University Hospital Cologne

location_on Cologne, Germany
7.5/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Urology ( 26195)

Axel Heidenreich

Prof. Dr. med.

Axel Heidenreich

Specialized in: urology

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Education and professional career

  • 1983 - 1990 Study of Human Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, University of the Health Sciences, San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1990 - 1992 Central Hospital of German Armed Forces in Koblenz, Department of Urology.
  • 1992 Doctoral thesis "Etiology and pathogenesis of urolithiasis in rats with portocaval anastomosis", summa cum laude.
  • 07/1992 - 05/1993 Assistant Physician, Department of Urology, University Hospital Tübingen.
  • 06/1993 - 05/1994 Assistant Physician, Department of Surgery, District Hospital Hechingen, Surgeon. Compulsory one-year practice.
  • 06/1994 - 07/1995 Assistant Physician, Department of Urology, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 08/1995 - 10/1996 Research Fellowship, Urological Oncology, Walter Reed's Army Medical Center and Armed Forces Institute Of Pathology, Washington, USA (DFG He 2618 / 1-1).
  • 1996 Urologist, Head of the Department of Urology, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 1997 Chief Physician of the Department of Urology, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 1998 Habilitation and Venia legendi for urology.
  • 1999 - 2003 Head of the Department of Urology, University Hospital Marburg.
  • 2004 Visiting Professor.
  • 2004 - 2008 Head of the Section of Urological Oncology at the Department of Urology, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 2008 Director of the Department of Urology of the University Hospital Aachen.

Clinical focuses

  • Radical tumor surgery of the prostate, urinary bladder and kidney.
  • Medicinal Uro-oncology.
  • Radical surgery for advanced urological tumors (prostate, bladder, testes, kidneys).
  • Reconstructive urologic surgery (ureter, urethra).

Research focuses

  • Molecular prognostic factors of urologic tumors.
  • Resistance mechanisms of urological tumors to radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Molecular-triggered therapy of urologic tumors.
  • Surgical techniques of locally advanced tumors of the urogenital tract.
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According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Urology at the University Hospital Cologne ranks among the top German departments specializing in prostate cancer treatment!  

The Department of Urology at the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Axel Heidenreich deals with the treatment of various urological diseases. The main focuses include not only general urology, but also andrology, neurourology, female urology and urologic oncology. In the field of pediatric urology, the department maintains close collaboration with the Center for Pediatrics. 

A highly qualified team comprised of 19 doctors and 36 members of medical staff takes care of the patients' health and provides them with a round-the-clock comprehensive care.The department has 3 operating rooms for open, endourological, laparoscopic operations and Da Vinci surgery, as well as one operating room in the Outpatient Surgery Center and ESWL Unit.

The main areas of the department's specialization include diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the genitourinary system in children, GreenLight laser therapy for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPS), male infertility (andrology), gender reassignment, urogenital malignancies, endoscopic surgery.

The department has three interdisciplinary centers:

  • Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor 

The center treats all forms of male and female urinary and fecal incontinence.

  • Prostate Cancer Center

The specialists of the center aim to provide diagnosis, counseling, treatment and follow-up care for the patients with all types of malignant urological tumors. 

  • Prostate Centre

To optimize the treatment of prostatic diseases, the Department of Urology together with the private urology hospitals in Frechen and Cologne, as well as with the Institute of Pathology and the Department of Radiotherapy at the University Hospital Cologne form its own experience exchange network.

The service range of the Department of Urology includes:

  • Uro-oncology 
    • Prostate cancer 
    • Testicular and penile cancer 
    • Renal cell carcinoma and bladder cancer 
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia – benign syndrome 
  • Kidney and ureteral stones 
    • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
    • Ureterorenoscopy (URS) 
    • Percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy 
  • Pediatric urology: diseases of the urinary system and genitals 
  • Endoscopic surgery 
  • Open surgery 
  • Reconstructive urology 
    • Recurrent strictures after urethrotomy 
    • Primary long-term penile urethral strictures  
    • Primary long-term bulbar urethral strictures  
    • Anastomotic stricture after radical prostatectomy

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