University Hospital Tubingen

Tuebingen, Germany

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Christian Schlensak

Prof. Dr. med.

Christian Schlensak

Specialized in: cardiosurgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down


  • Studium: 1988–1995 Humanmedizin an der Universität Essen
  • Ausbildung: 1.7.1995–30.5.2000 sowie 1.7.2001–15.4.2002, Abt. Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie, Uniklinikum Freiburg, 1.6.2000– 30.6.2001, Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto  
  • Facharzt Herzchirurgie: 15. April 2002
  • Oberarzt: April 2002, Abt. Herz-/ Gefäßchirurgie, Uniklinikum Freiburg
  • Leiter Kinderherzchirurgie: April 2002, Abt. Herz-/ Gefäßchirurgie, Uniklinikum Freiburg
  • Habilitation: Februar 2004, Leitender Oberarzt: Februar 2006, Abt. Herz-/ Gefäßchirurgie, Uniklinikum Freiburg
  • Facharzt Gefäßchirurgie: Februar 2010
  • Chefarzt: September 2009, Leitung der Herz-/ Gefäßchirurgie am Herz-Zentrum Bad Krozingen, Ärztlicher Direktor der Universitätsklinik für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie am  Universitätsklinikum Tübingen ab 1.6.2011
  • Ehrendoktorwürde: November 2011, Universidad Autonoma de Santa Ana, El Salvador

The range of surgical services of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Tubingen covers all surgical and interventional operations in the corresponding fields up to the transplant surgery. The medical director of the Department is Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Schlensak.

Due to a close interaction of three fields, patients benefit greatly from a complex and intensive medical care. The Department is recommended by the FOCUS List of Specialized Clinics for Heart Surgery 2016. With the latest methods for purification of patient's own blood during surgery, the use of donated blood is minimized.

The Section of Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital Tubingen offers all artery and vein operations, with a particular emphasis in the creation of artificial vascular access for blood purification (dialysis) or permanent drug therapy.

The Section of Thoracic Surgery offers (if necessary) all video-assissted minimally invasive methods varying from a simple thoracoscopy, mediastinoscopy and up to lung resection.

Treatment focuses of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Tubingen under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Schlensak include:

  • Cardiac surgery for adults (minimally invasive surgery on heart valves, artificial heart, modern bypass surgery)
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery, including complex heart defects of newborns
  • Adults with congenital heart defects (CHD)
  • Vascular surgery (surgery on the carotid artery with local anaesthesia, minimally invasive treatment of cardiac arrhythmia) 

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