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Department of general, abdominal, thoracic, endocrine, vascular, and minimally invasive surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Roland Ladurner
general, abdominal, thoracic, endocrine, vascular and minimally invasive surgery

About the department

The department of general, abdominal, thoracic, endocrine, vascular, and minimally invasive surgery at Academic Hospital Martha-Maria Munich is the world's leading clinic for endocrine surgery. More than 2,000 thyroid gland operations and around 300 parathyroid gland operations are performed at the department every year. Modern technologies are used at the department: where it makes sense and is safe, minimally invasive surgical techniques (so-called keyhole surgery) are used. These are organ-friendly and scar-free and are perceived by many patients as less stressful. In addition, the in-house surgical endoscopy unit ensures surgically relevant, targeted diagnostics before operations and appropriate experience in the conservative (non-surgical) treatment of problems (complications) after the operation. It is also possible to work endoscopically simultaneously during operations on the digestive tract. This allows, for example, sources of bleeding in the stomach or intestines to be found or small mucosal tumours (adenomas, polyps) to be presented for minimally invasive removal using laparoscopy.

A wide range of surgery for the endocrine glands, gastrointestinal tract, and lungs are available. The methods utilized are gentle, minimally invasive, endoscopic, and laser surgery. For the lung area, advanced video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is performed.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid glands)

Thyroid echotherapy

Minimally invasive surgery:

  • Minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Laparoscopic adrenal surgery
  • Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Hernia surgery
  • Laparoscopic separation of abdominal adhesions and laparoscopic bowel surgery

Gastrointestinal liver surgery:

  • Oesophagus
  • Diaphragm
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Colon (including inflammatory bowel diseases)

Thoracic surgery:

  • Surgical treatment of lung cancer/metastases, malignant diseases of the mediastinum, thoracic wall, and pleura
  • Diseases of the mediastinum (e.g. Thymomas, lymphomas, germ cell tumours)
  • Chest wall tumours
  • Palliative interventions (e.g. Pleurodesis, permanent pleural drainage)
  • Infections (e.g. Pleural empyema, lung abscess in tuberculosis and other diseases)
  • Benign diseases of the lungs, mediastinum, and chest wall (e.g. Hamartomas, bronchiectasis, cysts, sequestra)
  • Thoracic injuries (e.g. Hemothorax, rib fractures, including their late effects)
  • Pneumothorax
  • Tracheal surgery with a high degree of specialization for the surgical treatment of diseases of the trachea (e.g. Stenoses, tumours)
  • Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) as a palliative surgical therapy for carefully selected patients with advanced emphysema as part of an interdisciplinary treatment concept in close cooperation with the pneumology department in our emphysema board
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Doctor profile


  • Board certification in Surgery
  • Board certification in Abdominal Surgery


  • Managing Senior Physician, Department of general, abdominal and transplant surgery, University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • 2022 Head Physician of the Department of general and abdominal surgery, hernia surgery, endocrine surgery, thoracic surgery at the Academic Hospital Martha-Maria Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Listed in FOCUS Magazine's Top Doctors for Endocrine Surgery
  • Author of 92 publications
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