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Department of rheumatology and immunology

Prof. Dr. med. Marina Backhaus
internal medicine, rheumatology, immunology

About the department

The department of rheumatology and immunology at Park-Clinic Weissensee Berlin examines and treats patients with comprehensive diagnostic options and a wide range of therapy and counselling services. The department cooperates with BARMER in the context of "special care" (formerly: integrated care). Patients with a confirmed rheumatological diagnosis who are restricted in everyday life and have little mobility and severe pain when moving are treated extensively by local professionals using multimodal rheumatic complex therapy. The patients can complete treatment during an inpatient stay or when visiting the rheumatism day clinic. A particular consultation hour is offered for pregnant rheumatism patients and patients who wish to have children. The department is famous for cooperating with University Hospital Charite Berlin and provides the latest drug therapy for complex rheumatological conditions.

The special priority of the department is rheumatological diseases / systemic tissue disorders and disorders of the immune system. All primary and supplementary diagnostic procedures are available at local laboratories. Therapeutic modalities include conservative drug prescription, psychological care, and multimodal rheumatic complex therapy for severe cases.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Complete rheumatological diagnostics:

  • Laboratory (CBC, urinalysis, etc.) 
  • CT (radiation visualization in scans)
  • X-ray (radiation visualization)
  • Ultrasound (soft tissue visualization)
  • Capillary microscopy (for systemic sclerosis)
  • Rheumascan (Xiralite® visualization of rheumatological conditions)
  • Bone density measurement/densitometry (for osteoporosis)

Therapy:

  • Drug rheumatological therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nutritional advice
  • Psychosocial counseling
  • Special pain therapy
  • Emergency care 24 hours a day via the emergency room

Multimodal rheumatic complex therapy:

  • Intensified physical therapy (e.g. Exercise pool)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Pain therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social counselling
  • Advice and help for everyday life
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1981-1987 Medical Research, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 1987-1988 Ph.D. student and dissertation at the Humboldt University, Berlin
  • 1987-1994 Continuing education in internal medicine, Charite University Medicine Berlin
  • 1996 Board certification in rheumatology
  • 2003 Habitation in internal medicine, Charite University Medicine Berlin
  • 2003 Appointment as a private lecturer
  • 2013 The German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine, instructor III level in the field of the musculoskeletal system

Experience

  • 1994-2014 Head of the Outpatient Clinic for Rheumatology, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • 2011-2014 Professor of rheumatology, Charite University Medicine Berlin
  • 2014 Chief Physician of the Department of internal medicine, rheumatology and clinical immunology, Park-Clinic Weissensee Berlin
  • 2015 Guest scientific contract with Charite University Medicine Berlin, working group imaging procedures, supervision of doctoral and scientific coursework
  • 2015 Adjunct professor in rheumatology at the Charite University Medicine Berlin
  • 2015 Research career at the Charite University Hospital Berlin, the working group on imaging diagnostics, supervision for doctoral theses and research projects
  • 2016 Deputy Medical Director, Department of rheumatology and immunology, Park-Clinic Weissensee Berlin

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2001 The German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine Award
  • 2004 Bruno Schuler Award, German Society for Rheumatology
  • 2004 Poster Award, German Society for Rheumatology
  • 2008 Poster Award, German Society for Rheumatology
  • 2010 Poster Award, German Society for Rheumatology
  • Member of the German Society for Rheumatology
  • Member of the Regional Center for Rheumatism in Berlin
  • Member of the German Rheumatism League
  • Member of the German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Member of the ultrasonic group, European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology
  • Task Force on ultrasound diagnostics of the outcome measures in rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials
  • Author of more than 10 international publications
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