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Department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, cardiology, oncology, palliative, and nutritional medicine)

Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Riphaus
internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology

About the department

The department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, cardiology, oncology, palliative, and nutritional medicine) at St. Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt am Main covers the entire field of internal medicine, including intensive care and emergency medicine. The department focuses on pneumology, including allergology, gastroenterology and hepatology, haematology, oncology, cardiology and angiology. One of the areas in the diagnosis and therapy of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, biliary tract, and pancreas diseases. The modernly equipped endoscopy and sonography enable all established diagnostic and therapeutic examinations. Treatment in the department is carried out in both outpatient and inpatient. In addition, the department has an oncology day hospital that can treat 18 patients. The station opened its doors in 1999 and since then has been providing high-quality medical care to patients with benign and malignant tumours.

Every day, experienced doctors of the department deal with acute and chronic cardiovascular system diseases, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and respiratory tract. The department also has a sleep laboratory that diagnoses and treats all sleep disorders. In addition, the medical team pays special attention to palliative medicine. Patients are supported to live as actively and independently as possible, even when severely ill. At the same time, relatives of patients are also accompanied and supported.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COAD) 
  • Bronchial asthma 
  • Pneumonia and tuberculosis 
  • Allergy 
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pulmonary fibroids 
  • Inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Cardiovascular disease 
  • Lymphomas and solid tumours of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Sleep apnea and other disorders  


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • High-resolution gastroscopy, colonoscopy 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • ERCP (imaging of the bile ducts)
  • Contrast-enhanced sonography
  • Ultrasound-guided puncture
  • 24-hour pH measurement
  • Resting ECG, stress ECG
  • Transesophageal echocardiography


  • Drug therapy
  • Pain relief therapy 
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunological therapy (monoclonal antibody therapy)
  • Radiotherapy
  • Minimally invasive interventions
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Specific immunotherapy (SIT)
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Nutrition advises
  • Palliative care
  • Other treatment procedures
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Doctor profile


  • 1991 - 1998 Studied human medicine in Hamburg and Frankfurt/Main
  • 1998 Approval
  • 1998 Doctoral thesis 
  • Gastroenterological training at the Hannover Region Clinic – Siloah Hospital


  • 2004 Specialist in internal medicine at Knappschaftskrankenhaus Ruhr University Bochum
  • 2017 Chief Physician Medical Clinic II at the St. Elisabethen Hospital

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Gastroenterology
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