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Department of pediatric internal medicine (gastroenterology and nephrology)

Prof. Dr. med. Philip Bufler
paediatrics, gastroenterology, nephrology

About the department

The department of pediatric internal medicine (gastroenterology and nephrology) at the University Hospital Charite Berlin offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for gastrointestinal and kidney diseases in children and adolescents. The unit cares for outpatient and inpatient cases and is part of Charite's Otto Heubner Center for children's and youth medicine. Moreover, the clinic cooperates closely with other Charite departments, including paediatric surgery, radiology, intensive care, and transplant surgery. It is worth mentioning that the centre was ranked among the TOP German hospitals according to FOCUS Magazine. The unit is a research and academic teaching centre of Charite. Furthermore, the head physician of the department actively participated in developing the Paediatric Liver Transplant Program.

The medical focus of the department includes the comprehensive treatment of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. In addition, kidney diseases and malformations of the urinary tract are also focal points of the doctors.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Gastrointestinal diseases treatment:

  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Dysmotility
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Food intolerances (lactose, gluten)

Liver diseases treatment:

  • Liver transplantation in children
  • Liver transplantation in adolescents
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Congenital malformations of the bile ducts
  • Hepatitis B 
  • Hepatitis C,
  • Wilson's disease and other metabolic diseases

Kidney diseases treatment:

  • Microhematuria 
  • Proteinuria
  • Reflux disease
  • Stenosis 
  • Urethral valves
  • Kidney malformations
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • All degrees of chronic renal failure
  • Kidney biopsies
  • Sonography of the kidneys and urinary tract
  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Acute continuous renal replacement procedures
  • Therapeutic apheresis procedures (plasmapheresis and immunoabsorption)
  • Kidney transplantation
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Doctor profile


  • Study of Medicine at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
  • 2005 Board certification in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  • Professional training in Gastroenterology
  • Research Internship in Denver, Colorado (2,5 years)


  • Work in the Department of Pediatric Allergology, Pulmonology, and Neonatology
  • Since 2007 Senior Physician in the Department of Pediatric Hepatology at the Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, as well as the Deputy Head of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the same hospital
  • Since 2013 Active participation in the development and coordination of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Since October 1, 2017, Head of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Metabolic Disorders at the Charite University Hospital Berlin
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