Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe

location_on Karlsruhe, Germany
9.8/10 from 29 Votes

Department of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery (591232)

Martin Storck

Prof. Dr. med.

Martin Storck

Specialized in: vascular and thoracic surgery

About the department

The Department of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe offers the full range of surgical treatment for diseases of the vascular system and thoracic organs. The department has 40 beds for patient hospitalization, including additional beds in the Intensive Care Unit. The experienced team of competent specialists who have a perfect command of all classic surgical techniques and keep up with the innovations in medicine take care of the health of patients. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Martin Stork.

In the field of vascular surgery, patients are offered all modern interventions, including endovascular surgery. The priority clinical focuses include endovascular therapy of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, multimodal therapy of obliterating endarteritis, bypass surgery, endovenous varicose vein surgery and carotid artery surgery. The special competencies are available in the surgical treatment of aortic diseases (about 70 aortic aneurysm surgeries annually).

In close cooperation with the Department of Neurology and the Stroke Unit, which is included in the department’s structure, the surgeons provide effective medical care to patients with carotid artery diseases. In addition, the department is a certified Center of Competence for Chronic Wound Treatment (Wundkompetenznetz Mittlerer Oberrhein). The therapeutic options also include conservative and surgical treatment of venous diseases, in particular, varicose veins, acute thrombosis and venous ulcers.

The specialists in thoracic surgery are most often involved in the treatment of lung cancer, pleural and thoracic wall tumors, pulmonary metastases. After the comprehensive diagnostics and accurate diagnosis, each clinical case is reviewed at regular interdisciplinary tumor boards. Medical care is provided in cooperation with experts from the Cancer Center Karlsruhe, the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and the Department of Nuclear Medicine. Thanks to the interdisciplinary collaboration, the patients are offered such innovative treatment methods as radiofrequency ablation, transarterial chemoembolization and selective internal radiation therapy.

The spectrum of thoracic surgery is not limited to the treatment of cancer pathologies. The competence of the department's specialists includes the treatment of pneumothorax (videoscopic technique, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) and chronic pleural effusion (installation of PleurX drainage system). Also, the department's doctors specialize in bronchoscopy (in collaboration with the Department of Pulmonology) and open lung resection, including laser resection.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Vascular surgery
    • Arterial diseases
      • Surgery and interventions in carotid artery diseases
      • Supra-aortic artery diseases
      • Vascular diseases of the upper limbs (Raynaud's syndrome, aneurysms)
      • Endovascular and open surgery for aortic aneurysms
      • Thoracic and abdominal aortic dissection
      • Abdominal aortic diseases
      • Atherosclerotic lesions of the vessels of the pelvis, hips and lower leg
      • Hybrid interventions, minimally invasive and catheter procedures
      • Peripheral bypass surgery
      • Emergency treatment in shunt occlusion and peripheral arterial embolism
      • Vascular lesions of all types, especially pseudoaneurysm
      • Diabetic foot treatment (in collaboration with the Department of Diabetology)
      • Septic vascular surgery (in infection of implants or other types of infectious lesions)
      • Ulcer surgery
    • Venous diseases
      • Treatment of varicose veins (classical procedures, foam sclerotherapy, mini-phlebectomy, radiofrequency ablation)
      • Venous ulcer surgery (conditioning, sieve graft)
      • Islet cell skin transplantation
      • Compression therapy
      • Interventional/combined open endovascular therapy in acute venous thrombosis
  • Thoracic surgery
    • Standard resection, including bronchoplastic procedures
    • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
    • Drainage in pulmonary empyema (if necessary, CT-guided)
    • Treatment of pneumothorax (drainage or imaging-guided thoracoscopic surgery)
    • Treatment of pleural effusion (PleurX system, talc pleurodesis)
  • Chronic wound treatment 
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Martin Storck is a Vascular Surgeon and Professor at the University of Freiburg. He is the Head of the Department of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Karlsruhe Academic City Hospital. Storck is known for his scientific work on the processes of vascular wall regeneration and xenotransplantation, as well as for researches in healthcare quality assurance in the field of vascular surgery.

Prof. Storck began his professional career in 1987 as Assistant Physician at the Grosshadern Hospital at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne on the subject of Experimental Vascular Surgery. In 1991, he moved to the Department of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Ulm, where he underwent training in vascular and thoracic surgery. Since 1991 till 2000, Prof. Storck was involved in transplant surgery (retrieval of the kidneys, pancreas, liver for subsequent transplantation), as well as researches in xenotransplantation and immunosuppression.

In the field of vascular surgery, Storck regularly publishes materials on the subject of treatment quality assurance, especially it concerns the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm and carotid artery reconstruction. Since 2006 till 2014, the doctor was the Member of the Quality Assurance Committee of the German Society of Vascular Surgery. After habitation in 1999, he became the Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Marburg in the Department of General, Abdominal, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.

In 2001, the doctor took an active part in the foundation of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Park-Klinikum Leipzig (at the Heart Center Leipzig). In 2004, he became the Head of the Department of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe, whereas in 2005 he accepted the offer to become the Extraordinary Professor at the University of Freiburg.

Storck is a Visiting Professor at the Hirosaki University in Japan and in a group of Saudi-German Hospitals in the Middle East. He gave many well-known international lectures, such as a lecture in the Department of Surgery at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He also jointly organized and regularly gave lectures at the LINC Congress in Leipzig, as well as at the Charing Cross Symposium in London, at the Frank-Veith Symposium in New York and many other national and international congresses. Prof. Storck is actively involved in the preparation of publications on thoracic tumors and his clinical activity is also concentrated in this field. He participates in the project on lung tumor diagnostics (with Leroy Penfield Faber) at the Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA.

The research interests of Prof. Storck include renal replacement therapy in postoperative acute renal failure, experimental examinations on the regeneration of the vascular wall, as well as experimental xenotransplantation on an ex vivo model (as part of a major project of the German Research Foundation). As a member of the faculty of the University of Freiburg, Storck has teaching activities as part of training programme, takes part in the training of medical students within one-year practice, and is also a member of the State Examination Commission.

Membership in Scientific Societies

  • 2012 - 2014 Board Member of the German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine (DGG).
  • Federal Expert Group on Vascular Surgery at the IQTIG Institute.
  • 2014 President of the German-Japanese Society of Vascular Surgery.
  • Congress President at the 37th Symposium on Vascular Medicine in Going, Austria.
  • President of the Association of Interdisciplinary Specialists in Vascular Surgery of Southern Germany.
  • Vice President and former President of the Wundverbund Südwest Association.
  • Vice President of the German Wound Management Council.
  • German Society of Surgery.
  • European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS).
  • Society for Vascular Surgery (German Section).


  • Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs Prize for the development of interdisciplinary model for chronic wound management. 
  • 1999 Young Researcher Award, American College of Angiology.
  • 1996 Scholarship of the German Transplantation Society, University of Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • 1993 Alexis Carrel Research Prize of the German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine.

Photo of the doctor: (с) Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe 

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