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Department of internal medicine (haematology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases and stem cell transplantation)

Prof. Dr. med. Hermann Einsele
internal medicine, haematology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases and stem cell transplantation

About the department

The department of internal medicine (haematology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases and stem cell transplantation) at University Hospital Wurzburg offers a full range of medical services for treating digestive tract diseases, including the liver and biliary tract, blood diseases and infectious diseases. The department's medical team researches diseases and develops new treatments to benefit patients. All patients are treated on an interdisciplinary basis. Doctors can offer innovative treatments for many diseases as part of clinical trials. In addition to clinical and technical procedures, many modern laboratory tests are available for diagnosis and therapy. The department has established close cooperation with specialists from the university institutes of hygiene and microbiology, as well as virology and immunobiology.

The attention of the doctors of the department is focused on the field of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, diseases of the biliary tract and pancreas, as well as the gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, the department is one of Germany's leading centres for neuroendocrine tumours. In the field of haematology, specialists treat benign and malignant blood diseases using chemotherapy, radiation therapy, monoclonal antibody treatment and stem cell transplantation. Every year, about 100 patients undergo allogeneic stem cell transplantation to treat lymphomas, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, and aplastic anaemia. Highly qualified doctors of the department offer only the latest advances in medicine and are constantly working on further improvement of methods and treatment regimens.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Autoimmune gastrointestinal tract diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Complex forms of pancreatic diseases
  • Planning of atypical or complex endoscopic procedures
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Neuroendocrine tumours
  • Different types of anaemia
  • Platelet count reduction (thrombocytopenia)
  • Neutropenia
  • Accumulation diseases
  • Acute leukaemia and chronic leukaemia 
  • Malignant lymphomas
  • Multiple myeloma 
  • Myeloproliferative diseases
  • Chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis B, C, D)
  • Liver cirrhosis of various etiologies
  • HIV infection
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory rheumatic disorders (spondyloarthritis)
  • Collagenous
  • Vasculitides
  • Immune deficiency syndromes

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination (palpation) 
  • Full blood count
  • Platelet count and coagulation test
  • Bone marrow trephine biopsy
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Bone scintigraphy 
  • Endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy, colonoscopy) 

Treatment: 

  • Drug therapy 
  • Infusion therapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Immunotherapy 
  • Radiation therapy 
  • Minimally invasive procedures 
  • Endoscopic procedures 
  • Laser treatment 
  • Cryotherapy 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Other treatment services
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1977 - 1980 Study of Medicine at Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen
  • 1980 - 1981 DAAD Foundation Fellow, Owen University of Manchester
  • 1984 Examination for a medical certificate (Tuebingen)
  • 1984 Admission to medical practice
  • 1986 PhD thesis defence, Toxicology Institute Tuebingen (summa cum laude)
  • 1986 Scientific Internship at the Max Planck Institute, Martinsried
  • 1991 Certified as a General Practitioner
  • 1996 Additional qualification in Hematology and Oncology

Experience

  • 1984 - 1993 Assistant Physician, Department of Internal Medicine II at the University Hospital Tuebingen
  • 1992 Research internship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), Seattle
  • 1993 Senior Physician at the Department of Hematology, Oncology, Rheumatology and Immunology at the University Hospital Tuebingen
  • 1999 Appointed as an Extraordinary Professor, University of Tuebingen
  • 2000 Visiting Professor, City of Hope Hospital, Duarte, USA
  • 2001 Head of the Department, University of Tuebingen
  • 2003 Visiting Professor, City of Hope Hospital, Duarte, USA
  • 20004 Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
  • 2008 Invitation to the position of the Head of the Department of Internal Medicine III at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (rejection)
  • 2011 - 2015 Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
  • Since 2015 Vice President of the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2003 Van Bekkum Award
  • 2011 Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (London)
  • 2012 Nobel Lecture, Nobel Committee of the Karolinska Institute
  • Since 2014 Member of the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz
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