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Department of rheumatology

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Berliner

About the department

The department of rheumatology at MEOCLINIC Berlin is a private practice in rheumatological and immune disorders of the highest standards. Diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases have made rapid progress in recent years. In particular, the early diagnosis of the different forms of arthritis is possible more precisely and quickly thanks to new laboratory methods and improved imaging (arthro-sonography, magnetic resonance tomography) utilized by the physicians in the department. The introduction of new medicines has also made it possible to reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life significantly. An experienced specialist implements highly advanced immunotherapy and multimodal treatment methods. The heading professor carries out both clinical and academic work and scientific research

The department's services include the treatment of all kinds of rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, CREST syndrome, Bechterew's disease, and rare rheumatic diseases. Modern diagnostics, such as blood testing for immunological assessment and arthrosonography. Complexes of immunological and other modern medications are offered at the department. Second-opinion advice is also one of the medical services.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

The diagnostic and therapeutic spectrum of rheumatic diseases includes:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (chronic polyarthritis) and special forms
  • Collagenosis (conditions with connective tissue changes)
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Mixed collagenosis
  • CREST syndrome
  • Dermato-, polymyositis
  • Progressive systemic sclerosis
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Bechterew's disease (chronic, inflammatory disease of the spine and its border joints)
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Rider's disease
  • Reactive arthritis after infections, Borrelia arthritis
  • Diagnosis of rheumatological diseases 
  • Immunological therapy methods 


  • Complex immunological therapy methods for inflammatory rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, etc.)
  • Immunotherapies for collagen diseases (lupus erythematosus, CREST, vasculitis, etc.)
  • Osteoporosis treatment
  • Multimodal treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes, including physiotherapeutic and psychotherapeutic methods
  • Rehabilitation concepts and classic naturopathic treatments for rheumatic diseases
  • Arthrosonography (joint ultrasound)
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Doctor profile


  • 1973 – 1979 Studied human medicine at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen
  • 1979 Medical license 
  • 1980 Promotion to Dr. medical at the Justus Liebig University Giessen with the topic: "Isoenzymes of hairy cell leukemia"
  • 1979 – 1984 Research associate at the Clinic for Rheumatology and Physical Medicine at the University of Giessen, Director Prof. Dr. medical KL Schmidt
  • 1984 – 1987 Further training in internal medicine at the Bad Nauheim City Hospital, chief physician Prof. Dr. H.-J. cuddle
  • 1987 Specialist certification as a doctor for internal medicine
  • 1988 Main focus recognition as a specialist in internal rheumatology
  • 1988 Recognition of the area designation naturopathic treatment
  • 1994 Specialist accreditation as a doctor for physical and rehabilitative medicine
  • 1996 Habilitation at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen with the topic: “Effect of physical therapy on the skin microcirculation. Laser Doppler flowmetric examinations with special consideration of rheumatic diseases"
  • 1999 – 2005 Appointed adjunct professor at the Justus Liebig University Giessen


  • 1987 – 1999 Senior Physician at the Clinic for Rheumatology and Physical Medicine at the University of Giessen, Director Prof. Dr. medical KL Schmidt
  • 1998 Deputy Director and head of the Rheumatology department of Medical Clinic III at Giessen University Hospital
  •  2004 Chief Physician of the Clinic for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch (academic teaching hospital of the Charité)
  •  since 2005 Consultant for Rheumatology MEOCLINIC Clinic Berlin
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