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Roland Hetzer

Roland Hetzer

Cardio Centrum Berlin


Roland Hetzer has completed his cardiothoracic surgery training in Hannover Medical School, Germany and in Stanford University, California. He performed the first heart transplantation in Hannover in 1983 and the first pediatric heart transplantation in Germany in 1985. Since 1986 he has been Professor of Surgery of the Free University of Berlin and then of the Charité and from January 1986 to September 2014 he was Medical Director and Chairman of the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin. He and his team performed more than 1900 heart transplantations and more than 2300 implantations of mechanical circulatory support systems. He has made numerous original contributions in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery particularly in surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure and valve surgery. From 1998 to 2016 he also served as Medical Director of Herzzentrum Cottbus. Presently, his clinical work is at the Cardio Centrum Berlin.

Research Interest

Cardiac Surgery, Heart Transplantation