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Andrology centre

Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Ullrich Schwarzer
urology, andrology and genetic counseling

About the department

The andrology centre at Urological Clinic Munich-Planegg is an internationally-recognized centre for male fertility and genital disorders. The department is headed by a renowned professor, academician, and scientist with over 35 years of experience and is recognized as the 2021 top andrologist by the Focus list. The no-scalpel vasectomy technique was introduced in Germany by a professor who performed it for the first time in Germany and has used it successfully in around 3,000 patients since the late 1980s. The centre cooperates with the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at LMU Munich and promotes science in andrology. The most modern and safe techniques are used at the department, thanks to the newest equipment for microsurgical interventions and fertility medicine. In addition, the department is involved in the management of rare diseases, such as Klinefelter syndrome, and is involved in some humanitarian work in Africa.

The list of treatment priorities includes male infertility and various disorders of the male genital system. Treatment options are conservative (non-surgical, drug prescription) and surgical (minimally invasive, open surgery). Modern male fertility treatment options are also the critical focus of medical services.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Andrological range of diseases:

  • Infertility 
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Age-related hormonal imbalances
  • Klinefelter syndrome (genetic condition, extra X chromosome)
  • Non-obstructive azoospermia
  • Obstructive azoospermia
  • Hydrocele
  • Spermatocele
  • Phimosis (narrowing of the foreskin)
  • Acute testicular diseases

Treatment options:

  • Vasectomy (sterilization)
  • Non-scalpel vasectomy
  • Microsurgical removal of varicose veins of the testicles (= varicoceles) 
  • Correction of penile curvatures (= induration penis Plastica / IPP) by penile corporoplasty
  • Microsurgical refertilization: reversal of male sterilization (vasectomy reversal)
  • Microsurgical funiculus denervation (neurolysis): elimination of nerves of the spermatic cord in chronic pain syndrome
  • MESA = microsurgical epididymal spermatozoa aspiration
  • TESE = Testicular Sperm Extraction
  • Micro-TESE = microsurgical testicular spermatozoa extraction
  • ICSI = intracytoplasmic spermatozoa injection (= artificial insemination technique)
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1976-1977 Philosophy studies at the University of Salzburg, then medical studies at the Universities of Pisa (Italy), Tubingen, and Munich
  • Doctorate summa cum laude at the Technical University of Munich
  • 1984 License to practice
  • 1984-1985 Resident in general surgery
  • 1985-1993 Resident and senior physician at the Urological Clinic of the Technical University of Munich at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich (Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Med. R. Hartung)
  • 1989 German specialist in urology
  • 1992 European Specialist in urology (Fellow of the European Board of Urology)
  • 1993 Habilitation and venia legendi
  • 1994 Optional further training in special urological surgery
  • 1995 Additional designation in naturopathy
  • 2004 Additional designation in andrology
  • 2009 Additional designation in drug-based tumor therapy
  • 2012 Qualification for specialist genetic counseling (awarded by the Bavarian State Medical Association)
  • Further training, authorized by Bayer State Medical Association for andrology and formerly for urology and special urological surgery.

Experience

  • 1993 Andrological Head of the Munich working group for reproductive medicine (Medically Assisted Reproduction) at the Munich-Pasing Fertility Center (formerly Klinik Dr. Krusmann)
  • 1993-2008 Worked in own practice in Freising
  • 2000 Adjunct professor of urology at the Technical University of Munich
  • 2008 Head of the Andrology Center Munich
  • 2009-2017 Consultant and employed doctor for operative andrology at the Surgical Clinic Munich-Bogenhausen
  • 2017 Medical Head of the Department for andrology at the Urological Clinic Munich-Planegg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1996 European Association of Urology, European Association of Urology Poster Prize
  • 2000 Included by Independent Munich Inquire Media Institute in the list of "Andrology" TOP-doctors
  • 2016 Member of the Andrology Working Group of the German Society of Urology
  • Andrology: Focus Top Physicians Award
  • Sexual disorders in diabetes: Focus Top medical professionals
  • Scientifically active and publishes specialist articles
  • Works with the German Klinefelter Syndrome Association in Stollberg
  • The editor of the only textbook on urological microsurgery that has been published in German to date
  • Co-founder of the Quality Circle for Andrology Munich-Upper Bavaria
  • Founding member and, for many years, head of the microsurgery section of the German Society for Urology
  • An active member of the German Society for Andrology 
  • Member of the German Society for Urology 
  • Member of the European Association of Urology 
  • Corresponding member of the American Association of Urology
  • Numerous scientific publications in specialist journals and books, as well as over 300 lectures
  • Member of the interdisciplinary and inter-university research group of Prof. Dr. Medical Arthur Mayerhofer (Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) for research into specific aspects of spermatogenesis, with numerous publications in high-ranking scientific journals resulting from this research work
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