University Hospital Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Department of Thoracic Surgery

Hendrik Dienemann

Prof. Dr. med.

Hendrik Dienemann

Specialized in: thoracic surgery

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Beruflicher Werdegang

  • 1969‑1975 Studium der Humanmedizin Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  • 1976 Approbation
  • 1976 Promotion
  • 1976‑1978 Assistent am Pathologischen Institut der Universität Tübingen (Dir.: Prof. Dr. A. Bohle)
  • 1978‑1996 Chirurgische Universitätsklinik der Universität München, Klinikum Großhadern (Dir.: Prof. Dr. G. Heberer, ab 1989 Prof. Dr. F.W. Schildberg)
  • 1981 Forschungsaufenthalt CIBA‑GEIGY AG, Basel, Biol. Res. Dept.
  • 1984 Facharzt für Chirurgie
  • 1985 Habilitation für das Fach Chirurgie (Experimentelle Untersuchungen zur Behandlung des akuten Nierenversagens)
  • 1986 Auszeichnung der Habilitationsschrift mit dem E. K. Frey‑Preis
  • 1986 Ernennung zum Oberarzt
  • 1987 Anerkennung Schwerpunkt 'Gefäßchirurgie'
  • 1991 Begründung der "Munich Lung Transplant Group"
  • 1992 Ernennung zum apl. Professor an der LMU München
  • 1993 Anerkennung Schwerpunkt 'Thoraxchirurgie'
  • 1994 Anerkennung Schwerpunkt 'Viszeralchirurgie'
  • Seit 1.7.1996 Chefarzt der Chirurgischen Abteilung der Thoraxklinik Heidelberg
  • 1998 Umhabilitation an die Universität Heidelberg,
  • 2/2003 Ernennung zum C4‑Professor für Thoraxchirurgie an der Universität Heidelberg
  • 2004 Tagungspräsident der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Thoraxchirurgie 2004
  • 2005 Ernennung zum Ärztlichen Direktor der Thoraxklinik am Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg

Mitglied folgender Gesellschaften

  • European Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Vorstandsmitglied des Beufsverbandes Deutscher Chirurgen
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Thoraxchirurgie
  • Deutsche Transplantationsgesellschaft
  • Bayerische Chirurgenvereinigung

Wissenschaftliche Preise und Stipendien

  • 1984 Sonderforschungsbereich „Limitierte Proteolyse“
  • 1985 DFG-Einzelförderung
  • 1986 E.-K.-Frey Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internistische Intensivmedizin
  • 1991 Reisestipendium der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie​







The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital ranks among the largest and oldest departments of thoracic surgery in Europe. As the Department of excellence, it was certified as the Lung Cancer Center in 2009. The chief physician of the Department is Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Hendrik Dienemann. The Department focuses on the diseases of lungs and chest organs, offers all modern diagnostic and treatment methods and performs about 2,300 operations of chest every year.

The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital includes the following units: thoracic surgery, pulmonology and artificial lung ventilation, chest tumors, anesthesia and intensive care, diagnostic and interventional cardiology. Due to the interdisciplinary and well-organized cooperation of all units, the Department of Thoracic Surgery provides a comprehensive care to the patients with lung cancer.

The Lung Cancer Center provides every patient with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods corresponding to the latest scientific achievements. The Department of Thoracic Surgery treats more than 800 patients with lung cancer every year. The goal of the Department of Thoracic Surgery is to develop an individual treatment concept in accordance with the current recommendations for every patient.

All benign and malignant diseases of the central respiratory tracts, lungs, mediastinum and chest wall can be treated with surgery. Mostly the following diseases are diagnosed: lung cancer, lung metastases, pleural mesothelioma as well as sarcomas, especially in childhood. Moreover, the Department of Thoracic Surgery specializes in the surgery of myasthenia, pulmonary emphysema, and chest wall pathologies (Nuss technique).

The range of clinical services of the Department of Thoracic Surgery under the direction of Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Hendrik Dienemann includes, i.a.:

  • Lung cancer
  • Lung metastases
  • Pleural effusion
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Minimally invasive surgery (VATS)
  • Empyema
  • Pleural mesothelioma
  • Chest wall pathologies (funnel chest, chicken chest)
  • Emphysema
  • Thymus cancer/myasthenia 

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