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Essen University Hospital

Essen, Germany


Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery


Andreas Paul

Prof. Dr. med.

Andreas Paul

Specialized in: abdominal surgery, general surgery, transplant surgery

The Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the Essen University Hospital specializes in oncologic and comprehensive abdominal surgery, particularly, in hepatobiliary surgery. In tight cooperation with the West German Cancer Center and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department deals with the treatment of primary liver tumors, metastases and tumors of biliary tracts. The chief physician of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Paul.

Another important medical focus of the Department of Surgery at the Essen University Hospital is the treatment of pancreatic, esophageal and bowel cancer, as well as surgical treatment of benign diseases of all organs of the digestive system. There are also performed many endocrine operations, especially in the thyroid and parathyroid. 

For already many years, the Essen University Hospital has had excellent technical equipment and a unique experience in minimally invasive surgery. Standard treatments include laparoscopic gall bladder removal, liver resection, surgical treatment of reflux disease, typhlectomy and colon surgery. 

Transplant surgery, especially liver transplant, makes up an important clinical and scientific focus of the Essen University Hospital at a high international level. There are used all standard liver transplants, split liver transplants and liver transplants from a living donor. 

Kidneys and pancreas are the following organs, which are also transplanted in the Essen University Hospital. A special attention is paid to living donations and the Cross-over-Program. The Intensive Care Unit, specializing in abdominal surgery, provides an optimal treatment of very severe surgical cases, as well as that of patients with liver failure and patients after organ transplant. 

The Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Paul performs the following operations:  

  • Liver transplants: 143 a year
  • Liver transplants from a living donor: 14%
  • Kidney transplants: 140 a year, 4 of them include pancreas transplant
  • Endoscopic surgery on biliary tracts: 250
  • Cholecystectomy: 147
  • Gastrointestinal tract surgery: 340

The Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Paul annually treats 1,600 inpatients and 9,880 outpatients. The team of the Department consists of 40 doctors, while 20 of them are highly specialized experts, and 83 employees of the nursing staff. 

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the Essen University Hospital ranks among the top German departments specializing in colon cancer treatment!  

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