Clinical profile

Our wards

Matthias Düker, Head of Nursing | Kristin Stiller, Deputy Head of Nursing

At the Paulinenkrankenhaus, we organise nursing care in teams, both for the management and on the wards. Our established standards serve as our guide for quality-focussed work, but at the same time we also need flexibility to handle demands which sometimes change rapidly.

Nowadays, nursing care must be planned to reconcile our clinical specialisation, the expectations of patients and family members, limited resources and complex legal requirements.

But it is not only duties that matter to us. We believe it is important to structure our working environment so that we can practise our profession with joy. This lies in our own hands, even though the circumstances are not simple. We face this challenge together.

The intensive care unit – intensive in every respect

Maximilian Knorre | ICU Ward Manager

We ensure that our patients’ vital signs are stable immediately after their operations. To achieve this, we rely on clinically well-founded standards and providing an individual induction for every new employee. We take over when lives are on the line. We are able to care for a maximum of 21 intensive care patients.

We have, and need, a large number of committed and specialised staff to do this.

Phone: +49 (0)30 30008-140

Ward P1 – a clean bill of health

Angelika Reinke | Manager of Ward P1

Out team cares for patients who have had heart surgery and require regular dialysis (cleaning their blood) due to additional diseases. We can provide this in several different rooms on our ward.

We are a well-coordinated team of experienced colleagues.

Phone: +49 (0)30 30008-351

Ward P2 – the lifeline, part 1

Susanne Wächter | Manager of Ward P2

Sometimes the heart literally stops functioning properly, and then only a transplant will help. We provide professional care for patients who are waiting for a transplant and for those who have already undergone this major surgery. The close monitoring and the highly effective drugs we use here require the utmost care in our work.

Our motto is: Routines are good, but precision is better.

Phone: +49 (0)30 30008-352

Ward P3 – the first steps

Jaqueline Becker | Manager of Ward P3

After their heart surgery and a stay in the intensive care unit, many patients take their first steps again here on Ward P3. We are needed when patients have to get back on their own two feet and gradually learn to care for themselves again. The road to recovery does not always run straight, and patients have to cope with setbacks. All the more reason why we are overjoyed at every success.

The physiotherapists and our nursing assistants support us in this demanding task, for which we have an increased staffing ratio.

Phone: +49 (0)30 30008-353

Ward P4 – the lifeline, part 2

Tomasz Wasilewski | Manager of Ward P4

A further treatment option for patients whose cardiac output is severely limited is a mechanical circulatory support system, known as an artificial heart. These patients are in the best of hands on the fourth floor of the Paulinenkrankenhaus. Experienced doctors and nursing staff monitor the vital signs, blood coagulation values, and of course the technology. There as many different types of artificial heart as there are makes of German cars.

But there is only one Ward P4!

Phone: +49 (0)30 30008-354

Ward P5 – putting heart and soul into our work

Gabriele Künzel-Pletz | Manager of Ward P5

On the ward with the nicest view, we care for the patients for whom things are not going so smoothly: complications, lengthy progressions, setbacks to their recovery. Which makes us all the happier when patients complete their stays and we can discharge them to rehabilitation or allow them to go home. Some of them still write to us a long time afterwards.

Phone: +49 (0)30 30008-355

Range of services

Our clinical profile is completed by a modern intensive care unit, a functional diagnostics unit aligned with the care we provide, and a highly specialised physiotherapy department.

Intensive care and ventilation

  • 21 beds in an intensive care unit equipped with ultramodern apparatus
  • Over 80 qualified staff with special knowledge of intensive medical cardiosurgical aftercare
  • Multiple monitoring and ventilation options at all beds
  • Extensive differential diagnosis – aligned with our elective healthcare
  • Invasive ventilation, including controlled reduction of pulmonary arterial pressure by administration of inhaled nitric oxide
  • Non-invasive ventilation (BIPAP)


  • The staff of the physiotherapy department work autonomously to apply a wide range of medically prescribed physiotherapy options.
  • Their close proximity to patients through their physical work on and with people requires sensitivity, a respectful manner and friendliness.
  • They keep their specialist knowledge up to date by means of regular training and continuous professional development.
  • The physiotherapy procedures are aligned with the guidelines of the professional authorities and adapted to the requirements of our clinical clients.

Endoscopic procedures

  • Gastroscopy with the possibility of intervention
    (biopsy, sclerotherapy, argon plasma coagulation, etc.)
  • Colonoscopy with the possibility of intervention
    (biopsy, polypectomy)
  • ERCP with the possibility of papillotomy and stone extraction
  • Bronchoscopy with the possibility of endobronchial and transbronchial biopsy
  • Long-term gastroesophageal pH monitoring
  • PEG and PEJ facilities

Imaging procedures

  • Sonography
    1. Abdomen: including colour-coded examination
    2. Duplex blood flow ultrasound
    3. Thyroid gland ultrasound
  • Echocardiography (including colour-coded Doppler sonography)
    1. Transthoracic
    2. Transoesophageal
    3. Stress echo cardiography
  • Radiography
    1. Thoracic radiography
    2. Bone radiography
    3. Abdominal radiography
  • Computerised tomography using a modern CT scanner (Somatom)

Functional diagnostics

  • Examination for differential lung function diagnosis
  • Ambulatory and stress ECG/long-term blood pressure measurement
  • Ambulatory ECG: examination for differential diagnosis of heart-rhythm disorders
  • Stress ECG: examination for differential diagnosis of heart-rhythm disorders in stress situations
  • Ambulatory blood pressure measurement: long-term examination for differential diagnosis of blood pressure fluctuations

Haemodynamic examinations

  • Right-heart catheterization using a Swan-Ganz catheter
  • Invasive arterial pressure measurement

Biopsy and puncture procedures

  • Endomyocardial biopsy
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Liver biopsy
  • Thoracocentesis and tube thoracostomy
  • Bone marrow examination

Kidney replacement surgery

  • Haemofiltration (heparin- and citrate-controlled)
  • Haemodialysis (on the advice of consultants)

Consultation with chief physician – for private patients

Private consultations with Chief Physician

Dr. Jan Knierim

Dr. Knierim is an expert for heart disease. He completed his training as an internist and cardiologist in Berlin and Potsdam. Before taking over as chief physician of the Paulinenkrankenhaus in January 2022, he worked as senior consultant at the German Heart Center Berlin. He specialises in the treatment of patients before and after cardiosurgical procedures, the treatment of patients with heart valve disease and the treatment of patients with heart failure. Dr. Knierim is a nationally and internationally recognised expert for the ultrasound examination of the heart (echocardiography) and has published numerous articles on this subject.

Together with his team, he offers private patients cardiological support and diagnostic services as well as all common internal examinations, including gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

Curriculum vitae

1994 – 2001 Studies of human medicine at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2000 Doctorate
2002 – 2006 Resident physician at Vivantes Humboldt-Klinikum and Vivantes Klinikum am Urban, Berlin
2006 – 2009 Resident physician, later on specialist at the German Heart Center Berlin
2008 Internist
2009 – 2011 Specialist, later on senior consultant at Klinikum Ernst von Bergmann, Potsdam
2011 Cardiologist
2011 – 2015 Practice manager, later on medical director at Poliklinik Ernst von Bergmann, Potsdam
2016 – 2021 Senior consultant at the German Heart Center Berlin
2019 Additional qualification in heart failure of the German Society of Cardiology
Since 2022 Chief physician at Paulinenkrankenhaus Berlin


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Our outpatient examinations at a glance:

  • Sonography
  • Echocardiography
  • Resting ECG
  • Stress ECG
  • Ambulatory ECG and ambulatory blood pressure measurement
  • Lung function
  • Endoscopic examination using gastroscopy and colonoscopy

Computerised tomography

  • Appointment necessary
  • An appointment is urgently required in the event of restricted kidney function
  • Patients suffering from diabetes mellitus should stop taking Metformin at least one day beforehand

Magnetic resonance imaging

  • Appointment strictly necessary
  • Please let us know beforehand if you have metallic implants

Further services available at the Paulinenkrankenhaus healthcare centre

The Paulinenkrankenhaus is progressively developing into a healthcare centre in the Berlin Westend district.
The following doctors also have private practices at the centre:

Medical partners

Close network with a wide variety of specialist areas

Our medical partners come from all fields – from radiologists in private practice here at the Pauline to a self-help group for patients who have received transplants. We work with medical training providers such as Wannseeschulen für Pflegeberufe and with training institutions for physiotherapists.

Referring hospitals


  • Radiology practice at the Paulinenkrankenhaus