Special Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Neonatology
  • Special facility for care of very premature babies
  • Interdisciplinary care of high-risk pregnancies
  • Long-term care of children with neuromuscular diseases

About us

The Pediatric Clinic I includes a neonatology professorship, as well as the area of pediatric intensive care and neurology with an adjoining Social- Pediatric Center (SPZ).

Neonatology is the only university professorship for that specialist area in the Ruhr area and cares for severely sick premature and new-born babies up to the age of 28 days from the expected delivery date.
The Level 1 Perinatal Center has 25 beds, of which ten are intensive care placements. The delivery room and the antenatal diagnostics are fitted wall to wall with all necessary highly specialized diagnostic function units.

We are a special center for very small premature babies and immature multiple pregnancies. After discharge, we offer a special consultation hour for developing neurological care of children up to starting school, where appropriate even beyond.
The pediatric intensive care division has eight artificial respiration units and looks after critically ill children referred from all pediatric areas.
The pediatric neurology division has 13 hospital beds as well as the Social Pediatric Center (SPZ) with over 3,000 outpatients each year.

A main focus is on diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of children with neuromuscular diseases and pediatric neurological diseases, and the after-care of premature babies.
Scientific focuses are research into molecular mechanisms of perinatal brain damage, clinical and molecular genetic characterization of neuromuscular diseases, optimization of new artificial respiration strategies, and intensive care diagnosis and treatment of severely ill children and young people. We take part in international observation and treatment studies of all the above-mentioned main areas.

Diagnostic Services


  • Prenatal ultrasound diagnosis
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Amplitude-integrated EEC
  • Near infra-red spectroscopy

Pediatric neurology:

  • Diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases including muscle nerve biopsies
  • EEC, waking, sleep, video EEC
  • Neurophysiology
  • Muscle MRI
  • Neuromuscular laboratory
  • Premature baby after-care
  • Developmental diagnosis
  • Psychological testing
  • Center for ketogenic diet

Therapeutic Services

Level 1 Perinatal Center:

  • Intensive care for special diseases of the lungs, brain, intestine and eyes
  • Special facility of very small premature babies and multiple pregnancies
  • Interdisciplinary care of high risk pregnancies
  • Diagnosis and treatment of intrauterine HIV exposition hypothermia treatment in cases of oxygen deficiency

Pediatric intensive care:

  • Intensive care of all pediatric emergencies including liver and kidney transplants
  • Post-operative intensive care
  • Hypothermia treatment, special intensive care in cases of neurological diseases

Pediatric neurology:

  • Center for neuromuscular diseases
  • Congenital/acquired neurometabolic/neurodegenerative disorders and malformation syndromes
  • Perinatal acquired and genetic diseases
  • Developmental disorders
  • Neurological developmental care of premature babies
  • Diagnosis of psychosomatic disorders
  • Psychological testing
  • Headache and epilepsy outpatients

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

Foreign patient service, rooming-in, additional overnight possibilities for families in the parental home of the Essen parent's initiative for children with cancer, or in the Ronald McDonald House; Level I Perinatal Center with pre-natal diagnosis, parent and child rooms for premature and newborn babies, mobile outpatients after-care of premature babies run by the Clinic team.

Leading Medicine Guide

of selected experts in the specialist field Neonatology

Other services

  • Premature babies
  • High-risk pregnancies
  • HIV infection of the unborn child
  • Malformation syndromes
  • Developmental disorders
  • Neurological diseases


Additional staff

Dr. med.
Eva Tschiedel

Senior Consultant in pediatric intensive care

Prof. Dr. med.
Ulrike Schara

Senior Consultant in Charge in pediatric neurology
Acting Medical Director of the Clinic

Dr. med.
Mark Dzietko

Senior Consultant in neonatology

Dr. med.
Anja Stein

Senior Consultants in neonatology

Dr. med.
Britta Hüning

Senior Consultant in neonatology

Dr. med.
Christian Dohna-Schwake

Senior Consultant in pediatric intensive care

Dr. med.
Sören Lutz

Senior Consultant in pediatric neurology

Dr. med.
Adela Della Marina

Senior Consultant in pediatric neurology