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Department of thoracic surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Waldemar Schreiner
thoracic surgery

About the department

The department of thoracic surgery at St. Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt am Main specializes in treating patients with lung diseases requiring surgical treatment. The main focus of clinical activity is to treat benign and malignant tumours of the lungs and respiratory tract. Doctors pay special attention to diagnostics, so the department has new modern equipment. Treatment includes various therapies and their combinations, including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and therapy with immunological drugs such as monoclonal antibodies. Pneumatological and thoracic surgical cases are discussed on an interdisciplinary basis at regular and frequent specialized conferences, where specialists from the department also attend.

One of the department's directions is the surgical treatment of injured patients with broken ribs. High-qualified specialists have more than ten years of experience in minimally invasive and tissue-sparing techniques that improve patients' postoperative quality of life. For patients, minimally invasive interventions have many advantages, such as less pain, reduced treatment and length of hospital stay, and excellent cosmetic outcomes.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Pleural mesothelioma
  • Pleural effusion
  • Tumours of the mediastinum
  • Pneumothorax
  • Bronchial carcinoma
  • Lungs' cancer
  • Pleural empyema
  • Pulmonary nodules 
  • Bullous lung disease
  • Atelectasis
  • Diaphragmatic hernia


  • Anamnesis (medical history)
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory tests
  • A sputum test 
  • Body plethysmography
  • Digital radiography
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Spirography (measures lung function)
  • Diagnostic pleural puncture (to remove excess fluid or air from pleural space)
  • Thoracoscopy, bronchoscopy (endoscopic technique)


  • Medical therapy
  • Chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Single port surgical techniques
  • Immunological therapy (monoclonal antibodies)
  • Pleurodesis
  • Thoracic suction drainage
  • Therapeutic pleural puncture
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Open surgery
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Doctor profile


  • 1994 - 2000 Studied medicine, George August University of Goettingen
  • 2001 - 2003 Fellowship, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Goerg August University Goettingen  
  • 2003 - 2008 Fellowship, Department of Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, RWTH Aachen University


  • 2008 - 2020 Leading senior thracic surgeon at Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • since 2020 Chief of thoracic surgery service at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • sine 2021 Chief of the division of thoracic surgery at St.Elisabethen-Krankenhaus

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Network
  • European Society of Thoracic Surgeons
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