University Hospital Cologne

location_on Cologne, Germany
9.5/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (26177)

Jens Peter Klussmann

Prof. Dr. med.

Jens Peter Klussmann

Specialized in: adult and pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment in its areas of specialization. It treats all diseases of the ear, nose and throat. In the field of surgical treatment, the department specializes in sanitation surgery and hearing improvement interventions, including the installation of cochlear implants, middle ear implants and implantable hearing aids. In addition, special attention is paid to the diagnostics and treatment of salivary gland cancer and diseases of the ducts of the salivary glands, as well as rehabilitation in case of facial paralysis, etc. The department has 5 operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art medical technologies, including the surgical microscopes of the latest generation, a robot-assisted surgical system, etc. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Jens Peter Klussmann.

The department is part of the Center for Integrated Oncology Cologne, which occupies a leading position in Germany in the treatment and research of oncological diseases. Thus, it employs experienced professionals who ensure the effective surgical treatment of head and neck neoplasms (certification of the German Cancer Society). In addition to the treatment of head and neck tumors, the service range in this area includes head and neck reconstructive surgery, facial plastic aesthetic surgery, treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the salivary glands, facial nerve reconstruction, fragmentation of salivary gland stones, etc.

In addition, a specialized Cochlear Implant Center conducts successful clinical activities on the basis of the department. The center performs more than 1,000 cochlear implant interventions every year.  Naturally, the center has all the necessary technologies to ensure the appropriate diagnostics before and after cochlear implantation.

A specially trained team of doctors takes care of young patients with otolaryngological problems. The specialists use the very latest hearing screening techniques in children of all age groups. They also have an exceptional experience in the treatment of childhood diseases, such as enlarged tonsils, neck cysts, ear fistulas, enlarged lymph nodes, as well as in the treatment of benign and malignant neoplasms of the head and neck (in collaboration with the Departments of Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine).

The main focuses of the department’s clinical practice include:

  • Benign and malignant tumors of the otolaryngological spectrum
    • Laryngeal tumors
    • Pharyngeal tumors
    • Oral tumors
    • Salivary gland tumors
    • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
      • Diagnostics    
        • Ultrasound examinations
        • CT
        • MRI
        • PET-CT
        • Biopsy
      • Therapy
        • Minimally invasive surgery
        • Endoscopic and microsurgical interventions
        • Laser surgery
        • Reconstructive microvascular transplant interventions
        • Advanced treatments: neuromonitoring and computer-assisted navigation
        • Non-surgical treatments: chemotherapy, radiation therapy and targeted antibody therapy
  • Ear and skull base diseases
    • Outer ear defects and diseases
      • Correction of protruding ears
      • Dilatation of the external auditory canal
      • Treatment of ear fistulas
      • Resection of auricular tumors
    • Middle ear diseases
      • Acute and chronic otitis media
      • Cholesteatoma
      • Acute and chronic mastoiditis
      • Hearing improvement surgery
      • Stapes plastic surgery in otosclerosis
      • Tympanostomy tube installation
      • Installation of implantable hearing aids (BAHA, Bonebridge, Vibrant Soundbridge)
    • Diseases of the inner ear, auditory nerve, ear canal
      • Sensorineural hearing loss
      • Hearing aid
      • Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
      • Cochlear implantation
      • Installation of implantable hearing aids (BAHA, Bonebridge, Vibrant Soundbridge)
    • Vestibular disorders
      • Chronic dizziness
      • Vestibular Neuronitis
      • Meniere's disease
    • Skull base diseases
      • Skull base tumors
      • Skull base fractures
      • Skull base cerebrospinal fluid fistulas
      • Computer-assisted navigation system
    • Facial nerve diseases
      • Acute and chronic facial nerve palsy
      • Facial nerve reconstruction
      • Electromyography
  • Nose and paranasal sinus diseases
    • Nose diseases
      • Obstructed nasal breathing
      • Nose reshaping
      • Nasal septum straightening
      • Correction of the nasal septum defects
      • Allergies
      • Smell and taste disorders
    • Paranasal sinus diseases
      • Endoscopic endonasal interventions in inflammatory processes
      • Polyps and tumors
      • Diseases of the mucous membranes
    • Lesions of the orbit and tear duct
      • Orbital floor fracture
      • Orbital decompression (in case of Graves' disease)
      • Orbital tumors
      • Interdisciplinary lacrimal duct surgery
  • Diseases of the oral cavity, throat and larynx
    • Diseases of the oral cavity, throat and pharynx
      • Removal of tonsils and polyps (tonsillectomy, adenotomy)
      • Tonsillar abscess (peritonsillar abscess)
      • Benign and malignant tumors (oropharyngeal tumors, hypopharyngeal tumors)
    • Laryngeal diseases
      • Laser surgery
      • Total laryngectomy
      • Partial laryngeal resections
      • Treatment of vocal cord paralysis
      • Surgery to improve voice
      • Vocal cord prosthetics
      • Treatment of laryngeal papillomatosis
      • Electrophysiological diagnostics
      • Hoarseness correction
      • Voice and speech disorders
    • Esophageal diseases
      • Endoscopic removal of the foreign body
      • Treatment of Zenker's diverticulum
    • Tracheal diseases
      • Tracheal stenosis
      • Foreign body removal
      • Tracheotomy
    • Cervical diseases
      • Cervical lymph node biopsy
      • Neck dissection
      • Removal of neck cysts (medial, lateral) and neck fistulas
  • Salivary gland diseases
    • Removal of parotid salivary gland and submandibular salivary gland tumors
    • Microscopic surgery for benign and malignant tumors using intraoperative neuromonitoring
    • Submandibular gland sialendoscopy (in case of salivary gland stones)
    • Salivary gland stenosis and lesions
    • Diagnostics of Sjogren's syndrome
  • Other diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Curriculum vitae

Education and Professional Career

  • 1989 - 1996 Study of Medicine at the Universities of Duesseldorf and Cologne.
  • Internship, Assistant Physician, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 2001 Board certification in Otolaryngology.
  • 2004 Habilitation in Otolaryngology.
  • 2006 Managing Senior Physician, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 2009 Invitation to the Post of the Chief Physician of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Giessen.
  • 2011 Head of the Department Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Giessen.
  • Since 01.03.2018 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne.

Clinical Focuses

  • Surgical treatment of head and neck tumors.
  • Reconstructive head and neck surgery.
  • Treatment of diseases and tumors of the salivary glands.
  • Middle ear surgery to improve and restore hearing.


  • 2004 Prize of the Head and Neck Tumor Research Foundation, Wiesbaden, Germany.
  • 2008 Anton von Tröltsch Prize of the German Society of Otolaryngology.

Membership and Other Relevant Activities

  • German Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
  • European Laryngological Society (ELS).
  • Founding Member of the European Salivary Gland Society.
  • Active participation in international scientific research programs implemented in close cooperation with national and international research groups, including the Netherlands and the United States.

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