University Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Diagnosis of pleurisy with adhesions (program ID: 271737)

Thorsten Wahlers

Prof. Dr. med.

Thorsten Wahlers

Department of Cardiosurgery and Thoracic Surgery

Specialized in: cardio surgery, thoracic surgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Schulbildung und Studium

  • 06/1976 Abitur   Ernst Moritz Arndt Gymnasium Bonn
  • 1977 Wehrdienst München und Bonn Sanitätsbatallion
  • 1977 - 1983 Medizinstudium Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf Universität Köln
  • 04/1983 Staatsexamen Universität Köln
  • 05/1983 Approbation Ärztekammer Köln
  • 05/1983 Promotion Kardiologie der Universität zu Köln (Prof. Dr. H. H. Hilger) „Über den Einfluß von Oxyfedrin auf die bradykarden Herzrhythmusstörungen beim Menschen"

Beruflicher Werdegang

  • 07/1983 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent Zentrum Chirurgie Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  • 1983 – 1989 Klinik für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäß- chirurgie, Hannover; Zentrum Chirurgie (Prof. Dr. H.G. Borst), Klinik für Unfallchirurgie (Prof. Dr. H. Tscherne), Klinik für Abdominal- und Transplantationschirurgie (Prof. Dr. R. Pichlmayr)
  • 11/1986 – 04/1987 Harefield Hospital National Heart Hospital, Middlesex/London, Großbritannien (Prof. Sir M. Yacoub, F.R.C.S.)
  • 10/1989 Anerkennung als Arzt für Chirurgie (Landesärztekammer Niedersachsen)
  • 09/1990 Oberarzt der Klinik für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  • 03/1991 Anerkennung als Arzt für Thorax- und Kardiovaskularchirurgie (Landesärztekammer Niedersachsen)
  • 08/1991 Anerkennung als Arzt für Gefäßchirurgie (Landesärztekammer Niedersachsen)
  • 02/1992 Habilitation; Hannover "Tierexperimentelle Untersuchungen zur Organprotektion in der Lungenund Herz- Lungentransplantation"
  • 08/1993 Weiterbildungsermächtigung Gefäßchirurgie an der Med.Hochschule Hannover (Landesärztekammer Niedersachsen), Thorax-Kardiovaskularchirurgie vertreten durch Prof. Dr. H.G. Borst
  • 05/1994 Zusatzbezeichnung Rettungsmedizin (Landesärztekammer Niedersachsen)
  • 08/1995 Leitender Oberarzt Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie, Med. Hochschule Hannover
  • 02/1996 Ernennung zum apl. Professor
  • 12/1996 - 1999 Aufbau und Leitung der Dependance "Oststadtkrankenhaus" der MHH mit Neueinführung der Herzchirurgie, Integration der Allgemein-,Thorax-, und Gefäßchirurgie
  • 11/1998 Berufung als Prüfer der Landesärztekammer Niedersachsen für Gefässchirurgie
  • 09/1999 Ordinariat C4 Herzchirurgie Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena sowie Übernahme der Leitung der Thorax-, und Gefäßchirurgie Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
  • 02/2000 Ernennung zum Fellow European Board Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (F.E.B.T.C.S)
  • 02/2002 Wahl in den Vorstand der Deutschen Gesellschaft Thorax-, Herz-Gefäßchirurgie
  • 11/2003 Wahl zum Direktor des Zentrums Chirurgie der Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
  • 02/2004 Wahl zur 2. Amtsperiode in den Vorstand der Deutschen Gesellschaft Thorax-, HerzGefäßchirurgie für weitere 2 Jahre
  • 12/2004 Ruf auf die Nachfolge Herz-, Thoraxchirurgie (Prof. Dr. de Vivie) am Universitätsklinikum Köln
  • 11/2005 Übernahme Ordinariat Herz-, Thoraxchirurgie am Universitätsklinikum Köln
  • 10/2007 Stellvertr. Sprecher des Herzzentrums am Universitätsklinikum Köln
  • 08/2009 Sprecher des Experimentellen Beirates des Zentrums für Experimentelle Medizin am Universitätsklinikum Köln
  • 2009 - 2012 Sprecher des Herzzentrums am Universitätsklinikum Köln


About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Heart Center of Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wahlers is one of the leading centers in Germany for the treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects. The Heart Center at the Department contains 40 beds for the patients, who receive standard medical care, as well as the intensive care unit with 24 beds for the patients, who need intensive care and artificial lung ventilation in close cooperation with the Department of Cardiology. There are also 24 beds for the patients, receiving the intermediate care. The intensive care unit with 2 beds for the patients with heart transplant is a part of the Department as well.

All together, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Heart Center of Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wahlers performs over 2,800 operations every year. 1,700 of them are performed with the use of the cardiopulmonary bypass. The Department includes 4 operating rooms for cardiothoracic surgeries and an additional room for the pacemaker implantation. The operating rooms are equipped with the state-of-the-art devices, including the so-called hybrid operating room – equipped with the multilayer X-ray optics for the complex cardiovascular operations. It is used together with the cardiologists to implant a heart valve with the use of a catheter. Moreover, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery supervises its own research laboratory.

The range of medical services at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Heart Center of Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wahlers, includes such priority areas:

  • Surgery of acquired heart defects with the application of the cardiopulmonary bypass and without it (incl. Coronary surgery, surgery of acute myocardial infraction and complications, ventricular septal defect etc.)
  • Surgery of congenital heart defects with the application of the cardiopulmonary bypass and without it (incl. surgery of newborns, children, adolescents and adults)
  • Arrhythmia surgery (pacemakers, defibrillators, Maze surgery)
  • Thoracic surgery (tumors of lungs, trachea and bronchi)
  • Heart transplant
  • Mechanical circulatory support and the artificial heart
  • Round-the-clock medical care

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
    • TSH-basal
  • x-ray and bronchography
  • electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • high-resolution computed tomography (HR-CT)
  • collected three sputum samples
  • blood gas analysis
  • bronchoscopy with biopsy
  • puncture of pleural effusion
  • histological and microbiological examination
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
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About hospital

The University Hospital Cologne in Germany offers patients medical care at the always current state of knowledge and skills. The Department constantly looks for new methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients. As a hospital of excellence at the University Cologne („Exzellenz-Universität “), the Department continuously do research for new knowledge in all fields of human health. Due to the active, committed teaching, even recent graduates can provide excellent treatment quality.  The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients.

In the University Hospital Cologne You will receive a good care. The team of doctors and the medical staff will support You during the recovery process from the first appointment and up to the outpatient treatment after the hospitalization. During your hospital stay many employees work day after day, hand in hand in order to make Your hospital stay as nice as possible.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

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Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.