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Department of internal medicine (endocrinology, rheumatology, nephrology (kidney diseases))

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Reincke
internal medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, nephrology

About the department

The department of internal medicine (endocrinology, rheumatology, nephrology (kidney diseases)) at the University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with hormonal disorders, kidney diseases, and rheumatoid diseases. A special focus of the department is rare diseases, which often require specialized treatment. Treatment in the department is carried out in both outpatient and inpatient. Patients have the opportunity to consult with highly-experienced doctors, undergo appropriate diagnostics using modern equipment, take laboratory tests, and receive innovative medical care according to the diagnosis. The department has 135 inpatient beds. More than 4,000 inpatients receive treatment per year. Also, the department provides emergency care to elderly patients and treatment for patients with psychosomatic diseases.

Оne of the main tasks of the department is to prevent complications, stop the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life. In addition, doctors deal with conservative treatment of patients with metabolic disorders, which various diseases develop.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Endocrinology disease:

  • Acromegaly 
  • Adrenal Insufficiency 
  • Cushing's Syndrome 
  • Hyper/hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes type 1 and 2
  • Endocrine tumours 
  • Metabolic disorders 
  • Conn's syndrome 
  • Other diseases and pathological conditions

Nephrology disease:

  • Kidney Failure
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome 
  • Polycystic kidney disorder
  • Renal insufficiency 
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hypertension
  • Fluid and electrolyte disorders
  • Other diseases and pathological conditions 

Rheumatology disease:

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Lupus 
  • Scleroderma 
  • Myositis 
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
  • Autoimmune inflammatory diseases and other 


  • Anamnesis (History of Present Illness)
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory testing (blood, urine, hormone panel, sweet test) 
  • Instrumental diagnostics (X-ray. MRI, Ultrasound, Endoscopy, etc.)
  • Genetic testing 


  • Training for lifestyle modifications
  • Healthy diet 
  • Drug therapy 
  • Hormone therapy 
  • Hemodialysis 
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Kidney Transplantation
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Doctor profile


  • 1978 - 1985 Studies of Medicine, Medical School, University of Heidelberg and University of Cologne
  • 1985 to1990 Resident and Fellow, Medical Clinic II of the University of Cologne
  • 1992 to 1998 Fellow, Attending, Medical Clinic of the University of Würzburg


  • 1991 to 1992 Postdoc, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1998 to 2004 Professor (C3), Section Chief, Endocrinology, Medical Department 2, University
  • of Freiburg
  • 2004 to 2012 C4-Professor and Director, ‘Medizinische Klinik Innenstadt‘, University Hospital
  • LMU Munich
  • 2006 to 2012 Teaching Dean, Medical Faculty of the LMU Munich
  • 2007 to 2012 Acting Chief, ‘Medizinische Poliklinik’, University Hospital, LMU Munich
  • Since 2012 Director, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, LMU Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2017 Editor-in-Chief, Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetology
  • Since 2016 Member, Fachkollegium Medizin, DFG
  • From 2014 to 2017 President of the German Endocrine Society (DGE)
  • Since 2014 POC member of the Annual Meeting of the German Endocrine Society
  • Since 2013 Member, Endocrine Society Practice Guideline on Primary Aldosteronism
  • Since 2013 National Coordinator of French-German Transnational Collaboration Program
  • Since 2011 Board member, Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, Munich
  • From 2009 to 2013 Member of the Executive Committee of European Society of Endocrinology
  • Since 2008 Advisor, German Israeli Foundation
  • Since 2007 Member of Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences
  • Since 2007 Editorial Board member of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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