University Hospital RWTH Aachen

location_on Aachen, Germany
9.7/10 from 41 Votes

Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery (26102)

Norbert Pallua

Prof. Dr. med.

Norbert Pallua

Specialized in: plastic, hand and burn surgery

About the department

The Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery at the University Hospital Aachen under the direction of Univ.- Prof. Dr. Dr. Prof. h.c. mult. Norbert Pallua specializes in four areas: reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, hand surgery and burn surgery. The range of services at the Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery covers all modern plastic and aesthetic surgery, including free tissue transfer. A particular focus is on the surgery of skin tumors and soft tissues (incl. sarcomas), aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of female breast. 

Reconstructive surgery means form and functional recovery of the body. It includes big defects of skin and tissues, for example, after the removal of tumors or after the accidents, distortion of skin with scars, loss of breast after cancer as well as paralysis of facial and hand nerves. Due to a number of available options, various operational techniques are used after the comprehensive counseling. The range of these techniques includes those from laser treatment of prominent scars and up to microsurgical tissue transplants during the breast reconstruction. The Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery at the University Hospital Aachen is distinguished due to its close cooperation with other specialties, intensive aftercare and wide experience. Other focus is reconstructive surgery of head and neck after burns and removal of tumors by means of the specially developed operational technique. 

As for the aesthetic surgery of face and neck, a special attention is paid to eyelid and face lifting as well as lipofilling. Moreover, the range of services also covers complex hand surgery with a 24-hour replantation service. The plastic surgical reconstruction of all burn scars and problematic wounds also belongs to the focuses of the Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery under the direction of Univ.- Prof. Dr. Dr. Prof. h.c. mult. Norbert Pallua. 

Curriculum vitae

  • 1971 Abitur am Klassisch humanistischem Gymnasium Nicolaus Cusanus, Bruneck (Italien)
  • 1971-1974 Universität Innsbruck/Österreich: Medizinstudium
  • 1974-1975 18-monatiger Militärdienst beim Italienischen Heer (Alpini)
  • 1975-1979 Universität Wien/Österreich: Fortführung des Medizinstudiums
  • 1979 Promotion zum Dr. med. univ.
  • 1979 Dolmetscherprüfung Deutsch-Italienisch
  • 1980 Universität Bologna/Italien: Staatsexamen mit Approbation und Annerkennung der Promotion; Nostrifizierungsprüfung des im Ausland (Österreich) absolvierten Hochschulstudiums
  • 1988 Freie Universität Berlin: Deutsche Promotion (Dr. med.)  mit dem Thema: Risiko und Prognose der aortokoronaren Venenbypassoperation beim über 70-jährigen Patienten (Prof. Dr. Bücherl E. S.)
  • 1989 Ärztekammer Berlin: Facharzt für Chirurgie - Anerkennung der Gebietsbezeichnung
  • 1991 Massachusetts Gen. Hospital (Harvard Univ.) Boston/USA: Studienaufenthalt
  • 1992 Ärztekammer Niedersachsen: Anerkennung der Teilgebietsbezeichnung "Plastische Chirurgie"
  • 1994 Ärztekammer Niedersachsen: Zusatzbezeichnung "Rettungsmedizin"
  • 1995 Medizinische Hochschule Hannover: Venia legendi für Plastische Chirurgie - Habilitationsschrift zum Thema: Die systemische Entzündungsreaktion nach schwerem Verbrennungstrauma und ihre Bedeutung für die Entwicklung der Sepsis
  • 1996 European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery: Europäische Facharztprüfung für Plastische Chirurgie: European Board Examination in Plastic Surgery mit Berechtigung zum Führen des Titels "Fellow of European Board of Plastic Surgery" (Notenabschluss: 91 von 100 Punkten)
  • 1996 Ärztekammer Niedersachsen: Umwandlung der Teilgebietsbezeichnung in Gebietsbezeichnung Plastische Chirurgie, Facharzt für Plastische Chirurgie
  • 1996 Ärztekammer Niedersachsen: Bereichsbezeichnung Handchirurgie


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