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University Hospital Oldenburg

10/10 from 33 Votes

Department of Cardiac Surgery

The Department of Cardiac Surgery offers the full range of services in this medical field. Many heart operations are performed minimally invasively, which has a positive effect on wound healing, the patient experiences less pain, and the period of hospitalization is significantly reduced.


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Thorsten Wahlers

Head physician:

Prof. Dr. med. Thorsten WahlersCurriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

  • 1977 Military service in Munich and Bonn, medical-sanitary battalion.
  • 1977 - 1983 Study of medicine at the Rheinish Friedrich Wilhelm University Bonn, the Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, the University of Cologne.
  • 04/1983 State exam at the University of Cologne.
  • 05/1983 Approbation of the Medical Association of the University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Th. Wahlers’ CV).
  • 05/1983 Thesis defense (cardiology), University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. H. H. Hilger) "On the Influence of Oxyfedrine on the bradycardiac heart rhythm disorders in humans".

Professional career

  • 07/1983 Research Assistant, Surgery Center, Hannover Medical School.
  • 1983 - 1989 Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hanover; Surgery Center (Prof. Dr. H.G. Borst), Department of Trauma Surgery (Prof. Dr. H. Tscherne) Department of Abdominal and Transplant Surgery (Prof. Dr. R. Pichlmayr).
  • 11/1986 - 04/1987 Harefield Hospital, National Heart Hospital, Middlesex, London, UK (Prof. Sir M. Yacoub, F.R.C.S.).
  • 10/1989 Certified Surgeon (State Chamber of Physicians of Lower Saxony).
  • 09/1990 Senior Physician, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School.
  • 03/1991 Certified Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon (State Chamber of Physicians of Lower Saxony).
  • 08/1991 Certified Vascular Surgeon (State Chamber of Physicians of Lower Saxony).
  • 02/1992 Thesis defense; Hannover, "Studies with experiments on animals to preserve organs in lung, heart-lung transplantation".
  • 08/1993 Advanced training in vascular surgery, Hannover Medical School (State Chamber of Physicians of Lower Saxony), thoracic and cardiovascular surgery represented by Prof. Dr. H.G. Borst.
  • 05/1994 Additional qualification in emergency medicine (State Chamber of Physicians of Lower Saxony).
  • 08/1995 Chief Physician, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School.
  • 02/1996 Appointed as a Visiting Professor.
  • 12/1996 - 1999 Foundation and management of the Section of MHH Eastern Municipal Hospital with the introduction of a new specialization in cardiac surgery, integration of general, thoracic, vascular surgery.
  • 11/1998 Appointed as an Examiner of the State Chamber of Physicians of Lower Saxony (vascular surgery).
  • 09/1999 Ordinary Professor C4; Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, as well as appointment to the leadership position of the Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • 02/2000 Member of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (F.E.B.T.C.S).
  • 02/2002 Member of the Board of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • 11/2003 Director of the Surgery Center, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.
  • 02/2004 Member of the Board of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, elected for the second term, for the next 2 years.
  • 12/2004 Invitation to take over the post  in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (after Prof. Dr. de Vivie), University Hospital Cologne.
  • 11/2005 Ordinary Professor, Head of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne.
  • 10/2007 Deputy Speaker of the Heart Center at the University Hospital Cologne.
  • 08/2009 Speaker of the Experimental Advisory Board of the Center for Experimental Medicine at the University Hospital Cologne.
  • 2009 - 2012 Speaker of the Heart Center at the University Hospital Cologne.

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University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne ranks among the top German departments specializing in cardiac surgery! There are performed over 2,800 operations every year.


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location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Franz-Xaver Schmid

Head physician:

Prof. Dr. med. Franz-Xaver SchmidCurriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

  • 1978 - 1984 Study of Medicine at the Universities of Regensburg and Munich.
  • 1984 Medical License.
  • 1985 Defense of doctoral thesis in experimental surgery.

Professional Career

  • 1985 - 1993 Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Mainz.
  • 1992 Medical Specialist in General Surgery.
  • 1993 - 1994 Senior Resident Physician, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Children's Hospital (Hospital for Sick Children), London, England.
  • 1994 Senior Physician of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery department at the University Hospital Mainz, Head of the Section for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.
  • 1995 Medical Specialist in Vascular Surgery.
  • 1997 Habilitation, University of Mainz.
  • 1999 University Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Regensburg.
  • Since 2007 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Member of the German Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (DGTHG).
  • Member of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS).
  • Member of the German Society of Cardiology (DGK).
  • Member of the Working Group on Extracorporeal Circulation of the German Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Heart Foundation.

Teaching Activities

  • Professor in Medicine, University of Regensburg.

HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery offers the full range of services in this medical focus. The department specializes in heart valves surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting, surgical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.


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location_searchingCity: Krefeld

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects

The Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects at the University Hospital Muenster is the first Center of Excellence specializing in the treatment of adults with congenital and acquired heart defects on both outpatient and inpatient basis. The second focus is the treatment of acquired defects (e. g.


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location_searchingCity: Muenster

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery ranks among the top German departments specializing in cardiac surgery! The department is a distinguished institution in this field of medicine.


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location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

Hannover Medical School

9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery

The Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at the Hannover Medical School is famous for being one of the leading medical facilities in the world.


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University Hospital RWTH Aachen

9.5/10 from 41 Votes

Department of Thoracic, Vascular Surgery and Cardiac Surgery

The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery offers the entire spectrum of cardiothoracic surgery, including heart transplantation and the use of artificial heart systems. A special focus is on the development and the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques.


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location_searchingCity: Aachen
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Artur Lichtenberg

Head physician:

Prof. Dr. med. Artur LichtenbergCurriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

  • 1993 – 1995 Arzt im Praktikum in der Abteilung für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie der Universität Tübingen
  • 1995 Promotion in der Abteilung für Kardiologie an der Universität Tübingen
  • 1995 – 1997 Assistenzarzt in der Abteilung für Thorax-, Herz-, und Gefäßchirurgie im Herzzentrum Lahr/Baden
  • 1997 – 2000 Assistenzarzt in der Abteilung für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
  • 2000 Facharzt für Herzchirurgie
  • 2000 – 2001 Funktionsoberarzt der Abteilung für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
  • 2001 – 2006 Ordentlicher Oberarzt der Abteilung für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
  • 2002 – 2003 Leitender Oberarzt der Abteilung für Thorax-, Herz-, Gefäß- und Allgemeinchirurgie am Oststadtkrankenhaus Hannover
  • 2004 – 2006 Leiter der Forschungsgruppe „Tissue Engineering der Herzklappen“ an der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
  • 2007 Erlangung der Venia legendi für das Fach Herzchirurgie an der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
  • 2006 – 2009 Ständiger stellvertretender ärztlicher Direktor und leitender Oberarzt der Klinik für Herzchirurgie an der Universität Heidelberg
  • 2006 – 2009 Leiter des Kunstherzprogramms der Klinik für Herzchirurgie an der Universität Heidelberg
  • 2006 – 2009 Leiter des Bereiches „minimal-invasive Herzchirurgie“ in der Klinik für Herzchirurgie an der Universität Heidelberg
  • 2006 – 2009 Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe „kardiovaskuläre, regenerative Zellforschung und Tissue Engineering“ in der Klinik für Herzchirurgie an der Universität Heidelberg
  • Seit 2008 Vorsitzender der Arbeitsgruppe „Tissue Engineering der Herzklappen“ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie (DGTHG)
  • 2008 Umhabilitation an die Medizinische Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg
  • 02 – 07/2009 W3-Professor und Direktor der Klinik für Herz- und Thoraxchirurgie am Universitätsklinikum Jena
  • 2009 Ernennung zum W3-Professor für Kardiovaskuläre Chirurgie an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Seit 2009 Direktor der Klinik für Kardiovaskuläre Chirurgie am Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf

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University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10 from 71 Votes

Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Dusseldorf provides the whole range of cardiovascular medicine at the university level. The Department has a long and successful history. Since 1938 more than 50,000 cadiac surgeries were performed here.


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location_searchingCity: Duesseldorf

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10 from 150 Votes

Department of Cardiac Surgery

The Department of Cardiac Surgery offers the complete spectrum of cardiac surgery services except heart transplantation.


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location_searchingCity: Bonn
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University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10 from 92 Votes

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf covers the full range of heart diseases requiring surgery – from children with congenital defects up to older patients.


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location_searchingCity: Hamburg

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Cardiac Surgery

Performing annually more than 1000 surgeries on the heart, the department of cardiac surgery belongs to the largest centers of cardiac surgery in Munich. Here, the whole range of cardiovascular diseases is treated in adult patients, from emergency cases to heart attack.


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location_searchingCity: Munich

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10 from 51 Votes

Department of Сardiac Surgery

The Department of Сardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen specializes in the surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure, treatment with the use of mechanical hemodynamic support systems and heart transplant. The Department annually performs about 1,600 operations on heart and adjacent vessels.


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location_searchingCity: Erlangen
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Academic Hospital Nuremberg

9/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Cardiac Surgery

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Cardiac Surgery ranks among the top German departments specializing in cardiac surgery! There are offered all modern services of adult cardiac surgery, incl.


location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Nuremberg
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