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

Prof. Dr. med. Rudolf Hagen
otolaryngology, plastic and aesthetic surgery

About the department

The department of otolaryngology, plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive head and neck surgery at the University Hospital Wurzburg (UKW) offers treatment for all ear, nose and throat diseases. The department uses state-of-the-art technical equipment for accurate and comprehensive diagnostics and innovative and sophisticated treatment methods. The department has a navigation system for complex clinical situations that allows surgeons to get a three-dimensional reconstruction of the surgical field. Doctors use various imaging systems during surgical interventions, including computed tomography, radiography, or ultrasound techniques. The department is an interdisciplinary centre for diagnosing and treating voice, speech, hearing and swallowing disorders. The multidisciplinary team, which consists of otolaryngologists, phonosurgeons, speech therapists and psychologists, tries to recognize the pathology as early as possible and start therapy.

The department's medical team specializes in hearing, allergic, sleep, inflammatory, and head and neck tumours. ENT surgeons also perform interdisciplinary skull base surgery as it is used in acoustic neuroma, among others. One of the main directions of the department is plastic and aesthetic procedures. The most crucial goal of the department is to correct disturbing changes in the shape of the nose, ears or other areas of the face. These changes may be congenital, caused by accidents or tumour surgery, or develop spontaneously throughout life. Doctors do everything possible to improve the appearance and prevent the recurrence of the disease.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Hearing impairment 
  • Head and neck tumours 
  • Acoustic neuroma 
  • Inflammatory diseases of the ear, nose or throat 
  • Malignant toumours, cancer 
  • Obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Ear infection (otitis media)
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Loss of the sense of taste, smell
  • Cholesteatoma (skin cyst in the middle ear)
  • Chronic rhinorrhea or runny nose
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Tonsillitis and recurrent sore throats
  • Hemangiomas and other vascular malformations


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Tympanometry (measures the movement of the eardrum)
  • Pure tone audiometry (a behavioural test used to measure hearing sensitivity)
  • Evoked potential (EP) 
  • Laryngoscopy (uses to look at the larynx, including the vocal cords)
  • Laryngeal electromyography (EMG) 
  • Stroboscopy (used to visualize vocal fold vibration)
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)


  • Outpatient drug therapy 
  • Implantable hearing systems 
  • Cochlear implants 
  • Middle ear surgery 
  • Nose and paranasal surgery 
  • Salivary gland surgery 
  • Plastic and aesthetic surgery 
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Tonsillectomies
  • Sinus drainage
  • Removal of tumours in the upper respiratory areas
  • Reconstructive surgeries
  • Other treatment procedures 
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Doctor profile


  • Study of Medicine at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
  • 1984 Experimental PhD thesis in Neuropharmacology
  • Additional qualifications in Plastic Surgery, Allergology, Voice and Speech Disorders, as well as Special Otolaryngologic Surgery
  • 1991 Doctoral dissertation defence and Venia Legendi


  • Assistant Physician in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital, later – Senior Physician
  • 1995 Appointment to the post of the Head of the Department, and later appointed as an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Würzburg
  • 1998 Head of the Department of Otolaryngology at the St. Catharine Hospital Stuttgart (Katharinenhospital)
  • Invitation to the post of the Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Würzburg
  • Since 2015 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery at the University Hospital Würzburg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1995 Anton von Tröltsch Prize for the invention of a microsurgical operating technique for the reconstruction of the larynx with the patient’s own tissue (the highest Scientific Award of the German Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery)
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