Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplantation Medicine, Essen: Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut H.-J. Schmidt

Prof. Dr Hartmut H.-J. Schmidt
Specialist in Gastroenterology
Essen, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Diseases of the liver and bile duct
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease
  • Functional gastrointestinal diseases
  • Pancreatic diseases 
  • Gastroenterological tumours, especially hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Advanced liver disease
  • Parenteral nutrition

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Sonography, interventional sonography
  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Endosonography
  • Gastroscopy 
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mini laparoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Limax test, pH measurement, manometry, impedance measurement

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Acute and chronic liver disease
  • Liver transplant outpatient clinic
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease
  • Functional bowel disease research
  • Clinical hepato-gastroenterology
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Gastrointestinal function and its disorders
  • Interventional endoscopy
  • Portal hypertension, TIPSS

About Prof. Dr Hartmut H.-J. Schmidt – Specialist in Gastroenterology & Hepatology in Essen

Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut H.-J. Schmidt is a specialist in gastroenterology and the director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplantation Medicine at Essen University Hospital. As a maximum care gastroenterological center, the clinic covers the entire spectrum of gastroenterology. All diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and the organs liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen are diagnosed and treated.

The Essen Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplant Medicine focuses on diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal tumors, treating chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, and diagnosing and interventional functional diagnostics and therapy.

The medical centre offers the latest medical and hygienic standards. A total of 69 beds on 4 nursing wards are available for admission and treatment of inpatients. In addition, the clinic includes an intensive care unit where patients who require intensive medical therapy after major surgical procedures are treated.

The First Address for Liver Diseases: The Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplantation Medicine in Essen

The early detection of liver inflammations (hepatitis) and other liver diseases presents a particular clinical challenge. It is typical for liver diseases that there are often no noticeable symptoms which would warn the patient at an early stage and prompt him to visit a doctor.

Complaints associated with liver disease such as constant fatigue, digestive problems, chronic itching or frequent nosebleeds are classified as "everyday complaints" and therefore, are often not taken very seriously. This makes a careful diagnosis all the more important as a prerequisite for healing or at least improving the disease.

Prof. Schmidt and his team of doctors treat patients with liver disease according to the latest standards of gastroenterology and hepatology. Among other things, virus-induced liver inflammation can be controlled by stimulating the immune system. In case of autoimmune liver disease, on the other hand, it is important to temporarily suppress the immune system.

The excellent reputation of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplantation Medicine at Essen University Hospital has led to a large proportion of hepatology patients being referred by hospitals and private practice physicians outside the greater Essen area. In recent years, this standing has accounted for the increasing numbers of patients with advanced liver disease, requiring further diagnostic clarification with regard to a liver transplant. For some patients, liver transplantation offers the best chance of a long-term cure. The Essen University Hospital has been a leading centre in the field of liver transplant since 1987, both nationally and internationally.

Specialists in the Treatment of Liver Cancer at Essen University Hospital

An important focus of the clinic is primary liver tumours – in particular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Since the foundation of the Liver Tumour Centre in Essen in 2007 and the establishment of its own special consultation hours, the clinic has developed into a nationwide focus point in the diagnosis and therapy of hepatocellular tumours.

In order to determine the most gentle and promising therapeutic procedure for each individual patient, every case is discussed in an interdisciplinary liver tumour board review. Prof. Schmidt and his team master the entire spectrum of surgical, minimally invasive and drug-based medicine in HCC therapy, e.g. TACE, SIRT or radiofrequency ablation. In order to ensure optimal treatment of a hepatocellular carcinoma after diagnosis, it is prudent to see the doctor as soon as possible. Only then can all therapy options be examined at an early stage in order to achieve a cure.

Intensive Care for Chronic Gastrointestinal Diseases

Chronic inflammatory bowel disease (CED) is the collective term for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Patients suffer from abdominal pain and diarrhea for years, often accompanied by severe fatigue. The specialist outpatient clinic for inflammatory bowel diseases at the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplant Medicine in Essen has been caring for CED patients for more than 30 years. Since chronic inflammatory bowel diseases often become apparent in childhood or adolescence, these patients require particularly intensive medical care.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis refers to chronic inflammation of the colon, which is usually accompanied by ulcerous changes in the colonic mucosa. It usually begins at the lowest part of the colon and can spread from there over the entire large intestine. Typical symptoms include frequent bloody diarrhoea, a constant need to urgently pass stools, decrease in performance and weight loss. The disease progresses in relapses: phases of complete freedom from complaints alternate with symptoms of illness that require hospitalisation.

Crohn's Disease

Unlike ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease can affect all parts of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Most frequently, however, the transition area from the small intestine to the colon is affected. Symptoms depend on the digestive area afflicted and possible complications. Typical symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, formation of fistulas (usually in the region of the anus) and severe weight loss.

If symptoms are very pronounced during a flare-up of the disease, it is possible for sufferers of chronic inflammatory bowel disease to be admitted to the Essen University Hospital Essen as inpatients. In addition to endoscopic therapy procedures, the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplant Medicine offers all established therapy methods with accompanying nutritional counseling by trained dieticians.

Endoscopy: Safe Diagnosis of Gastroenterological Diseases

The endoscopic department at the gastroenterology centre in Essen performs all diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic examinations. A particular focus lies in the care of liver transplant patients who have developed constrictions in the region of the bile ducts. Other areas of focus are gastroscopy and colonoscopy, during which it is possible to stop bleeding, remove polyps, implant a stent (e.g., in the oesophagus, in the small or large intestine) or perform a balloon dilatation, all at the same time.

You can find further information at Prof. Dr Hartmut H.-J. Schmidt's website.


Medical Team

  • PD Dr. med. Christoph Schramm
    Senior Physician Outpatient Clinic, Endoscopy, Nutrition
  • PD Dr. med. Julia Kälsch
    Senior Physician Private Outpatient Clinic, Sonography
  • Dr. med. Martina Schmidt
    Senior Physician Private Outpatient Clinic, Sonography
  • Dr. med. Claudia Veltkamp
    Senior Physician Outpatient Clinic and Acting Head of Endoscopy
  • PD Dr. med. Arne Bokemeyer
    Head Abdomen Sonography and CED Outpatient Clinic
  • Dr. med. Amos Zeller
    Main Focus TIPSS, Liver Failure, Intensive Care Medicine
  • Dr. med. Jassin Rashidi
    Managing Senior Physician
  • Dr. med. Katharina Willuweit
    Representative Department Director, Head of LTX Follow-Up, Head of Clinical and Experimental Transplantation Hepatology Group


Essen Central Railway Station 2,5 km
Mühlheim Central Railway Station 9 km
Essen/Mühlheim Airport 7 km
Düsseldorf Airport 27 km
Dortmund Airport 48 km

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Prof. Dr Hartmut H.-J. Schmidt

Essen University Hospital
Department for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplantation Medicine
Hufelandstraße 55, D-45147 Essen

T: +49 201 71 999 031
F: +49 201 723 5971


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