Special Clinical Focus

  • Immunosuppressive therapy for chronic-inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Widening of constrictions of the gastrointestinal tract, e.g. by means of insertion of drainage, stents
  • Endoscopy of the biliary tract, removal of gallstones, treatment of constrictions of the biliary system
  • Removal of polyps from the gastrointestinal tract
  • Treatment of infections of all internal organs

About us

Prof. Klaus Herrlinger, Senior Consultant of the Internal Medical Clinic I at the Asklepios Hospital Nord, Heidberg, is a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology with additional qualifications in diabetology (DDG), infectiology (DGI), tropical medicine (DTMH) and emergency medicine. Prof. Herrlinger is a renowned specialist in gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel conditions. As well as general internal medicine, Prof. Herrlinger’s emphases focus on the treatment of patients with conditions of the alimentary organs, the pancreas and the liver, with oncological conditions, particularly of the solid organs, with infectious diseases and diabetes. The most up to date diagnostic and therapeutic techniques enable patient-orientated care of the highest medical standard.

Chronic-inflammatory bowel diseases include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both clinical pictures can dramatically limit the quality of life, in particular, for young patients. Since the causes have still not been thoroughly researched and the processes are often not predictable, the treatment of this is always very individual, and should be performed in consultation with an experienced specialist. Ideally, diagnosis is made by means of colonoscopy. If required, however, magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) can also be called on for endoscopically inaccessible areas of the small intestine and the ultrasound examination of the intestine for follow-up examination. In the treatment of patients with chronic-inflammatory bowel diseases, Prof. Herrlinger and his team pursue an interdisciplinary, holistic approach in close collaboration with other disciplines within the Asklepios Hospital Nord, Heidberg. Whenever possible, surgery for chronic-inflammatory bowel diseases is performed using a minimally-invasive technique.

Oncology represents a further emphasis of Internal Medical Clinic I under the leadership of Prof. Herrlinger. Here, all endoscopic techniques including bronchoscopy (endoscopic examination of the lung), sonography (including sonography-guided puncture, contrast medium sonography, etc.) and endosonography are available for the diagnosis. The optimum treatment is determined for the individual patient in the course of an interdisciplinary tumour board, together with specialists in other disciplines. Conventional techniques (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) are also utilised as well as local ablative methods (e.g. radiofrequency ablation, chemoembolisation).

The infections of the internal organs treated by Prof. Herrlinger include, for example, complicated bronchial infections (pneumonias), complicated soft tissue infections and infectious intestinal diseases. Patients with indeterminate fever are also comprehensively diagnosed here.

Diagnostic Services

  • Diagnostic and interventional sonography (contrast medium sonography, radiofrequency ablation)
  • Diagnostic and interventional endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy, small intestine endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, ERCP, PTCD, endosonography, bronchoscopy)
  • Interventional radiology with computed tomography and magnetic resonance tomography

Therapeutic Services

  • Immunosuppressive therapy for chronic-inflammatory bowel conditions (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Treatment of all conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, gall bladder and biliary tract, as well as the pancreas
  • All interventional and medical treatments for tumours of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas
  • Medical treatment of cancer conditions of the internal organs
  • Infections of all internal organs
  • Treatment of diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Special chronic-inflammatory bowel disease consultation
  • Special coloproctology consultation
  • Foreign languages: English, French, Farsi, Arabic, Dutch
  • Privita Comfort Ward (accommodation in single-bed room with the ambience of a hotel and a variety of services and conveniences for Comfort Plus)
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Gastroenterology

Other services

  • Intestinal polyps
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diseases of the biliary tract
  • Tumours of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Tumours of the pancreas


Airports near

  • Hamburg airportapprox. 6 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Hauptbahnhof Hamburgca. 30 km

Additional staff

Dr - Tino Schnitgerhans - Gastroenterology - Hamburg

Tino Schnitgerhans

Managing Consultant

Joerg Ehresmann

Consultant, Head of Interventional Endoscopy and Sonography

Svenja Neumann

Consultant in Oncology and Haemato-oncology