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Department of pulmonology

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Rohde
pneumology and allergology

About the department

The pulmonology department at St. Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt am Main covers the entire spectrum of benign and malignant lung diseases, lung mucosa (pleura), respiratory muscle pump and respiratory regulation. Particular attention of the department is paid to the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Doctors work with an interdisciplinary team of experts on how to proceed - both medically and psychologically. An important aspect is the professional diagnosis of tumours, so the department is equipped with modern devices for accurate and fast diagnosis. The department also operates a sleep laboratory, where doctors help patients with nocturnal breathing disorders find restful sleep.

Doctors of the department specialize in treating inflammatory, allergic, and autoimmune diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract. The diagnostic plan offers the full range of pneumatological examination methods in lung function, pneumatological endoscopy and thoracic sonography, and the diagnosis of sleep apnea. Therapeutically, the department provides personalized, targeted, effective therapy using all currently available treatments, including endobronchial interventions, systemic oncological treatment, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and non-invasive and invasive ventilation. In addition, the department's thoracic oncology day hospital is available for patients with lung cancer.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumology and tuberculosis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema 
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pulmonary hypertension 
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Allergy
  • Sleep apnea


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Diagnostic pleural puncture 
  • Bronchoscopy (visualizing the inside of the airways)
  • Spirography (measures lung function)
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Bone scintigraphy (nuclear medicine imaging technique of the bone


  • Medical therapy
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Immunological therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Non-invasive and invasive ventilation
  • Specific immunotherapy (SIT)
  • Endobronchial interventions
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation 
  • Other treatment options 
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Doctor profile


  • 1991 – 1994 Ruhr University Bochum (human medicine)
  • 1994 – 1996 University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (human medicine)
  • 1996 – 1997 Ruhr University Bochum (human medicine) (medical examination on May 15, 1998)
  • Promotion 11/4/1999: “Increase in non-specific bronchial hyperresponsiveness in the absence of a specific response to isocyanates in isocyanate-induced asthma”, Ruhr University Bochum and Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
  • Specialist in internal medicine (10.07.2004)
  • 2004 – 2005 Fellowship at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute & Wright Fleming Institute of Infection & Immunity, Imperial College London (Supervisor: Prof.Sebastian L.Johnston)
  • Habilitation December 6th, 2006: Venia Legendi for the subject "Internal Medicine", Ruhr University Bochum
  • Specialist in pneumology (06/17/2006)
  • Infectiologist DGI (02.10.2006)
  • 01/22/2007: Appointment as a junior professor for lung infections, Ruhr University Bochum
  • Additional designation in infectious diseases (20.01.2007)
  • Additional designation sleep medicine (08.03.2008)
  • Additional qualification in allergology (08/23/2008)
  • September 1, 2011: Appointment as Associate Professor MUMC, Maastricht, NL


  • 1998 – 2004 Assistant doctor at the Medical Clinic III, Pneumology, Allergology, Sleep and Respiratory medicine, Bergmannsheil trade association clinics, Ruhr University Hospital (Ltd. Physician: Prof. Dr. G. Schultze-Werninghaus)
  • 2005 – 2006 Assistant doctor at the Medical Clinic III, Pneumology, Allergology, Sleep and Respiratory medicine, Bergmannsheil trade association clinics, Ruhr University Hospital (Ltd. Physician: Prof. Dr. G. Schultze-Werninghaus)
  • 2006 - 2010 Senior Physician at Medical Clinic III, Pneumology, Allergology, Sleep and Respiratory medicine, professional association clinics Bergmannsheil, hospital of the Ruhr University
  • 2010 - 2017 Associate Professor for Respiratory Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Center, Head of Respiratory Infections, Head of Outpatient Department and CF Team
  • 2017, Head of the Department of adult and pediatric pneumology and allergology at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2000 ERS Respiratory Infections Award
  • 2003 Curt-Dehner Prize of the "Society for Lung and Respiratory Research"
  • 2004 ERS Long Term Fellowship
  • 2007 Faculty Prize for clinical research at the Ruhr University in Bochum
  • German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP), spokesman for the section
  • 2018 – currently Board of Directors German Airway League e.V.
  • 2017 – currently 1st Chairman of the Frankfurt Working Group on Pneumology and Allergology (FAPA)
  • 2017 – current European Respiratory Society CPD task force chair
  • 2014 – 2017 European Respiratory Society Education Chair
  • 2013 – 2014 European Respiratory Society Education Chair-Elect
  • 2013 – 2014 European Respiratory Society HERMES Director
  • 2011 – currently Principal Investigator German Lung Center (BREATH)
  • 2011 – currently Executive committee of International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging
  • Infection Consortium (ISARIC)
  • 2010 – current MUMC Cystic Fibrosis Team, leader since 2014
  • 2010 – current MUMC commission for antimicrobial substances
  • Author of more than 350 publications
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