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Department of neurology

Prof. Dr. med. H. Steinmetz
vascular and cognitive neurology, stroke, neuropsychology

About the department

The department of neurology at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University is a world-class medical facility working in the field of diseases of the nervous system. Over 100 highly professional employees, including 6 professors and a wide net of sub-specialized structures, form the department. It includes outpatient facilities (Neurological university outpatient clinic, specialized outpatient clinics, a private ambulance, general outpatient clinic for movement disorders, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Sleep Clinic, Neuromuscular Clinic, Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic, and Botulinum toxin clinic), inpatient facilities (Intermediate Care Unite, Stroke Unit, Intensive Care Unit, General Ward, Neurooncology, Epilepsy Center and a private station), neuropsychology department, and speech and swallowing diagnostics section. Additionally, there is a Dr. Senckenberg Institute for Neurooncology, Frankfurt Rhein-Main Epilepsy Center (est. 2015), and Cerebral Vascular Center working under the umbrella of the department. The facilities are certified by numerous scientific and medical associations and are involved in clinical research in relative fields.

There are various diseases of the nervous system, treated with special precision and care, including tumours, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, to name a few. In addition, unique diagnostic options are available to suit the broadest range of neurological conditions, including imaging, functional, and lab methods.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Some of the neurological diagnosis possibilities:

  • Outpatient diagnostic system for early detection and monitoring of sleep-related breathing and movement disorders, EEG, provocation EEG, neuropsychological testing
  • Inpatient sleep recording ( polysomnography ) 
  • Long-term video EEG monitoring 
  • Differentiated electromyographic and electroneurographic diagnostics
  • Pharmacological testing of neuromuscular transmission (Tensilon® test)
  • Muscle biopsy and more

Disorders are treated at the neurological department:

  • Stroke
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Tumours of the nervous system
  • Movement disorders: shaking (tremor), stiffness (rigor), a slowdown in movement (hypokinesis)
  • Parkinson's disease/syndrome
  • Aphasia, dysarthria, dysphonia, apraxia, and dysphagia (swallowing disorders).
  • Problems falling asleep and staying asleep ( insomnia)
  • Daytime tiredness and sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep behaviour disorders ( parasomnias )
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep-related breathing disorders (e.g. sleep apnea) 
  • Focal, segmental, and generalized dystonia (primarily blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, writer's cramp) and hemifacial spasm
  • Localized excessive sweating (particularly axillary hyperhidrosis) and others

Treatment options include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservative drug prescription
  • Tumour treatment
  • Neuropsychological counselling
  • Deep brain stimulation 
  • Apomorphine pump
  • Duodenal levodopa tubes
  • Botulinum toxin therapy
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Doctor profile


  • Received a medical license
  • Additional qualification in neurologist


  • Head of the Department of Neurology, the section of neuropsychology at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University (approved by the German Society of Neuropsychology)

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Member of the German Society for Neurointensive and Emergency Medicine
  • Member of the German Stroke Society
  • Author of more than 200 publications
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