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Gastroenterology, Hepatology,

Endocrinology, and Infectious Diseases

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, and Infectious Diseases here at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg. Our in-patient unit has a capacity for about 100 patients and our outpatient unit cares for 100-150 patients with various liver diseases every day.

The deparment employs approximately 100 doctors and 250 paramedical personnel. Our patients benefit from extensive clinical experience, a broad spectrum of medical services and state of the art technical equipment in providing the most advanced preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic options.

Our primary goal is to guarantee our patients the most prompt and effective medical assistance. We have long-standing experience in caring for patients from different countries and our team does everything possible to meet the needs and expectations of all of our patients.

Diagnostics & Treatment Services

We are specialized in the diagnostics and treatment of liver diseases and their various causes, especially hepatitis B, C and D as well as other causes, incl. alcohol, obesity, diabetes mellitus and others. We are further specialized in the treatment of patients with liver cirrhosis and its complications, such as ascites, variceal bleeding as well as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this context we have extensive experience in the treatment of primary or secondary liver tumors by radiofrequency thermoablation, transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and drugs as well as the treatment of the complications of portal hypertension by the implantation of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stents (TIPS).

The treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, including pancreatitis and colorectal coarcinoma is a further focal point in our division. These diseases have unfortunately become more common in recent years. Our Department carries out all diagnostic procedures and therapeutic strategies, including chemotherapies, antibody and drug therapies, radiofrequency thermoablation, gastrointestinal stent implantations and others.

Our experience includes a wide range of gastroenterological/endoscopic, diagnostic as well as therapeutic interventions:

  • Gastroenterological check-up
  • Oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy
  • Coloscopy with the removal of polyps
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Cholangioscopy
  • Stent implantation in the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon, biliary tract
  • Endoscopic and external drainage of the biliary system and pancreatic cysts
  • Push enteroscopy and video capsule imaging of the small bowel
  • Functional gastrointestinal analyses, helicobacter pylori breath test, lactose und glucose tolerance test
  • Endosonography
  • Special consultations for chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (CIBD)
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

Our "Liver Center“ specializes in all state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in cooperation with the Comprehensive Cancer Center Freiburg as well as the Departments of Oncology, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and others.

Diagnostic Procedures   

  • Sonography   
  • Endosonography   
  • Duplexsonography   
  • Contrast-enhanced sonography   
  • FibroScan   
  • Liver biopsy   
  • Endoscopy   
  • Computer Tomography (CT)   
  • Magnetic Resonance Tomography (MRT)   
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)   
  • Nuclear Medicine Analyses

Therapy of Hepatobiliary Diseases and their Complications   

  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Autoimmune hepatitis   
  • Fatty liver   
  • Toxic liver diseases   
  • Hereditary liver diseases   
  • Primary biliary liver diseases   
  • Liver cirrhosis   
  • Benign liver tumors   
  • Malignant liver tumors:  
    • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)   
    • Cholangiocellular Carcinoma (CCC)   
    • Liver metastases  
  • Implantation of stents to treat portal hypertension (TIPS)   
  • Preparation to liver transplantation   
  • Radiofrequency thermoablation of HCCs and liver metastases   
  • Malignant tumors of the gallbladder and the biliary system

Our qualified doctors in the Endocrinology and Diabetology Division consult patients with diseases in this field. Here we provide medical services in the diagnosis and treatment of all endocrine disorders, including diabetes mellitus and thyroid dysfunction. We also offer special consultation for patients with osteoporosis and patients suffering from obesity, as well as a training program for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus which include nutrition and physical exercise programs.


out-patients44,000 annually
in-patients3.000 annually
hepatology patients4,800 annually

  • 87 paramedical personnel

Our physicians

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Bertram Bengsch

  • Prof. Dr. Birke Bausch

  • PD Dr. Dominik Bettinger

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Hasselblatt

  • Prof. Dr. Roman Huber

  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Böttler

  • PD Dr. Katharina Laubner

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Neumann-Haefelin

  • Dr. Silke Regine Offensperger

  • Dr. Rafael Käser

  • Prof. Dr. Siegbert Richard Rieg

  • Dr. Michael Schultheiß

  • Dr. Henning Schwacha

  • Prof. Dr. Jochen Seufert

  • Dr. Hendrik Luxenburger

  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Wagner

  • Dr. Annegrit Decker

  • Dr. Moritz Schiemer

  • Dr. Armin Küllmer

  • Dr. Matthias Müller

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Quante

  • Dr. Lukas Sturm