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Department of palliative medicine

Dr. med. Claudia Buchholz
internal medicine, gastroenterology, palliative medicine

About the department

The department of palliative medicine at Park-Clinic Weissensee Berlin cares for people with serious illnesses that can not be cured. The primary aim is to alleviate symptoms and preserve the remaining quality of life as best as possible. All the efforts and considerations focus on the patient with his family and friends. To treat and care for the patients in the best possible way, a diverse team is involved: a medical group consisting of specialists in internal medicine and specialists in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine, possibly colleagues from other specialist departments, a care team, physiotherapists, social service, psycho-oncologists, pastoral care, and nutritional advice experts. A treatment plan is established for each patient. As part of the weekly team meetings, it is regularly checked and, if necessary, adapted to the individual or changing needs of the patient.

Incurable diseases are managed at the department with the help of intensive care, pain therapy, psychological support, and other measures to alleviate symptoms. In addition, inpatient and outpatient at-home treatment is available for the convenience of the patients and carers.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diseases treated at the palliative ward:

  • Advanced tumours and cancers
  • Severely progressive organ diseases, e.g. of the heart or lungs
  • Conditions with a limited life expectancy such as severe lung, metabolic or muscle diseases
  • End-stage neurological diseases
  • Severe dementia

The palliative care measures offered include:

  • Stabilization of the disease-specific symptoms
  • Support in holistic treatment planning, taking into account physical, psychosocial and pastoral aspects
  • Stabilization/optimization of care and care and nutritional situation
  • Optimization and increase in patient autonomy and alleviation of symptoms
  • Organization and support for discharge home, to a hospice or care facility
  • Advice on powers of attorney and living wills
  • Psycho-oncological care
  • Spiritual care and support (also in the dying phase)
  • Pain therapy
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Doctor profile


  • 2018 Supplementary Designation for Cancer Drug Therapy
  • 2013 Additional designation Proctology
  • 2011 Additional designation Diabetology (German Diabetes Society)
  • 2009 Specialist in gastroenterology
  • 2007 Specialist in internal medicine
  • 2006 Habitation


  • 2013 W-2 Public Service Professor of Molecular Diagnostics and Therapy- Charité University Medical Center Berlin
  • 2016 Chief Physician of the Department of General Internal Medicine Gastroenterology and Oncology Park Clinic Weißensee
  • 2013-2016 Chief Physician of the Internal Medicine Clinic I Focus: Gastroenterology, Diabetology, Oncology Elbelandklinikum Meissen Elblandkliniken Transfusion Representative
  • Head of Interdisciplinary Conferences on Tumors
  • Head of the Diabetes Center
  • 2001-2013 Physician and scientist at the Medical Clinic with a focus on hepatology, gastroenterology, interdisciplinary metabolic centre: endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Virchow Campus, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the German Society for Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS)
  • Member of the German Diabetes Society (DDG)
  • Member of the German Society for Endocrinology (DGE)
  • Member of the German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM)
  • Member of the German Cancer Society (DKG)
  • Member of the European Association for Diabetes Research (EASD)
  • Member of the Association of German Universities (DHV)
  • Member of the German Society for Endoscopy and Imaging Procedures (DGE-BV)
  • Member of the Association of Senior Physicians of the Gastroenterology Hospital (ALGK)
  • Member of the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Berlin and Brandenburg (GGHBB)
  • Member of the Berlin Medical Association
  • 2018 Member of the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (FEBGH)
  • 2016 Member of the Lecture Hall of the German Diabetes Society (DDG), Berlin
  • 2007 Hans-Christian-Hagedorn Promotion Award, German Diabetes Society (DDG)
  • German Presidential Award for Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS) 2002 and 2003
  • 1998 Promotion Award of the German Diabetes Society (DDG)
  • Author of more than 15 international publications
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