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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus
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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus

Dresden, Germany

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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus infographic

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital is one of the most reputable medical facilities of Germany. Located in Dresden, it is famous for its high standards of medical services and selfless dedication to the patients’ wellbeing. The quality of the hospital is recognised by many certificates received from international quality centres. This includes ISO 19001 and DKG certificates.  

The hospital receives more than 300,000 medical tourists each year. 

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital was founded in 1815. To this day, it remains one of the largest medical service providers in the Eastern Saxony region. It is also the only hospital providing the full spectrum of medical services under the same roof in the Saxony. 

The hospital consists of 26 clinic and polyclinics, 4 institutes and 17 interdisciplinary centres. It has a capacity of treating over 1,611 inpatients at the same time. The medical staff consists of more than 5,000 specialists, over 1,000 of those are highly qualified doctors.

The technology used for diagnostics and treatment keeps up with the latest innovations in the field.

In 2018, the main building was fully renovated. It consists of:

    иконка галочки an emergency surgical department;

    иконка галочки 17 operating theatres;

    иконка галочки an intensive care unit;

    иконка галочки interdisciplinary outpatient departments;

    иконка галочки 132 inpatient beds with four 24/7 nursing units.

    The hospital’s activity is closely overseen by a Supervisory Council. They ensure the hospital upholds its high standards of quality, and effective management. The council sets up the strategic goals and controls their achievement. They also closely cooperate with and consult that hospital’s Executive Board.

International department

The International Department of the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus has been actively operating since 2008. The highly qualified coordinators and translators work there to guarantee the highest comfort during the international patients’ stay. They provide such help as:

    иконка галочки respond the patients’ answers via phone or e-mail;

    иконка галочки conduct initial consultations with overseas patients;

    иконка галочки make sure the patients’ medical records are in check;

    иконка галочки coordinate consultation with medical departments and specialists for medical opinions and recommendations;

    иконка галочки prepare the cost estimates;

    иконка галочки help with visa;

    иконка галочки help outpatients with accomodations;

    иконка галочки help organise the interpreters’ service.

Hospital’s services

    Hospital rooms at the Carl Gustav Carus Hospital are equipped to a highest degree of quality and comfort. The patients are guaranteed to have all their needs met. The rooms have comfortable furniture designed specifically to accomodate to the patients’ mobility needs. They also have all the standard features - television, mobile connection, access to the Internet and a secure safety box. 

    The patients, as well as their accompanying friends and family can eat at the hospital cafeteria. All the food is prepared on the modern kitchen using only the highest-quality fresh products. Any dietary needs - be in due to medical, cultural or religious reasons - can be accomodated.

Each dish meets the quality criteria of the German Nutrition Society (DGE). The hospital’s specialists can help create a special menu for each patient that would most benefit their recovery. The dishes can be delivered straight to the patient's’ room. 

Achievements and awards

    For several years in the row, the hospitals keeps the leading positions in the FOCUS ratings. In 2020, 15 departments received the “TOP National Hospital” award.

The University Hospital leads the “Best quality of medical service and patient care in Germany” list, published by Focus Health. The medical center leads in 15 fields, among which are:

    иконка галочки obstetrics and gynaecology (breast cancer);

    иконка галочки dermatology (skin cancer);

    иконка галочки oncology (colon cancer, leukemia);

    иконка галочки neurosurgery (brain tumors);

    иконка галочки visceral, thoracic and vascular surgery (colon cancer, gallbladder surgery;

    иконка галочки urology (prostate cancer);

    иконка галочки endocrinology (diabetes);

    иконка галочки psychiatry and psychotherapy (depression);

    иконка галочки neurology (Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis);

    иконка галочки orthopedics and traumatology (joint replacement, arthroplasty).

Features of the Clinic

Oncology at Dresden University Hospital

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    The Carl Gustav Carus opened at 2003. It is one of the leading cancer centers in Germany.

    In 2007 the Dresden University Hospital Cancer Center received the “Best oncology center” from German Cancer Aid Society (DKH).

In the Cancer Center, many foreign patients were able to find treatment unavailable at their home countries. Many oncologists working at the clinic are not only famous practicing specialists, but also professors at prestigious german Universities.  

Patients come to Dresden University Hospital to treat:

    иконка галочки prostate cancer;

    иконка галочки brain tumours;

    иконка галочки breast cancer;

    иконка галочки skin cancer;

    иконка галочки gynaecological cancer;

    иконка галочки intestinal cancer;

    иконка галочки lung cancer;

    иконка галочки different sarcomas.

Neurosurgery Department at the Carl Gustav University Hospital

Doctors of the Neurosurgery Department specialize in treatment of different pathologies and traumas of neural system: brain, spinal cord and nerves. They use the latest technology to achieve the best results. The Department consists of:

    иконка галочки intensive case unit;

    иконка галочки two neurosurgery stations;

    иконка галочки a surgical center with several operating theatres;

    иконка галочки multidisciplinary department for monitoring and treatment of patients with epilepsy.

Consultation with an oncologist/neurosurgeon
Complex examination
Tumour removal surgery
Early rehabilitation

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One of the department’s specialties is treatment of child and adult tumours. The doctors use: 

Consultation with an oncologist
Spina; cord MRI
Surgical removal of the tumour
Post-operational rehabilitation programme

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    иконка галочки transcranial brain stimulation;

    иконка галочки neuromonitoring before and during the surgery;

    иконка галочки latest generation microscopes;

    иконка галочки surgical resection using fluorescence and neuronavigation.

    Since 2019, the doctors of the department use MRI-3 Tesla to monitor the patient’s state during the surgery. This makes the department one of the most technologically advanced in the country. This allows to control the surgeon’s movement during the tumor resection and minimize the risks.

    The Computer Tomography (CT) is used for neurovascular surgery and epilepsy treatment. Other priority fields of the clinic are spine surgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Thoracic, Internal and Vascular Surgery Clinic

    At the Thoracic, Internal and Vascular Surgery Clinic doctors operate on oesophagus, stomach, thyroid, chest and coordinating blood vessels.

    The clinic is certified in visceral oncology treatment. Each year the doctors perform over 1,500 surgeries. The hospital operates under the highest-quality standards for treatment of:

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    иконка галочки stomach and esophagus tumors;

    иконка галочки intestinal tumors (colorectal and rectal cancers);

    иконка галочки liver tumors;

    иконка галочки tumors of the biliary tract and soft tissue of the abdomen;

    иконка галочки pancreatic cancer.

Consultation with a surgeon
Pre-operational diagnostics
Latest generation da Vinci robot

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Many operations are performed with latest generation da Vinci robot. It is a technical device that helps surgeon safely perform difficult procedures. Patients who were operated on with da Vinci robot benefit from less scarring and shorter recovery time. This device also allows for greater safety control, as it automatically monitors the patient's’ state and increases the preciseness of the surgeon’s movements. 

Urology Clinic at University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus

Carl Gustav Carus Urology Polyclinic is among the largest in Germany. The center covers diagnostics and treatment of all the urological pathologies. This includes:

    иконка галочки conservative and operative treatment of urological tumours;

    иконка галочки kidney transplantation;

    иконка галочки kidney stone disease;

    иконка галочки bladder control issues in men and women;

    иконка галочки benign prostate hyperplasia (adenoma) treatment;

    иконка галочки paediatric urology. andrology and neurourology.

Each year doctors at the clinic perform over 5,000 surgeries. Most are performed using minimally invasive methods, for example, during the stereotaxic biopsy or local therapy of prostate. Over 70% of the surgeries are performed using the da Vinci robot.

Orthopaedics and Traumatology Center

    Since 2012. the Carl Gustav Carus Orthopaedics and Traumatology Center has been leading the Focus magazine “Best medical facilities in Germany” rating.  

Knee replacement  
Consultation with a surgeon
Pre-operational diagnostics
Prosthetics installment
Recovery recommendations
Initial rehabilitation

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    Some of the Germany’s best orthopedicians work at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus. Professors Klaus-Dieter Schaser and Klaus Peter Günther are the leading doctors of the Center. They have performed thousands of successful surgeries. 

Doctors at the Dresden University Clinic help with different pathologies and injuries of the locomotive system. Most are done with minimally invasive methods. This makes the patients’ stay at the hospital and recovery time shorter.

    Every case is overseen by a multidisciplinary team of doctors. This guarantees the high quality of the service. 

Eye Care at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus

Carl Gustav Carus Ophthalmology Clinic offers the full spectrum of eyesight medical services. Each year, more than 14,000 come for treatment there. The priority fields of the clinic are:

    иконка галочки glaucoma diagnostics and therapy;

    иконка галочки vascular occlusion treatment;

    иконка галочки diagnostics and treatment of eye tumours;

    иконка галочки cataract and tear gland surgery.

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The clinic has three operating theatres. Each year surgeons operate on more than 5,000 patients there. Many patients get treated at the laser surgery department. It specializes at the retinal treatment.

At the hospital, there are general and special ophthalmological departments. There are also 41 inpatient wards. 8 of them are for child patients.  

Cost of diagnostics and treatment at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus

Procedure Cost
Consultation with a specialist from €490
Comprehensive gynecological examination from €1,700
Coronarography from €2,500
Immunohistochemistry from €1,500
Biopsy from €2,000
PET-CT from €1,650
MRI of single body area from €950
CT from €700
Echocardiography from €250
Ultrasound from €7300
Procedure Cost
Focused Ultrasound Ablation (HIFU) from €12,000
Removal of intervertebral hernia from €13,800
Coronary artery bypass grafting from €8,000
CyberKnife for pituitary adenoma from €15,000
Mastectomy from €14,000
Knee replacement from €17,900
Meningioma removal from €12,000
Pacemaker installation from €13,500
Chemotherapy from €2,500
Prostatectomy with a da Vinci robot from €18,000
Testimonials (2)
Average clinic rating
30 years
Patient Verified
  • 5
The patient was treated of Allogenic bone marrow transplantation from a related donor
I donated bone marrow there in 2011. I have rarely seen anything as well organized as this hospital. The professional competence was above average from nurse to chief resident.
Dresden, Germany, February 2, 2020
46 years
Patient Verified
  • 5
The patient was treated of Orthopedics and traumatology
The hospital makes a modern and well-functioning impression, the wards have new, beautiful and well-equipped rooms. All inquiries are answered and individual requests of the patients are promptly dealt with. The individual clinical picture ... Read more
Dresden, Germany, January 13, 2020
ISO 9001 Quality Management System
ISO 9001 Quality Management System


клаус гюнтер доктор клиники карла густава каруса
Prof. Klaus-Peter Günther
Orthopedics and traumatology
over 35 years
хирург Юрген Вайц
Prof. Juergen Weitz
over 27 years
отологинголог профессор Томас Захнерт
Prof. Thomas Zahnert
over 30 years
Лутц Э. Пиллунат профессор
Prof. Lutz E. Pillunat
over 37 years

The doctor’s main speciality is hip replacement.

Professor Günther is the leading orthopedist of Germany. He is the co-director of the Carl Gustav Carus Traumatology and Orthopedics Center. Graduate of the München University. Has been working in the field of locomotor pathology treatment for over 35 years. His field of interests includes:

  • hip-saving surgery;
  • hip replacement;
  • osteoarthritis.

He is an active member of national and international societies:

  • European Hip Society;
  • German Orthopedic Surgery Society;
  • European Orthopedics and Traumatology Federation;
  • International Hip Society.

Doctor’s speciality: hip orthopedics and traumatology.

клаус гюнтер доктор клиники карла густава каруса
Prof. Klaus-Peter Günther
Experience: over 35 years
Orthopedics and traumatology

Specialist in visceral surgery and transplantology.

Director of the Thoracic, Internal and Vascular Surgery Clinic at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital. His professional interest lies in the field of digestive system diseases (esophagus, abdomen, intestines, rectum, pancreas, bilis and liver) and sarcomas. He has exceptional experience in surgical removal of tumours, organ transplantology and minimally invasive surgeries.

Professor Weitz improved his qualifications at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His medical experience is over 27 years.

Member of professional societies:

  • German Surgeon Association;
  • German Oncological Surgical Group;
  • German Association of General and Visceral Surgery;
  • German Cancer Society;
  • Surgical Oncology Society;
  • German Association of Digestive and Metabolic Disorders.

Doctor’s speciality: surgery.

хирург Юрген Вайц
Prof. Juergen Weitz
Experience: over 27 years

Specialises in treatment of ear. nose and throat pathologies.

Head doctor of the otolaryngology department of the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus. One of the best otolaryngologists of Germany, according to the Focus magazine in 2017 and 2018. His medical experience exceeds 30 years.

Doctor’s speciality: otolaryngology

отологинголог профессор Томас Захнерт
Prof. Thomas Zahnert
Experience: over 30 years

Specialises in treatment of glaucoma.

Director of the Carl Gustav Carus Ophthalmology Clinic. Graduate of the Düsseldorf University. Has been treating eye pathologies for over 37 years.

Member of professional associations:

  • German Ophthalmological Society;
  • German Association of Intraocular Lens Implantation (DGII);
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology;
  • American Association of Ophthalmology;
  • Italian Glaucoma Society;
  • European Glaucoma Society;
  • International Glaucoma Society.

Doctor’s speciality: glaucomic damage of eye nerve

Лутц Э. Пиллунат профессор
Prof. Lutz E. Pillunat
Experience: over 37 years
Location of the Clinic
Fetscherstraße 74, 01307 Dresden, Germany

The hospital is located nearby the Dresden city centre. The travel distance from the airport is approximately 11 km. One can get to the hospital by car or public transport. Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe stop in 50 m from the main entrance to the diagnostic center of the hospital. Trams 6 and 12 are within a walking distance. In weekdays they pass every 10 minutes.



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