About us

I am the head of the Contilia Center for Esophageal Diseases at the Elisabeth Hospital in Essen and the Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Surgery at the Elisabethen Hospital in Frankfurt.

I am working in the team of the surgeons of the Department of General Surgery in the Elisabeth Hospital Essen.

This largest Hospital of the Contilia Group comprises all specialists for the treatment of patients with esophageal or gastric cancer. I have a very close cooperation with the Department of Gastroenterology, as the internists have a special expertise for endoscopies and for endoscopic resections. They perform many endoscopic removals of small tumors in the esophagus or stomach. Therefore all options for these types of cancer are available. The weekly tumor board of surgeons and gastroenterologists is performed together with the radiologists, the oncologists and the radiation oncologists of the University Hospital Essen. By these means all multimodal therapies can be performed in close interdisciplinary cooperation. The anesthesiologists and intensivists have large experience with anesthesia during complex surgical procedures and are our close partners in the operating room and on the intensive care unit.

I worked closely together with the Visceral Surgeons of the Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt since 2016, which represents a very professional team building. The chief gastroenterologist and the consultants have a high expertise in gastrointestinal endoscopy and endoscopic interventional techniques. This cooperation facilitates reliable diagnostics and offers all endoscopic options of cancer treatment. The modern imaging procedures of the well equipped Department of Radiology are another important supplement. A cooperation is established with oncologists and radiotherapists for the weekly tumor boards and multimodal therapies. Based on this broad spectrum all therapies for gastrointestinal cancer are available for the individual patient. The anesthesiologists and intensive care specialists have a great experience with complex surgical procedures and are our reliable partners in the operating theatre and on the intensive care unit.

Curriculum vitae

  • Until 1968 school and Abitur in Göttingen
  • 1968 – 1974 study of Medicine in Göttingen, Kiel and Graz. Final exams in Göttingen
  • 1974 – 1975 Internship in Göttingen and Hildesheim in surgery, internal medicine and gynecology/obstetrics
  • 1975 – 1977 Doctor in the German Air Force (compulsory military service)
  • 1977 – 1978 Scientific assistant of the institute of pathology of the University of Göttingen
  • 1978 – 1984 Surgical training in the Marienhospital Aachen, University Hospital Göttingen and University Hospital TU Munich, Klinikum rechts der Isar
  • 1984 Board certified surgeon
  • 1986 Secretary General of the III. World Congress of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) in Munich
  • 1989 Assistant Professor at the University of Munich (TU)
  • 1994 Board certification for special visceral surgery
  • 1994 Secretary General of the 5th Joint Meeting of the International Gastro-Surgical Club in Munich
  • 1995 Board certification for special thoracic surgery
  • 1995 Associate Professor at the University of Munich (TU)
  • 1996 – 2016 Chairman of the Department of General, Visceral and Cancer Surgery of the University of Cologne (2010 – 2016 Center of Excellence (DGAV)
  • 2004 President of the Association of Surgeons of North-Rhine Westfalia
  • 2014 – 2016 largest center for esophageal surgery in Europe)
  • 30.04.2016 Professor Emeritus of the University of Cologne
  • 01.05.2016 – 29.02.2020 Head, Section of Thoracic and Esophageal Cancer Surgery AGAPLESION Markus Hospital Frankfurt/Main
  • since 15.01.2018 Head, Contilia Center for Esophageal Diseases Elisabeth Hospital Essen
  • since 18.05.2019 President of the European Surgical Association (ESA)
  • since 01.03.2020 Head, Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Surgery Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt/Main

"The Center for Gastric and Esophageal Cancer..."