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Department of thoracic, general, and oncological surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Johann Pratschke
general, pacreatic surgery, organ transplantation, and oncological surgery

About the department

The department of thoracic, general, and oncological surgery at the University Hospital Charite Berlin specialises in the surgical treatment of tumour diseases. High-quality medical care is offered at two campuses of the hospital: Campus Charité Mitte and Campus Virchow-Klinikum. The clinic is equipped according to the latest standards and performs minimally invasive surgeries. Moreover, the unit is certified for minimally invasive surgery by the Society for General and Visceral Surgery. The doctor team achieve more than 700 thoracic operations each year. In addition, the department cooperates tightly with the cardiology, musculoskeletal centre and neurosurgery unit. It is worth mentioning that the head physician of the department is a member of national and international societies in transplantation. That shows the steady development of organ transplantation methods in the medical routine of the clinic.

The department is focused on providing surgeries on the lungs and other organs of the thoracic cavity. In addition, the specialists are experienced in the surgical treatment of tumours and their metastases. Moreover, the particular program ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) was developed for better recovery after surgeries.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • sonography
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • laparoscopy
  • thoracoscopy
  • bone scintigraphy
  • PET- CT

Lung diseases treatment:

  • Abscesses of the chest, lungs and mediastinum
  • bronchiectasis
  • Bronchogenic cysts
  • Chest tumours (e.g. sarcomas)
  • hemothorax
  • hyperhidrosis
  • keel chest
  • pulmonary emphysema
  • lung carcinoma
  • lung metastases
  • pulmonary nodule
  • mediastinal tumours
  • metastases
  • mesothelioma
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • pericardial cysts
  • fungal diseases of the lungs
  • pneumothorax
  • pleural effusion
  • pleural carcinosis
  • pleural empyema
  • pleural mesothelioma
  • hearth
  • Sarcomas of the lungs and chest wall
  • thymoma
  • tracheal stenosis
  • tracheomalacia
  • funnel chest
  • tuberculosis
  • soft tissue tumours
  • diaphragmatic paresis

Thoracic surgery:

  • bronchoscopy
  • DaVinci robotic system 
  • HITHOC hyperhidrosis 
  • lung resection 
  • lymph node dissection 
  • mediastinoscopy
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery 
  • pleural puncture 
  • pleurodesis 
  • sternotomy 
  • thoracotomy 
  • Chest drain and PleurX drain
  • chest window
  • tracheostomy 
  • funnel chest correction
  • diaphragmoplasty
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Doctor profile


  • 1987 Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich
  • 1997 Institute for Surgical Research


  • 1997-1999 Researched and worked in the field of transplant surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2009 Genzyme Research Award “Human Transplant Immunology.”
  • 1998 Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • 2000 Rudolf Pichlmayr Prize of the German Transplant Society
  • 2000, 2001, 2002: Investigator Award, American Society of Transplantation 
  • 2008 Von Langenbeck Prize of the German Society for Surgery
  • 2009 Genzyme Research Award “Human Transplant Immunology.”
  • 2013 Conference president of the European Society of Organ Transplantation Congress, Vienna
  • 2013 President of European Pancreas Society
  • A member of the Transplantation Society
  • Founding member and the scientific advisory board of the Basic Science Committee
  • An advisory board for the European Pancreas Society & Liver Transplant Society
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