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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (26135)

Thomas Schmitz-Rixen

Prof. Dr. med.

Thomas Schmitz-Rixen

Specialized in: vascular, endovascular surgery

About the department

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The department positions itself as a supraregional medical facility specializing in the planned and emergency treatment of all diseases of the vascular system (with the exception of the pathology of the coronary arteries and vessels located near the heart). The therapeutic options cover both open surgery and advanced interventional catheter techniques (alone or in combination with classical surgery). Modern conservative treatments are also available here. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Schmitz-Rixen.

The department performs more than 2,000 surgical interventions on vessels annually. In addition, it admits about 4,000 outpatients every year. Of particular interest is the endovascular treatment of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. The experienced experts of the department also provide specialized consultations on arteriovenous malformations and complex diseases of the lymphatic vessels and venous pathologies.

In addition to standard and common treatment methods, the department offers unique types of therapy. For example, in 2016, as part of an international research, a completely new endovascular procedure for dialysis access formation was introduced into clinical practice. The first promising results of its application are already received.

It is worth noting that great importance is attached to interdisciplinary cooperation with specialists from the related fields (for example, experts in the field of diagnostic and interventional radiology, angiology, cardiology, nephrology). Thus, the department has everything necessary to guarantee each patient the comprehensive and most effective treatment.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics
    • Ultrasound diagnostics (Doppler and duplex ultrasonography) of arteries and veins
    • Special 3D sonography and speckle tracking
    • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS)
    • Doppler systolic blood pressure and treadmill testing
    • Angiography (digital subtraction angiography, CO2 angiography)
    • Phlebography
    • MR angiography
    • CT angiography
    • Capillary microscopy (in collaboration with the Department of Angiology)
  • Treatment of simple and complex aneurysms of the thoracic and abdominal aorta (within the specialized certified center)
    • Open and endovascular surgery of aneurysms of various localization
    • Complicated procedures with the implantation of multiple fenestrated stent grafts
    • Combined open and endovascular interventions (hybrid surgery)
  • Open surgical, endovascular and conservative treatment of peripheral vascular diseases
    • Open and endovascular surgery of the supra-aortic vascular branches (blood vessels of the brain, carotid artery, subclavian artery)
    • Open and endovascular surgery of the abdominal arteries
    • Open and endovascular surgery of the peripheral arterial system (scleroplasty, bypass surgery, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty)
    • Intravenous infusion therapy, local intra-arterial thrombolysis
  • Treatment of all types of vascular lesions, including emergency medical care (as part of the Supraregional Trauma Center)
  • Plastic and reconstructive interventions
    • Surgery for vascular malformations of all localizations
    • Free transposition of bones and soft tissues for the reconstruction after operations to treat head and neck cancers
  • Dialysis access formation
    • Bypass surgery: formation of an open vascular access in all localizations using endogenous vessels and prosthetic material
    • Minimally invasive endovascular formation of a vascular access (as part of a clinical trial)
    • Placement of dialysis catheters for temporary dialysis
  • Diagnostics and therapy of venous diseases
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of venous thrombosis in the pelvic and inferior vena cava area
    • Treatment of chronic venous insufficiency
  • Correction of vascular malformations
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic services

Curriculum vitae

  • Study of Medicine and Clinical Training in General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Cologne.
  • 1983 Doctoral dissertation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne.
  • 1985 - 1987 Fellow and House Officer, Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), Boston, USA.
  • 1988 - 1994 Gerhard Hess Scholarship of the German research Foundation, subject: "Biologic reconstructions in vascular surgery".
  • 1987 - 1991 Junior Consultant for Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 1992 - 1998 Senior Consultant for Surgery and Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 1988 - 1998 Director of the Vascular Research Lab, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Cologne.
  • 1997 - 1998 Consultant for Palliative Surgery in the Dr. Mildred Scheel House in Cologne.

Work at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main (since 1998)

  • Since 1998 Professor for Vascular Surgery and Head of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main.
  • Since 2002 Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim.
  • Since 2000 Member of the Ethics Committee.
  • 2002 - 2012 Faculty Research Committee.
  • Since 2013 Member of the Medical Faculty Council.
  • 2010 - 2014 Member of a Multidisciplinary Research Board (LOEWE-program).

Work in the Medical Association of Hesse

  • Board Member for Medical Quality Assurance in hesse.
  • Vise-Chairman of the Hospital Advisory Board.
  • Member of the CME Board.

Work in the Editorial Boards

  • Gefässchirurgie.
  • Der Chirurg.
  • Langenbecks Archive of Surgery.
  • Zentralblatt für Chirurgie,.
  • International Journal of Vascular Medicine.
  • BioMed Research International.
  • Journal of Vascular Medicine and Surgery.
  • Annals of Vascular Surgery.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine.
  • German Society of Surgery.
  • European Society of Vascular Surgery.
  • Association of International Vascular Surgeons.
  • Honorary member of the Society of Vascular Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • American Society of Vascular Surgery.
  • Association of Interdisciplinary Specialists in Vascular Surgery of Southern Germany (VIGS).
  • Vascular Society West (GG West).
  • European Society for Surgical Research.
  • International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB).

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