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Department of palliative medicine and care

Prof. Dr. med. Johanna Anneser
palliative medicine and care, neurology, psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

About the department

The department of palliative medicine and care at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich has ten employees, including doctors, palliative care nurses, social workers, an art therapist, and an administrator. The department works as a structural part of the department of psychosomatics and psychotherapy and interacts closely with the Center for Interdisciplinary Pain Therapy and pastors at the clinic. In addition, the staff provides counselling services at the request of the ward doctors, nursing staff, or relatives to accompany seriously ill people. Up to 650 patients are treated annually in the department. In addition to inpatient palliative care for the patients undergoing treatment at the hospital, outpatient palliative care services with 24-hour on-call service are also available. 

Patients with severe illnesses and a limited life expectancy are treated with effective symptom control and pain therapy. Accompanying care is based on the fulfilment of the patients' psychological, social, and spiritual needs. The focus is on the self-determination and dignity of seriously ill and dying people.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Patients treated at the department:

  • With malignant neoplasms in III-IV stages
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Birth defects 
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Neurological diseases
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Atrophic diseases
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Other progressive diseases 
  • Posttraumatic state
  • With a limited life expectancy

Treatment activities of the department:

  • Initiating effective pain therapy and treating other stressful symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and confusion
  • Advising and informing seriously ill patients and their relatives
  • Supporting patients in overcoming and processing the illness 
  • Advising on questions of changing the therapy goal and therapy limitations and help to create and sustain life energy for caregivers 
  • Close networking with other specialist services, involving volunteers 
  • Providing support when patients are discharged home, into a hospice, or a care facility
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Doctor profile


  • 1989-1996 Medical studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich,
  • Doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry
  • 1996-2006 Specialist training at the Neurological Clinic and the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Munich
  • 2008 Habilitation in neurology
  • 2006-2010 Further training in palliative medicine at the interdisciplinary center for palliative medicine at the Clinic Grosshadern


  • 2010 Senior physician, head of the Department of palliative medicine and care at University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the the German Society for Palliative Medicine 
  • Author of more than 50 publications
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