For his outstanding services in the . Dr. med. Dr. H. c. Dietrich Niethammer received the Otto Heubner Medal of the German Society for Child and Adolescent Medicine in Leipzig. Niethammer is considered one of the pioneers of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation in pediatrics.
In addition to his scientific and clinical work, he advocated family-oriented rehabilitation in pediatric oncology, in which parents and sick children are to be included as equal partners. “The pediatrician has special moral responsibility towards his patients who are not yet legally competent. This must be the basis for his medical practice as well as continuous training in his medical specialty. From my point of view, two basic ethical demands are particularly important today: It is unethical to lie to your patients, and it is just as unethical to avoid difficult decision by simply continuing intensive measures, ”said Niethammer.
The pediatrician studied in Tübingen, Vienna and Munich. After stay in California, he completed his specialist training in Ulm and completed his habilitation in 1977. In 1978, he accepted professorship for pediatric hematology in Tübingen. In 1986 he took over the professorship for pediatrics there. Until his retirement in 2005 he taught in Tübingen, but also continued his commitment to pediatrics in numerous committees afterwards. Petra Spielberg