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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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University Hospital Muenster

9.4/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Muenster offers all treatment options in the field of cardiothoracic surgery as well as heart and lung transplant.


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Head physician:

Prof. Dr. med. Johannes BodnerCurriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

  • 10/1990 - 07/1996 Study of medicine at the University of Innsbruck, the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.
  • 13/07/1996 Doctoral degree in general medicine. Dissertation: "Importance of perioperative infections after pancreas transplantation".
  • 11/1996 - 03/1998 Postdoctoral training, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Innsbruck.
  • 04/1998 - 03/2005 Training in surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Innsbruck.
  • 04/2005 Specialist in Surgery.
  • 18/10/2005 Senior Lecturer.
  • 23/03/2006 Master’s Degree course in valeology,  UMIT, Hall, Austria.
  • 23/03/2006 Master of Science, Valeology.
  • 07/2007 Specialist in Thoracic Surgery.
  • 2006/2007 USMLE I, USMLE II, USMLE III (licensing exams for admission to medical residency).
  • 01/05/2007 ECFMG Certificate.
  • 09/2007 - 06/2008 Specialist in Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, Southern California University, Los Angeles, California, Department of Surgery, Head: Tom Demeester MD.
  • 07/2008 - 09/2008 Specialist in Thoracic Surgery, Focus: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, Chief of Division: Scott Swanson, MD.
  • 10/2008 - 12/2008 Specialist in Thoracic Surgery. Focus: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, the Brigham and Women´s Hospital, Boston, MA, Chief of Division: David Sugarbaker, MD.
  • 01/2009 - 01/2011 Deputy Head of the Section of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Abdominal, Transplant and Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Innsbruck.
  • 02/2011 - 03/2015 Head of the Section of Thoracic Surgery, Department of General, Abdominal, Thoracic, Transplant and Pediatric Surgery, University Hospital Giessen.
  • 06/2011 Board Certified: European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons.
  • 07/2013 Fellow of the European Board of Thoracic Surgery.
  • 04/2015 Head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Bogenhausen Hospital, Munich Municipal Hospital.

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Thoracic Surgery

With the exception of lung transplantation, the thoracic surgery department offers the full range of thoracic surgical options from small interventions (taking biopsy samples or installing drains) to large, technically complex tumor removal operations.


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Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

10/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Thoracic Surgery offers the full range of services in this medical field. An experienced team of highly qualified specialists performs surgical treatment of all forms of lung and thoracic diseases, with the exception of heart diseases.


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Head physician:

Dr. med. Gunda LeschberCurriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Education | Studies

  • 1996 Specialist in thoracic surgery.
  • 1993 Specialist in surgery.
  • 1985 Doctorate on "Animal studies for influencing the testicular function through estrogens and aromatas inhibitors".
  • 1985 Foreign Medical Graduate Examination of Medical Science.
  • 1984 License to practise as a doctor.
  • 1980 - 1981 Studies at the Faculté de Médecine de Tours.
  • 1977 - 1984 Studies of human medicine, Free University of Berlin.

Professional background

  • Since 2003 Chief physician of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Academic Lung Hospital Berlin.
  • 1997 - 2003 Senior physician, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Lung Hospital Hemer.
  • 1994 - 1997 Assistant doctor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Lung Hospital Heckeshorn, Berlin.
  • 1988 - 1994 Assistant doctor in surgery, UNiversity Düsseldorf and St. Gertrauden Hospital Berlin.
  • 1987 - 1988 Research Fellow, Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston, USA.
  • 1986-1987 Surgical Resident, Tufts University, Boston, USA.
  • 1986 - 1985 Assistant doctor, Institute for Pathology, Municipal Hospital Berlin-Neukölln.

Other activities and additional qualifications

  • Permission to carry out medical specialist trainings in surgery (since 2003).
  • Permission to carry out additional further trainings in thoracic surgery (since 2003).

Awards

  • Wolfgang-Müller-Osten-Medaille (2015): the highest professional awards of the Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC).

Memberships (elective or appointed)

  • President of the German Society for Thoracic Surgery (DGT) (2015-2017).
  • President of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) (2010-2011).
  • Director of External Relations der ESTS (2012-2013).
  • Board member of the German Society for Thoracic surgery (since 2005).
  • Member of the Presiding Board of the Professional Association of German Surgeons (since 2007).
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee der AATS (seit 2012).
  • Member of the Presiding Board of the Cancer Center Berlin (since 2010).
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Project Group “Lung carcinoma” of the Cancer Center Berlin-Buch (since 2012) (Chairwoman 2007-2023).
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Cancer Center Berlin-Buch (since 2007).
  • Spokesperson of the “FIT” (women in the thoracic surgery) of the German Society for Thoracic Surgery (2006 - 2009).

Further memberships

  • German Society for Thoracic Surgery (DGT).
  • European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS).
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS).
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery der Society of Thoracic Surgeons  (STS), USA (WTS).
  • Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC).
  • German Society for Surgery (DGCH).
  • German Cancer Society.
  • Cancer Society Berlin.
  • German Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Berlin Surgical Society.
  • Berlin-Brandenburg Society for Pneumology.
  • German Medical Women's Association.
  • Marburger Bund.

Academic Lung Hospital Berlin

9/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Lung Hospital Berlin offers the full range of thoracic operations (with the exception of the heart), including interventions on the respiratory tract (trachea and bronchia), lungs, mediastinum and chest wall.


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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

9.5/10 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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Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Thoracic Surgery offers the full range of services in this medical field. The department specializes in the diagnostics and surgical treatment of diseases of the lungs, respiratory tract, pleura, mediastinum in adults and children.


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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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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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Academic Hospital Hildesheim

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Hospital Hildesheim offers the full range of treatment for lung, thoracic and mediastinal diseases. A single team of the Cancer Center integrates thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists and radiation therapists.


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Head physician:

Prof. Dr. med. Jakob R. IzbickiCurriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

CLINICAL AND SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND 

  • 1998- present  Chairman Dept. of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery, University of Hamburg 
  • 1994- present  Professor of Surgery, Dept. of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery, University of Hamburg  
  • 1992-1998  Senior Attending Physician and Deputy Director, Dept. of General Surgery, University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Ch.E. Broelsch) 
  • 1991-1992  Deputy Director of the project group Gastrointestinal Tumors of the Cancer Center Munich 
  • 1991   Associate Professor of Surgery, Dept.of Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich Klinikum Innenstadt (Prof.Dr.L.Schweiberer). 
  • 1991 - 1992  Attending Surgeon Gastrointestinal and Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology. Dept.of Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Klinikum Innenstadt (Prof.Dr.L.Schweiberer). 
  • 1990   Habilitation (Ph.D. Degree) Dr.med.habil.  
  • 1990   Venia Legendi in Surgery and appointment as Privat-Dozent (Assistant Professor of Surgery). 
  • 1989 - 1990  Instructor in Surgery (Surgical Gastroenterology, Surgical Oncology and Thoracic Surgery) Dept. of Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Klinikum Innenstadt 
  • 1987   Board certification as surgeon by the Bavarian Chamber of Physicians 
  • 1986 - 1989  Senior Resident and Postdoctoral Fellow Dept. of Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Klinikum Innenstadt  (Prof.Dr.L.Schweiberer). 
  • 1982 - 1986  Resident and Postdoctoral Fellow in Surgical Gastroenterology II. Dept. of Surgery, University of Cologne (Prof.Dr.H.Troidl).  
  • 13.05.1982  Doctorial thesis, Bonn University with honours. 
  • 1981 - 1982  Resident, Dept. of Abdominal and Transplantation Surgery (Prof.Dr.R.Pichlmayr) and  Dept. of Pediatric Surgery (Prof. Dr.H.Mildenberger) University Hospital Hannover, Germany 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 

  • 20.10.1980  Graduation from medical school with honours
  • 1979-1980 Special student, subintern and predoctoral fellow with grant of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the Dept. of Pathology (Prof.Dr.J.H.Yardley) and Dept. of Surgery (Prof.Dr.R.R.Baker) of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA  
  • 1976-1979 Medical School at Bonn University
  • 1975-1976 Medical School at Cologne University
  • 1975 Medical School at Bonn University  
  • 1976 Studies of chemistry and geophysics at Cologne University, Germany
  • 6.6.1974 High-school-diploma 

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University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10 from 92 Votes

Department of General, Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery

The Department of General, Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf offers the best surgical treatment of thoracic and abdominal diseases as well as diseases of the hormone-producing organs, vessels and obesity.


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University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10 from 150 Votes

Department of General, Abdominal, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

The Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Bonn provides patients with medical care and treatments in the full range of general, abdominal, thoracic and vascular surgery including emergency care. Another focus of the Department is transplant surgery (of liver and pancreas).


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