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Department of general, abdominal and transplant surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Jens Werner
general, visceral and transplant surgery, emergency medicine

About the department

The department of general, abdominal, and transplant surgery at the University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich is one of the largest surgical departments among University Hospitals in Germany. The department is well known internationally for its surgical interventions and success rate. According to Focus Magazine, the Department of general, visceral, and transplant surgery ranks among the top departments in Germany to treat bowel cancer and stomach cancer. More than 4,500 inpatients are treated in the department per year. Particular attention deserves the scientific activity of the department in matters of oncology and transplantology. This allows for achieving the best results in the treatment of patients. Highly qualified doctors and caring nursing staff find an approach to each clinical case. It is essential to make a diagnosis quickly and accurately in general surgery. The state-of-the-art robotic and computerized systems, together with decades of experience of doctors, allow us to find the most appropriate treatment for the patient.

The department focuses on a whole range of general and abdominal surgery procedures, including organ transplants. Special attention is given to oncological surgery and tumour removal. The field of specialization is not limited to pancreatic and liver surgery, endocrine surgery, and sarcoma treatment of different origins.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Main directions:

  • Surgical oncology - tumours of the oesophagus, stomach, bowel, liver, pancreas, lungs cancer, and soft tissue (sarcoma)
  • Center for Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, and Lungs Transplants
  • General and Visceral Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery: Thyroid, Parathyroid, Adrenal Gland
  • Minimally Invasive Surgeries: Hernia, Adrenal, Colorectal, Oesophagus, Gastric, Liver, and Pancreatic Surgery
  • Aortic Surgery, Bypass-, Carotid Artery-, and Endovascular-Surgery
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Diagnosis:

  • Laboratory Testing (CBC, lipid panel. liver panel. thyroid-stimulating syndrome, etc.)
  • Ultrasound 
  • X-ray with contrast
  • Diagnostic endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy. etc.)
  • Tumour markers 
  • Histology 
  • Thyroid needle biopsy
  • Other diagnostic procedures 

Treatment options:

  • Minimally invasive surgery (gallbladder removal, reflux disease treatment, removal of adrenal gland)
  • Hernia repair surgery (inguinal hernia, femoral hernia, umbilical hernia)
  • Endocrine surgery (treatment thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal disease)
  • Oncosurgery
  • Hepatobiliary surgery (surgery on the liver, gallbladder, and biliary tract)
  • Treatment of all pancreatic diseases (tumours, acute and chronic pancreatitis, etc.)
  • Transplant surgery
  • Other medical services
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1986-1993 Study of human medicine in Heidelberg, Birmingham (UK), Baltimore (USA)
  • 1988 Study of physics
  • 1989 First state medical examination
  • 1990 Foreign medical graduates examination in medical sciences, Part 1
  • 1992 Foreign medical graduates examination in medical sciences, Part 2
  • 1992 Second state medical examination
  • 1993 Third state medical examination
  • 1994 Admission to medical practice
  • 1995 Certificate of competency in the emergency service
  • 2000 Medical specialist in surgery
  • 2001 Additional qualifications in emergency medicine
  • 2004 Specialization in abdominal surgery
  • 2004 Additional qualifications in healthcare quality management
  • 2005-2007 Study of business administration in healthcare management, University of Trier
  • 2007 Master of business administration in healthcare management

Experience

  • 1994-1995 Assistant Physician, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • 1997-2002 Research Fellow, Assistant Physician, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • 2002-2013 Senior Physician, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • 2005 First Senior Physician, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • 2007-2013 Head of the section of pancreatic surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • 2010-2013 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • 2011-2013 Deputy Head of the Department of transplant surgery, Department of Surgery
  • 2014 Head of the Department of general, abdominal and transplant surgery, University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery
  • Member of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic diseases
  • Member of the German Transplant Society
  • Member of the European Pancreatic Club
  • Member of the German Pancreas Club
  • Member of the International and European Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary association
  • Member of the Middle Rhine Surgeons Association
  • Member of the guideline committees of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (pancreatic carcinoma, neuroendocrine tumors, liver cirrhosis)
  • Editorial Board Member of "Langenbecks Archives of Surgery"
  • Editorial Board Member of the "Journal of Gastroenterology"
  • Editorial Board Member of "The Surgeon"
  • Editorial Board Member of "Visceral Medicine"
  • Editorial Board Member of "Intensivup2date"
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