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Charité University Hospital

Berlin, Germany

Clinic Review

Charité University Hospital
Charite - the largest clinic in Europe
, as well as the role model of university hospitals in Germany. The clinic works in conjunction with academic giants such as the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Free University of Berlin.

Charite is known far beyond Germany, as the world renowned doctors have worked here and continue to work here, among them are the 11 Nobel prize winners , this is more than half of all the German Nobel Prize winners in Physiology and Medicine.

The academic status of the clinic means that new researches are conducted together with the universities and innovations are born, which later save thousands of patients lives in the clinic. It is in Charite that diagnostic and treatment methods are available that have no analogues in the world.

Charite is internationally renowned for its excellent practice of teaching future leaders in the field of medicine. The University of Medicine Charite is a unified medical faculty that cooperates with both the Berlin Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin. 
The structure of Charite includes four campuses, as well as about 100 different faculties and institutes, which constitute a total of 17 different centers of medicine in Charite. In 2010, the clinic celebrated its 300th anniversary. Today Charite is one of the largest employers in Berlin. In the centers of the clinic, there are 13,200 employees (or 17,100 people, including subsidiaries), and the total annual turnover is 1.6 billion euros.

Facts and figures of Charite

  • The total area of ​​the clinic's campuses is 540,000 square meters.
  • The clinic has 3,011 beds.
  • Average hospital stay 5.71 days.
  • 9 797 scientists and doctors work in Charite (261 of them are professors), 4 293 nurses, 725 administrative employees.
  • 5 394 children are treated every year.
  • 74,640 operations are carried out annually in Charite.
  • 629 transplantations are performed here.
  • Inpatient treatment in Charite annually 146,000 people.
  • Outpatient treatment in Charité annually has 694,000 patients.
  • The annual income of the clinic is 1.6 billion euros.
  • The clinic invests 153.4 million euros to finance third-party organizations.
  • The clinic spends 203.1 million euros in the form of grants for training and research.
  • 7,000 students are trained in Charite, 1,300 of whom have come from abroad.

Features of the Clinic

Modern diagnostic center in Charite Hospital

Charité University Hospital
Modern radiology and nuclear medicine are available in Charite. The structure of the clinic includes 6 radiological centers, including the Department of Neuroradiology and Pediatric Radiology, as well as the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Medical Physics.

Radiology of Charite is represented by the most modern technologies: 14 CT scanners, 12 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and numerous ultrasound machines. There is also availability a positron emission computed tomography (PET-CT) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT-CT).
 
In the Charite Clinic, interventional radiology is also developed (minimally invasive interventions under the control of visualization methods).

For modern and safe interventional radiology, 9 angiographic systems and an open MRI system are available in Charite.
For the implementation of high-quality laboratory testing clinic Charité together with the clinic Vivantes created LaborBerlin - Europe's largest hospital laboratory, having 400 employees in the state and 20 million tests per year.

Cardiology and cardiovascular medicine in Charite

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI) is used in the Charité clinic for better visualization of myocardial damage. This is the only imaging technology that allows you to view the heart muscle without the need for invasive procedures and without the use of X-rays or radioactive substances, which allows you to diagnose anomalies at an early stage.
  
Charite - the birthplace of thoracic surgery and heart surgery, is one of the largest heart hospitals in Germany. Cardiological examination covers all diseases, and for treatment the whole spectrum of modern invasive and non-invasive methods are available to cure any cardiovascular disease.

Treatment of neurological diseases in Charite Clinic

Charité University HospitalNeurology in Charite is under the direction of Professor Dr. Matthias Endrs. His scientific activity is focused on the study of stroke and functional imaging of the brain. The hospital has well-equipped laboratories for neuroscientists and other modern methods for diagnosing neurological diseases. In the stroke therapy department of Neurology section, more than 900 patients are provided medical care annually. 

Oncology in Charite Hospital

Charité University Hospital
Oncology in Charite Hospita
l is represented by three specialized centers: Charite Mitte, Charite Virchow and Benjamin Franklin Clinic.

In addition to many years of experience of the physician, the Charite clinic has all modern therapeutic techniques and devices, such as the CyberKnife, as well as robotic radiosurgery system da Vinci robot.

 For the treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies there are methods such as antibody therapy, radio and immunotherapy, or  transplantation of autologous stem cells, cellular immunotherapy, regional chemotherapy.
 
The focus in treatment of Lung Cancer is given to early detection of lung cancer, the study of mechanisms of inflammation, gene therapy, airway remodeling in chronic respiratory diseases and lung transplantation. 

Radiooncology treatment in Charite offers procedures such as: tomotherapy, radiosurgery, intensive-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), radiotherapy with visualization (IGRT), intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), total body irradiation (TBI), combination chemotherapy with immunotherapy and bio modulators  with radiotherapy, Rapid Arc technology, intraoperative whole body irradiation and others. The patient is treated by interdisciplinary team. This ensures that there is always a team of experts who individually take care of each patient and his condition.

Orthopedics department in Charite Hospital

In the orthopedics department of clinic Charite all diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system are treated. Modern technologies and prostheses are available here. Center of Orthopedics in Clinic Charite has repeatedly been placed in the TOP orthopedic medical institutions in Germany according to the magazine Focus.
 
All types of surgeries are present in the Charité clinic: from bariatric surgery, to neurosurgery, thoracic and vascular surgery, reconstructive surgery and organ transplantation. Charite Berlin was certified as a consulting center by the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV). 

Innovative technology in Charite

Charite has about 55 subsidiary research institutes, including the Max Planck Institute, the Robert Koch Institute, Charite Institute of Microbiology. Charite - the heart of health research in Berlin, as well as its driving force. Currently, the clinic is joining forces with the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) to provide the Berlin Institute for Health (BIH) with a unique approach to systemic medicine in Germany.

Many innovative developments of German scientists were born in Charite. The creation of innovations that will be used in the prevention and treatment of diseases is the goal of all the research efforts of the clinic. For this purpose, there are 3,700 researchers involved in more than 1,000 projects. All the fundamental research results are patient-oriented and quickly applied in clinical practice.

Currently, Charite focuses its efforts on the following six main areas of research: neurobiology, oncology, regenerative therapy, cardiology, immunology and genetics.

Clinical trials in Charite

Clinical trials are studies with the voluntary participation of patients who are conducted to test new drugs or evaluate innovative treatments, as well as diagnostic tests. In Charite, clinical trials are subject to strict legal requirements and are conducted in accordance with internationally accepted ethical and scientific standards. At the same time, safety and well-being of trial participants are of paramount importance.

Every year, Charite conducts more than 800 clinical trials covering wide range of specialties. Their financing is carried out by state financial organizations (BMBF, DFG, EU), funds and partners from the industry.

In what Specialties can innovative treatment appear?

  • NeuroCure: Research focus on the study of neurological disorders, including stroke, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Researchers are also interested in the study of disorders such as Alzheimer's, autism, depression and schizophrenia.
  • BSRT (Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapy): the research focuses on the development of methods for treating disorders of the immune system, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems for which existing therapies remain inadequate.
  • BSIO (Berlin School of Integrative Oncology): the research focuses on the most demanding clinical problems in the field of oncology.

Examples of the revolutionary achievements of the Charite Clinic for the first half of 2017:

  • The specialists of Charite have found a new therapeutic approach to the treatment of pneumonia.
  • Charite Surgeons for the first time implanted a special heart support system for a patient with severe inflammation of the heart muscle.
  • Charite scientists and colleagues from Würzburg and Harvard Medical School have found a way to optimally tie the electrode to deep brain stimulation with the right brain region to maximize the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  • Charite scientists discovered the relationship of certain DNA sequences with an increased risk of developing some forms of periodontitis.
  • Hybrid operating rooms have been introduced in Charite, where all innovative methods for diagnosing and treating brain tumors are available.
  • Thanks to deep stimulation of the frontal areas of the brain, the scientist of Charite managed to stop the development of schizophrenia-related behavioral deficits.
  • Charite scientists found that a possible cause of myelodysplastic syndrome in children who also suffer from severe genetic diseases is a mutation in the tumor suppressor gene.
  • Specialists of Charite have demonstrated the high effectiveness of the use of the anti-asthmatic drug Omalizumab for the treatment of various forms of hives.
  • Charite scientists and colleagues from the Berlin Institute for Health Research and Imperial College in London found the unique therapy with ribonucleic acid - "low-interfering RNA" (siRNA) - protects patients with a high risk of cardiovascular disease from high cholesterol, the main factor Risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.
  • Charite scientists have developed an anesthetic method without side effects in the form of an effect on the brain or intestine.
  • Sharit's scientists analyzed tumor patterns in patients with colon cancer as well as colorectal carcinoma, identified biomarkers characteristic of various tumor subgroups, and identified molecules that predicted the effectiveness of two commonly used drugs: cetuximab, an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR ) And the chemotherapeutic agent 5FU.
  • Charité specialists treated 3,000 patient with an eye tumor using proton therapy. The tumor is irradiated with protons, which penetrate into healthy tissue and release energy only in the tumor itself.
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Certificates:
Chest pain unit
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Laboratory Acceredited
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PRIMO MEDICO
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TAVI-ZENTRUM DGK-ZERTIFIZIERT
TAVI-ZENTRUM DGK-ZERTIFIZIERT
TOP 2017 Regionales Krakenhaus
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Doctors

Ведущие врачи Шарите
Prof. Dr. med. Johann Pratschke
Surgery
Experience:
20 years
Лучшие врачи Шарите
Prof. Dr. Carsten Perka
Orthopedics and traumatology
Experience:
26 years
ТОП онкогематологи Германии
Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Keilholz
Oncology
Experience:
32 years
Ведущие онкологи Берлина
Prof. Dr. Jalid Sehouli
Oncology
Experience:
37 years
Лучшие гастроэнтерологи Германии
Prof. Dr. Britta Siegmund
Gastroenterology
Experience:
19 years
Professor Dr. med. Ulf Landmesser
Professor Dr. med. Ulf Landmesser
Cardiology
Experience:
Professor Dr. med. Gert Baumann
Professor Dr. med. Gert Baumann
Cardiology
Experience:
Prof.
World-renowned specialist in the field of oncogenes, transplantation and minimally invasive surgery. Director of the department of general, visceral and transplant surgery at the campus Virchov Charite, as well as the Department of General, Visceral, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery of the Mitte Campus. Former director of the Department of Visceral, Transplant and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He graduated from the University of Maximilian Ludwig.
Two years of research in the Harvard Medical School. For a long time he held managerial positions in the Neuhaus clinic in Germany. Three-time winner of the Investigator Award from the American Society of Surgery Transplantation, winner of the German Society for Transplantation and the European Society for Organ Transplantation.
    Membership in professional organizations:
  • Austrian Society of Surgery;
  • American College of Surgeons;
  • German Society of Surgery;
  • Austrian Health Advisory Board (2009-2014);
  • European Society of Pancreas Transplantation (EPITA);
  • European Society for Transplantation.

  • Specialization of the doctor: laparoscopic surgery (surgery of the liver, pancreas, organs of the gastrointestinal tract, esophagus), cancer surgery, transplantation (liver, kidneys, pancreas, small intestine, multi-organ transplantation).
    Ведущие врачи Шарите
    Prof. Dr. med. Johann Pratschke
    Experience: 20 years
    Surgery
    Prof.
    An outstanding specialist in orthopedics. He graduated from the University of Humboldt in Berlin. Completed his doctorate and was ablated at the University of Charite under the guidance of Professor H. Zippel. Since 2003, he is deputy director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery and chairman of the Orthopedics Department of Charité Clinic. In addition, Carsten Perka is also a professor of arthroplasty and regenerative medicine since 2006 and a professor of orthopedics since 2010.
    Professor Dr. Perka is a famous scientist with various research interests. One area of ​​research by Professor Carsten Perka is the development of new implant modifications for the reconstruction of bone defects in the acetabulum, as well as primary implants to optimize the reconstruction of knee kinematics after total knee arthroplasty. Another area of ​​his work for more than a decade is the developing methods of joint replacement and arthroplasty of the hip and knee joint. The main emphasis is on a minimally invasive approach.
    Specialization of the doctor: orthopedics, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, knee joint replacement, hip joint replacement, arthroscopy and arthroplasty
    Лучшие врачи Шарите
    Prof. Dr. Carsten Perka
    Experience: 26 years
    Orthopedics and traumatology
    Prof.
    Acting Director of the Interdisciplinary Center of Oncology in Charite, Vice President of Deutscher Krebskongress. He studied medicine at the University of Mainz, USA. Completed his doctoral studies at the Institute of Pathophysiology and Sports Medicine of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Underwent clinical and research training at the Department of Hematology, Oncology and Rheumatology at Heidelberg University Hospital.
    In the role of invited scientist he worked at the National Cancer Institute, USA. He received the certificate of the Council on Hematology and Medical Oncology. Taught at the Free University of Berlin and Charite University. From 2003 to 2015 – He was Professor of Molecular and Clinical Tumor Immunology in Charite. Practically 10 years prof. Ulrich Keilholz holds senior positions in the Interdisciplinary Center of Oncology Charite.
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • EORTC Melanoma Group (Chairman 2003 - 2005);
  • International Society for Biological Cancer Therapy iSBTc (Vice President 2003 - 2005, President 2005 - 2006);
  • European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO).

  • Specialization of the doctor: hematology, medical oncology, internal medicine.
    ТОП онкогематологи Германии
    Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Keilholz
    Experience: 32 years
    Oncology
    Prof.
    German gynecologist and oncologist. Director of the obstetrics department at Charite campus Virchow and director of the obstetrics at Charite named after Benjamin Franklin, as well as director of the interdisciplinary oncogynecological center Charite. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin. At the University of Humboldt, he studied multimodal management of malignant ovarian tumors.
    In 2007 he received the title of Professor of Gynecology in the basis of the Charité clinic. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeastern German Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Chairman of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Berlin, and the Press Secretary of the Association of Gynecologic Oncology (AGO). In 2015 he received the Focus award for his achievements in the field of female oncology, in 2016 he was awarded the prize of the Moroccan King Mohammed VI for scientific achievements, and in 2017 he was awarded the German Daiwan Prize.
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • Northeast German Society of Gynecological Oncology NOGGO;
  • The Ovarian Cancer Foundation;
  • The Berlin Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology;
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO);
  • German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics;
  • Association of gynecological oncology;
  • Berlin Obstetrics and Gynecology Society (GGGB);
  • European Society of Gynecologic Oncology (ESGO).

  • Specialization of the doctor: gynecological oncology, breast cancer, ovarian cancer.
    Ведущие онкологи Берлина
    Prof. Dr. Jalid Sehouli
    Experience: 37 years
    Oncology
    Prof.
    Head of the medical clinic of gastroenterology, infectious diseases and rheumatology at Charite, a campus named after Benjamin Franklin. She graduated from the University of Ludwig-Maximilian in Munich and the Harvard Medical School in Boston. Then she studied infectious diseases at the University of Colorado.
    She was the Chairman of the Working Group on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Germany. Has a certificate of the Council of Gastroenterology of Germany. She received the title "Rising Star in Gastroenterology" from ASNMGE, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Cytokines, and the Harvard-Munich-Alliance Award for Education in Medicine. She is a recognized expert in inflammatory bowel diseases, especially Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • European Association of Peptic Ulcer (ECCO);
  • IBD Study Group;
  • Research platform of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.

  • Specialization of the doctor: inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis.
    Лучшие гастроэнтерологи Германии
    Prof. Dr. Britta Siegmund
    Experience: 19 years
    Gastroenterology
    Professor
    Specialist in internal medicine and cardiology. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. From 2007 to 2014 he was director of the department of coronary therapy and chest pain, as well as medical director of interventional cardiology with specialization in acute cardiology. In 2012, he received the Frederick Goetz Prize from the University of Zurich for his studies of HDL cholesterol.
    In the winter of 2014-2015 Professor Ulf Landmesser was awarded the title of Professor of Cardiology and was appointed Director of the Clinic of Cardiology, Pulmonology, Angiology of the Berlin Medical University and Benjamin Franklin University Hospital. Before coming to Charite, Professor Ulf Landmesser was Deputy Director of Cardiology at the University Hospital of Zurich.
    Also Ulf Landmesser is currently deputy editor-in-chief of Europe's leading medical journal, The European Heart Journal. The researches of Professor Ulf Landmesser are aimed at milder cardiac procedures, as well as preventive treatment of patients with a high degree of risk, thanks to new methods. Among other things, he developed a method in which a stent or a biological "frame" (vascular cage) can be placed with high accuracy.
    Specialization of the doctor: minimally invasive operations in cardiosurgery, valve replacement by TAVI method, coronary stenting.
    Professor Dr. med. Ulf Landmesser
    Professor Dr. med. Ulf Landmesser
    Experience:
    Cardiology
    Professor
    Leading specialist in cardiology, and since 1992 - director of the Cardiology and Angiology Department at Clinic Charite Berlin. In recent years, the clinic has developed a special expertise in the field of minimally invasive treatment of heart valve diseases with the help of catheterization. It was Professor Gert Baumann who first conducted a minimally invasive operation to replace the valve with the TAVI method.
    This method also allows treating patients with aortic valve stenosis, which are usually considered inoperable. The famous cardiosurgeon with the team of colleagues performs more than 400 minimally invasive operations per year. Also, the doctor pays special attention to problems of heart disease in women.
    During his medical career, Professor Gert Baumann conducted more than 50 clinical studies in the field of coronary heart disease and heart failure, also actively collaborated research with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMFT) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    Specialization of the doctor: minimally invasive operations in cardiac surgery, replacement of the valve with the TAVI method, heart disease in women.
    Professor Dr. med. Gert Baumann
    Professor Dr. med. Gert Baumann
    Experience:
    Cardiology
    Location of the Clinic
    Location: Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin

    The University Hospital Charite is located almost in the very heart of Berlin and occupies a fairly large area. Near the clinic there are 2 metro stations and public transport stops. The infrastructure around the hospital is fully developed, there are hotels for every taste, some of which are located indirectly in the hospital. Food places are also available here with multiple restaurants and cafes of Italian, Korean, oriental cuisine. ATMs and pharmacies are on the clinics territory.

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