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Department of thoracic surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Hans Hoffmann
general and thoracic surgery

About the department

The department of thoracic surgery at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich is integrated into an interdisciplinary lung centre with a comprehensive range of clinical services and innovative research approaches. The department has a state-of-the-art operating room and inpatient beds in a traditional thoracic surgery ward. A team of nursing professionals with many years of experience looks after the patients during their inpatient stay. The preparation for an operation can also occur as part of a short outpatient (pre-hospital) presentation so that patients - if they wish - only have to come to the clinic on the actual day of the operation. The renowned thoracic surgeon leading the department previously worked for more than 18 years as a senior consultant in one of the largest and most respected lung clinics in Europe.

The department performs the entire spectrum of thoracic surgery, focusing on minimally invasive and oncological thoracic surgery, emphysema surgery, and tracheal surgery. Additionally, there is an emphasis on pediatric thoracic surgery and a special interdisciplinary team created.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Conditions treated at the department:

  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Pleural effusion (fluid accumulation around the lung)
  • Pleural empyema (pus accumulation around the lung)
  • Thymoma (tumour of the thymus)
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Lung carcinoma 
  • Lung metastases
  • Tumours of the chest wall 
  • Pleural mesothelioma (tumour of the pleura)
  • Mediastinal tumours 
  • Thoracic sarcomas 
  • Pulmonary emphysema (damage of the air cells in lungs)
  • Tracheal stenosis (narrowing of the trachea)
  • Tumours of the trachea
  • Tracheomalacia (softening of the trachea)

Treatment options:

  • Thymectomy
  • Combined interventions with intraoperative imaging (hybrid surgery)
  • Minimally invasive and open surgery,
  • Extended interdisciplinary resections
  • Endoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (EVLR) 
  • Surgical Lung Volume Reduction (LVRS)
  • Resection and plastic reconstruction of the trachea 
  • Tracheobronchoplasty (plastic reconstruction of the trachea)
  • Pediatric Tracheaboard Munich (Treatment of children with complex respiratory diseases in an interdisciplinary working group together with paediatricians and pediatric surgeons from the Hauner Children's Clinic at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the children's heart surgery department at the German Heart Center in Munich)
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Doctor profile


  • Medical studies and specialist training at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


  • 1997-2017 Senior consultant in the surgical department of the thoracic clinic of the University of Heidelberg
  • 2017 Head of the Department of adult and pediatric thoracic surgery at University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Author of more than 170 publications
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