University Hospital Halle (Saale)

location_on Halle, Germany
9.6/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Radiation Therapy (289941)

Dirk Vordermark

Prof. Dr. med.

Dirk Vordermark

Specialized in: radiation therapy

About the department

The Department of Radiation Therapy is focused on an individual radiotherapy with the use of the most advanced radiation equipment in the state-of-the-art rooms of the University Hospital of Halle (Saale). The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Vordermark. According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital of Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy!  

The radiotherapy planning is carried out in a computerized planning system, which shows the data of all linear accelerators used in the University Hospital of Halle (Saale). The radiotherapy program development is based on CT results, while CT is carried out after irradiation. The physician selects a required amount of exposure on CT scan, sets the dose and a maximum permissible load on the critical organs, such as lungs, kidneys and spinal cord. Then the specially trained medical physicians develop a (physical) irradiation plan. A cumulative dose-volume histogram is an instrument for an objective assessment of plan quality and comparison. This cumulative dose-volume histogram shows a minimal dose for covering a certain amount of every volume. 

The main treatment focuses of the Department are developing in a close cooperation with other departments of the University Hospital of Halle (Saale) and mostly cover the following diseases: 

  • Breast cancer
  • Bronchogenic cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Bladder and prostate cancer
  • Head and neck tumors (oral cavity cancer, throat and larynx cancer)
  • Rectal and anal cancer
  • Malignant systematic diseases (lymphomas and leukemias)
  • Tumors in childhood and adolescence 
  • Sarcomas
  • Gynecological tumors (uterine cancer)

The Department of Radiation Therapy under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Vordermark offers the following types of therapies: 

  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy / radiosurgery of brain tumors
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy for lung tumors
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy for liver cancer
  • Simultaneous radiochemotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Whole body irradiation 

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career

  • 10/1990 - 9/1995 Study of Human Medicine at the Medical University of Lübeck.
  • 10/1995 - 10/1996 Study of Human Medicine (practical year) at the University of Ulm with trainings in Göppingen (Internal Medicine), Zurich (Surgery) and Pretoria/South Africa (Radiology/Radiotherapy).
  • 12/1996 - 12/2000 Internship and Research Associate at the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University of Würzburg (Director:  Prof. Dr. M. Flentje).
  • 01/2001 - 12/2001 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Radiation and Cancer Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA / USA (Director: Prof. J.M. Brown), DFG Research Fellowship.
  • Since 01/2002, Research Associate, Department of Radiation Therapy of the University of Würzburg.
  • 15.10.2003 Medical Specialist in Radiotherapy, appointment as a Senior Physician.
  • 08.11.2004 Habilitation in Radiotherapy.
  • 15.12.2004 Award of an authorisation to teach and appointment as PD.
  • Since 02/2008, Director of the Department of Radiotherapy at the University Hospital, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (W3 Professorship).
  • Since 07/2011, Secondary employment at the Medical Care Center (MVZ) University Hospital Halle gGmbH.
  • Since 06/2012, Vice Dean for Research of the Medical Faculty.
  • Since 09/2013, Representative of the Dean of the Medical Faculty.


  • "Bradykinin Metabolism on Bovine Tracheal Epithelia" at Prof. Dr. med.  P. Dominiak, Director, Institute of Pharmacology, University of Lübeck (grade: summa cum laude)


  • "Influence of Acute and Chronic Hypoxia on the Radiation Resistance of Human Tumor Cells: Investigations Using HIF-1-Dependent Endogenous Hypoxia Markers", in the field of Radiotherapy at the University of Würzburg

Clinical Focuses

  • High-precision radiotherapy (radiosurgery and fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy) of tumors of the brain and the trunk, including lungs, liver, spine.
  • Neurooncology.
  • Urooncology (IMRT, HDR and LDR brachytherapy of prostate cancer).
  • Radiation therapy of lung tumors, gastrointestinal tumors, gynecological tumors and tumors of the skin.
  • Palliative radiotherapy.
  • Combined chemoradiotherapy.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Fellow of the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO).
  • German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO).
  • German Cancer Society (DKG).
  • Working Group on Radiation Oncology (ARO) of the DKG.
  • Uterus Organ Commission of the Working Group on Gynecology (AGO) of the DKG.
  • Neuro-Oncological Working Group (NOA) of the DKG.
  • Pneumological-Oncological Association (POA) of the DKG.
  • Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH).
  • Association of Pediatric Radiation Oncology (APRO) of the GPOH.

Awards and Scholarships

  • 1998 Otto Roth Prize of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the University of Lübeck (for the above-mentioned dissertation).
  • 1998 Poster Award of the German Society of Radiation Oncology (DEGRO) for the poster "Definitive Radio (chemo) Therapy of Anal Carcinoma: Functional Outcomes and Quality of Life".
  • 2001 DFG Research Fellowship (postdoc phase, Stanford University).
  • 2002 Fellowship of the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) for Teaching Course "Prostate Brachytherapy".
  • 2004 Hermann Holthusen Prize of the German Society of Radiation Oncology (for a habilitation thesis).
  • 2005 Varian Clinical Research Award of the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) for the work "Molecular markers of tumor hypoxia".
  • 2006 Poster Award of the Hanns-Langendorff-Foundation on the occasion of the DEGRO Congress.

Specialist Journals

  • BMC Cancer Section Editor (Section "Medical and Radiation Oncology").
  • Editorial Board Member of Radiotherapy & Oncology.
  • Editorial Board Member of Radiation Oncology.
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member of Radiotherapy & Oncology.

Reviewer for Clinical Trial Sponsors

  • German Research Foundation.
  • German Cancer Aid.
  • German Children's Cancer Foundation.
  • Wilhelm Sander Foundation.
  • Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development.
  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.
  • Swiss National Science Foundation.

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