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University Hospital Duesseldorf

Department of General, Abdominal and Pediatric Surgery (26217)

Wolfram Trudo Knoefel

Prof. Dr. med.

Wolfram Trudo Knoefel

Specialized in: general, abdominal, pediatric surgery

About the department

The Department of General, Abdominal and Pediatric Surgery at the University Hospital Duesseldorf offers the full range of surgical treatment of diseases of the organs of abdominal cavity, thorax, emergency surgical care in polytrauma, as well as many surgical interventions in children. Of particular interest is cancer surgery on the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. In addition, the department's specialists masterfully manage all the methods of bariatric surgery. Many operations are performed using minimally invasive techniques, which facilitate the quickest possible recovery of the patient. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Wolfram Trudo Knoefel.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Pediatric surgery
    • Appendicitis
    • Undescended testicles
    • Acute pain in the testicles
    • Phimosis
    • Vesicoureteral reflux
    • Pectus excavatum
    • Tumor removal
    • Correction of congenital malformations
  • Thoracic surgery
    • Lung cancer
    • Lung metastases
    • Defects and pathological changes of the thoracic wall
    • Pathological changes of the pleura
    • Pneumothorax
    • Thymoma
    • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Cancer surgery and surgical treatment of metastases
  • Surgical treatment of obesity (bariatric surgery)
    • Intragastric balloon implantation
    • Gastric banding
    • Sleeve gastroplasty
    • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Surgical treatment of diseases of the esophagus and stomach
    • Zenker's diverticulum
    • Reflux disease
    • Achalasia cardia
    • Esophageal, stomach cancer
    • Benign stomach tumors
    • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
  • Surgical treatment of coloproctological diseases
  • Surgical treatment of pancreatic diseases
  • Surgical treatment of hernias
  • Surgical treatment of neuroendocrine tumors
  • Hepatobiliary surgery (diseases of the liver and biliary tract)
  • Surgical treatment of soft tissue sarcomas
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Knoefel studied medicine at the University of Hamburg, the University of Lausanne, Harvard Medical School in Boston, and School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. After the admission to medical practice, he worked in the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, as well as in the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. In 1993, Prof. Knoefel was awarded the title of Medical Specialist. In 1996, he defended his doctoral thesis on the subject "Disorders of microcirculation in acute pancreatitis". In 2003, the doctor hold the position of the Head of the Department of General, Abdominal and Pediatric Surgery at the University Hospital Duesseldorf.

The main focuses of his clinical activities include the surgical treatment of malignant tumors of the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas, thyroid, lung, and rectum. The research activities focus on the study of metastatic tumor cells, systemic diseases in malignant tumors of the thorax and abdomen, regeneration of the liver, stem cells, ischemia, and perfusion of the liver, targeted therapy in neuroendocrine tumors, hepatocellular carcinomas, etc.

The professor is a member of numerous national and international professional societies, such as the Society of Digestive Surgery, American College of Surgeons, Transplantation Society, American Gastroenterological Association, Society of Pelvic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Pancreatic Association, German Society for Thoracic Surgery, German Society of General and Abdominal Surgery, and German Society of Surgery.

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