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Department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, rheumatology, infectious disease and nutrition medicine)

Prof. Dr. med. Britta Siegmund
internal medicine, gastroenterology, Infectiology and rheumatology

About the department

The department of internal medicine (gastroenterology, rheumatology, infectious disease and nutrition medicine) at University Hospital Charite Berlin deals with joint, infectious and gastrointestinal disorders. The qualified medical team uses the latest findings in disease diagnosis and treatment. The head physician of the department is a member of numerous scientific organisations such as the European Crohn's & Colitis Organization, the German Society of Gastroenterology and Digestive and Metabolic Diseases and many others. Moreover, the department closely cooperates with central endoscopy, visceral surgery and interdisciplinary colon tumour centre departments. It is worth mentioning that the department provides clinical research in immunology and the special attention needed for Research Center on "Immune-Epithelial Communication in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Furthermore, the infectious diseases part of the department is certified as a centre for infectiology by the German Society for Infectious Diseases.

The medical focus lies in diagnosing and treating chronic inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and joints. Furthermore, the department specialises in treating tumour diseases and chronic intestine infections. What is important, the department develops new therapy methods for chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostics:

  • capsule endoscopy
  • balloon endoscopy
  • endosonography
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
  • sonography

Gastroenterology treatment:

  • liver diseases
  • tumour diseases
  • Crohn's disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • polyps removal
  • dilatations of the large intestine
  • endoscopic resection procedures (mucosectomy)

Infectious diseases treatment:

  • HIV
  • TB
  • hepatitis
  • meningitis
  • endocarditis
  • gastroenteritis
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • malaria
  • schistosomiasis
  • leishmaniasis

Rheumatological diseases treatment:

  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • rheumatoid arthritis 
  • chronic reactive arthritis
  • rheumatism
  • dermatomyositis
  • polymyositis
  • scleroderma
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1992 - 1998 Study of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Doctorate, Dr. med., Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Prof. Dr. S. Endres)

Experience

  • 1998 - 2000 Residency, Department of Medicine, Medizinische Klinik Innenstadt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
  • 2000 - 2002 research fellowship, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA
  • 2002 - 2007 Residency in internal medicine, Medical Department, Division of Gastroenterology, Infectiology and Rheumatology, Benjamin Franklin Campus, Charité 
  • 2007 - 2012 Senior physician, Medical Department, Division of Gastroenterology, Infectiology and Rheumatology, Benjamin Franklin Campus, Charité
  • Since 2013 Medical Director of the Medical Department, Division of Gastroenterology, Infectiology and Rheumatology, Benjamin Franklin Campus, Charité
  • Since 3/2016 Medical Director, Charité Center 13 (Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Metabolic Diseases)

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Board member of Intestinal Diseases Network
  • Member and, in 2017, chair of the ECCO (European Crohn’s & Colitis Organization) Scientific Committee
  • Member of the research committee of the Berlin Institute of Health
  • Member of the advisory board of DCCV (the German Crohn’s & Colitis Association)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Member of the advisory board of DGVS (German Society of Gastroenterology and Digestive and Metabolic Diseases)
  • Member of Scientific Committee of United European Gastroenterology (UEG)
  • Head of Clinical Translational Science Platform (CTP) at the Berlin Institute of Health
  • Rising Star in Gastroenterology, United European Gastroenterology Federation
  • More than 100 publications and 60 reviews
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