Special Clinical Focus

  • Sleep and ventilation medicine
  • Lung transplants (in co-operation with the transplant surgeons at the Essen University Hospital)
  • Endoscopic and operative procedures for COPD and pulmonary emphysema
  • Lung volume reduction
  • Long-term oxygen therapy
  • Non-invasive ventilation and home ventilation

About us

The Westdeutsche Lungenzentrum Ruhrlandklinik is a subsidiary of the Essen University Hospital and is rated among the leading hospitals for medication and operative treatment of all diseases of the respiratory organs.

The renowned Specialist Clinic of Pneumology and Chest Surgery looks back on more than a hundred years of history.
Top quality medical care and humanity are declared aims of our treatment. It was possible for the Haus der Lunge (Lung Center) to be created at Essen by virtue of the partnership with the University Hospital, the Ambulantes Lungenzentrum Essen (Essen Outpatients Lung Center) and the Atmungs Reha Essen (Essen Breathing Rehabilitation Unit).
The objective of this philosophy is the one-stop care of people with lung and airway problems by combining the provision of care in the areas of outpatients and hospitalization.

We provide high-power outpatients units for chest surgery, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumological interventions, clinical pneumology, cystic fibrosis, lung transplants and sleep and ventilation medicine.

The Ruhrlandklinik has one of the largest chest surgery units in Germany and houses three highly specialized pneumological departments in addition to the area of chest oncology. The subject of lung medicine at the Essen University Hospital, in clinics, research and teaching, is carried out in the Pneumology Department at Ruhrlandklinik. It has specialized in the diagnosis and the treatment with medication, apparatus and physical approaches of all diseases of the lungs, airways, chest wall and diaphragm.

We are especially expert in the treatment of sleep disorders and diseases of sleep apnea having an interdisciplinary team of specialist pneumologists, neurologists and psychiatrists.

We also concentrate on ventilation medicine, weaning off from ventilators, home respiration and special oxygen supply.
There is a close networking with the Essen University Hospital in the field of cystic fibrosis and lung transplants.
The lung transplant programis among the biggest of its kind in the world.

Diagnostic Services

  • All lung function methods
  • All chest endoscopic procedures
  • Chest X-ray and CT
  • Lung blood flow measurement
  • Ultrasound, Duplex investigations, long-term ECG, right heart catheter
  • Reflux and cough diagnosis
  • High performance sleep laboratory
  • Allergy diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis diagnosis
  • Genetic diagnosis (Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, cystic fibrosis, ciliary function disorder)

Therapeutic Services

  • All areas of acute and chronic lung and respiratory diseases
  • Endoscopic and operative procedures for COPD and emphysema of the lung (valves, lung volume reduction, lung transplants)
  • Treatment of Alpha 1 Pl deficiency emphysema
  • Treatment of all rare lung diseases
  • Treatment of diaphragm disorders
  • Treatment of cystic fibrosis
  • Pre-treatment and after care of lung transplants
  • Treatment for sleep apnea
  • Long-term oxygen therapy
  • Non-invasive ventilation, home ventilation
  • Airway clearance physiotherapy including for pulmonary reconditioning
  • Therapy training for COPD and other chronic lung diseases
  • Lung sport

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Exclusively single and double rooms with shower, WC and (double) wash basin as well as W-LAN access
  • Single room as an optional service and in return for an extra charge
  • Interpretation into 13 languages
  • Catholic and Protestant care
  • Patients' cafeteria
  • Cash machine
  • Hairdresser and podiatrist
Leading Medicine Guide

of selected experts in the specialist field

Other services

  • COPD and pulmonary emphysema
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Rare diseases of the lungs, pulmonary tract and diaphragmatic diseases

Hotels in the vicinity

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Airports near

  • Airport Dortmund58 km - approx. 1 hour
  • Airport Düsseldorf31 km - approx. 25 minutes
  • Airport Cologne/Bonn70 km - approx. 50 minutes

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Hauptbahnhof Essenca. 30 km

Additional staff

Dr. med.
Ina Haasler

Funktionsoberärztin Klinik für Pneumologie

Prof. - Christian Taube -  - Essen

Prof. Dr. med.
Christian Taube

Direktor der Klinik für Pneumologie

Dr. med
Heinz Steveling

Senior Consultant in Charge in Clinical Pneumology

Dr. med.
Stefanie Werther

Senior Consultant in Charge in Sleep/Ventilation Medicine

Dr. med.
David Fistera

Oberarzt Klinik für Pneumologie

Dr. med.
Vasiliki Besa

Temporary Senior Consultant in Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. med.
Vera Ennekes

Senior Consultant in Charge in Lung Transplants

Dr. med.
Matthias Welsner

Oberarzt Klinik für Pneumologie (Mukoviszidose)

Dr. med.
Sivagurunathan Sutharsan

Funktionsoberarzt Klinik für Pneumologie (Mukoviszidose)