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Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Arjang Ruhparwar


Prof. Dr. med. Arjang Ruhparwar




Petra Courvoisier


+49 (0) 201-723-49 00


+49 (0) 201-723-54 51



Deputy Directors:

V. Prof. (Univ.Za.) Dr. med. habil. Mohamed El Gabry

Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Weymann


Facts and Figures

Aorto-coronary bypass procedures and combined procedures: 900

Reconstruction and replacement of cardiac valves: 270

Thoracic aorta procedures: 100

Lung and heart transplants: 42

Placement of defibrillators for one, two, or three ventricles: 120

Placement of pacemakers: 100


Focus areas

The clinic offers cardiac procedures such as bypass and heart valve surgeries, as well as endovascular treatments of the thoracic aorta (stenting). Endoscopic valve surgery, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.

The clinic has a program in cooperation with Ruhrlandklinik for transplanting thoracic organs, including the implantation of artificial hearts. The clinic provides the preparation and execution of heart and lung transplants, as well as follow-up care coordinating therapy and check-ups.

Other focus areas are emergency and intensive care of patients with heart disease, the surgical treatment of malignant and benign neoplasms of the lungs, of lower respiratory tract diseases, and of accident injuries.


Special consultations

  • Aneurysms
  • Transplants


Fields of Research

  • Rhythm surgery
  • Lung and heart transplants
  • Impact of coronary stenting on later bypass surgeries
  • Aneurysm surgery
  • Aortic stents
  • Markers of myocardial ischemia
  • Microcirculation
  • Development of minimally invasive methods, implants and instruments for cardiac surgery


Number of patients

Inpatient: 1,870

Outpatient: 300



The clinic employs 29 physicians including 12 specialists in thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, general surgery, anesthesiology, general medicine and intensive medicine.

There are 60 nurses, 24% of whom have advanced specialized training in the clinics fields.


Further Information (in German): www.uni-essen.de/medizin/thorax