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Department of pneumology and allergology

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Rohde
pneumology, infectious diseases, sleep medicine, and allergology

About the department

The department of pneumology and allergology at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University deals with lung and allergic disorders. The facilities consist of: the university outpatient clinic, the private outpatient clinic, the university Lung Cancer Center, the Christiane Herzog Center for Cystic Fibrosis, the Lung transplant outpatient clinic. In addition, the department has general wards, a monitoring ward, and the intensive care ward. The head of the department is an internationally recognized professor, chair of various associations, and studies in pulmonology. Four research groups develop the field in different directions. The equipment, both for diagnosis and interventions, is based on cutting-edge technologies and the evidence-based treatment provided at the department.

The department treats chronic, inflammatory, oncological, diffuse, and allergy-associated lung diseases. Rare diseases are also treated at the department, e.g. over 200 patients with mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis) in all age groups are followed. Treatment offers are outpatient/inpatient care, intensive care, cancer treatment, and conservative drug prescription.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Pulmonary and allergic diseases:

  • Hay fever 
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD (chronic bronchitis, emphysema)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Respiratory infections (pneumonia and tuberculosis) 
  • Lung cancer and other malignant diseases of the chest 
  • Diffuse diseases of the lung tissue (pulmonary fibrosis) 
  • Lung intensive care and ventilation medicine
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and other

Diagnostic options:

  • Functional lung tests (spirometry, spiro-ergometry) 
  • Lung endoscopy (bronchoscopy, tracheoscopy)
  • Thoracic sonography/ultrasound (visualization)
  • Allergology laboratory 
  • Inhalation provocation test
  • Special laboratories 
  • Nocturnal polysomnography and more

Treatment of pulmonary and allergic diseases:

  • Conservative (medications)
  • Endobronchial interventions (during bronchoscopy)
  • Oncological systemic therapies (chemotherapy)
  • Targeted/Immunotherapy (specific antibodies for cancer)
  • Non-invasive and invasive ventilation (NIV to ECMO)
  • Extracorporeal lung replacement methods
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1991-1994 Studied human medicine, Ruhr University Bochum
  • 1994-1996 Studied human medicine, University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg 
  • 1996-1997 Studied human medicine, Ruhr University Bochum 
  • 1998 Medical examination
  • 1999 Promotion: “Increase in non-specific bronchial hyperresponsiveness in the absence of a specific response to isocyanates in isocyanate-induced asthma”, Ruhr University Bochum and Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg
  • 2004 Specialist in internal medicine 
  • 2004 Long term fellowship, European Respiratory Society
  • 2004-2005 Fellowship at the Department of respiratory medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Wright Fleming Institute of Infection and Immunity, Imperial College London (Supervisor: Prof.Sebastian L.Johnston)
  • 2006 Habilitation with distinction for internal medicine, Ruhr University Bochum
  • 2006 Specialist in pneumology 
  • 2007 Additional designation in infectious diseases 
  • 2008 Additional designation sleep medicine
  • 2008 Additional qualification in allergology 

Experience

  • 1998-2004 Assistant doctor at the Medical Clinic III, pneumology, allergology, sleep and respiratory medicine, Bergmannsheil trade association clinics, Ruhr University Hospital (Physician: Prof. Dr. G. Schultze-Werninghaus)
  • 2005-2006 Assistant doctor at the Medical Clinic III, pneumology, allergology, sleep and respiratory medicine, Professional Association Clinics Bergmannsheil, Ruhr University Hospital (Ltd. Physician: Prof. Dr. G. Schultze-Werninghaus)
  • 2006-2010 Senior Physician at Medical Clinic III, pneumology, allergology, sleep and respiratory medicine, Professional Association Clinics Bergmannsheil, Ruhr University Hospital
  • 2007 Junior Professor for lung infections, Ruhr University Bochum
  • 2010-2017 Associate Professor for respiratory medicine, Head of respiratory infections, Head of outpatient department and cystic fibrosis team, Maastricht University Medical Center
  • 2011 Associate Professor, Maastricht University Medical Center
  • 2011 Principal Investigator, German Lung Center 
  • 2017 Head of the Department of adult and pediatric pneumology and allergology at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2000 Respiratory Infections Award, European Respiratory Society 
  • 2003 Curt-Dehner Prize of the Society for Lung and Respiratory Research
  • 2007 Faculty Prize for clinical research at the Ruhr University in Bochum
  • 2010 Member of the Cystic Fibrosis Team, Maastricht University Medical Center
  • 2010 Commission for antimicrobial substances, Maastricht University Medical Center
  • 2011 Executive committee of International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium
  • 2013 Education Chair-Elect, European Respiratory Society
  • 2013 Director, European Respiratory Society HERMES
  • 2014 Education Chair, European Respiratory Society 
  • 2014 Leader of Cystic Fibrosis Team, Maastricht University Medical Center
  • 2017 1st Chairman of the Frankfurt working group on pneumology and allergology
  • 2017 Task Force Chair, European Respiratory Society
  • 2018 Board of Directors, German Airway League
  • Spokesman for the section, German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine
  • Author of more than 350 publications
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