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University Hospital Heidelberg

location_on Heidelberg, Germany
9.8/10 from 57 Votes

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (26067)

Dittmar Böckler

Prof. Dr. med.

Dittmar Böckler

Specialized in: vascular surgery, endovascular surgery

About the department

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg offers the full range of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment of diseases of the arteries and veins. The department specializes in all modern vascular interventions, in particular, open, interventional (catheter) procedures, hybrid surgeries, as well as innovative vascular prosthetic techniques. All this makes the department one of the most advanced medical institutions in Germany with a university level of service. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dittmar Böckler.

In order to provide comprehensive medical care, there is a close collaboration with anesthesiologists, neurologists, neurologists and diabetologists. Of particular interest to the department's physicians is the treatment of patients with diseases of the aorta, carotid artery, various forms of arterial occlusion, and rare forms of arterial and venous diseases. All interventions are performed by the experienced vascular surgeons in cutting-edge operating rooms equipped with the very latest computerized systems and innovative surgical instruments.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of aortic diseases 
    • Aortic aneurysm
    • Aortic sclerosis
    • Aortic dissection
  • Diagnostics and treatment of carotid artery diseases
    • Carotid artery stenosis
    • Carotid artery aneurysm
    • Carotid body tumors
  • Diagnostics and treatment of lower limb artery diseases
    • Popliteal artery aneurysm
    • Femoral artery aneurysm
    • Acute vascular occlusion (embolism/thrombosis)
    • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
    • Cystic degeneration of the adventitious layer of vessels
    • Vascular lesions, for example painful swellings
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the lower limb veins
    • Varicose veins
    • Deep vein thrombosis in the lower limbs
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the upper limb arteries
    • Atherosclerotic stenosis
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the upper limb veins
    • Vein thrombosis of the upper limbs
  • Diagnostics and treatment of vascular diseases of the kidneys and other internal organs
    • Renal artery stenosis
    • Visceral artery aneurysm
    • Disorders of the blood circulation in the bowel
  • Diagnostics and treatment of vascular malformations
  • Formation of vascular access for hemodialysis in end-stage kidney failure
  • Other diseases and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Education and Professional Career

  • Since 2013 and up to now, Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Regional Hospital Heppenheim.
  • Since 2012 and up to now, (W3) University Professor and Head of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 2011 Invitation to the position of the Professor in the Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Duesseldorf (refusal).
  • 2010 - 2011 Head of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 2009 Extraordinary Professor in Surgery, Heidelberg University.
  • 2007 - 2009 Acting Head of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 2006 Leading Senior Physician and Deputy Head of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 2005 Habilitation (Venia Legendi), Heidelberg University.
  • 2002 - 2005 Senior Physician, Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 2002 Additional qualification in Phlebology.
  • 2001 Medical Specialist in Vascular Surgery.
  • 1998 - 2001 Advanced training, Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Clinic Nuernberg Sued.
  • 1998 Medical Specialist in Surgery.
  • 1997 Department of Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery, Bayreuth Hospital.
  • 1995 - 1997 Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Jena.
  • 1994 - 1995 Department of General and Abdominal Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 1994 Doctoral thesis defence, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • 1993 Admission to medical practice, Erlangen.
  • 1992 - 1993 Study of Medicine in London, Edinburgh and Cape Town.
  • 1986 - 1992 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Scientific Career

  • Member of the German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine (DGG e.V.).
  • Member of the Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC).
  • Member of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS).
  • Member of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES).
  • Member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS).
  • Editorial Board Member of the journals Gefäßchirurgie, Der Chirurg, Zentralblatt für Chirurgie, Langenbecks Archives of Surgery, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, etc.
  • Board Member of the German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine (DGG).

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