Academic Lung Hospital Berlin

location_on Berlin, Germany
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Department of Thoracic Surgery ( 302939)

Gunda Leschber

Dr. med.

Gunda Leschber

Specialized in: thoracic surgery

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Education | Studies

  • 1996 Specialist in thoracic surgery.
  • 1993 Specialist in surgery.
  • 1985 Doctorate on "Animal studies for influencing the testicular function through estrogens and aromatas inhibitors".
  • 1985 Foreign Medical Graduate Examination of Medical Science.
  • 1984 License to practise as a doctor.
  • 1980 - 1981 Studies at the Faculté de Médecine de Tours.
  • 1977 - 1984 Studies of human medicine, Free University of Berlin.

Professional background

  • Since 2003 Chief physician of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Academic Lung Hospital Berlin.
  • 1997 - 2003 Senior physician, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Lung Hospital Hemer.
  • 1994 - 1997 Assistant doctor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Lung Hospital Heckeshorn, Berlin.
  • 1988 - 1994 Assistant doctor in surgery, UNiversity Düsseldorf and St. Gertrauden Hospital Berlin.
  • 1987 - 1988 Research Fellow, Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston, USA.
  • 1986-1987 Surgical Resident, Tufts University, Boston, USA.
  • 1986 - 1985 Assistant doctor, Institute for Pathology, Municipal Hospital Berlin-Neukölln.

Other activities and additional qualifications

  • Permission to carry out medical specialist trainings in surgery (since 2003).
  • Permission to carry out additional further trainings in thoracic surgery (since 2003).


  • Wolfgang-Müller-Osten-Medaille (2015): the highest professional awards of the Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC).

Memberships (elective or appointed)

  • President of the German Society for Thoracic Surgery (DGT) (2015-2017).
  • President of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) (2010-2011).
  • Director of External Relations der ESTS (2012-2013).
  • Board member of the German Society for Thoracic surgery (since 2005).
  • Member of the Presiding Board of the Professional Association of German Surgeons (since 2007).
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee der AATS (seit 2012).
  • Member of the Presiding Board of the Cancer Center Berlin (since 2010).
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Project Group “Lung carcinoma” of the Cancer Center Berlin-Buch (since 2012) (Chairwoman 2007-2023).
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Cancer Center Berlin-Buch (since 2007).
  • Spokesperson of the “FIT” (women in the thoracic surgery) of the German Society for Thoracic Surgery (2006 - 2009).

Further memberships

  • German Society for Thoracic Surgery (DGT).
  • European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS).
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS).
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery der Society of Thoracic Surgeons  (STS), USA (WTS).
  • Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC).
  • German Society for Surgery (DGCH).
  • German Cancer Society.
  • Cancer Society Berlin.
  • German Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Berlin Surgical Society.
  • Berlin-Brandenburg Society for Pneumology.
  • German Medical Women's Association.
  • Marburger Bund.
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The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Lung Hospital Berlin under the lead of Dr. med. Gunda Leschber offers the full range of thoracic operations (with the exception of the heart), including interventions on the respiratory tract (trachea and bronchia), lungs, mediastinum and chest wall. The focal point of the Department is minimally invasive surgery (the so-called “key hole” interventions). With 37 beds and a further five beds in the intensive ward, the Department is one of Germany’s large specialized chest units. 

A well-coordinated team under the direction of Dr. med. Gunda Leschber, consisting of thoracic, cardiac and general surgeons, annually treats more than 1,000 patients, including also very complex operations, and is supported by experienced colleagues from the Departments of Anesthesia and Intensive Medicine. Focal points are the surgical treatment of lung cancer, as well as lung metastases. The highest quality of the medical treatment of patients with lung cancer is certified by the major German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft). According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Lung Hospital Berlin ranks among the top German departments specializing in lung cancer treatment!   

Apart from that, physicians of the Department regularly perform surgical interventions in case of unclear changes in the organs and interstitial lung diseases as well as operations on the chest wall, mediastinum and trachea. Moreover, some surgeries are carried out with the aid of a heart-lung machine.

Since 2008, the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Lung Hospital Berlin has been certified as a ‘Thoracic Center’ by the German Thoracic Surgery Association and became one of the first departments in Germany to achieve this certification. For many years, the chief physician of the Department Dr. med. Gunda Leschber has been placed on the list of the best German physicians by the magazine FOCUS.

The most important focuses of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Lung Hospital Berlin include:

  • Oncological Thoracic surgery
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • Laser thoracic surgery
  • Correction of the funnel and pigeon chest
  • Tracheal surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery

Treatment modalities offered by the Department of Thoracic surgery at the Academic Lung Hospital Berlin cover the following diseases:

  • Bronchiectasis (abnormal widening of the bronchia)
  • Hematothorax (collection of blood in the pleural space)
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the head, hands and arms)
  • Pigeon chest
  • Local recurrences on the chest wall
  • Lung carcinoma (lung cancer)
  • Lung emphysema (volume reduction surgery in case of over-inflated lungs)
  • Lung metastases (spreading of tumors from outside the lungs)
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Mediastinitis
  • Metastases or local recurrence in the chest area, e.g. in cases of breast carcinoma.
  • Osteomyelitis (discharge from bone region, e.g. ribs, sternum)
  • Fungal diseases of the lung (e.g. aspergillus)
  • Pleural effusion (collection of fluid in the chest cavity)
  • Pleural carcinosis (migration of tumor cells in the pleura)
  • Pleural empyema (pleural effusion)
  • Pleural mesothelioma (malignant pleural disease, e.g. after exposure to asbestos)
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Tuberculoma
  • Sternal dehiscence (e.g. after heart OP)
  • Thymoma (tumor of the thymus)
  • Tracheal stenoses (narrowing of the windpipes)
  • Tracheomalacia (‘floppiness’ of the windpipes)
  • Funnel chest
  • Tuberculosis (e.g. caverns, pleural TB)
  • Tumor of uncertain origin (e.g. benign tumors of the lung, mediastinum of chest wall)
  • Diaphragm (e.g. plication in case of weakening of tissue)
  • Cysts (bronchia or pericardium)

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