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Department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, plastic-reconstructive surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Barbara Wollenberg
otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, plastic-reconstructive surgery, oncology and immunology

About the department

The department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and plastic-reconstructive surgery at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich is an experienced team of doctors, speech therapists and medical-technical assistants as well as the nursing staff who treats all diseases of the specialized area and the various border areas. The head of the department is a world-class academician, a member of Leopoldina, and a professor with more than 550 publications. The ENT clinic consists of three wards with 50 beds, four operating rooms, a sleep laboratory with five beds, a university outpatient clinic, a voice medicine centre (phoniatrics) and a children's hearing disorders centre (pediatric audiology). More than 3,000 inpatient and around 28,000 outpatient cases are treated annually. Modern and brightly furnished single, double, triple and four-bedded rooms are available. 

The department is equipped with modern computer-aided 3D navigation for the surgery of the head and neck. The department is deeply involved in scientific research, diagnosis and treatment of tumours, hearing disorders, allergies and autoimmunity, and sleep-related respiratory disorders. Treatment options include conservative (medications), surgery and interventional treatment.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Endoscopic examination
  • Sleep laboratory (detection of sleep-related respiratory disorders using polysomnography)
  • Sialendoscopy (endoscopy of the salivary glands), 
  • Scintigraphy or a gamma scan (visualization technique using radiation) 
  • Cross-sectional imaging - CT, MRI, PET (visualization using body scans)
  • Laboratory diagnostics

Treatment:

  • ENT, head and neck infections
  • ENT, head and neck tumours
  • ENT, head and neck injuries
  • Hearing disorders
  • Nose and paranasal sinuses disorders 
  • Sleep-related respiratory disorders
  • Angioedema (water retention) and other allergy disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Voice and swallowing disorders and more

Treatment and management priorities:

  • Tumour surgery
  • Hearing disorders surgery & cochlear implants  
  • Implantation of upper airway stimulators, an innovative therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. 
  • Salivary gland and thyroid surgery 
  • Phoniatrics or voice medicine (team of doctors and speech therapists carries out conservative, i.e. non-surgical, therapies for maintaining voice and swallowing)
  • Conservative treatment (medications)
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1982–1988 Studied Medicine at Saarland University in Saarbrucken and at The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • 1990 Promotion at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: doctorate “Disseminated tumour cells in blood and bone marrow”
  • 1999 PostDoc qualification, habilitation “Gene therapy approaches via transfection of B7.1” (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
  • 2001–2003 Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation at the Helmholtz Centre in Munich, Germany
  • 2003 C4 Professor of Otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the Lubeck Campus of the University Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Experience

  • 1989–2001 Otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery Clinic at Grosshadern Hospital, The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • 2002 Director and chair at the University of Lubeck
  • 2007 W3 professorship and chair of otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of Hamburg
  • 2019 Director of the department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and plastic-reconstructive surgery at University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1999 Anton von Troeltsch Prize from the German Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery for “Immunological therapies for patients with cancers of the head and neck”
  • 2001 Monika Kutzner Prize for cancer research from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • 2003-2011 Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Lubeck
  • 2004 Georg Heberer Award for cancer research from the Chiles Foundation for “Identification and functional analysis of tumour-infiltrating plasmacytoid dendritic cells in head and neck cancer”
  • 2006-2014 Member of the Board of Trustees and Scientific Committee of the Leibniz Research Institute Borstel
  • 2009-2014 Review board member of the German Research Foundation for the German Society for Ear, Nose and Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
  • 2013 Senator of the German Research Foundation as a representative of surgical medicine
  • 2013 Member of the German Research Foundation Senate Committee on “Clinical Research Issues”
  • 2014 Member of the Senate Committee "Perspectives of Research" of the German
  • 2016-2017 Deputy President of the German Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Medicine, Head and Neck Surgery 
  • 2017 Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2017 President of the German Society for Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Medicine
  • 2019 Acta Prize of the Collegium Otorhinolaryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum
  • Author of more than 550 publications
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