Special Clinical Focus

  • Lung cancer screening
  • Lung tumour diagnostics
  • Interventional methods for lung tumours
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Endoscopic treatment of asthma and COPD
  • Emphysema therapy with valves, coils, steam
  • Ultrasound pleura and lung diagnostics
  • Pneumological palliative medicine

About us

The Ruhrlandklinik as the West German Lung Centre is one of the leading hospitals for surgical and drug treatment of all respiratory organ disease. As part of the Universitätsmedizin Essen the Ruhrlandklinik’s specialists cooperate on an interdisciplinary basis with many other specialists and specialist centres of the Universitätsklinikum Essen.

The Clinic for Pneumology offers every pulmonary medical treatment at the highest medical level. Under the direction of Prof. Dr Christian Taube, the hospital is specialised in pathologies such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, work-related lung disease, infections, genetic lung disease and pleural disease as well as rare lung diseases. Personal care for patients is always the prime focus for the team.

The interventional bronchology and pneumological palliative medicine section of the Clinic for Pneumology at the Ruhrlandklinik is particularly focussed on lung diagnostics. Rapid diagnosis, especially for abnormalities and unclear results, is a key strength of the hospital. Precise and fast resolution is very important, especially in lung cancer – for the prompt start of therapy and not least to save the patient protracted uncertainty and unnecessary worry.

The bronchoscopic department of the Ruhrlandklinik is the largest across Germany and one of the largest lung cancer diagnostics centres. About 6,000 bronchoscopies are performed here each year.

The Head of the Interventional Bronchology section is Dr med. Kaid Darwiche. As a specialist in internal medicine and pneumology, drug tumour therapy, sleep medicine, diving medicine and allergology he is specialized in lungs and lung diagnostics and also in developing individual treatment approaches.

Dr Darwiche and his colleagues have modern highly-efficient medical techniques available enabling them to make precise diagnoses, i.e. first and foremost endoscopic and imaging procedures. Bronchoscopy (also: endoscopy of the respiratory system) is of major importance. The specialists introduce camera optics and a glass fibre light on a thin, flexible tube through the nose or mouth into the respiratory system allowing it to be viewed on a screen in real time and with various light techniques. Even the smallest tissue changes can be identified excellently by this means. Minimally invasive diagnostics allow tissue samples to be atraumatically removed and immediately examined in the laboratory (on-site diagnostics), achieving very fast clarity about the disease and saving the patient an invasive diagnostic procedure. Recognition of lung cancer at a very early stage enormously improves the treatment prognosis.

As part of a bronchoscopy Dr Darwiche and his team can also use other special probes which, for instance, feature laser or ultrasound or can dispense heat or cold. Implantation of stents also forms part of the range of services of the Clinic for Pneumology’s Interventional Bronchology section. Thus it is possible to remove tissue by minimally invasive means, clear the respiratory system and relieve dyspnoea. These procedures form part of pneumological palliative medicine and bring about a direct improvement in life quality. The second pillar of the section is interventional treatment for patients with advanced pulmonary disease, such as asthma or COPD/pulmonary emphysema. Using various newly developed procedures (such as implantation of small valves into the respiratory system) success is usually achieved in improving symptoms where drug therapies have failed to make further improvement.

Diagnostic Services

  • Fine tissue, cytological, microbiological and molecular-biological examinations
  • On-site diagnostics
  • Rigid and flexible high-definition video chip endoscopes
  • Optical catheters
  • Fluorescence endoscopes
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Various lasers
  • Dilatation balloons
  • Cryotherapy equipment
  • Endospirometry

Therapeutic Services

  • Cancer diagnostics
  • Local treatment for malignant disease of the respiratory system
  • Argon plasma coagulators
  • Photodynamic therapies with various sensitizers
  • Brachytherapy
  • Use of stents for treatment of constrictions of the respiratory system or the oesophagus
  • Endoscopic treatment of obstructive pulmonary disease (for example with insertion of valves, blockers and spirals for emphysema therapy)
  • Pneumological palliative therapy
  • Participation in national and international studies

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Special physio- & ergo therapy
  • Breathing therapy
  • Psychological and psycho-oncological service
  • Palliative medical support
  • Catholic and protestant pastoral care
  • Support by "Green Ladies" and “Gentlemen” (volunteers)
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Interpreter for 13 languages
  • 1- or 2-bed room with shower, WC and (double) wash basin, television and wifi
  • Patient cafeteria
  • Cash dispenser
  • Hairdresser and podiatry services
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Bronchology

Other services

  • Bronchial carcinoma
  • Pulmonary emphysema
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Constriction of the oesophagus
  • Unclear dyspnoea
  • Tracheal disease


Airports near

  • Dortmund Airport58 km - about 1 hour
  • Dusseldorf airport31 km - about 35 minutes
  • Cologne / Bonn airport70 km - about 50 minutes

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Essen central railway stationapproximately 13 km

Additional staff

Christian Taube

Diector of the Clinic for Pneumology

Rüdiger Karpf-Wissel

Lead Consultant

Jane Winantea


Thomas Wessendorf


Faustina Funke

Acting Consultant

Eda Börner

Acting Consultant