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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery - University Hospital Essen

University Hospital Essen

Essen, Germany
Department id # 290005
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Prof. Dr. med. Markus Kamler
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Specialized in: cardiothoracic surgery

About the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University Hospital Essen

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Essen ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in the surgical treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system and lung cancer!

The department offers the full range of surgical services for the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system, respiratory tract, including heart and lung transplantation, artificial heart implantation. The therapeutic options include aortic surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting, transplantation surgery, surgical treatment of heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias), minimally invasive surgery, surgical treatment of the heart valves, including reconstructive interventions. All operations are performed using state-of-the-art technology and in accordance with the current recommendations of professional societies. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Markus Kamler.

The department began its work in 1961, therefore it has rich traditions and it is a pioneer in many fields, for example, the first pacemaker was implanted here in 1962, while in 1968 there was performed the first operation using a heart-lung machine. The department has three operating rooms equipped with the cutting-edge technology, which allows to provide the highest level of security for the patients. Also the department operates an ultramodern hybrid operating room, which serves for the performance of combined catheter and open surgical procedures. The department's surgeons carry out more than 2,000 operations every year, 1,300 of which are performed using a heart-lung machine.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Aortic surgery (in thoracic aortic aneurysm)
    • Implantation of a special prosthetic stent (a new, sparing treatment method)
  • Transplantation surgery
    • Heart transplantation
    • Lung transplantation (unilateral, bilateral one)
    • Combined heart and lung transplantation
    • Artificial heart implantation (auxiliary system/total replacement)
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
    • Bypass grafting (arterial revascularization)
    • Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery
    • Heart valve surgery (reconstruction with valve preservation and replacement)
    • Carotid artery surgery (aneurysm and dissection)
    • Combined interventions
    • Comprehensive heart surgery (aortic arch surgery, heart valve damage, pulmonary embolism, revision surgery)
  • Surgical treatment of arrhythmia
    • Pacemaker implantation
    • Defibrillator implantation
    • Triple chamber stimulation
    • Alternative Maze procedure in atrial fibrillation
  • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Minimally invasive interventions on heart valves
    • Catheter aortic valve surgery (transapical aortic valve replacement)
    • Endoscopic cardiac surgery (endoscopic mitral valve surgery)
    • Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Heart valve surgery
    • Anticoagulation therapy
    • Endoscopic heart valve surgery
    • Aortic valve reconstruction
    • Ozaki procedure (new aortic valve reconstruction using a pericardial flap)
  • Other surgical treatments

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education and Postgraduate Training

  • 1986 - 1992 Medical studies, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.
  • 1992 Thesis defense, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 2005 Habilitation, Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Essen.

Professional Career

  • 1993 - 01.03.1994 Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA.
  • 01.04.1994 - 28.02.1999 Research and Clinical Fellow, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.
  • 01.03.2001 Consultant Physician, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Essen.
  • 2005 - 2010 Deputy Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital Essen.

Awards and Honors

  • Young Investigator Award, European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, London.
  • TERUMO Honorable Award.
  • Microcirculation Poster Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of Essen.
  • Microcirculation Poster Award, European Society for Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation (ESCHM).

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • German Cardiac Society.
  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Essen