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Our Specialist Departments

A focused look on the inside - with the eyes of internists and psychologists

Our unique concept enables You to find excellent competence under one roof. Experts from all specialist departments ensure high-quality support – no matter where You need it. Because when it comes to Your health, we do not accept any compromises. We always strive to improve ourselves. Only the highest standards are good enough so that you are feeling well – it is for your own good.



Dr. med. Timo Paulus

Senior Physician Cardiology

Dr. Timo Paulus was born in Pforzheim in 1972. He studied human medicine at the University of Tübingen from 1992-1998. As an emergency physician, who is still active in the rescue service today, he acquired the additional title of emergency doctor. Four years later he became a specialist in internal medicine. In 2012, he received recognition for the subdomain cardiology (cardiovascular medicine) and in 2014 for angiology (vascular medicine). Since June 2018 he is Senior Physician at the Max Grundig Clinic.

The Cardiology Department

In our cardiology department we focus on the detection of congenital or acquired heart diseases as well as on blood circulation and blood vessels that are close to the heart. The associated terms of cardiovascular diseases also include hypertension, stroke, arterial occlusive disease, and many other diseases.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Up to one half of all death cases in Germany result from cardiovascular diseases. The numbers are slightly declining, but cardiovascular diseases are still by far the most common cause of death. This is why we treat all cardiovascular diseases systematically during the inpatient stay. In rehabilitation, we work together to develop individual therapy goals that will enable our patients to return to their everyday lives as quickly as possible.


– Cardiological follow-up curative treatment after heart attacks, heart operations such as bypasses and valves, interventions such as sclerotherapy, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators
– Acute treatment for decompensated cardiac insufficiency, hypertension
– Cardiological clarification in ventricular tachycardia, dizziness, shortness of breath, stroke
– Outpatient cardiological follow-up care for heart attack, arterial hypertension, heart valve defects, cardiac insufficiency
– Prevention of cardiovascular diseases
– Cardiological Athlete Check
Examination methods:
– Echocardiography, swallowing echocardiography, stress echocardiography, ECG, long-term measurements of blood pressure and heart rhythm, stress analysis, pacemaker controls, ABI

Dr. med. Dipl. Inf. Sonja C. Mayer

Senior Physician Cardiology

Dr. Sonja Mayer first completed a degree in computer science, followed by a research stay at the University of Tokyo, Japan, as part of the Heinz-Nixdorf scholarship. After further stays abroad in Sweden, Switzerland, and Nepal, Dr. Mayer completed her studies in human medicine at the University of Lübeck. Her further education in internal medicine and cardiology led Dr. Mayer first to the Kempten Hospital and then to the University Heart Centre Freiburg-Bad Krozingen (CA Prof. Bode), where she acquired a specialist qualification in cardiology/internal medicine in 2017. She also has an additional education in emergency medicine and is a hypertensiologist certified by the German Hypertension League (DHL) as a specialist for high blood pressure. At Max Grundig Clinic, Dr. Mayer is the main contact person for cardiological issues such as heart attacks and coronary heart diseases, heart valve defects, cardiac arrhythmias, and blood thinning. For Dr. Mayer it is crucial to inform patients about the risks involved in diagnostics and treatment. A great advantage for her work is the fact that all specialized clinics are under one roof and that the radiology and all internal medicine disciplines work hand in hand.


Dr. Mayer is specialized in cardinal imaging by echocardiography and is a member of the German Society of Cardiology and the Federal Association of Internists. Moreover, Dr. Mayer is a founding member of the start-up myheartbit, which is developing an app to improve care for patients with chronic heart disease.



Prof. Dr. med. Curt Diehm

Senior Physician Angiology and Chief Medical Officer

Prof. Dr. med. Diehm is a specialist for internal medicine, cardiology, angiology, phlebology, and sports medicine. He studied human medicine at the universities in Heidelberg, Genf, and Paris. After an experimental doctor’s thesis about the therapy of acute heart attacks Prof. Diehm became research associate and assistant physician at the university clinic in Heidelberg. He habilitated there in 1984. He received his professorship in 1990. Between 1991 and 2014 Prof. Diehm was chief physician in the department of internal medicine in the clinic in Karlsbad-Langensteinbach, an academic educational hospital of the University of Heidelberg. Moreover, he was acting chair of the department for sports medicine at Heidelberg University for several years. Since 2014 he is Chief Medical Officer at Max Grundig Clinic and Senior Physician of cardiology.

The Angiology Department

Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death in the Western world. With our cutting edge ultrasound technology, we are able to provide early diagnosis of the underlying arteriosclerosis and initiate the necessary preventive care measures without delay. Our clinic offers a comprehensive and ultra-modern diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for patients with vascular diseases. We adhere to the latest scientific findings and we strive to provide patients with the best possible diagnostic and therapeutic strategy in an interdisciplinary team.


Acute Treatment

This includes the diagnosis and therapy of pulmonary artery embolisms, deep leg vein thrombosis, and circulatory disorders of the arteries (carotid artery, collarbone arteries/arm arteries, abdominal artery, renal arteries, pelvic/leg arteries).

Outpatient Examinations

  • Clarification of pain, swelling tendency or heaviness of the legs
  • Examination of renal arteries, especially for patients suffering from arterial hypertension
  • Prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of arterial diseases (carotid artery, collarbone and arm arteries, abdominal artery, renal arteries, pelvic and leg arteries)
  • Prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of leg vein diseases (thrombosis, varicose veins, superficial phlebitis)

Examination Methods

  • Pressure measurement of the arm and leg arteries (including Ankle-Brachial-Index (ABI))
  • Walking distance determination by means of treadmill
  • Doppler- and color-coded duplex sonography
  • Sonography of the deep and superficial leg veins
  • CT-/ and MRT-Angiography together with the Radiological Department
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Dr. rer. nat. Peter Maurer

Senior Physician Gastroenterology and Chief Physician Internal Medicine

Dr. Peter Maurer was born in Stühlingen near Lake Constance in 1951. He studied chemistry in Freiburg from 1969 to 1976, where he subsequently worked in research and teaching and received his doctorate in biochemistry. At the same time, he studied medicine from 1976 to 1981 and was assistant physician at the University Hospital in Freiburg from 1983. Since 1990, Dr. Maurer has been the senior physician at the specialist clinic for gastroenterology at the Max Grundig Clinic. As Chief Physician he also manages the Internal Medicine and the Check-up Centre.

The Gastroenterology Department

The Gastroenterology division plays a central role at the Max Grundig Clinic. It offers diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and connected organs, including the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

Gastrointestinal Disorders

In Germany, one out of two people suffers from abdominal problems. At Max Grundig Clinic alone, we perform more than 1,000 colonoscopies a year, enabling early detection of bowel cancer. In around 25% of these cases polyps are diagnosed and removed immediately and painlessly. Over the years, we have performed more than 40,000 colonoscopies and gastroscopies. Our department also supports the work of other divisions within Psychological Medicine and Internal Medicine. This guarantees comprehensive and seamless care during Your stay with us. In addition, we work in close cooperation with Germany’s renowned Centre for Bowel Cancer, the “Darmkrebszentrum Mittelbaden”, to ensure we stay on top of the most recent scientific findings.


General abdominal pain (type or cause):

  • Acute abdomen
  • Abdominal pain caused by allergies
  • Peritonitis
  • Pain related to circulatory, vascular and neurological diseases
  • Intestinal obstruction (obstructive or paralytic ileus)
  • Abdominal pain caused by vascular problems
  • Infections and parasites
  • Poisoning and metabolic disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases


Conditions affecting specific organs (type or cause):

  • Achalasia and related swallowing disorders
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn
  • Infectious dysentery (acute vomiting)
  • Stomach and duodenal ulcers
  • Lymphoma, precancerosis, and carcinoma
  • Oesophageal varices


Small and Large Intestine

  • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease, colitis ulcerosa)
  • Diverticular disease
  • Intestinal polyps and tumours (prevention, polypectomy, EMR)
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Haemorrhoids, fissures, anal thrombosis



  • Alcoholic and metabolic fatty liver disease
  • Amyloidosis
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Ascites (peritoneal fluid excess)
  • Pancreatic inflammation
  • Structural and functional anomalies of the pancreas
  • Biliary cirrhosis
  • Cholangitis (bacterial or primary sclerosing)
  • Cholelithiasis (gallstone disease)
  • Cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation)
  • Jaundice
  • Haemochromatosis
  • Focal diagnostics (abscess, adenoma, focal nodular hyperplasia, metastasis, tumour, cyst)
  • Drug-induced hepatopathy and cholestasis
  • Postcholecystectomy syndrome
  • Elevated liver values without a clear cause (for clarification)
  • Viral and other non-viral hepatitis


Symptom complexes (type or cause):
Acute/chronic diarrhoea

  • Food sensitivity and allergic gut reactions
  • Bacterial miscolonisation of the intestine
  • Neuroendocrine-related diarrhoea
  • Bacterial enteritis / Traveler’s diarrhoea (salmonellosis, clostridia, novovirus, etc.)
  • Enzyme deficiency diarrhoea (histamine, lactose, fructose intolerance, etc.)
  • Bile acid malabsorption
  • Jejunoileal fistula
  • Anxiety-related diarrhoea
  • Parasitic diarrhoea (lamblia, amoebas, Whipple’s Disease, trichuriasis, etc.)
  • Paradoxical diarrhoea with enterostenosis
  • Sprue syndrome (Celiac Disease)
  • Toxic diarrhoea (heavy metal poisoning, drug-induced, food additives)



  • Dysbakteriosis
  • Chronic constipation
  • Mechanical obstruction
  • Medications or malnutrition


Indications for inpatient rehabilitation:

  • Problems following gastrectomy or partial enterectomy
  • Chemotherapy follow-up treatment during or after treatment of gastrointestinal tumours
  • Functional disorders and wound healing disorders following liver/gall bladder/pancreatic procedures
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy or parenteral nutrition in the event of severe malabsorption or palliative situation
  • Pain therapy for chronic visceral hyperalgesia
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Prof. Dr. med. Clemens Unger

Senior Physician Oncology

After completing a degree in education, Prof. Dr. Clemens Unger studied Human Medicine from 1972 to 1978 at the University of Göttingen. After earning his doctorate, he worked in research at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. From 1980 to 1988 he completed his specialized training in Internal Medicine/Haemato-oncology, a field in which he then completed his post-doctoral qualification. Between 1993 and 2011, Prof. Dr. Unger was Director of the Clinic for Internal Oncology at the University of Freiburg, and since 2011 he has been Senior Physician at the Centre for Cancer Medicine in Freiburg. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Unger is a member of several international professional associations and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes.

The Oncological Department

The Oncology division of the Max Grundig Clinic focuses on the treatment of cancerous tumors. In Germany alone, nearly 350,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed every year. Thanks to early detection and progress in medical treatment, it is now possible to cure many forms of cancer. At Max Grundig Clinic, we treat cancer with established chemotherapy in conjunction with other modern treatment methods. In addition, we also offer unconventional and alternative support treatments.

Cancerous Diseases

Prevention, treatment, follow-up care – the work of our Oncology division is characterized by three pillars. We offer screening programmes to help prevent oncological diseases, the best therapies for inpatient treatment based on the most current medical findings, and we also developed an individualised follow-up treatment programme: The therapy after therapy.


• Breast cancer
• Lung cancer
• Pancreatic cancer
• Colon cancer
• Gastric cancer
• Renal cell cancer
• Bladder cancer


• Chronic anaemia
• Chronic leukaemia
• Diagnostic assessment of iron or vitamin B12 deficiency
• Initiation or continuation of chemotherapy for solid tumors
• Stem cell transplantation aftercare

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Dr. med. Ralf Goldschmidt

Senior Physician Rheumatology

Dr. Ralf Goldschmidt, born in 1961, studied Human Medicine from 1983 to 1989 in Münster and Heidelberg. In 1995 he qualified as a specialist in Anaesthesia, in 2001 as a specialist in Internal Medicine, in 2003 he obtained an additional qualification for Rheumatology, and in 2009 he earned an additional qualification for Nephrology. Dr. Goldschmidt has been working at the Max Grundig Clinic with breaks since 1995 and since 2007 as Senior Physician.

The Rheumatology Department

Our diagnostic experience allows us to quickly analyse whether our patients are suffering from inflammatory or non-inflammatory diseases of the loco-motor system and what the causes are. This is the core of our treatment approach, which operates primarily on an outpatient basis. Our Rheumatology division also provides inpatient treatment. We are always in close contact with our colleagues from the other divisions of our clinic.

Rheumatic Diseases

Rheumatic diseases are very common in Germany. For example, almost a quarter of all Germans suffer from arthritis. Rheumatology, however, also includes inflammatory rheumatic disorders.


– Acura-Kliniken / Rheumazentrum Baden-Baden under the direction of Professor Fiehn
– Rheumatology department at the Heidelberg University Clinic under the direction of Professor Hanns-Martin Lorenz
– Dr. Jochen Meier from the Stadtklinik Baden-Baden
– Klinik für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie der Stadtklinik Baden-Baden under the direction of Professor Thomsen
– Hand surgery department of the German Red Cross (DRK) Clinic in Baden Baden

Clinical Picture

Inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Polymyalgia rheumatica
– Spondylarthropathies like Morbus Bechterew
– Enteropathic spondylitis in Colitis ulcerosa, M. Crohn
– Septic arthritis
– Connective tissue diseases like Lupus and Scleroderma
– Giant-cell erteritis
– Diabetic arthropathy

Non-inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system
– Coxarthrosis (Arthrosis of the hip)
– Gonarthrosis (Arthrosis of the knee)
– Finger arthritis
– Active arthritis
– Lumbar radiculopathy (Sciatica)
– Thorakalsyndrom
– Cervical spine syndrome
– Cervical radiculopathy
– Spondylitis hyperostotica
– Tendomyosis
– Tendopatha, insertion tendopathia
– Osteoporosis
– Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS)
– Myofascial pain syndrome
– Bone cancer
– Bone metastases

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Dr. med. Ralf Goldschmidt

Senior Physician Nephrology

Dr. Ralf Goldschmidt, born in 1961, studied Human Medicine from 1983 to 1989 in Münster and Heidelberg. In 1995 he qualified as a specialist in Anaesthesia, in 2001 as a specialist in Internal Medicine, in 2003 he obtained an additional qualification for Rheumatology, and in 2009 he earned an additional qualification for Nephrology. Dr. Goldschmidt has been working at the Max Grundig Clinic with breaks since 1995 and since 2007 as Senior Physician.

The Nephrology Department

The Nephrology division at the Max Grundig Clinic treats all kinds of kidney diseases. In addition to the standard outpatient treatments, we look after our inpatients’ every need and support the work of our colleagues from the Divisions for Internal Medicine and Psychological Medicine.

Kidney Diseases

Nephrology is a specialisation within the discipline of Internal Medicine focused primarily on the treatment of diseases affecting the kidneys. The kidneys function both as a filter as well as a purifier of the body. Should this function be impaired in the later stages of kidney diseases, a patient’s life can be in danger.

Clinical Picture

Kidney diseases and hypertension
• Terminal renal insufficiency requiring dialysis (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis)
• Condition after kidney transplantation
• After kidney and urinary tract surgery
• Kidney stones

• Acute care nephrology at Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe headed by Professor Hausberg
• Nephrology at Ortenau Klinikum Offenburg headed by Chief Physician Dr. Hornberger
• Dialyse – Zentrum Baden-Baden Dres. Schäfer, Lahl, Kronauer und Just

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Dr. med. René Malzkorn

Senior Physician Orthopedics

Dr. René Malzkorn was born in 1967. From 1986 to 1988 he completed his training in Physiotherapy at the University of Düsseldorf. From 1990 to 1998 he studied medicine and earned his doctorate, also at the University of Düsseldorf. He then completed additional training to qualify as a specialist in Surgery at the Clinic Calw. From 2003 to 2006 Dr. Malzkorn worked in the Spinal Surgery unit of the SHR Clinic in Karlsbad-Langensteinbach, where he headed the outpatient facility for Interventional Therapy as well as pediatric consultations for spinal deformities as Chief Physician from 2006 to 2011. Currently, Dr Malzkorn has a private practice specialising in conservative treatment methods in Nagold. Moreover, he has been a consultant physician for the Max Grundig Clinic since 2011.

The Orthopedic Department

Our Orthopedic division offers the full spectrum of orthopedic care, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of both congenital as well as acquired conditions involving the musculoskeletal system – the bones, joints, muscles, and tendons. The main focus of orthopedic services available at Max Grundig Clinic is on inpatient rehabilitation and recovery for disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including post-operative rehabilitation following hip or knee replacement and spinal surgery. Our rehabilitation programmes are individually tailored to every patient’s needs and include a detailed therapy and training schedule to guarantee a quick return to every-day life. Treatments are supported by our modern physiotherapy facilities and combine elements from occupational therapy, psychotherapy, and nutritional therapy.

Clinical Picture

Inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system
•  Rheumatoid arthritis
•  Polymyalgia rheumatica
•  Spondylarthropathies like Morbus Bechterew
•  Enteropathic spondylitis in Colitis ulcerosa, M. Crohn
•  Septic arthritis
•  Connective tissue diseases like Lupus and Scleroderma
•  Giant-cell erteritis
•  Diabetic arthropathy

Non-inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system
•  Coxarthrosis (Arthrosis of the hip)
•  Gonarthrosis (Arthrosis of the knee)
•  Finger arthritis
•  Active arthritis
•  Lumbar radiculopathy (Sciatica)
•  Thorakalsyndrom
•  Cervical spine syndrome
•  Cervical radiculopathy
•  Spondylitis hyperostotica
•  Tendomyosis
•  Tendopatha, insertion tendopathia
•  Osteoporosis
•  Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS)
•  Myofascial pain syndrome
•  Bone cancer
•  Bone metastases

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Prof. Dr. med. Curt Diehm Chief Medical Officer of Max Grundig Clinic
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