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    Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Sommerer
    Senior Physician

    Head of Center for Clinical Research

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    Prof. Dr. med. Martin Zeier
    Head Division of Nephrology
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    Dr. med. Melanie Kihm
    Assistant Physician
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    Alexandra Baumann
    Bachelor of Biology (Diplom)

    Research Laboratory

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    PD Dr. med. Christian Morath
    Vice Head Division of Nephrology
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    Emily Leipold
    Nurse and Health Care Assistant

    Hospital Ward

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    Barbara Dorner
    Nurse and Health Care Assistant

    Dialysis Department


Nierenzentrum Heidelberg

division of nephrology

Patients and Visitors


Our modern, efficient hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for patients. To absolutely ensure the quality care of patients, we train our staff both internally and externally. Our training program prepares our staff to respond immediately to new developments in a poised, collected manner.


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Research and Teaching


Through extensive research within our field, we significantly improve the life expectancy and quality of life for those that suffer from chronic kidney diseases. The most efficient way to develop modern medical treatment methods is to cultivate a close relationship between research and practice.


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Physicians and Colleagues


The Kidney Center Heidelberg is expanding it’s network. We have an established partnership with our residents, interns, fellows and physicians to create an open forum.

Here you will find topics and dates that may interest you ...


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our certificates

Quality Management (QM) is both a core management focus and a basic requirement for patient care performance. QM applies to all internal services and processes in our clinic. Quality management is a fundamental focus that not only improves conditions, but ensures the preservation of our quality standard.

Quality reports are an instrument of competition and therefore strive to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work. We have regularly published our quality reports since 2005.

These reports provide information about our facilities and transparency for patients and physicians. In addition, our reports provide guidance for partners such as health insurance companies or colleagues entrusted with follow-up care.

The goal of Clean Hands is to put hand hygiene at the forefront of patient care. The national campaign is aimed at facilitating hand disinfection in health care facilities. The current slogan's presence, „Take no chance with hospital infections“, is visible in 1,300 hospitals, nursing homes and clinics nationwide. The action was born out of World Health Organization's (WHO) 2005 campaign „Clean Care is Safer Care“. Clean Hands is now recognized by the WHO as the first European campaign to improve hand hygiene in health care.

Due to the strong network of health facilities, it is important to move forward in order to improve the care of patients in all areas of health care. The number of participating health care facilities is on the rise. Join us!

The Kidney Center Heidelberg has been there from the beginning, giving multi-resistant germs absolutely no chance.

scope of supply and services



The focus of plasmapheresis is the elimination of pathogenic substances from the blood plasma. This is accomplished by separating blood cells and blood plasma from each other through plasma exchange or plasmapheresis. The infected plasma is removed and replaced by a substitution solution, such as frozen plasma or albumin.

Read more about plasmapheresis here.


Peritoneal Dialysis

The Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) has been accepted for many years as an ideal alternative to renal replacement therapy. It is most commonly administered as Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD). Nationwide, approximately 5% of all patients are treated by PD, and the Kidney Center Heidelberg treats about 30% of all chronic PD patients. Large dialysis providers are available for CAPD; in addition, Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) is performed. During peritoneal dialysis, the peritoneum is used as a membrane.

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For many patients with kidney disease, dialysis acts as an artificial replacement of a diseased or failed organ.

The dialysis department of our facility is equipped with 18 hemodialysis units, including rooms outfitted for hepatitis B patients. It offers both outpatient as well as around the clock in-patient care in our Nephrology ward.

You can find more information about dialysis here.

High-pressure therapy


A special focus of our inpatient and outpatient treatment is high-pressure therapy. Changes in diet and lifestyle in the Western world have permitted hypertension to become a common disease, which can have potentially fatal consequences such as heart attack, stroke or kidney failure. In addition to primary hypertension, based on a genetic predisposition, there are forms of hypertension that have a directly organic origin, and are referred to as secondary hypertension (about 15% of hypertensive patients).

The Kidney Center Heidelberg offers treatment to all hypertensive patients.




The laboratory features a differentiated urinalysis which is necessary to detect kidney disease. Urine work-up is divided into two stages. Initially, the urine is examined for abnormal components, such as blood, inflammatory cells (leukocytes), and proteins, as well as the presence of glucose and bile pigment. This is followed by the qualitative and morphological analysis.

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Renal Biopsy


Renal biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing unclear renal disease. It is performed daily in our department and requires steady monitoring of the patient for 24 hours. Use of anticoagulant medications such as aspirin must have been discontinued at least a week prior to the biopsy, also use of subcutaneous heparin syringes is prohibited 12 hours before the procedure.

Learn about the renal biopsy.




A transplant is the removal of a functional organ from a deceased subject to replace a defective organ of a seriously ill or impaired patient. Live donors are also considered for kidney transplants. The ultimate goal of transplants is to reproduce the bodily functions lost to failing organs.

Read more about transplants.


Clinical Study Center


The Clinical Study Center is the home for clinical trials, which are essential to the development of new diagnostic methods and treatment options. The results of clinical research allow many diseases to be diagnosed early and optimal therapy to be used.


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  • Transplantation


    Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics monitoring of immunosuppressive therapy

    and 9 more projects ...


  • Dialysis


    Importance of reactive metabolites in peritoneal dialysis

    more projects and studies ...


  • Infectious Diseases


    Latest study project:

    Permeability of the endothelium caused by infection with Hantavirus