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Department of general, abdominal, endocrine and minimally invasive surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Steinmuller
general and visceral surgery, endocrine surgery, minimally invasive surgery

About the department

The department of general, abdominal, endocrine and minimally invasive surgery at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Westend provides a wide range of medical services in its four medical centres: minimally invasive surgical treatment of various health conditions and high-level surgical treatment of diseases of visceral organs and endocrine glands. The medical team consists of experienced specialists who perform operations on state-of-the-art technical equipment. Professionals use minimally invasive gentle techniques and the latest surgical methods to prevent postoperative complications. It is important to note that doctors are members of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons. Furthermore, doctors of the department tightly cooperate with the department of internal medicine and form the Intestinal Centre. Moreover, the department is certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG) as a Colon Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer centre.

The department focuses on the entire spectrum of surgeries: general surgery (appendix and gallbladder removal, wound treatments, etc.), endocrine surgery of glands, minimally invasive surgery of hernias and other conditions. In the intestinal centre, the efforts of two departments are aimed at the diagnostic and treatment of intestinal cancer. The other focal point of the department is the surgical treatment of proctological issues.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

General surgery:

  • appendix removal
  • gallbladder removal
  • port implantations
  • soft tissue and skin abscess treatment
  • wound treatment
  • acute gastrointestinal diseases treatment
  • chronic gastrointestinal diseases treatment

Endocrine surgery:

  • thyroid gland surgery
  • parathyroid gland surgery
  • adrenal glands surgery

Upper abdominal surgery:

  • oesophagus 
  • stomach
  • liver
  • pancreas

Minimally invasive surgery:

  • keyhole surgery of the gallbladder
  • keyhole surgery of the appendix
  • keyhole surgery of the adhesions and fractures
  • inguinal hernia surgery
  • hiatal hernia surgery
  • incisional hernia surgery

Proctology surgery:

  • diverticulitis
  • colorectal cancer
  • haemorrhoids
  • anal fistulas
  • anal fissures 
  • anal abscesses

Oncological surgery:

  • tumours and metastasis in the oesophagus
  • tumours and metastasis stomach
  • tumours and metastasis liver
  • tumours and metastasis in the pancreas
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Doctor profile


  • Doctor of Medicine at University Glasgow, Scotland, 1984
  • Doctor, Freie University Berlin, Germany, 1984 
  • Habilitation, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, 1998


  • Consultant surgeon at the department of general, visceral and transplantation surgery at Charité University Hospital Humboldt University in Berlin, 2000—2003
  • Director of the Clinic for General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery and Head of the Center for Liver and Endocrine Surgery at the Vivantes Humboldt Clinic, Berlin, 2003-2006
  • Since 2006 Chief Physician at the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery at the DRK Kliniken Berlin Westend

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Fellow of the German Society of Surgery
  • Member of German Transplant Society
  • Member of Surgical Society Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Member of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
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