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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

location_on Dresden, Germany
9.1/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Abdominal, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (292205)

Jürgen Weitz

Prof. Dr. med.

Jürgen Weitz

Specialized in: abdominal, thoracic and vascular surgery

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Abdominal, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden is included in the ranking of the top German departments specializing in colon cancer treatment!

The department offers the full range of services in these medical fields. It provides the surgical treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid and parathyroid glands, thoracic organs and blood vessels. Special focus is on the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer. With appropriate clinical indications, preference is always given to minimally invasive surgical techniques. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Weitz.

Since 2014, the department is the certified Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers. It practices and implements the very latest diagnostic and therapeutic methods to ensure an optimal medical care for patients with malignant diseases of the stomach, esophagus, small and large intestine, rectum, liver, biliary tract, and soft tissues of the abdominal cavity. Of particular interest is the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

A separate focus of the department is vascular and endovascular surgery. About 75% of all vascular interventions are performed either by the combined open surgical endovascular method or exclusively by endovascular technique (i.e., using a catheter). The range of medical services covers all open surgical and interventional possibilities for the optimal treatment of arterial and venous vascular diseases, ranging from varicose veins or "window shopper's disease" to endovascular and open surgeries on the arteries of the internal organs, thoracic and abdominal aorta, aortic arch.

In the field of thoracic surgery, the experienced specialists of the department practice all modern surgical techniques for treating diseases of the lungs, thorax, chest wall and mediastinal organs. In most cases, in the treatment of pulmonary pathologies, doctors use an innovative, sparing surgical technique – video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).

The department’s clinical focuses include:

  • Abdominal surgery
    • Minimally invasive surgery, operations using a da Vinci robot
      • Liver resection (also in oncopathology)
      • Pancreatic resection (also in oncopathology)
      • Stomach resection (also in oncopathology)
      • Colon resection (also in oncopathology)
      • Rectal resection (also in oncopathology)
      • Fundoplication
      • Splenectomy
      • Adrenalectomy
      • Appendectomy
      • Cholecystectomy
      • Transabdominal preperitoneal hernioplasty
      • Total extraperitoneal hernioplasty
      • Placement of the intraperitoneal mesh in incisional hernia
      • Cardiomyotomy
    • Esophageal and stomach surgery
      • Removal of the esophageal diverticulum
      • Thoracoabdominal esophageal resection
      • Subtotal and total gastrectomy
      • Billroth resection (I or II)
      • Fundoplication
      • Ulcer treatment
      • Gastroenterostomy
      • Jejunostomy
    • Hepatobiliary surgery
      • Extended hemihepatectomy, left or right hemihepatectomy
      • Extended or partial resection of the liver with vena cava prosthetics
      • Bilateral liver resection
      • Portal vein embolization, In-Situ-Split technique
      • Liver resection with the combined use of ablation techniques
      • Segmental resection
      • Laparoscopic examinations and liver biopsy
      • Use of biliodigestive anastomosis
      • Radiofrequency ablation (percutaneous technique or open surgery)
    • Pancreatic surgery
      • Pancreatic head resection with pylorus retention or Whipple procedure
      • Extended pancreatic resection with vascular reconstruction or prosthetics
      • Pancreatotomy
      • Pancreatic head resection with duodenal preservation
      • Cystic tumor enucleation
      • Islet cell transplantation
    • Colorectal surgery
      • Deep anterior rectal resection
      • Rectal extirpation
      • Sigmoid resection
      • Hemicolectomy (right, left, extended)
      • Colostomy placement
      • Surgical interventions in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases
    • Hyperthermal intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC)
      • Colorectal cancer
      • Stomach cancer
      • Ovarian cancer
      • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
    • Proctologic surgery
      • Hemorrhoidectomy
      • Laparoscopic rectopexy
      • Anal fistula removal
      • Abscess treatment
    • Bariatric surgery
      • Gastric bypass surgery
      • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
    • Spleen surgery
      • Splenectomy (open or laparoscopic)
    • Endocrine surgery
      • Thyroidectomy
      • Parathyroidectomy
      • Adrenalectomy
    • Hernia repair
      • Inguinal hernia repair
      • Umbilical hernia repair
      • Incisional hernia repair
    • Surgical procedures on soft tissues
      • Removal of regional lymph nodes (axilla, groin)
      • Soft tissue tumor biopsy
      • Resection of soft tissue tumors on the trunk and extremities
      • Lymph node removal
  • Thoracic surgery
    • Pneumonectomy with radical lymphadenectomy
    • Lung lobe resection with radical lymphadenectomy
    • Segmental or atypical resection of the lung lobe
    • Mediastinoscopy in biopsy or lymph node removal
    • Diagnostic and therapeutic video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
    • Surgical removal of bronchial carcinoma
    • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
    • Robotic thoracic surgery
    • Surgery of lung metastases (including laser surgery)
    • Resection of tumors in the chest wall and diaphragm
    • Resection of mediastinal tumors
    • Emergency surgery for injuries, infections
    • Septic thoracic surgery
  • Vascular surgery
    • Peripheral artery disease
    • Acute circulatory disorders of the legs, embolism (in the upper and lower extremities)
    • Mesenteric artery stenosis (chronic mesenteric ischemia)
    • Varicose veins
    • Vascular dilatation (aneurysms)
    • Kidney failure/hemodialysis (formation of a dialysis access)
    • Diseases of the supra-aortic vessels
    • Aortic diseases
    • Deep vein thrombosis, phlegmasia, diseases of the internal iliac artery
    • Carotid stenosis
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Academic Degrees

  • 1986 - 1993 Doctor of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Duke University, Durham, USA.
  • 2004 - 2005/2006 Master of Science, Healthcare Management, University of Heidelberg.

Medical Training

  • 11.1993 - 04.1995 Internship, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 05.1995 - 10.2000 Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 12.1999 Board Certification in Surgery.
  • Since 05.2001, Attending Surgeon, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 07.2001 Board certification, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
  • 07.2001 - 12.2002 Fellowship, Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.
  • Since 01.2004, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology and Deputy Chief, Division of Kidney Transplantation, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 03.2005 Board Certification in Abdominal Surgery.
  • 04.2005 Board Certification in Surgical Critical Care.
  • 01.2006 - 12.2006 Clinical rotation in Vascular Surgery, Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 07.2009 Chief Attending Physician, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 08.2011 Deputy Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Since 09.2012, Head of the Department of Abdominal, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.

Academic Career

  • 1993 Medical thesis, University of Heidelberg (under supervision of Prof. H. zur Hausen), German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, thesis on the human papilloma virus and its interaction with the host cell.
  • 2001 Habilitation in Surgery, University of Heidelberg, thesis on disseminated tumor cells in colorectal carcinoma.
  • 2005 Professor of Surgery, University of Heidelberg.
  • Since 2005, Head of the Section of Molecular Oncology, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Since 2009, Head KFO 227 (from primary tumor progression towards metastases), German Research Foundation Working Group.
  • 12.2011 Professor for Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Qualifications and Board Certifications

  • Board certifications in surgery, abdominal surgery.
  • Surgical critical care.
  • Emergency medicine.
  • Surgical training in vascular surgery (Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Heidelberg).
  • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.

Clinical Interests

  • Abdominal surgery: hepatobiliary surgery, pancreatic surgery, esophageal and gastric surgery, colorectal surgery, endocrine surgery.
  • Surgical oncology.
  • Transplant surgery.
  • Minimally invasive surgery.

Research Interests

  • Tumor progression, tumor immunology and angiogenesis of colorectal and pancreatic carcinoma.
  • Clinical trials in abdominal surgery, transplantation surgery and surgical oncology.
  • Meta analyses.

Membership in Scientific Societies

  • German Surgical Society, Section of Oncology.
  • German Society for General and Abdominal Surgery.
  • German Cancer Society.
  • Society of Surgical Oncology.
  • German Society of Digestive and Metabolic Diseases.
  • International Hepatopancreatobiliary Association.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

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