ETHIANUM. The time for this clinic has arrived
Cutting edge medicine, state-of-the-art facilities, exclusive treatment
A medical competence centre of unique quality can be found in the idyllic city of Heidelberg: the ETHIANUM, clinic for plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, orthopedics, hand surgery and preventive medicine.
For people who would like to maintain, regain and improve their body and its functions – at the highest international level.
Here you will experience how cutting edge medical services are perfectly complemented by first class treatment and the atmosphere of a top class hotel.
The founder of the clinic and Medical Director, Professor Dr. Germann
The ETHIANUM was founded by Professor Dr. Guenter Germann. Until recently, he was the President of the internationally renowned and largest German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. As Head of Department, Professor Dr Germann managed the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik in Ludwigshafen (Ludwigshafen BG Casualty Clinic), Germany, for 18 years, giving it an international reputation.
He is considered an excellent microsurgeon within the international arena and has been practising plastic surgery for more than 30 years, with over 25 years of experience in hand surgery.
As early as 2001, Professor Germann was awarded the McCormack prize of the University of Rochester (New York) for his scientific work. He is a distinguished member of numerous scientific committees worldwide and has held the Professorship of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery at Heidelberg University since 1999. Above and beyond that, Professor German maintains a research laboratory that is primarily dedicated to the development of diagnostic and surgical procedures – also in the area of stem cell research.
With the foundation of the ETHIANUM, Professor Dr. Germann, specialist for plastic-reconstructive surgery, hand surgery and aesthetic surgery, has realised his dream of a perfect clinic.
Professor Germann has attracted a team of renowned specialists to his clinic.
We would like to introduce you to a few of them:
Professor Dr. Matthias Reichenberger is Board-Certified Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon. He was awarded a doctorate from renowned universities in Germany and Switzerland.
The Surgeon was also most recently employed as Senior Registrar at BG-Unfallklinik Ludwigshafen until he became partner of Professor Germann in Heidelberg. His specialist areas are reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, facial surgery as well as skin firming surgery after weight reduction.
In research, Professor Reichenberger is actively seeking new wound healing and nerve regeneration methods and looking into the prevention of capsular fibrosis after breast implant surgery.
Empathy for the client is the guiding principle of Associate Professor Dr. Holger Engel, specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery, who has been working as partner of Prof. Germann and Prof. Reichenberger at the ETHIANUM since the start of 2019.
Dr. Engel's specialist qualification is in the combination of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. A typical example, he says, can include lymphodema following the surgical removal of lymph nodes due to a tumour, for example in cases of breast cancer. He acquired his internationally recognised expertise in reconstructive microsurgery partly through his work at the world’s biggest microsurgery centre in Taipei, Taiwan. Associate Professor Dr. Engel also puts his body and soul into research activities, including areas such as the treatment of lymphodema within the framework of breast reconstruction using the patient’s own tissue. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Engel ist mit Leib und Seele auch in der Forschung aktiv, u.a. zu Themen wie der Behandlung von Lymphödemen im Rahmen der Brustrekonstruktion mit körpereigenem Gewebe.
Associate professor Dr. Eva Koellensperger, MD is an expert in the women’s intimate surgery (e.g., labia reduction or reconstruction of the hymen) and in advanced treatment of scars (e.g., from accidents, burns or tumor operations, as well as self-injury from incisions on the forearm).
For scar correction/revision, Dr. Koellensperger, a specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery, employs techniques such as dermabrasion, needling, or serial partial excision, as well as special skin grafting techniques (spray-on skin, derma stamp treatment, ...) and other methods such as flap grafts, tissue expansion, etc. Patients find her a very discreet contact.
Dimitrios Takas is a specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery, he has returned to his mentors Prof. Dr. Germann and Prof. Dr. Reichenberger after many years of experience at specialist centres.
Under the guiding principle of ‘Natural beauty through experience and perfection’, he is the specialist for lifting operations (Abdominoplasty, Body lift and Body contouring) and treatment for Lipedema – Liposuction and for cellulite (Cellfina).
Micro-surgery and Hand surgery are other key surgical specialities.
One of the most experienced specialists for spine surgery worldwide – Professor Dr. Juergen Harms, specialist in orthopedics and accident surgery – operates at ETHIANUM.
Thanks to his research and new developments, he is considered a trailblazer with regard to progress in the treatment of spinal disease. Alongside other innovations, the ‘Harms titanium mesh cage’ and ‘polyaxial screw’, which were developed by him, are now regarded state-of-the-art in spine surgery.
Previously, Professor Harms was Head Physician for Orthopedics and Spine Surgery at the Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach, Karlsbad for more than 30 years. He is an honorary member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), the most renowned spinal association.
As spinal surgeon, Associate Professor Berk Orakcioglu, MD is also the contact for back patients. He is a specialist in neurosurgery, with additional qualification as intensivist (in intensive care medicine).
An experienced surgeon, he most recently served as Section Head of Spine Surgery in the neurosurgical clinic of the University Hospital Heidelberg.
Dr. Orakcioglu emphasizes individual approach, from CT-guided pain therapy and minimally invasive surgical procedures, using the latest technology, to complex spinal procedures employing spinal navigation and permanent nerve monitoring.
PD Dr Dr med. Felix Gramley is the head of the Preventive Healthcare Department. The internist, cardiologist and emergency medicine specialist carries out health check-ups, provides advice in response to questions about the cardiovascular system and supports both professional and amateur athletes by providing diagnostic sports medicine services.
Prof. Dr. med. Felix Zeifang is an expert in shoulder and elbow surgery, open and minimally invasive procedures.
For many years, he headed the corresponding section at the University Hospital in Heidelberg and is the head of the training centre of the Association of German Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.
The expert in total shoulder endoprosthesis (TEP) specialises in orthopedics and trauma surgery, rheumatology and paediatric orthopedics.
Dr. Lehmann is a specialist for orthopedics and sports medicine. He has an outstanding international reputation as a specialist for shoulder and hip conditions, especially for arthroscopic and minimally invasive therapies.
In 2004, he was one of the first orthopedists in Germany to introduce minimally invasive treatment for hip joint disorders by arthroscopy.
Dr. Lehmann also treats performance athletes and combines his patients' treatments with efficient physiotherapeutic exercise concepts.
Dr. Wolfgang Franz, MD is a specialist in surgery, trauma surgery and sports medicine. He is internationally recognized as a knee specialist. Each year, Dr. Franz carries out more than 1,400 knee interventions.
He treats arthritis, cruciate ligament and meniscal tears using minimally invasive procedures. His areas of expertise include cartilage transplantation (ArtroCell 3D) and the AMIC method. He has authored highly regarded books on knee osteoarthritis and diseases of the knee.
Should the extensive conservative measures become exhausted, several proven surgical procedures are available, ranging from arthroscopy to microfracture method. If the knee joint cannot be saved any more, Dr. Franz can take care of a complete knee joint replacement.
Prof. Dr. Jörg Holstein, MD, is a specialist in orthopaedics and trauma surgery with additional titles in specialised orthopaedic surgery, specialised trauma surgery, hand surgery, chirotherapy / manual therapy and specialist X-ray diagnostics.
As an expert in endoprosthetics for the knee joint and hip joint, he is a physician whose particular specialisation is an innovative method for the implantation or artificial hip joints (especially after arthrosis):
In Germany Prof. Holstein is considered to be pioneer of the minimally invasive AMIS technique which is gentle on the muscles. In this technique there are no injuries to the nerves and the muscles and tendons are not cut through but moved to the side instead. This gentle procedure means much shorter rehab times for patients and enables the leg to take strain again straight away.
Dr. Ralph-Ingo Kern, MD has been for many years a successful gymnast himself.
Therefore, as a specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery, with additional qualifications in chiropractic, sports medicine, skeletal x-ray diagnostics, and acupuncture, Dr. Kern, a DVO-qualified osteologist, devotes himself to conservative orthopedics. This includes, e.g., various infiltrations, from painkillers to hyaluronic acid, as well as chiropractic and acupuncture treatment.
Dr. Kern also looks after the German soccer team, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, as the team’s doctor.
Dr. Helge Schmitz is a specialist in orthopedics; he is Dr. Lehman’s partner. The orthopedist is known as an outstanding diagnostician in the field of sports injuries, in particular as regards shoulder and knee injuries.
He gained professional expertise during the years at university hospitals that provided him with valuable overview of the field. Dr. Schmitz also carries out outpatient surgeries, is a practitioner of manual medicine and chirotherapy (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Manuelle Medizin [German Society of Manual Medicine]) and an X-ray diagnostician.
Associate Professor Dr. Amadeus Hornemann, MD, is a specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, focusing on gynecologic oncology, special obstetrics and perinatal care.
Dr. Hornemann is highly regarded by his patients, in particular for his quiet and considerate manner. In the professional world, he is the only gynecologist in the region, who has been granted the MIC III certificate, the highest honor awarded by the German Gynecological Endoscopy Consortium.
His surgical expertise includes laparoscopy for myomectomy, hysterectomy, surgery for prolapse, uterine reflections, and interventions involving the uterus and external genitalia (e.g., recovery or expansion of the hymen).
Dr. Sylvia Proske is the contact person for women. She received excellent training at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Toronto, Canada and the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, amongst others.
Dr. Proske is a specialist in dermatology, venous diseases and qualified for the additional designations allergology, phlebology, proctology and andrology.
As a specialist for laser treatment, e.g. of tumours, she cooperates very closely with the surgical specialists of the ETHIANUM.
A further distinguished expert at ETHIANUM Heidelberg
This is where the physiotherapist of top athletes practices, the sports physiotherapist Stefan Korn. He is an approved golf physiotherapist and golf fitness instructor.
In the ETHIANUM physiotherapy department he ensures, through targeted training plans, that clients recover more quickly after their injury or surgery. The services provided by his team of experienced therapists include application of classical remedial gymnastics (e.g. manual therapy) as well as physical therapies (e.g., classic massage, manual lymphatic drainage, electrotherapy).