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University Hospital Tuebingen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery (113935)

Christian Schlensak

Prof. Dr. med. Dr.h.c.

Christian Schlensak

Specialized in: adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Tuebingen is included in the ranking of the top German departments specializing in the surgical treatment of cardiovascular diseases! 

The department offers the full range of treatment of various diseases of the heart, blood vessels, organs of the respiratory system in adults and children. As part of the German Heart Competence Centre Tuebingen, the department is distinguished by the outstanding quality of medical care, competent specialists, as well as high-tech equipment of the latest generation. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dr.h.c. Christian Schlensak. He became the first specialist in the state of Baden-Württemberg, who performed a heart transplant in an infant.

The main clinical focuses of the department include:

  • Surgical treatment of heart diseases
    • Coronary artery bypass grafting
      • Conventional coronary artery bypass grafting using a heart-lung machine
      • Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery
      • Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass
      • Total arterial myocardial revascularization
      • Hybrid surgical interventions
    • Surgical treatment of heart valve diseases
      • Conventional method of heart valve prosthetics through minimally invasive access (MIC)
      • Minimally invasive mitral valve reconstruction
      • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)
    • Surgical treatment of diseases of the thoracic aorta
    • Surgical treatment of heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias)
    • Surgical treatment of heart failure, including implantation of heart mechanical support systems
  • Surgical treatment of heart disease in children
    • Correction of atrial and ventricular septal defects
    • Tetralogy of Fallot treatment
    • Correction of double outlet right ventricle
    • Correction of partial or total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage
    • Correction of the open atrioventricular canal
    • Anatomical correction in transposition of the large vessels (including pulmonary stenosis)
    • Univentricular correction of blood circulation using Fontan procedure
    • Complex correction and treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (Norwood procedure)
    • Ross and Ross-Konno procedures
    • Unifocalization in tetralogy of Fallot, accompanied by pulmonary atresia
    • Heart valve reconstruction in Ebstein anomaly
    • Care for adults with congenital heart defects
  • Surgical treatment of thoracic diseases
    • Surgical removal of tumors of the lungs and bronchus, mediastinal organs and chest wall
    • Surgical removal of lung metastases
    • Minimally invasive surgery (video-assisted)
    • Chest wall plastic surgery
    • Multimodal therapy for pleural mesothelioma
  • Surgical treatment of vascular diseases
    • Carotid artery reconstructive surgery (under local anesthesia)
    • Surgical interventions on the abdominal aorta and the internal iliac arteries
    • Interventions on the kidney and abdominal arteries
    • Interventions on the arteries of the lower and upper extremities, including bypass surgery
    • Formation of vascular access for hemodialysis
  • Endovascular interventions
    • Implantation of stent prostheses in thoracoabdominal aneurysm and aortic dissection
    • Implantation of a stent prosthesis for abdominal aortic aneurysm (EVAR)
    • Implantation of special prostheses for the treatment of anatomically complex aortic pathologies
    • Hybrid interventions with surgical reconstructive procedures in combination with endovascular therapy
  • Other surgical treatments

Curriculum vitae

Education

  • 1988 - 1995 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • 1992 - 1993 Research Fellowship of the University of Duisburg-Essen, in collaboration with the King Faisal Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Department for Cardiovascular Diseases (Head: Dr. med. PhD Carlos M.G. Duran).
  • 2002 Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Boston (Head: Dr. med. R.A. Jonas).
  • 1998 Medical Exam, Canadian Medical Exam Board, score: 197 points.
  • 2000 - 2001 Clinical Fellow, Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Toronto (Head: Dr.med. W.G. Williams).
  • 2008 Extraordinary Professor, University of Freiburg.

Professional Qualifications

  • 1997 Admission to medical practice, University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • 1995 - 2000 Assistant Physician, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg (Head: Prof. Dr. F. Beyersdorf).
  • 2000 - 2001 Clinical Fellow, Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Toronto (Head: Dr. med. W.G. Williams).
  • 2002 Senior Physician, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg (Head: Prof. Dr. F. Beyersdorf).

Managing Positions

  • 2002 Head of the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg (Head: Prof. Dr. F. Beyersdorf).
  • 2006 Deputy Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg (Head: Prof. Dr. F. Beyersdorf).
  • 2008 Head of the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg (Head: Prof. Dr. F. Beyersdorf).
  • 2009 - 2011 Chief Physician of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Heart Center Bad Krozingen.
  • 2011 Appointed as a Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Tuebingen.
  • 2012 Founding Member and Chairman of the Board of the German Competence Heart Center Tuebingen.

Qualifications of a Medical Specialist

  • 2001 - 2002 Training to become a Medical Specialist in Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg (Head: Prof. Dr. F. Beyersdorf).
  • 2002 Medical Specialist in Cardiac Surgery, Medical Association of the State of Baden-Württemberg. 
  • 2004 Additional qualifications in the field of Special Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care, Medical Association of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
  • 2005 Certified Specialist in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • 2010 Medical Specialist in Vascular Surgery, Medical Association of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Special Knowledge and Clinical Focuses

  • 2008 First heart transplant in a baby in Baden-Württemberg.
  • 2008 Medical Director of the Training Center for the Implantation of Heart Support Systems, Heartmate II type (Fa. Thoratec) in Freiburg.
  • 2009 Member of the Task Force for the Treatment of Adults with Congenital Heart Diseases (EMAH) of the German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery, German Society of Cardiology, German Society of Pediatric Cardiology.
  • Since 2010 up to now, Board Member of the German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • 2011 Honorary Doctorate Degree, Universidad Autonoma De Santa Anna, El Salvador, Central America.
  • Obtaining the right to train in Cardiac Surgery.
  • Examiner responsible for the certification of specialists in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Member of the Certification Group of the Center for the Treatment of Adults with Congenital Heart Diseases (EMAH-Zentrum).

Membership in Scientific Societies and Organizations

  • European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS).
  • German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery (DGTHG).
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).
  • German Society of Cardiology (DGK).
  • German Society of Pediatric Cardiology (DGPK).
  • German Society for Vascular Surgery (DGG).
  • Working Group "Pediatric Heart Surgery" of the German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • Working Group "Extracorporeal circulation and mechanical hemodynamic support" of the German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the German Center for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.
  • Since 2016, Head of the Commission for Advanced Training of the German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • Since 2016 Member of the Teaching Staff of the German Research Foundation.

Scientific Awards

  • 2008 Rudolf Stitch Prize for the Outstanding Scientific Achievements of the German Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • 2011 Franz J. Köhler Prize for the Outstanding Achievements in Organ Protection in Heart Diseases, German Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • 2012 German Innovation Award, Research Institute of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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