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Department of pulmonology and infectiology

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Witzenrath
pulmonology, infectiology, respiratory infections

About the department

The department of pulmonology and infectiology at the University Hospital Charite Berlin specialises in complex rare pulmonary and infectious diseases. The clinic is a certified centre for infectious diseases, ensuring the doctors' professionalism. Moreover, the unit is certified by the German Cancer Society as a lung cancer centre. Furthermore, the department has a certified Weaning Centre. It consists of the modern interdisciplinary intensive care unit, respiratory stations and outpatient ventilation and oxygen therapy (CABS). In addition, the medical team conducts scientific research to implement new innovative therapy methods for managing resistant lung infections. It is also worth mentioning that the chief physician of the unit is a member of national and European societies for pulmonology and infectiology.

The medical focus of the department includes proper diagnosis and treatment of multi-drug resistant infections, especially those of the respiratory tract. Moreover, the patients in need get high-quality intensive care at the clinic.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • roentgenography (fluorography)
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • sonography
  • laboratory testing
  • spirometry

Infectious diseases treatment:

  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis
  • HIV / AIDS
  • infectious diseases of travellers


  • asthma treatment
  • chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) treatment
  • pulmonary fibrosis treatment
  • pulmonary hypertension treatment
  • autoimmune diseases of the lung treatment
  • lung carcinomas treatment
  • bronchial carcinomas treatment

Intensive care unit:

  • acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) 
  • extracorporeal lung replacement procedures
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Doctor profile


  • Justus Liebig University Giessen


  • 2017–2022 Deputy Clinic Director Charite, Medical Clinic with S. Infectiology and Pneumology
  • 2022-present Clinic Director Charite, Medical Clinic with S. Infectiology and Pneumology

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Fellow of the European Respiratory Society
  • Member of the board/advisory board of Capnetz, CAPSyS, Phage4Cure, MAPVAP, SYMPATH, SFB-TR84
  • European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology
  • Spokesman of the section “ Respiratory infections.”
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