Pediatric Pulmonologist Prof. Zielen in Frankfurt
- Bronchial asthma (severe asthma, allergic asthma, and new therapies; see www.netzwerk-schweres-asthma.de)
- Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), exercise induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO)
- Chronic cough, cough tick, Tourette's syndrome
- Allergic diseases (e.g. insect venom allergy, peanut allergy)
- Ataxia telangiectasia (Louis-Bar syndrome; see www.info-AT.de)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Bronchiolitis obliterans (see www.starkelunge.de)
Range of diagnostic services
- Pulmonary function test (spirometry, body plethysmography, LCI)
- Determination of NO from the breathing air
- Determination of bronchial sensitivity to stimuli (asthma test)
- Stress when running in cold weather
- Bronchial provocation with allergens
- Food allergy diagnosis and provocation testing
- Sweat test determination to exclude cystic fibrosis
- X-ray diagnosis, HR-CT
- pH analysis to exclude gastro-oesophageal reflux
- Bronchoscopy (endoscopic examination of the airways and lungs)
- Gastroscopy (endoscopic examination of the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum)
- In collaboration with colleagues of other disciplines, radiological examinations such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or special laboratory tests can be performed.
Range of therapeutic services
- Ambulatory care unit (new therapies; see www.medaimun.de)
- Monoclonal antibodies
- Specific immunotherapy (rush and short-term therapy)
- Interdisciplinary care of ataxia and cystic fibrosis patients (including diet counselling and physical therapy
About Prof. Dr Stefan Zielen MD
Prof Dr Stefan Zielen MD is a specialist in respiratory and allergic diseases and director of allergology, pulmonology, and cystic fibrosis in the Department of Paediatrics at the Frankfurt University Hospital. Dr Zielen has published over 180 peer reviewed articles. He is an expert in asthma, rare lung diseases, and allergic diseases. He treats children, adolescents, and adults.
The department features complete diagnostics and treats acute and chronic lung diseases in children, adolescents, and adults. With a team of specialised doctors, it is one of the leading working groups in this field. Dr Zielen and his team care for young patients and their families using the latest medical knowledge. For immune processes or allergies, the clinic's own laboratory offers a wide range of tests.
In the special area of respiratory and allergic diseases, Dr Zielen frequently treats asthma and other rare lung diseases as well as allergic diseases (allergic rhinitis, bee/wasp stings, and and peanut allergy). Dr Zielen is a proven specialist in hyposensitisation (short-term and rush immunotherapy).
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with hypersensitivity of the airways. Asthma involves a narrowing of the airways (bronchial obstruction) caused by mucus or spasms of the bronchial muscles. Asthma is often triggered by allergies and infections.
The Department of Paediatrics also features a highly specialised, interdisciplinary outpatient clinic for cystic fibrosis and the rare disorder, ataxia telangiectasia (www.info-AT.de).
Close cooperation between paediatricians, physiotherapists, dieticians, social counsellors, psychologists, and nurses guarantees the best possible care of chronically ill patients.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic metabolic disorder caused by mutations at the cellular level (mutant chloride channel) and leads to altered secretion of the glands. Patients suffer from viscous pulmonary secretions as well as viscous secretions of the pancreas, liver, or sexual organs. Because of these versatile symptoms, cystic fibrosis is classified as a complex multi-system disease. It can lead to various malfunctions of the organs. Treatment by an experienced team – like that of Dr Zielen – is therefore crucial for the long-term prognosis of young patients.
In the gastro-enterological outpatient clinic, which is also led by Dr Zielen, children with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are treated. Endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), sonography (ultrasound), and many specialised laboratory tests are available for the diagnosis of the pathologies.
The Department of Paediatrics at the Frankfurt University Hospital features numerous special areas such as neonatology (new and neonatal unit, Level 1), neurology, oncology, haematology, and paediatric cardiology (congenital heart disease of the child). The university hospital also features an interdisciplinary intensive care ward in which the maximum care of critically ill adolescents is guaranteed.
For young patients, visiting the hospital can be frightening. Being separated from their parents does not help. In the clinic of Dr Zielen, parents are therefore allowed to remain with their sick children.
For more information, please visit Prof. Zielen's website.
|1968-75||High School Frankfurt Matura 1975|
|1975-83||University J.W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt|
|1983||Graduation from Medical School, Physician|
|1989||M.D. Board certified in Pediatrics 1989|
|1991||M.D. Board certified in Allergology|
|1994||PHD (Thesis): T-Cell Regulation in Patients with Common variable Immunodeficiency|
|1996||M.D. Board certified in Pediatric Pneumology|
|1998-2002||Professor of Pediatrics, Chair for Pediatric Allergy and Pneumology, University Bonn|
|2002-today||Professor of Pediatrics, Chair for Pediatric Allergy and Pneumology, University Frankfurt|
|1985-1990||Children Hospital der J.W. Goethe-Universität|
|1990-1991||Research Fellow DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany|
|1991-1998||Senior Physician Pediatric Allergy and Pneumology|
|1998-2001||Professor of Pediatrics, Chair for Pediatric Allergy and Pneumology, University Bonn|
|2002-today||Current position: Professor of Pediatrics, Chair for Pediatric Allergy, Pneumology and Mukoviszidose And Principal Investigator at Medaimun GmbH|
- Dr J. Schulze MD
Deputy Chief Consultant/Head of Bronchoscopy
- Dr Olaf Eickmeier MD
Head of Cystic Fibrosis
- Dr K. Blümchen MD
- Dr M. Rosewich MD
- Dr A. Lieb MD
- Dr. Ralf Schubert
Allergologic Laboratory and Immunology
- The wards of the hospital feature age-appropriate single and double rooms
- For children under seven years old or in the case of severe diseases, the admission of an accompanying person is covered by health insurance.
|Frankfurt (Main) Central Station||2.5 km|
|Frankfurt Airport||9 km|
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Prof. Dr Stefan Zielen MD
Director / Senior Consultant
Frankfurt University Hospital
Department of Paediatrics, focus on allergology, pulmonology, and cystic fibrosis
Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, D-60590 Frankfurt
Tuesdays 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Thursdays 8:30 am to 4:00 pm