Published on 16. June 2017

Orthopedic surgery in the north of Berlin: One department, two locations

The new Vivantes clinic structure in the north of Berlin at the locations in Reinickendorf and Spandau with its specializations has a direct impact on better patient care: for each joint there are surgeons who are proven experts in it.

At both sites, the Department of Orthopedic surgery is divided into the Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics, the Clinic for Endoprosthetics (knee and hip surgery), the Clinic for Back Medicine and Spine Surgery, and the Clinic for Shoulder Surgery (with Center for Sports Medicine). At the Spandau site, there is also the Clinic for Hand Surgery.

Over the course of the last few months, several specialized chief physicians took up their positions at the two sites. Since January 2017, PD Dr. Karsten Labs has headed the Department of Orthopedic surgery at Vivantes Humboldt Hospital. At Hospital Spandau, head physician PD Dr. Philipp Schwabe took over as head of the department on May 1 2017, at the same time replacing long-time head physician Dr. Helmut Taruttis of the Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics at Hospital Spandau.

Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics (Humboldt Hospital)

PD Dr. Karsten Labs, Head of the Department of Orthopedic surgery at the Humboldt Hospital and Chief Physician of the Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics:"Progress in medicine is inconceivable without specialization. This is evidenced by innovations in the diagnosis and therapy of diseases, both in research and in patient care. Under the umbrella of the Department of Orthopedic surgery, the conditions are in place to further develop the competencies for this."

PD Dr. Labs was most recently, and since 2005, the head physician of the Orthopedic Department at the Asklepios Klinik Birkenwerder. He is a proven expert with particular expertise in reconstructive shoulder, knee and hip surgery as well as shoulder prosthetics, sports orthopedics and sports traumatology. He studied medicine at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 1985 to 1991, graduated as an orthopedic specialist in 1997 and habilitated in 2002.

Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics (Spandau Hospital)

PD Dr. Philipp Schwabe, head of the Department of Orthopedic surgery at the Spandau Hospital site and head physician of the Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics: "The mission is to provide the individual and best possible care for our patients. To this end, we are ready with the most modern and innovative treatment procedures. In particular, the establishment of interdisciplinary therapy concepts is groundbreaking and takes into account the dynamic development in trauma surgery and orthopedics."

PD Dr. Schwabe is an expert in the entire spectrum of trauma surgery and orthopedics, with a particular focus on the treatment of severely injured patients, the treatment of complex injuries to the extremities and spine, pelvic and acetabular surgery, and the therapy of musculoskeletal tumors.

Most recently, he was senior consultant at the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery at Charité, Campus Virchow Klinikum. He completed his studies in Berlin at the Free University and in Cape Town at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He is a specialist in surgery, a specialist in trauma surgery and holds the additional title of special trauma surgery. After receiving his doctorate in 2005, he habilitated at Charité in 2015.

PD Dr. Schwabe is married and has a son and a daughter.

Clinic for Shoulder Surgery (Humboldt Hospital and in future Spandau Hospital)

Since 2018, Dr. Maike Müller has headed the Clinic for Shoulder Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at Vivantes Humboldt Hospital. Minimally invasive joint surgery is offered there and, in combination with the Medical Care Center in Pankow, also the spectrum of conservative therapies including specialized physiotherapy. Over 2,500 patients and an average of more than 600 shoulder operations are performed here every year. More details about the center can be found in the press release.

The sports outpatient clinic is the point of contact for acute cases with specialized diagnostics and care, but also advises on therapy options for chronic injuries, prevention and offers examinations for sports fitness.

Clinic for Endoprosthetics, Knee and Hip Surgery (Humboldt Hospital and Spandau Hospital)

On 01.09.2017 PD Dr. med. Tilman Pfitzner took over the overall management of the Clinic for Endoprosthetics, Knee and Hip Surgery of both locations as chief physician:"Being able to move without pain means quality of life. This is the focus of our treatment, which is adapted to the individual needs of our patients. We use the latest scientific findings as well as many years of experience with the most successful conservative and surgical therapy methods in this field. Achieving the optimal result is our greatest motivation."

PD Dr. Pfitzner specializes in the treatment of degenerative diseases of the hip and knee joints. In addition to joint-preserving interventions, the surgical focus is on endoprosthetics, including individualized surgical procedures and complex revision surgery.

He is a specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery and most recently served as managing senior physician at the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery at Charite Berlin Campus Mitte. A native of Hamburg, Germany, he earned his doctorate in orthopedics in 2008 after completing his studies at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 2015, he completed his habilitation at Charité with the venia legendi.

PD Dr. Pfitzner is married.

Since July 2016, Dr. Dirk Leutloff has been the head physician of the Clinic for Endoprosthetics, Knee and Hip Surgery at Vivantes Humboldt Hospital. At the same time, the clinic is also expanding its services at Spandau Hospital. Reconstructive joint surgery is used for injuries to the knee and ankle joints – as with the shoulder; including arthroscopic and endoprosthetic procedures. Dr. Leutloff has already been featured in a press release.

Clinic for Hand Surgery (Spandau Hospital)

At Vivantes Spandau Hospital, the Clinic for Hand Surgery is located within the Department of Movement Surgery. It is headed by chief physician Dr. Irina Nolting. The entire spectrum of hand surgery for acute and chronic diseases is offered.

One focus is the treatment of injuries and consequences of injuries to the hand. This includes primary and secondary reconstructive surgery after complex extremity injuries as well as microsurgical reconstruction of nerve injuries. Furthermore, all treatments for degenerative diseases of the hand and nerve compression syndromes are performed.

Dr. Nolting studied at the Free University of Berlin and received her doctorate there in 1996. She is a specialist for surgery, for orthopedics and trauma surgery, for special trauma surgery and, after her further training at the Unfallkrankenhaus Hamburg from 2005 to 2009, for hand surgery.

Since April 2013, she established hand surgery as a senior physician in the Trauma Surgery Clinic at Vivantes Spandau Hospital, before she has now taken over as director.

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