Hannover Medical School (MHH)

location_on Hannover, Germany
9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Pediatric Surgery (390076)

Benno Ure

Prof. Dr. med.

Benno Ure

Specialized in: pediatric surgery

About the department

The Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Hannover Medical School offers the full range of services in this medical focus. The main clinical priorities include minimally invasive surgery, neonatology, oncology, urology and thoracic surgery. Here are performed about 2,000 operations every year, including more than 200 extensive and minimally invasive thoracoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. The department has 36 beds for children and 15 beds for their parents. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Benno Ure.

The department has two large surgery units equipped with the state-of-the-art technology (including all necessary instrument sets and equipment for minimally invasive surgery). The range of surgical interventions varies from short-term outpatient manipulations to complex heart operations, during which the heart-lung machine is used. It should be noted that the department specializes in surgery of any complexity in children of any age, ranging from premature babies born before the 30th week of pregnancy (they sometimes weigh less than 500 grams) to 16-year-olds whose growth can exceed 1, 80 meters.

The medical team of the department consists of 23 highly qualified specialists with many years of experience and deep expertise. In addition to clinical activities, much attention is paid to clinical research in the field of minimally invasive technologies and pathophysiological studies. The main research projects focus on three priority areas: stem cell therapy, biliary atresia and tissue engineering.

The department provides the diagnostics and surgical treatment of the following diseases:

  • Surgery for newborn and premature babies
    • Esophageal atresia
    • Duodenal atresia
    • Small bowel atresia
    • Gastroschisis
    • Omphalocele
    • Intestinal malrotation
    • And other pathologies
  • General pediatric surgery
    • Inguinal hernias
    • Undescended testicles
    • Phimosis
    • Cysts and fistulas of the neck
    • Umbilical hernias
    • Hemangiomas
    • Intussusception
    • Meckel's diverticulum
    • Omphalitis ( or duckling navel)
    • Appendicitis
    • Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
    • Gastroesophageal reflux (fundoplication)
    • Splenomegaly (splenectomy)
    • Thymus surgery (thymectomy)
    • Achalasia cardia
    • Spina bifida
    • And other diseases
  • Pediatric urology
    • Hypospadias
    • Bladder exstrophy
    • Epispadia
    • Kidney stones
    • Vesicoureteral reflux
    • And other diseases
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
    • Choledochal cysts
    • Gallbladder stones (cholecystectomy)
    • Biliary atresia
    • And other diseases
  • Thoracic surgery (chest deformities)
    • Pectus carinatum
    • Pectus excavatum
    • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation
    • Pulmonary sequestration
    • Congenital lobar emphysema
    • Diaphragmatic hernias
    • And other pathological conditions
  • Cancer surgery
    • Neuroblastoma
    • Nephroblastoma
    • Liver tumors
    • Oncological diseases of the pancreas
    • Soft tissue tumors, sarcomas
    • Cervical lymphadenopathies
    • And other cancers
  • Colorectal surgery
    • Anorectal malformations/anal atresia
    • Hirschsprung's disease
    • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases
    • And other diseases
  • Surgical treatment of injuries of any complexity in children and adolescents
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

  • 1974 - 1977 Study at the University of Vienna, Austria.
  • 1977 - 1983 Study at the University of Cologne.
  • 1988 Doctoral Degree. Subject: "Treatment of patients with cholera in conditions of disasters in the field hospital", University of Duesseldorf.
  • 1995 Habilitation. Subject: "Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: systematic assessment of technology", University of Cologne.

Professional Qualifications

  • 1992 Recognized as a Surgeon.
  • 1997 Recognized as a Pediatric Surgeon.
  • 1997 Recognized as a Pediatric Surgeon by the European Council of Pediatric Surgery (UEMS).

Professional Career

  • 1983 - 1985 Assistant Physician of the Department of Internal Medicine at the St. Lucas Clinic in Solingen.
  • 1985 - 1986 Doctor of the Cap Anamur Committee, German Emergency Medical Service in Somalia, Yemen and Sudan.
  • 1986 - 1988 Assistant Physician of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital Cologne.
  • 1988 - 1993 Assistant Physician, Department of Surgery II, Chair of Surgery of the University of Cologne.
  • 1993 - 1997 Acting Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital Cologne.
  • 1997 - 2000 Consultant and Pediatric Surgeon, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • 1998 - 2001 Chairman of the Board of the Cap Anamur Committee, German Emergency Medical Service.
  • 1999 Interim Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • Since 2000 University Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Hannover Medical School.
  • Since 2009 Director of the Center for Pediatric Surgery of the Hannover Medical School.

Teaching Activities

  • Since 1994 Professor Course in Disaster Medicine, European Training Program "Humanitarian Assistance", Ruhr University Bochum, Aix-Marseille III University, University of Deusto, Bilbao College, University of Dublin, Leuven Catholic University, Uppsala University/NOHA Network, Institute of Peacekeeping Law and Humanitarian International Law of the University Bochum.
  • 1995 - 2000 Teaching at the University of Cologne, Surgery/Pediatric Surgery.
  • 1997 - 2000 Teaching at the Utrecht University (the Netherlands), Pediatric Surgery.
  • Since 2000 Teaching at the Hannover Medical School, Pediatric Surgery.

Membership in the International Societies

  • President of the European Association of Pediatric Surgery (EUPSA).
  • Ex-president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG).
  • Board Member of the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Research.
  • Honorary Member of the Egyptian Association of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Honorary Member of the Iranian Society of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Member of the Netherlands Association of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Corresponding Member of the Austrian Association of Pediatric Surgery.

Membership in the National Societies

  • German Society of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Former Chairman of the German Association of Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery.
  • Founder of the Association of Minimally Invasive, Computerized and Telematic Surgery.
  • German Society of Surgery.
  • Surgical Working Group on Clinical Research (CAS), DGS.
  • Professional Association of German Surgeons.

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

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