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Academic Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main

location_on Frankfurt am Main, Germany
8.8/10 from 24 Votes

Department of General, Abdominal and Minimally Invasive Surgery (40)

Thomas W. Kraus

Prof. Dr. med.

Thomas W. Kraus

Specialized in: general, abdominal and minimally invasive surgery

About the department

The Department of General, Visceral and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest in Frankfurt am Main provides the full range of general and visceral surgery (with the exception of organ transplantation). The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Thomas W. Kraus. There are annually performed over 2,500 surgical procedures and also a large number of endoscopic operations on the digestive system. The Department has 79 beds, which are distributed among 3 sections, as well as additional beds in the interdisciplinary Section of Surgery. 

The Department of General, Visceral and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the entire digestive tract, glands, different abdominal wall, diaphragm hernias and obesity. The Department pays key attention to the interdisciplinary patient care that the team of physicians has adjusted quite well. The specialists of the Department always try to give a comprehensive information on all possible treatments, their risks and alternatives. 

The main objective of the Department is to provide modern cancer therapy. There are treated all solid tumors in the abdominal cavity, in the entire digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum) and their complications. To treat various tumors, the Hospital Nordwest has founded interdisciplinary centers. The Bowel Center Frankfurt Nordwest, certified by Onkozert, ranks among the most active at the interregional level. According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of General, Visceral and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest ranks among the top German departments specializing in colon cancer treatment!  

The Hospital Nordwest also has a well-developed surgery of gallbladder and bile ducts. There are used all surgical techniques, which are mostly minimally invasive. Liver and pancreatic surgery is considered to be the most difficult one. The Department has a unique competence in this field. The chief physician Prof. Dr. med. Thomas W. Kraus has headed the South German Liver Transplant Center for many years and was the first head of the European Pancreas Center at the Heidelberg University. There are conducted all forms of partial liver resection (metastases) and pancreatic resection. 

The main treatment focuses of the Department of Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Thomas W. Kraus are:

  • Cancer surgery / curative and palliative tumor surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Liver, gallbladder and pancreatic surgery
  • Surgery of the esophagus
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgery for hernias / fractures
  • Obesity surgery
  • Plastic reconstructive surgery
  • Port implantation 
  • Surgical intensive care medicine
  • Specialized outpatient counseling

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education and Professional Career

  • 2008 - 2009 Medical Director at the Academic Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main.
  • 2009 Partner Physician in the Department of Abdominal Surgery, Emma Clinic for Operative Medicine in Seligenstadt.
  • Since 2006 Chief Physician of the Department of General, Abdominal and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Academic Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main.
  • 2004 Extraordinary Professorship at the Heidelberg University.
  • 2003 Master of Business Administration, Krannert Business School, Purdue University (West Lafayette, USA), German International Graduate School of Management and Administration (Hannover, Germany).
  • 2002 Senior Physician with management responsibilities, Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Head of the Section for Internal Organ Transplantation at the South German Transplant Center in Heidelberg.
  • 2001 Deputy Head of the Department of Cancer Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 2001 Head of the Section of Internal Organ Transplantation at the South German Transplant Center in Heidelberg.
  • 2000 Specialization in Abdominal Surgery.
  • 1998 Specialization in Vascular Surgery.
  • 1997 Habilitation in Surgery, Heidelberg University.
  • 1996 Senior Physician of the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 1995 Board certification in Surgery.
  • 1993 Senior Medical Officer of the NATO Naval Forces Association Stanaforland/Adria – Ship's Physician, Yugoslavia, Bremen Class Frigate, Bundesmarine/Wilhelmshaven.
  • 1990 Assistant Physician, Salem Hospital in Heidelberg.
  • 1988 Assistant Physician in the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 1987 Basic military service in the Bundeswehr, 1st Mountain Rifle Division, Mittenwald/Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
  • 1987 Doctoral thesis defense at the Heidelberg University.
  • 1987 Admission to medical practice and Examination of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) – Visiting Medical Practice License.
  • 1985 - 1987 Study of Medicine at the Westminster Hospital Medical School in London and at the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London.
  • 1981 - 1984 Study of Medicine at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.

Clinical Interests

  • Abdominal surgery.
  • Vascular surgery.
  • Surgical treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Colorectal surgery.
  • Surgical treatment of liver and biliary tract diseases.
  • Surgical treatment of pancreatic diseases.
  • Minimally invasive surgery.
  • Hernia repair surgery.

Teaching Career

  • Extraordinary Professor at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.
  • Practical training for students, Goethe University Frankfurt.
  • Giving lectures, practical training at the patient's bed and practical training in the laboratory, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.
  • Member of the Examination Commissions of the Medical Association of Hesse.
  • Member of the Medical Arbitration Commission of the Medical Association of Hesse.
  • Board Member of the Initiative Program "Healthcare in the Rhine-Main Region".

Scholarships, Awards and Honors

  • 1985 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship.
  • 1989 Mildred Scheel Scholarship in Intensive Care.
  • 1989 Award of the International Society of Vascular Surgeons.
  • 1994 Award of the Transplantation Society.
  • 1994 Award of the European Society for Organ Transplantation.
  • 1995 Overseas Travel Grant, Japan Surgical Society.
  • 1998 Honorary Membership in the Romanian Society of Transplantation.
  • 1999 Scholarship of the German Society of Vascular Surgery.
  • 2000 Research Grant, German Organ Transplantation Foundation.
  • 2001 Scholarship of the Japan Surgical Society.
  • 2002 Scholarship of the German International Graduate School for Management and Administration.
  • 2004 European Leadership Programme, INSEAD Scholarship, Paris.
  • 2004 Poster Award, Liver Transplantation and Hepatology Seminar.
  • 2004 Poster Award of the Association of Surgeons of the Middle Rhine.
  • 2005 Bavarian Health Care Forum Prize.
  • 2011 Mentioned in the Top 100 German Surgeons according to Focus magazine.
  • Since 2005 Regular Winner of the "Best Doctor" Certificate.

Internships Abroad

  • 1989 Department of Surgery, University of Chicago.
  • 1998 University Hospital Cluj, Romania.
  • 1999 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 2001 Duke Medical Center, Durham.
  • 2001 Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
  • 2001 Albert Einstein Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, New York.
  • 2001 Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Centre, New York.
  • 2002 Hopital Paul Brousse, Paris.
  • 2002 Department of Surgery, Kyoto University.
  • 2004 Vilnius University Hospital, Lithuania.
  • 2007 Hospitale Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, San Giovanni Rotondo.
  • 2015 Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter.
  • 2016 Department of Surgery, Henares Hospital, Madrid.
  • 2017 Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore.
  • 2017 Farrer Park Hospital, Singapur.
  • 2017 Military Hospital and Community Hospital, Jakarta.
  • 2017 Military Hospitals and Community Hospitals, Surabaya and Joghakarta.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
  • German Society of Surgery (DGC).
  • German Society for General and Abdominal Surgery (DGAV) and Member of various working groups of this society.
  • Association of German Surgeons (BDC).
  • German Society of Vascular Surgery (DGG).
  • German Hernia Society (DHG).
  • German Transplantation Society (DTG). 
  • Association of Middle Rhine Surgeons (VMC).
  • German Cancer Society (DKG).
  • Working Group for Medical Oncology (AIO).
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG).
  • Hesse Cancer Society (HKG).
  • Rhein-Main Working Group for Gastroenterology.
  • Since 2011 Board Member of the Rhine-Main Health Care Council.
  • Frankfurt Society for Trade, Industry and Science.
  • Society for Innovative Management and Business Administration (GIMBA).

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