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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.
Friedhelm Beyersdorf
Medical Director

Each year, our team of experienced surgeons perform approximately 4,500 surgical procedures on patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Our operative spectrum covers all types of treatment including congenital cardiac surgery (up to 150 operations per year), heart transplantation (15 – 20 transplants per year) and also the implantation of mechanical circulatory support devices (ventricular assist devices).

We are committed to offering each and every patient individual treatment using the gentlest possible methods. For example, we employ minimally invasive techniques for conducting cardiac valve operations and endovascular stent-graft implantations in patients with aortic aneurysms. We treat our patients on the basis of the latest scientific findings. In addition, we offer high-quality post-operative care at our surgical intensive care units which are staffed by a team of surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, internists, microbiologists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, and specialists from many other fields.

Diagnostics and Treatment

Cardiac surgery

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting with and without cardio pulmonary bypass
  • Valve repair and replacement using a minimally invasive procedure
  • Endovascular and conventional aortic surgery (Hybridtechnology)
  • Correction of congenital heart disease (ASD, VSD, TGA, Tetralogy of Fallot, DORV)
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Implantation of Assist Devices
  • Surgery for heart rhythm conditions

Vascular surgery

  • Peripheral vascular surgery
  • Abdominal & thoracic aortic surgery
  • Stent-graft to treat all forms of aortic diseases
  • Carotid artery surgery
  • Surgery of iliac arteries
  • Operative treatment for varicose veins and varicose nodes; implantation of perpetual catheters and portative systems
  • Shunt surgery


surgical interventions per year4400
operations on children’s hearts per year150
heart transplantations per year15 - 20
patients with a cardiac support system41

Our physicians

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friedhelm Beyersdorf

    Medical Director

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Siepe

  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Kroll

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Czerny

  • Dr. Michael Berchtold-Herz

  • PD Dr. Wolfgang Bothe

  • Dr. Katharina Pernice

  • Dr. med. univ. Birgit Pölsler

  • Prof. Dr. Bartosz Rylski

  • Dr. David Schibilsky

  • Dr. Joachim Schöllhorn

  • Dr. Holger Schröfel

  • PD Dr. Georg Trummer

  • Dr. Michael Weinbeck

  • Dr. Wolfgang Zeh

  • Thomas Zietak