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Nephrology and Hypertension

Professor Dr. Hermann Haller, Director of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension


Professor Hermann Haller is an internationally acclaimed expert in the areas of kidney disease, hypertension and renal transplantation. He has made important contributions to the fields of diabetic nephropathy, pregnancy-associated disease, renal vascular hypertension, and transplantation. Professor Haller has been the Director of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at Hannover Medical School since 1999, where he has established an internationally renowned clinic for renal disease and hypertension.

He has received numerous prizes for his scientific achievements, including the Björn Folkow Award of the European Society of Hypertension in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, he was president of the German Hypertension Society, and from 1998 to 2004, board member of the European Society of Hypertension. In 2008, he organized a large international symposium on diabetic nephropathy sponsored by the International Society of Nephrology in Dublin, Ireland. He is also co-editor of several books and associate editor of national and international journals and a leading scientist in the European hypertension diagnostics network, inGenious hypercare.

Clinical Profile

The Department of Nephrology and Hypertension is a center for renal disease, transplantation, hypertension and extracorporeal treatments. The Department is competent in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the kidney. Every year, more than 11,000 acute dialysis procedures are carried out here. The Department has spearheaded new methods of dialysis for acute and chronic renal failure. The Department has a strong focus on hypertension and hypertension-related organ disorders. We have developed novel diagnostic tools for the assessment of organ damage, especially early renal disease. One of these novel tools in use at the MHH is proteomic analysis of urine.

Under the guidance of Professor Haller, the MHH established the new Interdisciplinary Transplant Center for Clinical Research. The MHH is the largest and most experienced center for kidney transplantation in Germany. Highlights of the program are both acute treatment and long-term follow-up care of patients. The large biopsy program in particular provides the basis for a better understanding of transplant function.

Key areas of specialization in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension:

  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Vasculitis
  • Interventional ultrasound
  • Vascular medicine
  • Intensive care nephrology including
    extended daily dialysis, plasmapheresis,Prometheus® Therapy
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Diagnostics of hypertension
  • Expertise in vascular access for dialysis
  • Glomerular nephritis
  • Proteinuria and proteinuria-associated
  • Complications
  • Renal transplantation including ABO-
    incompatible transplantation

The large team of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension consists of more than 40 physicians and approximately 50 nurses. All members of the Department are highly competent and knowledgeable in their respective areas. The technical standard is of the highest quality, and novel techniques are continuously being developed.

Scientific Profile

The Department of Nephrology and Hypertension has several scientific specialties. Our scientific landmarks are largely translational, focussing on the transfer of basic research to the bedside for the benefit of the patient. Major areas of research concentrate on the mechanisms of diabetic nephropathy. The scientists and clinicians in the Department have not only made international contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms of the disease but have also developed novel therapeutic strategies and novel agents for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy. In the area of hypertension, the Department Is involved in therapeutic approaches for therapy-resistant patients with new surgical devises as well as treatment with specific antibodies against vasoactive hormones.

Members of the Department are also involved in groundbreaking clinical research in the area of transplantation. We have developed and implemented one of the largest biopsy programs in the world, which combines the expertise of scientists and clinicians to improve our understanding and treatment of conditions before and after transplantation.

Cutting-edge research in hypertension is conducted here, employing novel diagnostic tools particularly in the early diagnosis of cardiovascular and renal disease in patients with hypertension.