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Department of internal medicine (cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology, endocrinology, metabolic diseases and geriatrics)

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Frantz
internal medicine, cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology, endocrinology, metabolic diseases and geriatrics

About the department

The department of internal medicine (cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology, endocrinology, metabolic diseases and geriatrics) at University Hospital Wurzburg provides comprehensive diagnostics and treatment for diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and hormonal disorders. The department has state-of-the-art technology so doctors can apply high-precision diagnostics and effective treatment. Patients, their health and a positive emotional attitude towards a favourable therapy outcome are at the centre of all the medical team's efforts. For the treatment of acute and emergency conditions, the department has a spacious 24-bed intensive care unit with modern technical equipment, various options for organ replacement procedures and specialized nursing staff. The department is a certified centre for cardiac catheterization, so cardiologists regularly perform operations such as stent implantation, rotablation and balloon dilation. Thanks to three catheterization laboratories, cardiologists provide medical care to patients with acute infarction or heart attacks around the clock.

In endocrinology, the department specializes in treating osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, thyroid diseases and endocrine system tumours. In addition, the department is certified by the European Union as a centre for the treatment of rare endocrine disorders. Nephrology and treating all acute and chronic kidney diseases are among the priorities. In addition, the department's specialists enjoy an impeccable reputation in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary emphysema and bronchial ecstasy. Modern methods are available to doctors, including endoscopic procedures, minimally invasive procedures and effective medical therapy.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Acute heart attack 
  • Heart rhythm disorders 
  • Coronary heart disease 
  • Congenital and acquired heart defects 
  • Structural heart disease 
  • All types of diabetes mellitus 
  • Lipid metabolism disorders 
  • Obesity 
  • Endocrine tumours 
  • Secondary arterial hypertension due to hormonal disorders 
  • Thyroid and parathyroid diseases
  • Acute kidney failure 
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Autoimmune disease 
  • Bronchial asthma 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Pulmonary hypertension 

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Clinical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Lipid profile 
  • Electrocardiography (ECG) 
  • Echocardiography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Spirography (lung functions test) 
  • Endoscopic procedures (bronchoscopy) 
  • Catheter angiography 
  • Urinalysis 

Treatment: 

  • Drug therapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Hormonal therapy 
  • Radiation therapy 
  • Heart valve interventions 
  • Catheter treatment options 
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy 
  • Catheter ablation 
  • Implantable mechanical heart support systems 
  • Hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis 
  • Kidney transplantation 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Laser treatment 
  • Other treatment procedures
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1989-1991 Study of Medicine, University of Regensburg
  • 1991-1994 University of Wurzburg
  • 1994 University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
  • 1994-1996 the University of Wurzburg, 3rd State Examination
  • One-year practice in Neurology and Cardiology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1996 Title of the Candidate of Medical Sciences
  • 1996-1997 Intern, University Hospital Wurzburg
  • 2006 Specialisation in Cardiology
  • 2006 Doctoral thesis defense in Therapy, Venia Legendi, and appointment to the position of Private Docent
  • 2006 Certified Specialist in Health Economics
  • 2007 Additional qualification in Intensive Care
  • 2012 Permission to provide advanced training courses in Intensive Care for doctors

Experience

  • 1998-2000 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, USA
  • 2000-2007 Assistant Physician at the University Hospital Wurzburg
  • 2007 Senior Physician of the Intensive Care Unit
  • 2009 Head of the Department of Emergency Medical Care and Admission Unit
  • 2010 Board Member and Scientific Director of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Center Wurzburg
  • 2010 Deputy Director of the Department of Internal Medicine I, University Hospital Wurzburg
  • 2014 Director of the Department of Internal Medicine, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 2014 Chairman of the Professional and Examination Board for Cardiology, Federal State Association Saxony-Anhalt
  • 2017 Director of the Department of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, and Pulmonology, University Hospital Wurzburg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the German Society of Internal Medicine
  • Member of the German Society of Cardiology
  • Member of the German Diabetes Association
  • Member of the American Heart Association, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
  • Member of the European Society of Cardiology, Working Group on Myocardial Function
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