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Freiburg University Hospital

Freiburg, Germany

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Freiburg University HospitalFreiburg University Hospital is the leading medical institute in Germany, included in Top 3 most prestigious clinics of the country.

University Clinic Freiburg is one of the largest in Europe and is a multidisciplinary hospital with maximum medical assistance. This is the center of innovative developments, knowledge, experience, modern technical support - everything that is necessary to provide the most effective medical care.

The clinic operates in the basis of the University named after Albert and Ludwig, which allows it to be called "university". The academic status of the clinic gives it numerous advantages. The University serves as a platform for carrying out numerous studies important for the development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic methods, which, after careful testing are used in the clinic.

Freiburg's clinic is showing excellence in many areas of medicine by the major parameters of success. The medical institution is known far beyond the borders of the country, thanks to its success in the treatment of cardiac diseases, chronic immunodeficiency, all types of cancer, innovative therapy of pancreatic carcinoma, the treatment of epilepsy and other neurological diseases.

Infrastructure and work features of Freiburg University Clinic

Freiburg University HospitalThe history of this largest clinic in Germany began more than 230 years ago with a small clinical hospital. Today, it is the largest employer in the region with a staff of more than 12,500 people, approximately 1,450 doctors and 3,500 secondary medical personnel.

Approximately 2,107 patients can be accommodated in the clinic at the same time. In total, University clinic of Freiburg provides inpatient treatment to more than 66,000 patients and outpatient treatment to 800,000 people annually

Structural units of Freiburg's Clinic are conveniently located in one place. In total, the structure of the medical institution includes 42 clinics, 11 institutes and 10 interdisciplinary centers.An important fact to mention for many patients is that the Freiburg clinic is a non-profit institute and is funded directly by the state budget of Germany, as well as sponsorship donations.

The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Germany personally supervises the activities of the clinic, carries out legal audit, and regularly conducts the procedure of medical examination. In total, the external financing of the clinic is 76.2 million euros. Treatment in the university clinic of Freiburg is based on two important principles: interdisciplinarity and personalization.
This means that in critical cases, it is always possible to work closely with different departments in order to help the patient in a comprehensive manner.

Also in the Freiburg clinic, each case is observed separately and maximally personalized treatment programs are issued, taking into account all the specifics, so that the selected methods are effective in the case of a particular patient and is always protected by the Criminal Code. In the University clinic of Freiburg Excuse there is availability of a service such as "telemedicine".

A patient from anywhere in the world can select the necessary specialist and, through a secure Internet connection, get an online consultation about the diagnosis or the therapy prescribed in his country. "Teleradiology" service is also available which involves the assessment of a CT scan, an MRI or an X-ray specialist who examine the scans and give their opinion.

The major achievements of the clinic in facts

  • The first clinic in the world performing procedure TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting) for the treatment of patients with liver cirrhosis.
  • Here, for the first time in Europe, an artificial heart implant Jarvik-2000 was implanted.
  • The University Hospital of Freiburg conducted a brain operation using the Robot da Vinci for the first time.
  • It was in this clinic that the heart and lungs were transplanted for the first time in the Baden-Württemberg region.
  • Freiburg was the first medical institution in Germany to have a kidney transplant with an incompatible blood group.

Features of the Clinic

Cardiology and cardiac surgery in the Freiburg University Clinic

The Freiburg University Center for Cardiovascular Diseases is Germany's largest cardiological center (377 beds). Its branches are located in two cities: Freiburg and Bad Krozingen.

The largest number of operations for the replacement of cardiac valves, cardiac catheterization, and the largest number of patients with myocardial infarction are performed here in Germany. Every year, there are more than 20 heart transplants as well.

The Center for Cardiovascular Diseases has 1,500 staff members in the state and provides medical inpatient care to more than 22,000 patients.

Specifically, specialists of this cardiology center were among the first in Europe to use stents with a unique drug coating who also conducted the first implantation of an artificial heart.

Statistics of the Cardiology Center of Freiburg:

  • has 6 inpatient treatment units for 106 beds;
  • has 3 intensive care units;
  • more than 5,000 cardiac catheterization procedures are performed annually;
  • there are 3 catheter laboratories around the clock;
  • more than 2 000 surgical interventions are performed annually.

Statistics of Cardiology Center Bad Krozingen:

  • has 10 inpatient treatment units for 250 beds;
  • has 2 intensive care units;
  • more than 17 000 cardiac catheterisations are performed annually;
  • 9 catheter laboratories are working around the clock;
  • more than 2,600 surgical interventions are performed annually.

The Center for Cardiovascular Diseases in Freiburg and Bad Krozingen use the most modern surgical techniques, such as the therapy for congenital heart disease with the AMPLATZER system and transcatheter aortic valve replacement with the TAVI method. There is also availability pediatric cardiac surgery which by rule uses minimally invasive methods of intervention.

Oncology and Hematology in the Freiburg University Clinic

Freiburg University Hospital
The Department of Oncology and Hematology
is part of the Freiburg Oncology Center, which is included in the TOP-4 best cancer treatment centers in Germany. In 2016, the Oncology Center was once again awarded the title of "Leading Cancer Center in Germany".

All kinds of cancer are treated here. This cancer center was recognized as the best in the treatment of metastases in the lungs and liver, brain tumors, the treatment of leukemia, myeloma and tumors of female organs.

The following treatment methods are available in the Oncological Center of Freiburg university hospital: chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, autologous and allogeneic bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. The method of bone marrow transplantation and stem cells is used not only to treat certain types of cancer, but also in the therapy of autoimmune diseases.

The research staff of the clinic is continuously carrying out research to develop and introduce new diagnostic methods, therapy of oncological diseases and transplantation.The aim of the studies was to reduce the dosage of chemotherapy followed by an allogeneic stem cell transplant from a related donor, as well as stem cells from an extraneous donor with an identical HLA system. Also tests of active immunotherapy of patients with malignant lymphomas, myelodysplastic syndromes and leukemias are conducted.

Oncology Center of Freiburg's Faculty in facts and figures is:

  • one of the largest centers of cancer treatment in Germany;
  • one of the largest centers of bone marrow transplantation in Europe;
  • the place of work of TOP specialists in oncology and hematology;
  • 90 top doctors and researchers work place;
  • a medical institution where more than 200 bone marrow transplants are performed annually;
  • selection of more than 10 000 patients annually;
  • more than 25 000 chemotherapy procedures per year.

General and visceral surgery in the Freiburg University Clinic

The Freiburg clinic is considered one of the best in the field of general surgery as well as surgery of the internal organs of the GIT, The specialized department employs 46 highly qualified doctors and 150 middle-level medical personnel.

Approximately 2,800 patients choose this clinic every year for surgical intervention. And to receive outpatient treatment, more than 15,500 patients are being treated.

The Department of General and Visceral Surgery of Freiburg is one of the few in Europe with experience in innovative HIPEC therapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which can help patients with peritoneal metastases.

Achievements of Freiburg Clinic in general and visceral surgery:

  • here the first laparoscopic operation to remove the head of the pancreas in Germany was performed;
  • clinic specialists have the HIPEC method for treating patients with peritoneal metastases;
  • in the clinic, fast-track accelerated rehabilitation surgery is available.

Neurocenter in Freiburg Clinic

In the Neurocenter of the Freiburg Faculty of Neurology, neuropathologists, epileptologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists assist patients. The Freiburg Neurocentre is rightly considered one of the most qualified in Europe. Both conservative and surgical techniques are used In the treatment of brain and spinal cord diseases . This Center also conducts modern diagnostics and therapy of all types of neurological diseases.
More than 3,000 inpatient and around 10,000 outpatients are treated annually.

Neurocenter of the Freiburg clinic is especially famous for its achievements in the treatment of stroke. Neurologists of this clinic created a unique algorithm for the hospitalization and intensive care of patients with stroke, which is now actively used by many other medical institutions in Germany.

The Radiology Department of Freiburg University Clinic is equipped with the latest technology such as:

  • MRI studies of cerebral and spinal processes;
  • biomechanics of spine diseases;
  • procedures for invasive neuroradiology;
  • images of circulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the dynamics;
  • innovative methods of endovascular malformation therapy;
  • myelography for the diagnosis of intervertebral hernia;
  • MR angiography;
  • the introduction of contrast medium under the membranes of the brain.

Neurocenter conducts active research activities. Its goal is to create new methods for measuring blood supply to the brain without the use of X-rays, the development of new MRI systems, new methods of neuroimmunology, as well as innovations in stroke therapy. Together with American colleagues, a study is being carried out on stent expansion of the arteries by catheterization. Also scientific developments in the field of medications and operative treatment of brain tumors are conducted.

Neurosurgery in the Freiburg University Clinic

Freiburg's clinic has everything needed to perform super precise operations on the brain and spinal cord, as well as the spine such as:

  • 3-D neuronavigation based on MRI and CT;
  • intraoperative electrophysiological neuromonitoring;
  • intraoperative fluorescence labeling of tumors (ALA);
  • intraoperative ultrasound;
  • 3-D visualization;
  • 3-D angiography;
  • intraoperative 3D-visualization and navigation, etc.

Methods of stereotactic neurosurgery are available here, which allow selective sparing of surgical interventions in the brain regions calculated through the coordinate system.

Stereotactic neurosurgery in figures and facts:

  • 170 stereotactic biopsies per year;
  • 70 LINAC operations per year;
  • 23 procedures for deep brain stimulation each year;
  • 25 procedures for placing radioactive sources per year;
  • 20 operations for the implantation of electrodes into deep brain structures annually;
  • 25 stereotactic cyst aspirations per year.
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Prof. Dr. med. Justus Duyster
Prof. Dr. med. Justus Duyster
Experience: 20 years
Prof. Dr. Josef Zentner
Prof. Dr. Josef Zentner
Experience: 39 years
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Karl-Friedhelm Beyersdorf
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Karl-Friedhelm Beyersdorf
Experience: 37 years
Prof. Dr. med. Univ. Gerald Gitsch
Prof. Dr. med. Univ. Gerald Gitsch
Experience: 33 years
Prof. Dr. Robert Thimme
Prof. Dr. Robert Thimme
Experience: 28 years
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wetterauer
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wetterauer
Experience: 47 years
Professor, MD, is a director of the Internal Medicine Department at the University Clinic of Freiburg. He is a world-famous specialist in the field of cancer treatment. Included in TOP oncologists according to the magazine Focus.
He graduated from the University of Ulm, specializing in internal medicine. Has received additional specialization in hematology and oncology. Held top positions at Rechts Isar Clinic of the Technical University of Munich. While working in the Munich University of Technology, he achieved his reputation and recognition, and earned the title of Professor in internal medicine and experimental hematology. Since 2012 he has been working in the University clinic of Freiburg.
Specialization of the doctor: acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, polycythemic syndrome, idiopathic myelofibrosis, thrombocythemia, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, molecular therapy, antibody therapy, therapeutic use of kinase inhibitors.
Prof. Dr. med. Justus Duyster
Prof. Dr. med. Justus Duyster
Experience: 20 years
Professor, MD, director of the Neurocenter and chief physician of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Freiburg. He graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of Tübingen. Received his specialization in the field of neurosurgery. Then he worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Brain Research of the same university.
Passed the program of advanced training in the USA and Canada. Worked in different positions, including supervising, in university clinics in Tübingen, Bonn, Freiburg, Ulm. In 1994 he was awarded the title of professor. Since 1997, he is the chief physician of the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Freiburg.
    Membership in professional organizations:
  • German Society of Epileptologists (Chairman);
  • German Society of Neurosurgery;
  • German Society for Neurological Rehabilitation;
  • European skull base society.

  • Specialization of the doctor: surgery of epilepsy, skull base surgery, neurophysiological monitoring, development of surgical techniques with computer support.
    Prof. Dr. Josef Zentner
    Prof. Dr. Josef Zentner
    Experience: 39 years
    Professor, Doctor of Medicine, holder of the title "Honorary Doctor", Chief Physician at the Cardiology Center of the University Hospital Freiburg. Prof. Friedhelm Beyersdorf is a recognized specialist in the field of pathological anatomy, thoracic surgery, cardiac and vascular surgery. Studied in Germany at the University of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, and also abroad - at the Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, USA.
    In 1980 he passed the American State Medical Examination. Achieved specialization in thoracic, cardiac and vascular surgery in the basis of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, as well as the Department of Cardiac Thoracic Surgery of the University of California. In 1994 he was awarded the title of Professor in the field of cardiac and vascular surgery. And in 2000 he was awarded the title of "Honorary Professor", which was awarded by the Brazilian University of Marilia.
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS);
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS);
  • European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;
  • German Society for Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery;
  • American College of Angiology;
  • International Association of Cardiovascular Surgery;
  • German Society of Cardiology.

  • Specialization of the doctor: aorto-coronary shunting, replacement and reconstruction of various heart valves, heart transplantation, minimally invasive endovascular heart surgery, pediatric cardiosurgery.
    Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Karl-Friedhelm Beyersdorf
    Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Karl-Friedhelm Beyersdorf
    Experience: 37 years
    Professor, MD, a chief doctor of the Gynecology Department at the University Hospital of Freiburg. Herald Gitsch is included in the list of leading specialists in gynecology according to the German magazine Focus. He graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna. Received his specialization in the field of surgery, pediatrics and internal diseases in the basis of the Medling clinic.
    He worked in the Gynecological Center of the University Hospital in Vienna, and later on successfully passed the exam in the specialty of a gynecology. Practiced at the Royal Women's Clinic in Sydney, received additional specialization in cytology. Arriving in Germany, in 1998 he took the post first deputy chief physician, and already in 2001 - the chief doctor of the Gynecological Clinic of Freiburg.
    He acted as a visiting professor in academic and medical institutions of the USA, China, Australia, Turkey. Under the guidance of Herald Gitsch, the Gynecological Clinic of Freiburg in 2004 received the European Gynecological Oncology Center certificate the first in Germany , and in 2012 it was recognized as one of the leading clinics in Germany in the field of diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases.
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • Austrian Society for Colposcopy;
  • Member of the Board of the European Society for Gynecologic Oncology (EAGO);
  • Vice President of the European Society for Gynecologic Oncology (ESGO).

  • Specialization of the doctor: gynecological oncology, infertility treatment, IVF.
    Prof. Dr. med. Univ. Gerald Gitsch
    Prof. Dr. med. Univ. Gerald Gitsch
    Experience: 33 years
    Professor, MD is a chief physician of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department at the Freiburg University Clinic. A well-known specialist in immunology and virology. He studied medicine at the Free University of Berlin, as well as the University of Albert and Ludwig.
    Held the position of clinical observer at Sloane-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center (New York), as well as a research fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute (California). From 2004 to the present time he is a junior professor of hepatitis virus infections at the Medical Faculty of the University of Freiburg.
    For achievements in the field of hepatology, he was awarded the Scientific Prize from the American Liver Foundation, the Heine Medin award from the European Society for Clinical Virology, the Medical Prize from the German Academy of Sciences Narforscher Leopoldin and others. Professor also conducts research in the field of immune responses to the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), as well as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease;
  • European Society of Clinical Virology;
  • German Association of Internal Medicine;
  • German Association for the Study of Liver Disease;
  • European Association for the Study of the Liver;
  • German Association of Gastroenterology.

  • Specialization of the doctor: hepatology, hepatitis B and C, endocrinology.
    Prof. Dr. Robert Thimme
    Prof. Dr. Robert Thimme
    Experience: 28 years
    Professor, MD is a chief physician of the Urology Department at the University clinic of Freiburg. He studied medicine in the universities of Tübingen and Freiburg. He conducted research abroad at the University of California, San Francisco. During his time in the US he received valuable information on the structure and organization of the departments of the American University and was able to use this experience in implementing certain aspects of the work in Freiburg clinic.
    In 1992 he was appointed adjunct professor. Under the leadership of Ulrich Vetteraurer, the Department of Urology became one of the leading European centers for kidney and prostate surgery. Under his guidance more than 4,000 operations are performed per year significant part of which is minimally invasive surgical interventions. Professor is also considered a recognized expert in the implantation of the artificial reproductive system. Membership in German urological community.
    Specialization of the doctor: endoscopic surgery in urology, urological neoplasms, infertility, implantation of the artificial reproductive system.
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wetterauer
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wetterauer
    Experience: 47 years
    Location of the Clinic
    Hugstetter Str. 55, 79106 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

    One of the largest university hospitals in Germany occupies an impressive territory and is located in the city of Freiburg (not far from the border of Germany and France). You can get to the clinic using one of the international airports. Both options are located in France on the German-French border. The distance from Strasbourg Airport is about 87 kilometers, and from the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg EuroAirport - about 77 kilometers. From the last airport, there is a direct bus from Flixbus to the central bus station in Freiburg. The clinic is located almost in the very center of the city, not far from the City Hall. Nearby there are cafes, restaurants, hotels.


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