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Department of general, abdominal, thoracic, oncosurgery and endocrine surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Friess
general, abdominal, thoracic, oncosurgery and endocrine surgery

About the department

The department of general, abdominal, thoracic, oncosurgery and endocrine surgery at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich is the leading university-based surgical facility. The team includes 10 senior physicians, 30 specialists, and a nursing team. The department consists of 6 wards with more than 100 beds, with single to three-bedded rooms equipped to ensure maximum comfort. The department is involved in scientific research, for example, studying tumour markers and “targeted therapy”. Modern classification of gastroesophageal tumours was developed in this department by J.R. Siewert. The department is the colon and pancreatic carcinoma centre certified by the German Cancer Society, functioning as a part of the certified oncological centre of the hospital. Additionally, it has been recognized by the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery as a centre of excellence for the surgical treatment of the oesophagus and stomach and as a centre of excellence for diseases of the pancreas.

The department specializes in pancreatic and gastroesophageal tumours among the wide range of general surgical pathologies. Diagnostic possibilities include intraoperative visualization, endoscopy, and others. Surgery is sometimes combined or substituted with conservative and endoscopic methods. Cancer treatment options include HIPEC (intraoperative chemotherapy) and PIPAC (minimal invasive administration of aerosolized chemotherapy within the abdominal cavity).

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostic tools for surgical diagnosis:

  • Routine testing (blood testing, urinalysis, biochemical blood testing, etc.)
  • Oncological markers testing 
  • Hormonal testing
  • Intraoperative sonography (ultrasound during the operation), 
  • Endoscopy (gastroscopy - visualization of stomach and small intestine using a device with a camera, colonoscopy - the same procedure on large intestine)
  • Radiological imaging (X-ray, CT scanning)
  • MRI scan (soft tissue visualization)
  • MR angiography
  • CT angiography

Treatment options:

  • Conservative (medications)
  • Endoscopic/Interventional (during gastroscopy or colonoscopy)
  • Surgical treatment of:
    • Pancreas
    • Liver (complicated cases)
    • Oesophagus
    • Stomach
    • Intestines (including proctological surgery)
    • Thyroid gland 
    • Obesity (bariatric surgery) 
    • Inguinal, incisional and umbilical hernias 
    • Appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
    • Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
    • Lungs and chest
    • Tumours (in combination with chemotherapy (HIPEC) and PIPAC (minimal invasive administration of aerosolized chemotherapy within the abdominal cavity)
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1982 - 1988 Study of human medicine, University of Ulm
  • 1990 - PhD “The importance of gastrointestinal hormones for pancreatic adaptation after gastric surgery - an animal study” PD Dr. MW Büchler, University of Ulm
  • 1998 - Habilitation “Growth factors and growth factor receptors in pancreatic carcinoma” (Prof. Dr. MW Büchler), University of Bern
  • 2003 - C3-professorship for pancreatic surgery with molecular-biological pancreatic research, University of Heidelberg

Experience

  • Physician in internship 11/1988 - 06/1990, University Hospital Ulm Dept. General Surgery, Director: Prof. Dr. HG Beger
  • Scientific Assistant 07/1990 - 04/1992, University Hospital Ulm Dept. General Surgery, Director: Prof. Dr. HGBeger
  • Research fellowship 05/1992 - 10/1993, University of California, Irvine, USA Departments of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, Prof. Dr. M. Korc Resident
  • 11/1993 - 03/1996 - University of Bern, Inselspital Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Director: Prof. Dr. MW Büchler
  • Deputy Senior Physician 04/1996 - 06/1996, University of Bern, Inselspital Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Director: Prof. Dr. MW Büchler
  • Resident 07/1996 - 01/1997, Biel Regional Hospital Surgical Clinic, Chief Physician: Prof. Dr. U. Laffer
  • Senior Physician 02/1997 - 09/2001, University of Bern, Inselspital Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Director: Prof. Dr. MW Büchler
  • Senior Consultant 10/2001 - 06/2007, Heidelberg University Hospital Department of General, Visceral and Trauma Surgery, Director: Prof. Dr. MW Büchler
  • since 07/2007 Director of the Surgical Clinic and Polyclinic at Klinikum Rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • More than 650 original articles in international journals
  • 1994 Young Investigator Preis (Scholarship), European Pancreatic Club
  • 1995 Research Prize from the Swiss Society for Surgery
  • 1996 European Pancreatic Club Award for best basic scientific presentation
  • 1996 Prize of Surgery, Swiss Society for Surgery
  • 1997 Young Investigator Preis (Scholarship), European Pancreatic Club
  • 1999 Fritz Linder Forum Award
  • 2002 Quality Promotion Prize Health Baden-Württemberg, Recognition Prize
  • 2003 laureate of the Feldbausch Foundation
  • 2003 Ethicon Award, CAMIC
  • 2005 Dr. Hella Bühler Prize for oncological research from the University of Heidelberg
  • German Society of Surgery (1990)
  • Proffesional Assosiation of German Surgeons (1990)
  • European Pancreatic Club (1991)
  • German Society of Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic diseases (DGVS) (1995)
  • European Digestive Surgery (EDS) (1995)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (1995)
  • Pancreas Club (1996)
  • American Pancreatic Association (APA) (1996)
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) (1996)
  • International Assosiation of Pancreatology (IAP) (1996)
  • European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR)(1999)
  • European Surgical Association (ESA) (2003)
  • International Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association (IHPBA) (2003)
  • German Society of Abdominal Surgery (DGVC) (2003)
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