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Department of infectious diseases

Prof. Dr. med. Maria J.G.T Vehreschild
infectious diseases, internal and tropical medicine

About the department

The department of infectious diseases at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University leads the clinical, teaching, and scientific work in their field. The department has experience in treating highly pathogenic infectious diseases, from the first treatment of Marburg disease in 1967 to the treatment of several patients with SARS disease, Lassa fever, and patients infected with the Ebola virus nowadays. The department has an outpatient part consisting of general infectious diseases and tropical medicine offices, the HIVCENTER (the first HIV patient in Germany was diagnosed and treated at the department in the 1980s), and the interdisciplinary vaccination consultation. Inpatient facilities are the ward and isolation unit. The isolation unit in its modern form was opened in 2002 and has been modernized several times since then. The scientists at the facility research HIV, invasive mycoses, multi-resistant bacterial pathogens, newly emerging and highly pathogenic infections and carry out clinical microbiome research.

The range of treatments includes illnesses caused by viral, bacterial, parasitic pathogens and fungi. Infections treated particularly frequently at the department are tuberculosis, malaria, and complications of HIV / AIDS. Treatment includes conservative (medications), intensive care, and vaccination/prophylaxis.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Conditions treated:

  • Viral infections (complications of HIV / AIDS, etc)
  • Bacterial infections (tuberculosis, atypical mycobacteriosis, etc.)
  • Fungal infections (candidosis, invasive systemic fungal infections including endemic mycoses, etc.)
  • Parasitic infections (malaria, etc)
  • Highly pathogenic infectious diseases (viral hemorrhagic fever such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, Hendra/Nipah, Rift Valley, or Crimean Congo fever, pneumonic plague, monkeypox, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)
  • Complicated local or systemic infections
  • Severe concomitant infections
  • Nosocomial infections in intensive care patients (ventilator-associated pneumonia, VAP)
  • Tropical diseases or travel-related diseases
  • Infections with resistant pathogens

Treatment offers:

  • Conservative treatment of infections
  • Intensive care
  • Vaccination
  • Prophylaxis and therapy of infections in immunosuppressed people
  • Clarification of fever and other complaints in tropical and travel returnees
  • Consultations for specialists in the field of infectious diseases within the framework of the infectious diseases consultation network of STAKOB and DGI
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Doctor profile


  • 2000-2006 Human medicine, Charite University Berlin, the University of Nice in France, Federal University of Minas Gerais, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil
  • Doctorate at the Technical University of Munich
  • Completed the diploma course in tropical medicine at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
  • Research fellowship at the Clinical Study Center II for Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital in Cologne
  • 2012 A specialist in internal medicine
  • 2012 Habilitation at the University of Cologne
  • 2014 Advanced training certificate for infectious diseases, German Society for Infectious Diseases
  • 2016 A specialist in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology
  • 2018 Professor of infectious diseases


  • 2018 Head of the Department of infectious diseases at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2010 Young Talent Award of the German Society for Mycology
  • 2015 Best Abstract Award of the German Society for Hematology and Oncology
  • 2016 Co-author of the book "Microbiome. Knowledge and Perspectives"
  • Fellow of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology
  • Head of the microbiome research group at the University Hospital in Cologne
  • Part of the board of the German Society for Infectious Diseases
  • Author of 150 publications
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