HELIOS Klinikum Emil von Behring

Department of Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Thoracic Surgery is an important part of the Lung Clinic Heckeshorn and integrated since 2004, within the HELIOS Klinikum Emil von Behring.


Together with its partners the Department of Pneumology and the Department of Pediatric Pneumology, the Lung Clinic Heckeshorn is one of Germany's most important centers of excellence for lung diseases.


Our patients are being served by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and physicians. In addition to the members of the thoracic surgical service all patients have access to a team of experts from many different fields including specialists from medical oncology, pulmonary medicine, radiation oncology, radiology and interventional radiology, plastic surgery, cardiology and pathology.


Since May 1, 2013 I am serving as chief of Thoracic Surgery and I am dedicated to continuing to maintain and offer patients a high standard of care and the outcomes for all patients who receive thoracic surgery at our division.


The Department of Thoracic Surgery has been certified since 2008 by DOC-Cert and the German Society for Thoracic Surgery, and since 2009 as an integral part of the Lung Cancer Center of the Lung Clinic Heckeshorn by OncoZert and the German Cancer Society.

The focus of our service is the patient and his family.

We are aware that you have placed great confidence in the medical and nursing staff of our Department. The Department of Thoracic Surgery offers the entire spectrum of modern methods and procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic diseases such as minimally invasive surgery (VATS procedures), lung-sparing surgery (including laser and bronchoplasty/angioplasty) and multidisciplinary resection techniques for tumors with extensive spread.

We appreciate your interest in our service. If you need further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my staff members.


You can reach us by mail or phone at the specified addresses.


Joachim Pfannschmidt MD

Professor of Surgery

Board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery

Important Phone Numbers

Prof. Dr. med. J. Pfannschmidt(030) 81 02-22 48
Making an Appointment/ Secretary - Ina Recke  (030) 81 02-22 48
Ward 34 (030) 81 02-24 11
Ward 44(030) 81 02-16 28
Patient admission and counseling services(030) 81 02-19 70
(Attending Thoracic Surgeon on Duty)
on-duty thoracic surgeon(030) 81 02-19 21    

How to contact us:

Prof. Dr. med Joachim Pfannschmidt

Chief and Professor of Surgery
Tel.: (030) 81 02-22 48
Fax.: (030) 81 02-42 393
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authorization for further training

Basisweiterbildung Chirurgie
24 Monate

Weiterbildung Facharzt-
kompetenz Thoraxchirurgie
48 Monate


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