HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany



HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch is part of the HELIOS Hospital Group, which has a network of 111 hospitals. The combined group treats around 4.5 million patients each year, with over 34,000 beds and 68,000 staff.

The hospital itself treats more than 48,000 inpatients and 130,000 outpatients each year. As a multi-specialist hospital, there is a wide variety of departments which include general surgery, oncology, dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, nephrology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, neurology, and orthopedics.

In 2007, the new hospital building was opened and some of the old building was restored. The hospital is fitted with over 1,000 treatment rooms, 46 of which are in the private section of the hospital. Services provided include free Wi-Fi, television, interpretation services, visa assistance, a pharmacy on site, and both hotel and airport pick-up and drop-off.

HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch works with a number of international insurance companies which includes AXA PPP, Allianz World Wide Care, and International SOS.


HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch is located 24 km from Berlin Tegel Airport and 40 km from Schonefeld Airport, both airports accessible via train or taxi. The nearest S-Bahn station to the hospital is Berlin Buch S-Bahn, just 1.5 km away.

The hospital is located in Buch, an area located in northeast Berlin. Schlosspark Buch, which is a small park located along a river where patients can relax, is located 2 km away from the hospital. Buch swimming pool is also located nearby, just 3 km from the hospital.

Berlin's city center, which offers plenty of historical and cultural attractions, is located further afield. Alexanderplatz, a popular shopping area that is also home to the famous TV Tower, can be reached within 18 km of the hospital via public transport.


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Health insurance coordination
Medical records transfer
Translation services
Interpreter services
Airport pickup
Hotel booking
Free Wifi
Phone in the room
TV in the room
Special dietary requests accepted
Private rooms for patients available
Family accommodation
Parking available
Dry cleaning
Mobility accessible rooms
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394 procedures across 28 specialties


(3 procedures)


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  • Anesthesia is administered to patients to numb a specific area or to make a patient unconscious while performing a procedure. The main types of anesthesia are local, regional, and general anesthetic. They are sometimes given in combination with one another, as well as in combination with oral or intravenous (IV) sedation.

  • 1 - 2 days

    Patients can travel immediately after local anesthetic. After a general anesthetic, patients can travel as soon as the effects have worn off and their condition is stable.

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Epidural Pain Relief

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>Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric Surgery Consultation

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Gastric Band Surgery

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  • Gastric band surgery is a weight-loss surgery which uses an inflatable silicone band to create a small gastric pouch in the stomach, slowing down food consumption and limiting food intake. The surgery is performed to help patients with weight-loss after non-surgical methods such as change of diet and regular exercise, have failed to produce results.

  • 2 weeks

    The doctor should ensure that the patients condition is stable enough to travel.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery

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  • Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help patients to lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach. The surgery is performed to help patients with weight-loss after non-surgical methods such as change of diet and regular exercise, have failed to produce results.

  • 2 weeks

    Flying after surgery can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and patients will need to be cleared by the surgeon before flying.

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(14 procedures)

Angina Pectoris Treatment

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Cardiac Assessment

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Cardiac CT

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>Colorectal Medicine

(10 procedures)

Anal Cyst Removal

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Anal Fissure Treatment

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Anal Fistula Surgery

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>Diagnostic Imaging

(23 procedures)

Abdominal CT Scan

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Abdominal Ultrasound

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Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

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>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

(19 procedures)

Cochlear Implant

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  • A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is surgically implanted into the ear, in order to produce a sense of sound for patients who are deaf or have severe hearing problems.

  • 3 - 6 weeks

    Patients should get the surgeon's approval before flying, and inform their airline that they have a cochlear implant, as it will set off security alarms. If the implant is switched on, the volume may need adjusting during the flight.

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Ear, Nose and Throat Consultation

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Hearing Assessment

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Diabetes Consultation

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Endocrinology Consultation

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Endocrinology Testing

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(18 procedures)


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  • A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the gallbladder. The gallbladder is an organ located below the liver, which serves the function of collecting and storing bile, which is the fluid produced by the liver, before breaking it down and releasing it into the small intestine.

  • 1 - 2 weeks

    Some patients will have dissolvable stitches, whereas others return after 7 days to have them removed. Patients who have open surgery will need a longer recovery time.

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  • A colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine, the colon and rectum, using a small camera.

  • 3 - 4 days

    Patients should arrive at least 2 days before the colonoscopy, as the bowel needs to be cleared the day before the procedure. Patients who have interventional treatment during the colonoscopy, e.g. removal of a polyp, may need slightly longer to recover.

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>General Surgery

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  • An appendectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the appendix. The appendix is located where the small and large intestine meet and its function is not known. The appendix is usually removed as an emergency procedure when the patient has appendicitis, which is the inflammation of the appendix.

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Breast Abscess Drainage

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Breast Lumpectomy

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(17 procedures)

Breast Biopsy

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Breast Exam

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Cervical Polyp Removal

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>Laboratory Medicine

(4 procedures)

Blood Tests

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Genetic Testing

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Laboratory Tests

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(13 procedures)

Alzheimer's Disease Consultation

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Cerebral Palsy Management

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Epilepsy Treatment

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  • Epilepsy treatment aims to treat and manage epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can cause seizures that can lead to loss of consciousness or strange behavior. Epilepsy occurs when there is an abnormality in the brain, whereby nerve cell activity increases and disrupts neuron activity.

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    The time spent abroad depends on the type of epilepsy treatment that the patient receives.

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(12 procedures)

Brain Aneurysm Repair

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  • Brain aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a brain aneurysm that has the potential to rupture, or has already ruptured.

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    Time spent abroad depends on the type of brain aneurysm being treated. Unruptured aneurysms tend to have a quicker recovery process than ruptured aneurysms.

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Brain Tumor Surgery

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  • Brain tumor surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon to remove all or part of a tumor from the brain.

  • 6 - 8 weeks

    This depends on the surgery performed, whether the patient needs rehabilitation, and on how well the patient recovers.

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  • A craniotomy is a skilled neurosurgical procedure in which a section of the skull is removed, in order to expose the brain.

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Acute Leukemia Treatment

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  • Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells in the body. It usually begins in the bone marrow where an abnormality occurs in the white blood cells. Normal blood cells form, divide, and die to make room for new cells. Leukemia disrupts this process and prevents the blood cells from functioning properly.

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    The length of stay abroad will depend on the treatment plan and the patient's response to treatment.

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Adrenal Cancer Treatment

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Anal Cancer Treatment

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Cataract Surgery

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  • Cataracts are cloudy patches in the lens of the eye that are common as a result of aging. Cataract removal surgery is recommended for patients who experience impairment to vision and are sensitive to light as a result of the cataract. The surgery involves the removal of the natural lens and it is most commonly replaced with a synthetic lens.

  • 2 - 3 days

    Patients can usually fly soon after cataract surgery, but should take precautions to avoid dryness in the eye.

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Eye Surgery

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  • The eye is an organ which enables vision, and is made up of an iris, cornea, pupil, sclera, and conjunctiva. Vitreous is a gel which fills up the eye. Eye surgery is any kind of ocular surgery performed to improve a patient's vision or else correct another issue with the patient's eyes. Common eye surgeries include glaucoma treatment, cataract surgery, detached retina treatment and corneal crosslinking. Laser eye surgery is becoming increasingly popular, with many patients opting for LASEK or LASIK laser eye surgery to correct their vision.

  • 2 - 7 days
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Glaucoma Treatment

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  • Glaucoma treatment aims to relieve symptoms of glaucoma and prevent further damage, deterioration, and loss of vision. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, which creates problems with vision and if left untreated, can lead to loss of vision.

  • 2 - 7 days
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(98 procedures)

Abscess Debridement

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Achilles Tendon Rupture

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Acromioclavicular Joint Repair

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>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Geriatric Rehabilitation

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Manual Therapy

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>Spinal Surgery

(17 procedures)

Artificial Disc Replacement

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Cervical Disc Disease Treatment

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Cervical Spondylosis Treatment

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(21 procedures)

Bladder Stone Removal

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  • Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin which covers the glans penis (the tip of the penis). The procedure can be done by cutting around the foreskin with a scalpel, under either a local or general anesthetic. In young patients, there is also the option to use a compression ring, which is applied and causes the foreskin to fall off after several weeks.

  • 4 days

    Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.

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Epididymal Cyst Removal

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>Vascular Medicine

(5 procedures)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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  • Angiography, which may also be referred to as arteriography or angiogram, is a procedure performed to examine the inside of blood vessels, arteries, and veins through the use of images X-ray images.

  • 1 - 2 days
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Allergology Consultation

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Allergy Testing

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Dental Checkup

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  • A dental checkup enables a dentist to inspect the teeth and gums, and identify any problems before they get worse.

  • 1 - 2 days

    Patients may wish to stay longer if the checkup highlights problems, such as cavities that need fillings.

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Dentistry Consultation

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  • Dentistry consultations are meetings between potential patients and dentists in which specific issues are discussed. In these meetings, the patient discusses their individual problems and the dentist presents possible treatment options. The dentist might also perform a routine checkup.

  • 1 - 2 days
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Fibromyalgia Treatment

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis treatment aims to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis through medication, therapy, or surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder that is characterized by pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints in the body. It mainly affects the joints in the hands and feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. Areas of the body may become deformed as a result of the condition, and this is commonly seen in the hands and feet.

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    The amount of time spent abroad depends on the type of treatment the patient undergoes.

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>General Medicine

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Bone Marrow Transplant

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  • A bone marrow transplant is performed to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow. Bone marrow may stop functioning as a result of diseases such as aplastic anemia or sickle cell anemia, or from being destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy used to treat cancer or other diseases.

  • 4 - 8 weeks

    The length of hospital stay required varies with each type of transplant performed and with each patient.

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>Maxillofacial Surgery

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Facial Tumor Removal

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Kidney Dialysis

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  • Kidney dialysis is a treatment which usually involves using a machine to take over kidney function to filter toxins, waste, and excess fluid from the body. The treatment is required by patients whose kidneys are not functioning properly.

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Pediatric Surgery Consultation

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>Sleep Medicine

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Sleep Study

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More about available treatments at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch

The 3 most popular procedures performed at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch include treatment of malignant neoplasms in connective tissue, malignant neoplasms in digestive organs, and invasive cardiology diagnostic procedures.

The hospital is equipped with modern technologies such as a CT (computerized tomography), EEG, endoscopic ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PET (positron emission tomography), extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), video capsule endoscopy, and a kidney dialysis machine. It also has one of the largest radiotherapy machines in Germany. The hospital is also fitted with a cardiac catheterization laboratory and a stroke unit.



The team at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch is comprised of 480 qualified doctors from a range of disciplines, as well as 970 registered nurses. Various members of the team have received international training and are members of medical associations such as the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and the German Association for Minimal Invasive Surgery.

Languages spoken at the hospital include German, English, and Russian. Interpreter services are available upon patient request.

Prof. Dr. med. Henning Baberg

  • Graduated from Ruhr University Bochum in 1996
  • In 1996, completed a research stay studying psychiatry, psychosomatic and behavioural medicine at the University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Graduated as a cardiologist from the University Clinic Bergmannsheil in 2005
  • Specialises in cardiology
  • Chief physician of the cardiology department at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
Heart Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Berliner

  • Graduated from the Justus-Liebig-University-Giessen in 1980
  • Worked as a scientific assistant at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen between 1979 and 1984
  • Completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital Bad Nauheim, Germany in 1987
  • Specialises in physical and rehabilitation medicine
  • Professor of rheumatology and physical medicine at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany since 2004
  • Director of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
  • Author of over 160 medical publications on rheumatology and rehabilitation medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Dresel

  • Completed a radiology residency in 1991
  • In 1995, completed a residency in nuclear medicine at the University of Munich
  • In 1998, completed a research fellowship in the radiology department at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • Became an assistant professor of nuclear medicine in 2001
  • In 2007, became an associate professor of nuclear medicine
Nuclear Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Marc Bloching

  • Graduated with a degree in chemical science from the Technical University, Aachen in 1988
  • Graduated with a degree in medicine from the Free University of Berlin in 1992
  • Completed his residency in the ENT (ear, nose, and throat) department at the Free University of Berlin in 1994
  • In 1996, completed a study visit on reconstructive surgery of the head and neck at the Mount Sinai-Medical School, New York, USA
  • In 2000, completed a study visit on surgery of the lateral skull base at the University of San Francisco (UCSF), USA
  • Completed his fellowship in the ENT department at the Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg in 2002
  • Consultant ENT surgeon at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

Prof. Dr. med. Georg Hagemann

  • Graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Munster in 1991
  • In 1998, he gained experience working in the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London
  • Graduated as a neurologist from the University of Dusseldorf in 2001
  • Became a lecturer of neurology at the University of Jena
  • Specialises in in treating epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease

Prof. Dr. med. Marius Hartmann

  • Graduated from the University of Heidelberg
  • Specializes in neuroradiology
  • Chief Physician of diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch

Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Kiwit

  • Graduated from the Heinrich-Heine University Medical School Dusseldorf in 1980
  • Completed a 3 month medical research trip in Kenya, East Africa, in 1981
  • In 1981, completed an international internship at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London
  • Between 1982 and 1983, completed a residency in neurosurgery at the Central Hospital of the German Armed Forces
  • In 1985, completed a second residency in neurosurgery at the Neuropathological Institute of the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf
  • Particular expertise in treating brain tumors and brain aneurysms

Prof. Dr. med. Wolf-Dieter Ludwig

  • Medical Director and Head of the Department of Hematology, Oncology, and Tumor Immunology at the Robert Rössle Clinic, HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
  • Graduated with a degree in medicine from the Free University of Berlin in 1979
  • Graduated with a PhD in Medicine from the Free University of Berlin in 1982
  • Graduated with a specialized degree in internal medicine in 1988 and a specialized degree in hematology and oncology in 1992
  • Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Applied Molecular Biology at Humboldt University, Berlin since 1994
  • Founding member of the European Group for Immunological Characterization of Leukemia (EGIL)
  • Chairman of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association (DCGMA)
  • Expert for risk management at the European Medicines Agency (EMEA)
Biological Hematology Oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Strik

  • Graduated from the University of Wurzburg (Germany) and University of Bern (Switzerland) in 1987
  • Completed his residency at the Institute for Pathology, University Hospital Wurzburg in 1989
  • Completed a surgical residency at the University Hospital Freiburg in 1994
  • Particular expertise performing minimally invasive surgery, colorectal surgery, hernia repair, pancreatic surgery, and endocrine surgery
General Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Untch

  • Graduated with a degree in medicine from the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich in 1985
  • Between 1984 and 1986, worked as a research assistant in the gynecology and oncology laboratory at the University of Munich-Grosshadern
  • Completed postdoctoral research at the department of gynecologic oncology, at the University of Miami in 1991
  • Particular expertise in performing ovarian cancer surgery, cervical cancer surgery, and breast cancer surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Robert Krempien

  • Chief physician at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
  • Specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer using radiation therapy and brachytherapy, intravasal radiation therapy in the thigh and pelvic region, and interdisciplinary teamwork for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
  • Completed medical studies at the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg
  • Completed a research fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada and worked as clinical assistant at the Wuhan Medical School in Wuhan, Peoples Republic of China and at the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England in 1993
  • Board-certified radiation oncologist since 2001
  • Between 2002 and 2007, worked at the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Department of Brachytherapy at the University of Heidelberg
  • Became the Head of the Department of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy in 2003
  • Became an Associate Professor at the University of Heidelberg in 2004 and a Professor in 2006
  • Between 2003 and 2007, worked at the National Cancer Center (NCT) of the University of Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center
  • In April 2007, became Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
  • Author of more than 100 medical papers, reviews, and chapters
  • Awarded the Jean Paul Obrecht Award in 2001 and the Award for Technical Innovations in Radiation Oncology in 2003
Radiation Oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Dr.H.C. Klaus Schaarschmidt

  • Professor of Pediatric Surgery and as Director of the HELIOS Centre for Pediatric Surgery
  • Specializes in premature and newborn surgery, pediatric urology, pediatric traumatology, pediatric thorax surgery, pediatric oncology surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, pediatric diseases of the digestive tract, laser therapy and cryotherapy of hemangiomas, and therapy for lymphatic angiomas
  • Specialized in general surgery in 1987
  • Between 1987 and 1998 worked at the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Münster
  • Awarded the von Mikulicz-Kelling Prize for endoscopic surgery together with G.H. Willital and J. Schleef

Prof. Dr. med. Lothar Schweiger

  • Chair and Director of the Hospital for Children and Adolescents at HELIOS Medical Center Berlin-Buch
  • Specializes in pediatrics, pediatric hematology / oncology, and rheumatology
  • Graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Giessen in 1980
  • Graduated with a PhD in pharmacology from University of Giessen in 1984
  • Completed a fellowship at the Cancer Research Institute at the University of California Medical Center San Francisco, US
  • Worked at the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital, Harvard University Medical Center, Boston, US in 1989
  • Board-certified by the German Board of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Former head physician at the Children's Hospital at the University of Essen and the Children's Hospital at the University of Marburg
  • Professor and Chair of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at the Children's Hospital at University of Göttingen between 2002 and 2006
  • Managing Director of the Center of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Göttingen, Germany between 2003 and 2005

PD Dr. med. Jörn Kuchenbecker

  • Head of Eye Clinic at the HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
  • Specializes in surgical therapy, tear duct surgery, orbital surgery, cataract surgery, strabismus treatment, and eyelid diseases
  • Began studying medicine at the University of Rostock in 1987 and passed the preliminary examination in 1989
  • Completed his clinical elective in the Pediatric Department and Polyclinic at the University Rostock
  • Worked as a student assistant in the Pediatric Department at the University of Rostock between 1991 and 1992
  • Graduated with a degree in medicine in 1992
  • Worked as a student assistant in the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Rostock in 1993
  • Worked at the Birmingham Children's Hospital to complete his doctorate in 1993
  • Passed the interdisciplinary examination and was awarded the certificate for passing the final examination in medicine in 1993
  • Pre-registration officer in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Rostock in 1993
  • Completed post-registration specialty training in the Department for Ophthalmology at Central Hospital in 1995
  • Became a consultant at the University Ophthalmology Department in Magdeburg

Prof. Dr. med. Bertram Glaß

  • Graduated from Christian-Albrechts University Kiel
  • Graduated as a specialist in internal medicine in 2002
  • Specialises in hematology and stem cell transplantation
  • Chief physician of the hematology and stem cell transplantation department at HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch
Biological Hematology Consultation Hematology Oncology Consultation Stem Cell Transplant


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  • Professional and open
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    March 2017

    The doctors are very knowledgeable and we could engage in an open dialog over the problem. The process was effective.

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  • Worth the trip
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    August 2016

    It's a bit far to get to, and most of the staff (except the doctors) speaks little to no English, but everyone was friendlyand helpful. The value is incredible when you consider the facilitites and treatment vs the cost. Buch is a bit far from Berlin center but the public transportation is good once you figure it out.

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