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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology

Professor Dr. med. Michael P. Manns, Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology

Professor Dr. Michael P. Manns is a renowned expert in the fields of Internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology. In April 2007, he was honoured by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) with its Recognition Award, which is the highest achievement in this speciality.

Professor Manns has been the head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at Hannover Medical School since 1991. During this period, he has developed and applied, with his team, various forms of therapies which have become the standard of care worldwide.

Professor Manns has received numerous awards for his scientific achievements.
He is a member of many scientific societies related to his field. In 2006, he was president of the German Association for Gastroenterology (DGVS). He is also co-editor of Zakim & Boyer‘s Textbook of Hepatology, one of the leading international textbooks for liver diseases, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Hepatology.

Clinical Profile

The Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology is highly competent in the management of all benign and malignant diseases of the stomach, colon, pancreas, liver and gall bladder as well as hormonal and metabolic disturbances.
The various subspecialities of the department have earned the Department its distinguished international reputation, especially in the field of liver diseases. Particular highlights are several interventional procedures as alternatives to conventional surgical measures.

Furthermore, the MHH is the largest and most experienced centre for liver transplantation in Germany and has proven its competence in the preparation and follow-up care of liver transplant patients. Its repertoire also includes other innovative methods such as cell therapy.

Furthermore, the Department is experienced in implementing phase 1-3 studies in drug development.

Key areas of specialization of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Autoimmune liver diseases
  • Infectious diseases and tropical medicine
  • Transplantation medicine
  • Tumours of the liver and gastrointestinal tract
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Interventional endoscopy and ultrasound
  • Nutrition and metabolic medicine

Prof. Manns' team is comprised of more than 50 physicians and approximately 60 nurses. All are highly competent and knowledgable in the various disciplines associated with gastroenterology, hepatology and endocrinology, including gastrointestinal oncology and nutritional medicine.

As one of the leading university hospitals in Germany, the Department’s equipment is of the highest technical standard.

Scientific Profile

Thanks to the oustanding position of the MHH-Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover was given the seat of the German Competence Network for Hepatitis (Hep-Net), one of the leading organizations for multi-centre studies dealing with liver diseases.
The Guidelines for the treatment of liver diseases were developed under the leadership of this centre in 2006. An independent study comparing liver centres throughout Europe awarded the first place to the Hannover centre.

The team of more than 50 scientists behind Professor Manns concern themselves with urgent questions in internal medicine, gastroenterology, hepatology and endocrinology as well as diabetes mellitus.  In the summer of 2007, Professor Manns was named Chairman of a major collaborative research project SFB 738 “Optimizing conventional and innovative transplants” which is supported by the German Scientific Association (DFG).

Professor Manns' Department is also supported by all major European and German scientific organizations and maintains scientific collaborations with numerous industry partners worldwide.


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