German Heart Center Berlin
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (581682)
Specialized in: cardiothoracic surgery
About the department
According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the German Heart Center Berlin ranks among the top medical institutions for the surgical treatment of cardiovascular diseases!
The department offers the full range of diagnostics and surgical treatment of cardiovascular diseases in adults. Over the entire history of its work, the department has performed more than 100,000 surgeries. The department focuses on coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic surgery, surgical treatment of heart defects in adults and heart arrhythmias. With appropriate clinical indications, preference is always given to sparing minimally invasive treatments. In addition, the department is one of the leading Centers for Heart and Lung Transplantation in Germany.
The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Volkmar Falk. According to the Focus magazine, the professor ranks among the top cardiac surgeons in Germany! He is the author of many important scientific publications, as well as, in addition to successful clinical practice, makes a significant contribution to research in the field of cardiac surgery.
It is worth noting that the department has gained an excellent reputation in the field of artificial heart implantation, which today is an excellent alternative to heart transplantation. In general, the department’s specialists performed more than 2,500 operations to implant an artificial heart, which indicates a high level of competence in this field. The department’s cardiac surgeons also provide patients with emergency cardiac surgical care, for example, emergency interventions for acute myocardial infarction or aortic dissection.
The service range of the department includes:
- Diagnostics and treatment of heart failure
- Implantation of cardiac support systems for a short period of time (for example, extracorporeal life support system (ECLS))
- Implantation of cardiac support systems for a long period of time (for example, ventricular assist device (VAD))
- Heart and lung transplantation
- Diagnostics and treatment of coronary heart diseases and myocardial infarction
- Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting
- Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting
- Diagnostics and treatment of aortic valve stenosis and insufficiency
- Conventional aortic valve surgery
- Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
- Transcatheter aortic valve implantation for the treatment of aortic stenosis
- Diagnostics and treatment of mitral valve stenosis and insufficiency
- Minimally invasive treatment
- Catheter interventions
- Reconstructive surgery
- Diagnostics and treatment of aortic diseases (the most common are aneurysm and aortic dissection, including acute forms of aortic dissection)
- Conventional surgery
- Minimally invasive surgery (endovascular prosthetics for aneurysm)
- Heart and lung transplantation
- Removal of pacemakers and defibrillators in case of infectious lesions, malfunction or occlusion of large blood vessels (minimally invasive interventions that are performed in a hybrid operating room)
- Diagnostics and treatment of Marfan syndrome (within a specialized center in cooperation with the specialists from Charité)
- Other medical services
From 1986 to 1992, Dr. Falk studied medicine at the University of Bonn, after which in 1993 he received his doctoral degree. He began surgical training at the University of Göttingen, and underwent specialized training in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Heart Center Leipzig. In 1998, Dr. Falk had board certification in Cardiac Surgery. Since 1998, he has been a Senior Physician in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Heart Center Leipzig. Also, he had a one-year Research Fellowship at the Stanford University in Palo Alto, California (1999 - 2000).
In 2001, Dr. Falk had his habilitation at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Leipzig. For his habilitation work, the professor received the Ulrich Karsten Prize of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2002, he completed advanced training courses in the field of Special Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care. In 2003, he was appointed as a Senior Physician in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Heart Center Leipzig. In 2007, Falk was appointed (W2) Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Leipzig.
On January 1, 2009, Prof. Volkmar Falk took the position of the Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Zurich and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Zurich.
Since October 2014, the doctor has been an Ordinary Professor of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Charité, as well as the Medical Director and Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the German Heart Center Berlin. Since October 2015, Prof. Falk has also been the Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Charité (Campus Mitte). Prof. Falk specializes in minimally invasive and catheter heart valve surgery. In December 2018, Dr. Falk was appointed the Professor of Translational Cardiovascular Technology at the Swiss Higher Technical School.
Prof. Falk is the author or co-author of more than 500 scientific publications. He was a co-founder of the Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery Innovation at the University of Leipzig, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). While working in Zurich, he established cooperation with many specialists and founded the Zurich Heart Project (an interdisciplinary research project aimed at improving the existing and studying new methods of blood circulation support). Even after moving to Berlin, Dr. Falk is leading a project, in which about 20 research groups are now participating.
Prof. Falk is a member of both the German and European Societies of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the European Society of Cardiology. In all these societies, he is a member of committees and groups of authors for the development of new guidelines for the diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the doctor is a member of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS), the German Society for the Study of Cardiovascular Diseases, the American Society of Thoracic Surgery and many other associations and societies.
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