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University Hospital Marburg UKGM

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (114101)

Ardawan Julian Rastan

Prof. Dr. med.

Ardawan Julian Rastan

Specialized in: cardiothoracic surgery

About the department

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers the full range of surgical interventions in this field, with the exception of heart transplantation. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Ardawan Julian Rastan. 

The key tasks of the department’s specialists include vascular interventions on the large thoracic arteries, surgical treatment of coronary heart disease and its complications, reconstruction or replacement of affected heart valves and surgical treatment of heart rhythm disorders. The department is one of the leading Research Centers in Germany in the field of coronary artery bypass grafting and surgical treatment of coronary heart disease.

The department provides patients with the full range of heart valve surgery. Heart valve surgery, along with coronary artery bypass grafting, are among the most common surgeries in adults. During most interventions, the affected heart valve is replaced with a biological or mechanical prosthesis. Such operations include the simple replacement of the aortic and mitral valves with a biological or mechanical prosthesis during an isolated intervention on the heart valves or combined surgical treatment of other heart diseases (for example, coronary artery bypass grafting). Another priority in this area is reconstructive heart valve surgery, in which the affected valve is preserved.

In total, the department’s medical team annually performs about 1,200 operations, most of which are open heart surgical procedures using a heart-lung machine.

The department’s spectrum of medical services includes:

  • Aortic surgery
    • Surgery to treat aortic aneurysm
    • Surgery to treat aortic dissection
  • Heart valve surgery
    • Aortic valve diseases (aortic valve stenosis, aortic valve insufficiency)
      • Aortic valve reconstruction
      • Aortic valve replacement with a mechanical or biological prosthesis
    • Mitral valve disease (mitral valve stenosis, mitral valve insufficiency)
      • Mitral valve reconstruction
      • Mitral valve replacement using a mechanical or biological prosthesis
    • Tricuspid valve diseases (tricuspid valve insufficiency
      • Tricuspid valve reconstruction
      • Tricuspid valve replacement
  • Surgical treatment of heart rhythm disorders (bradycardia, tachycardia)
    • Pacemaker implantation
  • Surgical treatment of coronary heart disease
    • Classic coronary artery bypass grafting
    • Off‐pump coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Use of mechanical support systems for heart and lung 
    • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in acute respiratory distress in adults
    • Intra-aortic balloon pump for acute left-sided heart failure
  • Other therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Since October 1, 2017, Prof. Dr. med. Ardawan Julian Rastan has been the Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Marburg UKGM, as well as W3 Professor at Philipps University of Marburg.

Dr. Rastan studied medicine at the University of Regensburg and the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg. He began his clinical training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Göttingen, which was followed by work at the Heart Center Leipzig. Since 2005, he worked as a Senior Physician at the Heart Center Leipzig, where he made a significant contribution to the development of minimally invasive heart surgery and interventional procedures on the heart valves.

In 2012, the doctor took the post of the Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Heart Center Rotenburg. In 2016, he also became the Medical Director of the Center. After taking the position at the University Hospital Marburg UKGM, the doctor remained in a managing position at the Heart Center Rotenburg.

The main clinical and scientific focuses include catheter-assisted heart valve implantation procedures, video-assisted heart valve surgery, general coronary surgery.

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