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Essen University Hospital

Essen, Germany

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Essen University Hospital

Essen University hospital is famous for its clinical research and development of new technologies and methods of treatment in transplantology, oncology, perinatal medicine, treatment of cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

Since 1909 the hospital has developed rapidly while receiving the status of a university in 1963. Since 2009, the oncology center of Essen is considered the largest center in Germany in the field of cancer treatment coordinating with the world's leading clinics.

The first in positron emission tomography (PET) center in Germany was invented here for the most accurate diagnosis of neoplasms . Also, the hospital has been accredited by JCI, which has accredited only 200 clinics around the world.

The key departments of the Essen clinic are:

  • Department of B.M.T (considered the leading in Europe and the second in the world);
  • Department of General and Organ Transplant Surgery (regularly practice - heart, kidney, pancreas, liver and lung transplantation, one liver transplant to two patients and combined organ transplants);
  • Department of Oncology (the most popular in Germany and Europe in the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex forms of malignant neoplasms) In addition to traditional chemo-therapy, accurately Target medications, monoclonal antibodies, substances that suppress the growth of tumors are actively used in practice);
  • Cardiology department (it deals with diagnostics and treatment of all forms and any complexity of cardiovascular diseases.The newest technologies contribute to the accurate diagnosis of circulatory disorders, ultrasound, cardiac catheterization, special attention is paid to the treatment of wounds in chronic venous insufficiency and diabetic foot, stenting and vascular prosthesis operations) ;
  • Hematology department (deals with hematological oncology, blood clotting disorder, creates unique methods for treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, uses high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation, treats acute and chronic leukemias, lymphomas, myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative syndrome, multiple myeloma, anemia, immunological diseases, thrombocytopenia) ;
  • Department of hepatology and gastroenterology (treat pancreas diseases, functional diseases and chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, acute and chronic liver diseases, gastroenterological oncology);
  • Department of Neurosurgery (performs surgical interventions on the central and peripheral nervous system, malignant and benign brain tumors, head, spine, spinal cord.) In the department of pediatric neurosurgery they are engaged in developmental malformations and diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system);
  • Department of Neurology (diagnosis and treatment of stroke, headaches,migraines, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, ataxia, cerebellar disease, Parkinson's disease, dystonia and polyneuropathy of various origins);
  • Department of Urology (accepts patients of all age groups, specializes in urological oncology and pediatric urology.) Special surgical procedures include brachytherapy with prostate cancer and urinary incontinence surgery;
  • Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive care Medicine (over 26,000 narcosis are performed by Anesthesiologists and help patients 24 hours a day,equipped with all necessary equipment, including the "artificial lung" system for acute respiratory failure);
  • Department of nephrology (diagnosis and therapy of all kidney diseases, arterial hypertension, autoimmune diseases, kidney transplant, all types of hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, treatment of vasculitis, congenital malformations of the kidneys and urinary tract);
  • Department of obstetrics and gynecology (specializes in breast cancer, laparoscopic operations in severe forms of myomas, endometriosis, cancer of internal genital organs, incontinence in women, are engaged in oncology of external genitalia, pregnancy with severe toxicosis, pregnancy with immunological problems, multiple pregnancies);
  • Department of Traumatology (Deals with the treatment of fractures and injuries of bones and joints, benign and malignant neoplasms of the musculoskeletal system, hand surgery, treatment of victims of catastrophes with fresh injuries, patients in shock, with sepsis, other complications.

Advantages of the Essen University Hospital in facts:

In the department of general, visceral and transplant surgery, 143 liver transplants (14% donor liver transplants), 140 kidney transplants, 340 GIT operations are performed annually.

In the Department of Dermatology, more than 3,000 patients with skin cancer are diagnosed each year, about 320 patients with organ transplant rejection are taken, 894 patients are treated with photopheresis (a procedure for treating blood cells).

All programs of diagnosis and treatment are made accordingly with each individual case, strictly individually. Each patient has the opportunity to consult with all necessary specialists.

The clinic has more than 350 clinical trials, to which patients have access. The number of tests is constantly growing.

Cancer treatment in Essen Hospital

Essen University Hospital

At the regional and national level, the institution cooperates with the number of private and public institutions and doctors practicing in the field of oncological diseases. It is important to note that the hospital also cooperates with one of the leading oncological centers - the West German Center for Proton Therapy WPE.

Here, all types of nuclear-diagnostic studies are practiced, diagnoses of the thyroid gland diseases and neuroendocrine neoplasms. They develop unique radiopharmaceuticals for PET, carry out thyroid radioiodine therapy, radionuclide therapy for metastatic pain, radio immune lymphoma therapy, intrapleural or intraperitoneal therapy for lesions of serous membranes, intra arterial treatment of liver oncology.

Department for the anterior chamber diseases of the eye in Essen Hospital

The hospital has a department for the anterior chamber diseases of the eye, which specializes in glaucoma, cataracts performs surgical interventions on the muscles of the eyeball, eyelids, eye tumors, cornea, corneal transplantation, inflammation and eye burns.

Also there is a department of the posterior chamber diseases of the eye. Specializes in the pathology of the retina and vitreous body, retinoblastoma, perform interventions on the retina, vitreous humor and the vessels of the eye. The department is officially considered to be the largest in Germany and one of the largest in the world in terms of volume of operations on different processes in the eyes.

Pediatric Department for childhood diseases No. 1 nurses over 700 prematurely newborns annually, including newborns weighing up to a thousand grams. This department deals with intensive therapy of seriously ill babies and teenagers, practices innovative artificial respiration technologies, nurses children after a liver or kidney transplant.

Pediatric Department for childhood diseases No. 2 treat congenital and acquired kidney diseases, gastrointestinal tract, endocrinology, prepare for transplantation and conduct post-operative care. The largest hemodialysis center for children in West Germany is here.

Pediatric Department for childhood diseases No. 3 specializes in hematology and oncology, pulmonology, cardiology in infants and adolescents. They treat malignant diseases of blood and internal organs, conduct chemotherapy, transplant bone marrow cells, blood replacement therapy, thermal therapy.

Features of the Clinic

It is important to note that the Essen Clinic specializes in the transplantation of homoepoietic stem cells (allogeneic stem cell transplantation from a related and unrelated donor, tissue-compatible with the patient through the HLA system of donors) in formations.

Special attention should be paid to the STC Cancer Center. Oncosurgery here is at the highest level. High doses of chemotherapy and target irradiation of tumors are performed, new approaches are used in the treatment of hormone-dependent tumors and in the palliative therapy of cancer patients. The center also cooperates with the WPE Proton Therapy Center.

The latest techniques, using molecular visualization, enable to determine precancerous conditions in adults and children even before the tumor and its metastases are formed.

The University Hospital Essen is equipped with highly innovative equipment:

  • Positron emission tomography;
  • PET-CT;
  • a gamma camera system for radionuclide diagnostics;
  • cyclotron;
  • linear accelerator;
  • digital modern angiographic device for cardiovascular research;
  • navigation system for microsurgery;
  • X-ray equipment of different kinds;
  • lithotriptor (modern apparatus for crushing stones of the bladder and removing their fragments);
  • there is a laboratory for cardiac catheterization.
Testimonials (1)
Average clinic rating
Chris harris
Patient Verified
  • 5

5 star service was provided to us during check up process. People are so cooperative starting from doctors , nurses till the administration team. Great choice for an yearly check up.

Essen, Germany, December 2, 2017


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Проф. Дитрих Беелен
Prof. Dietrich W. Beelen
Experience: 24 years
Проф. Дирк Шадендорф
Prof. Dirk Schadendorf
Experience: 24 years
Проф. Кристоф Кляйншнитц
Prof. Christoph Kleinschnitz
Experience: 17 years
Проф. Петер Реймер
Prof. Peter Reimer
Experience: 25 years
The Department of Transplantology at the Essen Clinic is headed by Professor Beelen since 2002 which is the largest transplantation center in Europe with nearly 4,000 allogeneic stem cell transplants and is considered one of the most experienced centers in the world. Professor Beelen received the Karl Heinrich-Bauer Medal for his work in the field of allogeneic stem cell transplantation. He made a great contribution to the improvement of the situation of patients with schizophrenic leukemia and strengthened the reputation of the treatment of oncology in Germany due to successful research in the field of stem cell transplantation. He has about 454 publications. Today, the professor develops and tests modified allogeneic stem cell preparations for patients without tissue-compatible donors, as well as innovative cell-therapeutic drugs. He is also the chairman of the German stem cell transplant registry. Professor also deals with benign hematologic systemic diseases and transplantation of patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells after a myoablative regimen (ie irreversibly destroying bone marrow function). He is engaged in research and practice of allogeneic stem cell transplantation with partially identical donors.
Membership in international communities:The German Cancer Society (DKG)German registry of stem cell transplantation
Specialty of the doctor: transplantology, oncology.
Prof. Dietrich W. Beelen
Experience: 24 years
Professor Dirk Schaderdorf is the head of the Department of Dermatology and Oncodermatology at the University Hospital Essen. He studied medicine at the University of Hamburg, was trained in the Memorial Cancer Center. Sloan-Kettering (New York, USA) and received a specialty in immunotherapy. He was appointed assistant professor of oncodermatology at Mannheim Hospital. He directed the skin cancer department at the German Cancer Research Center (Heidelberg). Professor Schaderdorf participates in more than 30 clinical studies on the treatment of skin cancer and is the author of over 400 articles. Professor is also engaged in oncological diseases of the skin in all clinical stages, deals with dermatological surgery, phlebology, venereology, specializes in HIV and proctology, skin diseases in organ transplants, inflammatory skin diseases, in particular psoriasis.
Membership in international communities:President of DeCOG (Dermatologic Cooperative Oncology Group)Member of the EORTC Melanoma Group
Specialty of the doctor: dermatology, oncology
Prof. Dirk Schadendorf
Experience: 24 years
Christoph Kleinschnitz studied medicine at the University of Würzburg. After defending his thesis, he practiced for several years at the Neurological University Hospital of Würzburg, having obtained the specialty of a neurologist in 2007. In 2009, he headed the intensive care unit for patients with stroke and outpatient clinics, which treat apoplexy attacks and diseases of the blood vessels of the brain. Moreover, since 2010, he was in charge of the Clinical Laboratory of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology. To this day he is the leading specialist of the neurological department at the University Clinic Essen. The scientific activity of the doctor is aimed at molecular visualization (magnetic resonance imaging) and inflammation of the central nervous system. In 2006 he received the International Scholarship Prize of the American Academy of Neurology. He received the "Young Scientist" prize in a network competence russia, Berlin. In 2007 he was awarded the Herman-Rein Prize of the Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology, Berlin. In 2008 he received the Theodor-Negeli prize from Theodor-Negeli Foundation, Basel, as well as the Habilitation Prize of the Wilhelm H. Ruhti Foundation, Würzburg. The newspaper DIE ZEIT awarded him the title "Young Scientist of the Year".
Membership in international communities:
  • European Neurological Society
  • Association of German University
  • Society of microcirculation and vascular biology

Specialty of the doctor: neurology 
Prof. Christoph Kleinschnitz
Experience: 17 years
Professor Peter Reimer is the head of the Department of Hematology, Oncohematology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the Clinic Essen. Works in the field of oncology, oncohematology, specializes in leukemia and lymphomas. He also specializes in stem cell transplantation and in palliative therapy. Received international recognition in the treatment of T-cell lymphomas. He studied at the University of Hamburg, the University. Albert and Ludwig (Freiburg, Germany), the Royal Hospital (Manchester, Great Britain) and the Cantonal Hospital (St. Gallen, Switzerland), trained at the University Hospital of Würzburg. Took direct participation in the creation of the center for allogeneic transplantations, together with M. Wilhelm and F. Weissinger. In 2002 he received the certificate of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO-MORA). In 2012, received another certificate from the European Society (ESMO-MORA) . In the same year he received the title of Professor at the University of Würzburg. Professor Reimer has been practicing in the treatment of cancer for over 20 years. During this time, the doctor worked on the positions of a senior doctor, head of the department and deputy director of the Center for Stem Cell Transplantation. To this day he is actively engaged in scientific activities in oncohematology and is an author of many scientific publications.
Membership in international communities:
  • The German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM)
  • The German Society of Hematology and Oncology (DGHO)
  • Working Group of Palliative Medicine with DGHO
  • The European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO)
  • German Cancer Society
  • The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • European Group on Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT)
  • The German Lymphoma Research Group (GLSG)

Specialty of the doctor: hematology, oncology, oncohematology, stem cell transplantation
Prof. Peter Reimer
Experience: 25 years
Location of the Clinic
Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstraße, 45147, Essen, Germany

Essen University Hospital in Germany is located 8 kilometers from Essen Airport. By car or taxi you can reach the hospital in 15 minutes.


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