 1st Medical Clinic (Charité) for the area of ​​responsibility for pneumology
  • 2001  election as deputy Director of the Clinic for Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology
  • 2005 Head of the Outpatient Pneumology department (formerly the Pneumatological Oncology and Transplantation Medicine department)

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the transplantation committee for thoracic organs of the German Heart Center Berlin
  • Pneumatological expert and member of the examination and monitoring committee of the Standing Committee for Organ Transplantation (StäKo) of the German Medical Association (BÄK)
  • Member of the German Review Board at Eurotransplant (Leiden, NL)
  • Representative of the President of the European Parliament as International Medical Consultant (2014 – 2016)
  • Author of 293 publications
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