Heidelberg University Hospital

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany



Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest and most prestigious hospitals in both Germany and Europe today. The hospital treats approximately 1 million outpatients and 65,000 inpatients each year.

The hospital is renowned for treating cancer and works in partnership with various research institutes, including the German Cancer Research Center at the National Center for Tumor Diseases, which is modeled on the American Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Heidelberg University Hospital specializes in diagnosing and treating complex medical conditions and diseases, using innovative technology and ensuring optimal treatment with interdisciplinary cooperation.

The hospital has 44 specialized departments and specialized centers including a Surgical Center, Neurological Clinic, Center for Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Center, Gynecology Center, Radiology Center, Center for Rare Diseases, Psychology Center, Dermatology Clinic, Thorax Clinic, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic, Heart Center, and a Pediatric Center, in addition to a variety of sub-specialty centers.

There are a number of services provided by the hospital for international patients, which include free WiFi in all patient rooms, a phone available for making international calls, assistance with local activity booking, interpreter services, and both airport and hotel pick-up and drop-off.


Heidelberg University Hospital is located 77 km from Frankfurt Airport and 130 km from Stuttgart Airport. Heidelberg Central Railway Station (Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof), which serves a number of national and international trains, is located just 2 km from the hospital.

Heidelberg is a city along the River Neckar, in the south west of Germany in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The city attracts over 3 million visitors each year, with plenty of cultural and historical sites to visit.

Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg's most famous landmark, is located 5 km from the hospital. The castle was constructed in Gothic and Renaissance architecture and is home to the word's largest wine cask, which can hold up to 220,000 liters. Heidelberg Zoo, which was founded in 1933 and is home to a variety of animals, is located just 1 km from the hospital.


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Languages spoken

Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish


Medical travel insurance
Medical records transfer
Translation services
Interpreter services
Local transportation booking
Local tourism options
Free Wifi
Phone in the room
TV in the room
Special dietary requests accepted
Private rooms for patients available
Family accommodation
Parking available
Visa / Travel office
Business centre services
Dry cleaning
Religious facilities
Mobility accessible rooms
International newspapers


400 procedures across 25 specialties


(77 procedures)

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Treatment

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Angina Pectoris Treatment

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Aortic Stenosis Treatment

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>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

(9 procedures)


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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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Laryngeal Surgery

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Pancreatic Cyst Treatment

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>General Medicine

(3 procedures)

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.

  • Learn more about Bone Marrow Transplant

Marfan Syndrome Treatment

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Medical Examination

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  • A medical examination, also called medical checkup or health checkup, is a general examination of a patient's health. Having a medical checkup can help to identify problems early on, even before symptoms show. A checkup can also give patients peace of mind if they are worried about their health.

  • 3 - 4 days

    Medical checkups can be combined with sightseeing or shopping trips.

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>General Surgery

(6 procedures)


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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 Lumpectomy

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Hernia Repair

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  • Hernia repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a hernia, which occurs when tissues or organs protrude through the wall in which they are contained. There are different types of hernias that can occur and these include inguinal hernia, hiatal hernia, and umbilical hernia.

  • 1 - 2 weeks

    After abdominal surgery, patients should get approval from their surgeon before flying. Traveling too soon after abdominal surgery could result in tearing the sutures. Patients may also find it uncomfortable to carry luggage or sit for long periods.

  • Learn more about Hernia Repair


(49 procedures)

Antenatal Care (ANC)

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Bartholin's Cyst Treatment

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  • This procedure treats a Bartholin's cyst through incision and drainage. A Bartholin's cyst is a small fluid filled sac just inside the vagina. The cyst forms on the Bartholin's gland which is a gland that produces fluid that lubriates the vagina, when the glands become blocked. The cyst ranges in size and generally varies between the size of a pea, to the size of marble. If the Bartholin's cyst becomes infected, it is usually referred to as a Bartholin's abscess and generally requires drainage.

  • 2 - 3 days

    It is usually safe to fly afterwards, but depending on the type of procedure, there may be a follow up visit required - e.g. to remove a drainage catheter.

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Breast Biopsy

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(16 procedures)

Alzheimer's Disease Consultation

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Consultation

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Bell's Palsy Treatment

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(19 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.

  • weeks

    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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Chiari Malformation Treatment

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(103 procedures)

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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Detached Retina Treatment

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  • Retina detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from its surrounding tissue. When this occurs, it is important that it is repaired, as the retina cannot function correctly in this condition, and leaving it untreated can result in the permanent loss of vision.

  • 4 weeks

    The length of stay depends on the treatment, however any treatment involving gas bubbles in the eye will prevent patients from being suitable for flying until the bubble has gone.

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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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(49 procedures)

Achilles Tendon Rupture

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Acromioclavicular Joint Repair

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Ankle Arthroscopy

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>Reproductive Medicine

(21 procedures)

Artificial Insemination

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  • Artificial insemination is the direct insertion of sperm into a woman's uterus, cervix, or fallopian tubes with the aim of achieving pregnancy. By directly inserting the sperm, it makes easier for the sperm to travel and fertilize the egg.

  • 5 - 7 days
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Assisted Hatching

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Blastocyst Transfer

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>Spinal Surgery

(20 procedures)

Artificial Disc Replacement

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Cervical Disc Disease Treatment

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>Diagnostic Imaging

(2 procedures)

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

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Nuclear Scans

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(2 procedures)

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Treatment

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Diabetes Consultation

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(2 procedures)

Intersex Consultation

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>Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

(2 procedures)


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Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

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>Tropical medicine

(2 procedures)

Malaria Treatment

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Tropical Medicine Consultation

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(2 procedures)

Pediatric Urology

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  • A prostatectomy is a surgical procedure which involves removing all or part of the prostate gland. The surgery is performed to treat prostate cancer or to treat conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis, which affect the urinary system.

  • 1 - 3 weeks
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>Maxillofacial Surgery

(1 procedure)

Maxillofacial Surgery Consultation

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Pediatric Surgery Consultation

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>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

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Pediatric Trauma Care

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>Vascular Medicine

(1 procedure)

Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula for Dialysis

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More about available treatments at Heidelberg University Hospital

Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the leading hospitals in Europe, with outstanding areas of expertise in:

• Tumor diseases (Interdisciplinary diagnosis and choice of treatment at the National Center for Tumor Diseases NCT; Classical and adjuvant chemotherapy, antibody therapy, surgical treatment using the latest technologies, highly innovative radiation therapy, including proton and heavy ion beam therapy, multiple pain therapy methods and psycho-oncology)

• Cardiovascular diseases

• Neurological diseases

• Metabolic diseases and hormonal disorders

• Musculoskeletal diseases

• Pregnancy and gynecological diseases

• Childhood diseases



The team at Heidelberg University Hospital is comprised of 10,000 employees, including 1,700 professors and physicians who are specialized in their respective fields.

Many of the doctors at the hospital completed their studies at Heidelberg University, Germany's oldest university. The staff undergoes a high standard of training, in order to ensure excellent patient care.

Languages spoken at the hospital include Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. The hospital employs certified interpreters who regularly participate in medical training, in order to provide the best interpreter services to their international patients.

Prof. Dr. med. Gerd U. Auffarth

  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Particular expertise in cataract surgery, femto-laser assisted cataract surgery, premium IOLs, refractive surgery, LASIK laser eye surgery, LASEK laser eye surgery, corneal diseases, keratoplasty, corneal crosslinking, uveitis, glaucoma surgery, retinal surgery, and neuroophthalmology
  • Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Bendszus

  • Department of Neuroradiology
  • Particular expertise in endovascular treatment of brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and stenoses of the cerebral vessels and cutting-edge magnetic resonance techniques for treating disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves

Prof. Dr. med. Dittmar Böckler

  • Department of Vascular Surgery
  • Particular expertise in aorta surgery, carotid artery surgery, peripheral bypass surgery, peripheral artery occlusive diseases, venous thrombectomy and hybrid operations
Vascular Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Markus W. Büchler

  • Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery
  • Particular expertise in pancreas surgery, colorectal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, endocrine surgery, obesity and metabolic surgery, liver and kidney transplants
General Surgery Visceral Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Debus

  • Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy
  • Particular expertise in proton and heavy ion therapy, TomoTherapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), radiosurgery, fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy and brachytherapy

Prof. Dr. med. Hendrik Dienemann

  • Thoraxklinik Heidelberg, Department of Thoracic Surgery
  • Particular expertise in thoracic surgery in adults and children – benign/ malignant diseases of the lung, trachea, mediastinum and chest wall (including funnel chest)
Thoracic Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Enk

  • Department of Dermatology
  • Particular expertise in surgical dermatology, vein surgery, treatment of skin tumors and auto-immune diseases, allergology, experimental melanoma therapy, and dermatohistopathology

Prof. Dr. med. Volker Ewerbeck

  • Department of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Particular expertise in joint replacement, arthroscopic joint surgery, spinal surgery, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, shoulder surgery, foot surgery, pediatric orthopedics and hand surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Gorenflo

  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Congenital Heart Diseases
  • Particular expertise in congenital heart defects, specialized intensive care ward, intracardiac catheter lab with rotational angiography/MRI/cardiac CT
Pediatrics Angiography

Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Haberkorn

  • Department of Nuclear Medicine
  • Particular expertise in diagnostic PET scanning, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions, neuroendocrine tumors, and prostate carcinomas
Nuclear Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Felix Herth

  • Thoraxklinik Heidelberg, Department of Pneumology
  • Particular expertise in diagnosis of all lung diseases, interventional pulmonology, endoscopic lung volume reduction, pulmonary hypertension, COPD, asthma, lung fibrosis, rare lung diseases, long term ventilation and weaning
  • Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians
Lung Biopsy

Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Herzog

  • Department of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Particular expertise in psychogenic eating disorders, somatoform disorders and psychosomatic disorders

Prof. Dr. med. Anthony D. Ho

  • Department of Hematology, Oncology and Rheumatology
  • Particular expertise in bone marrow and stem cell transplants, acute and chronic leukemias, lymphomas, multiple myelomas, myeloproliferative syndromes, myelodysplasias, osteosarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas
Biological Hematology Oncology Rheumatology

Prof. Dr. med. Markus A. Weigand

  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • Specializes high-tech anesthesia including regional procedures, intensive care, sepsis, acute and chronic pain therapy, perioperative ultrasound procedures, rescuscitation techniques, sleep apnea therapy, treatment of postoperative delirium

Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Hoffmann

  • Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Particular expertise in tumor surgery (in the oral cavity, skin of the face, skull base), plastic/reconstructive surgery of the face, implantology, deformity surgery, craniofacial surgery and vascular malformations
Maxillofacial Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Georg F. Hoffmann

  • Department of General Pediatrics, Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology
  • Particular expertise in metabolic disorders, endocrine diseases, diabetes, neurological disorders, developmental disorders, epilepsy (including epilepsy surgery) and kidney disease (including kidney transplants)
Gastroenterology Nephrology Neurology Pediatrics

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Hohenfellner

  • Department of Urology
  • Particular expertise in prostate carcinoma, kidney cell carcinoma, carcinomas of the genitourinary system, pediatric urological tumors, reconstructive surgery, urinary stone therapy, anti-incontinence therapy, and robotic, laparoscopic and ultra-radical tumor surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Jäger

  • National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), Department of Medical Oncology
  • Particular expertise in interdisciplinary coordination of care and treatment of all kinds of tumors; innovative, modern treatment concepts in the field of oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Karck

  • Department of Cardiac Surgery
  • Particular expertise in beating heart coronary artery surgery, heart valve repair, aortic surgery and heart surgery on patients with Marfan’s syndrome

Prof. Dr. med. Hugo Katus

  • Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology
  • Particular expertise in heart failure, cardiomyopathy, interventional cardiology, percutaneous valve replacement, interventional vascular medicine, electrophysiology, cardiac MRI and cardiac CT
Cardiology Angiology

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor

  • Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
  • Particular expertise in diagnostic imaging techniques and image-guided intervention, for example in the liver, kidney, lung, breast, uterus, heart and blood vessels and oncology (embolization, ablation)

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Kulozik

  • Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology
  • Particular expertise in leukemia and cancer in children and adolescents, congenital diseases of blood formation and immunodeficiency, bone marrow transplants and severe lung disease in children and adolescents
Biological Hematology Oncology Pediatrics

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Nawroth

  • Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Particular expertise in diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid, hormone-producing tumors including pituitarygland tumors, metabolic disorders including diabetes mellitus and its complications, osteoporosis and high blood pressure

Prof. Dr. med. Peter K. Plinkert

  • Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose and Throat)
  • Particular expertise in tumors including laser tumor removal, scull base surgery, rhinoplasty, corrective nasal surgery; implantable hearing aids, cochlear implants, functional endoscopic surgery of the paranasal sinuses and functional endoscopic sinus surgery
Head and Neck Surgery Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Pöschl

  • Department of Neonatology
  • Particular expertise in treatment of extremely small premature infants and neonates with congenital malformations, coordination of care based on a family-centered nurturing concept, sleep lab for infants and children

Prof. Dr. med. Gerhard Schmidmaier

  • Department of Traumatology
  • Particular expertise in traumas including polytrauma, reconstructive surgery in cases of interrupted healing of fractures e.g. with misalignments, bone defects, infections and revision surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Christof Sohn

  • Department of General Gynecology and Obstetrics with Polyclinic
  • Particular expertise in breast carcinoma, diseases and malignant tumors of the uterus and ovary, minimally invasive operations on the lower abdomen, prenatal diagnosing and high-risk obstetrics and urogynecology including pelvic floor reconstructions

Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Stremmel

  • Department of Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Intoxication
  • Particular expertise in hepatitis, genetic liver diseases, metabolic liver diseases, steatohepatitis, liver cirrhosis and complications, liver failure, liver transplants, interventional endoscopy, digestive disorders, diarrhea and individualized therapy of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (CED)
Gastroenterology Infectious Diseases

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Strowitzki

  • Department of Gynecological Endocrinology and Fertility Disorders
  • Particular expertise in reproductive medicine (for example IVF, ICSI, TESE, IVM, blastocyst culture, embryoscope, polar body biopsy), endometriosis, fertility surgery, endocrine disorders, polycystic ovaries and fertility protection
Gynecology In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Thomas

  • Thoraxklinik Heidelberg/Department of Thoracic Oncology
  • Particular expertise in complex treatment of thoracic cancers, multimodal therapy concepts, innovative system therapies and palliative care

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Unterberg

  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Particular expertise in tumors of the brain, skull base, and spinal cord; vascular malformations, complex surgery on the vertebral column and spinal cord, deep-brain stimulation for motor disorders and pediatric neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. med. Norbert Weidner

  • Spinal Cord Injury Center
  • Particular expertise in comprehensive care for acute and chronic traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury
Spinal Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Wick

  • Department of Neurology
  • Particular expertise in experimental treatments and chemotherapy in cases of brain tumors, molecular diagnostic tests and experimental MS therapy

Dr. med. Patrick Günther

  • Department of Pediatric Surgery
  • Particular expertise in neonatal surgery, congenital anorectal malformations, gastroesophageal reflux, solid tumors of childhood, hemangiomas


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