Hannover Medical School (MHH)

location_on Hannover, Germany
9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery (229643)

Jürgen Klempnauer

Prof. Dr. med.

Jürgen Klempnauer

Specialized in: general, abdominal, transplant surgery

About the department

The Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the Hannover Medical School offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The key clinical focuses include computer-assisted and robotic surgery, laparoscopic interventions, endocrine surgery, operations on the esophagus, stomach, liver, biliary tract, gallbladder, pancreas, small and large intestine, surgical treatment of hernias, multivisceral resections, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Klempnauer.

The department is fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment, advanced computer systems, da Vinci robot, surgical technologies for a wide range of minimally invasive interventions, which have many advantages and are more sparing compared to open operations.

The department has achieved outstanding results in organ transplantation and is the largest transplant center in Germany. It performs 140 liver transplants, 200 kidney transplants and 20 pancreas transplants every year, which indicates the high professionalism of the medical team and excellent medical care.

The department’s range of medical service includes:

  • Computer-assisted and robotic surgery (da Vinci robot)
  • Esophageal surgery
    • Treatment of esophageal cancer
    • Treatment of benign esophageal tumors
    • Treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Treatment of Zenker's diverticulum
    • Treatment of other esophageal diseases
  • Stomach surgery
    • Stomach resection (gastrectomy)
    • Lymphadenectomy
    • Splenectomy and multivisceral interventions (especially in progressive upper stomach tumors, when the tumor affects the entire stomach)
    • Reconstructive interventions after gastrectomy
    • Other operations
  • Liver surgery
    • Liver resection
    • Liver transplantation
    • Multimodal therapy methods (for example, preoperative chemoembolization with subsequent resection)
    • Atypical liver resection
    • Other surgical interventions
  • Biliary tract and gallbladder surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Small and large intestine surgery
    • Treatment of malignant tumors
    • Treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (for example, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease)
    • Treatment of other pathologies of the small and large intestine
  • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Esophageal surgery (malignant and benign tumors of the esophagus, esophageal diverticulum, achalasia)
    • Stomach surgery (malignant and benign gastric tumors, surgical treatment of reflux, diaphragmatic hernia, bariatric surgery (sleeve gastroplasty, gastric bypass))
    • Operations on the large intestine (proctocolectomy, hemicolectomy, sigmoid colon resection) and rectum (anterior rectal resection)
    • Adrenal surgery (adrenalectomy)
    • Liver surgery (liver resection, removal of cysts)
    • Abdominal wall surgery (treatment of inguinal, incisional hernias)
    • Laparoscopic appendectomy
    • Diagnostic laparoscopy for histological examination
    • Laparoscopic installation of feeding tubes
    • Laparoscopic implantation of diaphragm stimulators
    • Other minimally invasive interventions
  • Endocrine surgery
    • Thyroid surgery
    • Parathyroid surgery
    • Adrenal surgery
  • Surgical treatment of hernias
  • Multivisceral resections
  • Transplant surgery (liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation)
  • Other types of surgical interventions

Curriculum vitae

  • Since 1999 Head of the Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the Hannover Medical School.
  • 1996 - 1999 Head of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital Knappschaft, Bochum-Langendeer, Ruhr University in Bochum.
  • 1988 - 1996 Senior Physician of the Department of Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the Hannover Medical School (Head: Prof. Dr. med. R. Pichlmayr).
  • 1984 - 1987 Research Assistant, Department of Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the Hannover Medical School (Head: Prof. Dr. med. R. Pichlmayr).
  • 1983 - 1984 Military Service Doctor, Bundeswehr Clinic Hamburg, Department of Surgery (Chief Physician: Senior Physician, Dr. med. S. Span).
  • 1980 - 1983 Research Assistant, Department of Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the Hannover Medical School (Head: Prof. Dr. med. R. Pichlmayr).
  • 1979 - 1980 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service, Cambridge University, Great Britain, Clinical School, Department of Surgery, Head: Prof., Sir R. Y. Calne.
  • 1979 Medical License.
  • 1973 - 1979 Study of Medicine at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen.

Doctoral Studies, Habilitation, Qualifications

  • 1996 Specialization in Abdominal Surgery.
  • 1993 Appointed as Visiting Professor.
  • 1989 Specialization in Vascular Surgery.
  • 1988 Habilitation: "Endocrine function and immunogenicity of vascularized pancreas transplants in rats depending on surgical technique".
  • 1987 Medical Specialist in Surgery.
  • 1979 Doctoral Degree: "Comparison of the metabolic effects of insulin after intraportal and intravenous administration in dogs after the total pancreas removal", Department of Surgery, University Hospital Tübingen (Prof. Dr. med. H. Geisbe).


  • Society of Transplantology.
  • German Society of Transplantology.
  • German Society of Surgery.
  • German Society of General and Abdominal Surgery.
  • Association of Northwestern German Surgeons.
  • Association of German Surgeons.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH) 

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