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Cologne, Germany

University Hospital Cologne

University Hospital Cologne employs more than 1000 doctors with the highest category and more than 10 000 employees, who annually improve their qualifications at the bases of clinical institutions in the USA, Great Britain, and France. On the basis of the University Hospital, new methods of treating many diseases are being developed.

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About Univesity Hospital Cologne

University Hospital Cologne consists of highly specialized centers and hospitals. It annually receives more than 200 000 patients from all over the world. Doctors improve the already known methods of diagnostics and treatment, as well as develop innovative ways to deal with various diseases.

Benefits of University Hospital Cologne
International Awards and Achievements
Main specializations at University Hospital Cologne
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Benefits of University Hospital Cologne

The main advantage of University Hospital Cologne is the introduction of the latest innovations in diagnostics, therapy and surgery.
Thus, the hospital regularly receives grants for research, actively participates in the improvement of known methods of treatment and develops new ones. And cooperation with other world clinics gives doctors the opportunity to constantly grow and develop the methods of both diagnostics and treatment of diseases. Therefore, thousands of patients from Germany and other countries go to University Hospital Cologne for treatment.
High-tech equipment
Stereotaxy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows, based on computer calculations, to accurately penetrate deep areas of the brain through minimal openings. In Germany, five clinics practice this technique, and University Hospital Cologne is one of them.
More than 200 000 patients a year
Every year, University Hospital Cologne sees over 200 000 patients. The professionalism and friendliness of the staff, as well as the quality of medical care help this clinic to be highly regarded in Germany and around the world.
Doctors, who are included in the list of TOP specialists of the world
The ranking of the best doctors in Germany, which is regularly updated by Focus magazine, includes doctors from University Hospital Cologne. Also, medical workers annually improve their qualifications and take various courses in many countries of the world: the USA, Great Britain, France, Canada and others.

University Hospital Cologne — International Awards and Achievements

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Main specializations at University Hospital Cologne

Multidisciplinary University Hospital Cologne was founded in 1908 and includes 59 centers and institutes. The clinic has more than 50 specializations.
Doctors successfully treat various diseases from oncology to rare diseases at all stages.


Doctors of University Hospital Cologne carry out diagnostics, conservative (chemo-, radio- and targeted therapy) and surgical interventions at all stages and various localizations. Oncologists often prescribe a complex treatment against tumors to increase its effectiveness.
Center for Integrated Oncology at University Hospital Cologne
The Center for Integrated Oncology in University Hospital Cologne provides excellent results in the early detection, diagnostics and treatment of all oncological diseases.
Since 2018, the medical director of University Hospital Cologne, together with the University Cancer Centers from Aachen, Bonn and Düsseldorf, has been developing cancer medications for 11 million people at the "Center for Integrated Oncology - Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf".
In the oncology department of University Hospital Cologne, patients are monitored by an interdisciplinary team of surgeons, radiologists, neuroradiologists, oncologists and psycho-oncologists based on the latest scientific findings.

Within the framework of regular interdisciplinary conferences on tumors, an individual therapy concept is developed for each patient, taking into account their clinical picture. The center is recognized as the Best Cancer Center in the country. The Center for Integrated Oncology at University Hospital Cologne has been certified as a Cancer Center by the German Cancer Society in 2013. It specializes in 25 oncological diseases.
Breast cancer center
Acute leukemia
Neuro-oncological tumor center
Head and neck tumors
Breast Cancer Center
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. With the help of complex and more gentle tumor treatments at University Hospital Cologne, cancer is treated more successfully than a few years ago in other countries.

Diagnostic methods at University Hospital Cologne:

Biopsy. It is possible to determine if the tumor is benign or malignant only by examining the tissue.

Breast sonography can display up to four levels of nodes. It is also a proven way to distinguish cysts from tumors..

Mammography is a method of an early detection of breast cancer. X-ray of the breast is carried out in two projections, and doctors detect even very small non-palpable formations. This is the only method by which microcalcifications can be reliably detected. This is important because calcifications in the milk ducts can indicate precancerous stages or even advanced forms of cancer.

MRI is one of the most sensitive methods of examining the breast and is often used to clarify findings if mammography and/or ultrasound are inconclusive.

Lymphoscintigraphy is a method that shows the presence of metastases in the lymph nodes in order to assess the prognosis and prescribe the correct treatment.

Skeletal scintigraphy is the safest method for excluding or detecting skeletal metastases in breast cancer. A small amount of a weakly radioactive phosphate substance is injected intravenously, which is temporarily deposited on the skeleton and thereby reveals bone cancer activity. The method detects metastases in the early stages.

Breast cancer treatment at University Hospital Cologne:

Surgical removal of the tumor. Doctors remove tumor from the breast with a safety margin. They also remove lymph nodes from the armpit. The procedure is influenced by the location and size of the tumor, the size of the breast, the patient's age, and their desire to retain the breast.

Neoadjuvant therapy. In the case of large tumors or tumors with an inflammatory component, hormonal medication is used. The method of neoadjuvant therapy is prescribed in combination with other methods of treatment (surgery, radio- or chemotherapy).

Chemotherapy. If the tumor does not have hormone receptors, or if a combination of factors increases the risk of recurrence, chemotherapy (cytostatic therapy) is prescribed. During chemotherapy, the doctor prescribes medications that act on dividing cells.

Hormonal therapy is prescribed if the tumor has hormone receptors. The number of hormone receptors is determined by the pathologist during histological examination.

Radiation therapy. X-rays are used locally to suppress the growth of cancer cells. After breast-conserving surgery, the remnants of cancer cells must be removed. In advanced tumors, it is used to reduce the size of the tumor or to destroy metastases.

Acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes
Acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes are among the main areas of focus at University Hospital Cologne. The clinic has one of the largest centers in Europe for specialized care for patients with Acute myeloid leukemia, Acute lymphoblastic leukemia and Myelodysplastic syndromes.

The laboratory of molecular hematology and oncology of University Hospital Cologne has the necessary research methods. Doctors use telemicroscopy to discuss critical cases with regional colleagues and, in some cases, send materials to reference laboratories for further study.

Doctors perform chemo- and radiotherapy, successfully transplant stem cells. Maintenance therapy during remission is also used for treatment.
If acute leukemia or myelodysplasia is in the last stages and cannot be cured, then doctors resort to palliative therapy. This may be mild therapy directed against the underlying disease and/or various approaches aimed at preventing complications (prevention of infection or bleeding) or relieving the pain syndrome to improve the patient's life.

Bladder cancer

Bladder cancer is the most common tumor of the urinary tract and ranks 4th in men and 8th in women among solid malignant tumors. About 70% of bladder tumors are detected at an early stage, so only the surface of the bladder is affected during diagnostics. Such tumors are treated with minimally invasive methods.

If the tumor has already grown into the muscles of the bladder, the risk of metastases is significantly increased, so surgical removal of the entire bladder is recommended. As part of this operation, a man's bladder and prostate with the corresponding seminal vesicles are removed.
However, depending on the age of the patient and the extent of the tumor, the bladder may be removed in a manner that spares the prostate and preserves potency and ejaculation.
Depending on the age, past illnesses, the wishes of the patient and the extent of the tumor, a bladder can be replaced from parts of the intestine or urinary incontinence can be diverted using a stoma through the abdominal wall (ileum / skin fistula of the ureter).

Chemotherapy is used for metastatic bladder cancer to kill metastatic tumor cells.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is still the most common malignancy in men, with 64,000 new cases each year. Mortality from prostate cancer is in 3rd place.

University Hospital Cologne is the first in the city and country to offer TRUS-guided fusion biopsy of the prostate (transrectal ultrasound) using MRI.

At University Hospital Cologne, doctors have developed a Lutetium-177 regimen for the successful treatment of prostate cancer, which is currently used throughout the world.

With the help of the scheme, oncologists cure tumors even at the 4th stage, when other methods no longer work.
Another advantage is that the introduction of Lutetium-177 passes without severe side effects or a long recovery period.

Neuro-oncological tumor center
In the neuro-oncological tumor boards, a diagnostic and treatment strategy is created for each patient individually and with the participation of specialists from all related medical fields.

Doctors carry out diagnostics using PET-CT, which is radioactively labeled amino acids (especially with fluoroethyl and L-tyrosine, the so-called FET-PET), anatomical MRI and methods of the so-called Advanced MRI Imaging.

Treatment is carried out using an innovative device - Cyber ​​Knife.
Since 2012, a high-tech radiation device has been available at the Radiotherapy Center at the University Hospital Cologne, which is mainly used to treat hard-to-reach or large tumors.
This precision device allows you to irradiate benign and malignant tumors of the skull, body and spine. It consists of a compact linear accelerator that is mounted on an industrial robot and emits many high-energy beams from different directions to a specific area. Only when all the beams are focused on the target, the tumor tissue is destroyed. The movements of the patient and the tumor are balanced using fluoroscopy and infrared sensors.
Treatment is usually carried out on an outpatient basis and is given as a single dose of radiation or as hypofractionated radiation with 3-5 fractions with an interval of 2-3 days.

At the University Hospital Cologne, doctors treat tumors of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, vulva and vagina, as well as rare types of cancer of the pelvic organs.

Oncologists are more likely to use minimally invasive (endoscopic) surgery if the size, location, and type of tumors allow. Thanks to this, the recovery period after surgery shortens, the pain syndrome decreases, and blood loss is minimized.

Doctors also participate in multicenter therapeutic studies (conducted in several large German research groups) and conduct their own scientific research. The Gynecological Oncology Center of the University Hospital Cologne is certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG) and is one of the top ten certified centers in Germany.


Tumors of the head and neck
At the University Hospital Cologne, doctors treat benign or malignant tumors in the larynx, pharynx, oral cavity and salivary glands.

Oncologists can identify tumors by their symptoms: voice disturbances (hoarseness), troubles with swallowing, pain and abnormal sensations, nerve palsy of the face, mouth, or throat, sensory disturbances and pain, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, or fuzzy tissue lumps and tumors.

The close cooperation of several clinics at the Head and Neck Cancer Center at the University Hospital Cologne helps to make targeted use of modern diagnostic procedures to improve the treatment and positive prognosis of patients with tumor diseases.


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Orthopedics and Traumatology
Reproductive medicine


In the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinic of the University Hospital Cologne, doctors quickly diagnose and successfully treat diseases of the digestive system, liver and biliary tract.
The department includes wards, central endoscopy, sonography and a special gastroenterology-hepatology outpatient department.
Doctors carry out minimally invasive endoscopic diagnostics and therapy of the digestive organs, pancreas and biliary tract. A team of experienced specialists and qualified staff guarantees modern assistance at the highest medical level.
A gentle diagnostic method for patients with various diseases. Doctors perform ultrasound of the abdominal cavity, liver, gallbladder and biliary tract, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, lymph nodes, vessels of the abdominal cavity and small pelvis. They also do sonography of the soft tissues of the neck (including the thyroid gland, lymph nodes), pleura and intestines.
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
The study shows the blood flow in the thin tissues of the organs, thanks to which it is possible to distinguish a benign tumor from a malignant tumor in the liver. A contrast agent is also used to assess the condition of the pancreas, intestines, kidneys, spleen or blood vessels. The method is very well tolerated and has few side effects, does not contain iodine and does not harm the kidneys.



At the University Hospital Cologne, doctors have innovative devices for the treatment of diseases of the coronary arteries and the heart valve, arrhythmias and high blood pressure at the highest level. Therefore, hundreds of patients come here every year.
Cardiac catheterization laboratory
Interventional diagnostics and treatment of coronary heart disease is the focus of the cardiology department at the University Hospital Cologne. In addition to coronary angiography, doctors routinely measure fractional flow reserve (FFR measurement with a pressure wire) to improve the diagnostics of bottlenecks in the coronary arteries that require treatment.
Adults with congenital heart defects
Diagnosis is carried out by classical methods: ECG (long-term ECG and blood pressure, stress ECG), spiroergometry, echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal 2D, 3D, contrast agent and stress echocardiography).

As well as invasive methods: catheterization of certain parts of the heart, obtaining modern images using CT and MRI.

A wide range of therapeutic measures: inpatient observation and therapy, interventional therapeutic measures using cardiac catheters, surgery in the clinic of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.
Heart failure
Specialized diagnostic and differential diagnostic procedures for patients with suspected heart failure:
  • genetic testing (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy);
  • imaging (cardio-MRI, cardio-CT, scintigraphy) for unclear cardiomyopathies.

New methods of interventional therapy for patients with severe heart failure:
  • MitraClip and other interventional mitral valve reconstruction procedures for functional mitral valve regurgitation;
  • REVIVENT apparatus for left ventricular aneurysms;
  • baroreceptor stimulation therapy.


Doctors at the University Hospital Cologne specialize in stroke and diseases of the neurological spectrum. Doctors successfully treat stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, dementia and other neurological diseases.
Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
Neurologists specialize in the treatment of patients with stroke and complex neurovascular diseases in inpatient and outpatient settings. Modern diagnostics, own resuscitation, stroke department and early rehabilitation station make it possible to comprehensively and at an early stage treat the stroke consequences.
Epilepsy and narcolepsy
Treatment options for epilepsy depend on the underlying cause. In the center of the inpatient department, doctors provide emergency care for convulsions, a comprehensive diagnosrics of the cause and treatment of intractable epilepsy. In addition to the inpatient department, there is an outpatient clinic certified by the German Society for Epileptology.

Narcolepsy is a rare disease associated with disruption of the sleep-wake cycle. Doctors diagnose and treat patients with a such diagnoses.
Polyneuropathies, myopathies and motor neuron diseases
Diseases of the peripheral nerves (polyneuropathy), muscle diseases (myopathies) and diseases of the motor neurons are treated in the hospital of the University Hospital Cologne. Particular attention is paid to inflammatory diseases of the nerves (neuropathy), such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy, as well as congenital and acquired muscle diseases (myopathy, muscular dystrophy).

In addition to the clinical examination, a detailed electrophysiological diagnostics is carried out (electromyography and electroneurography) and, if necessary, indications for further examinations (muscle or nerve biopsies) are assigned. For the treatment of these diseases, modern methods are offered that can be carried out both on an outpatient and inpatient basis. There is an opportunity to participate in therapeutic research.



Doctors from the University Hospital Cologne perform neurosurgical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures based on the latest research and technology. This allows them to achieve positive results in the recovery of patients.
Spinal surgery
Neurosurgeons at the University Hospital Cologne treat complex, developmental and degenerative diseases of the spine. Doctors use the latest surgical microscopes and state-of-the-art navigation techniques for spinal surgeries to improve accuracy and patient safety. If necessary, intraoperative neuromonitoring is possible at any time to monitor the function of the spinal cord or spinal nerves.
Vascular diseases of the nervous system
Doctors treat vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord, in particular aneurysms, angiomas, cavernomas, arteriovenous fistulas and intracerebral hemorrhages.
Depending on the type and localization of the pathology, conservative intensive, surgical or neuroradiological interventions are possible. Neurosurgeons, together with neurologists, develop optimal treatment strategies for each patient individually.


Orthopedics and Traumatology

In the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the University Hospital Cologne, doctors provide qualified care for all injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Doctors perform the most sparing and non-traumatic operations, for which they are chosen by many patients in the world.
Operating orthopedists successfully perform complex operations for wear and sports injuries of the hip, knee, ankle and pelvis. Doctors perform joint arthroplasty and replacement of prostheses with individual support, using the most modern implants and taking into account the latest scientific discoveries. A competent team of doctors also advises and prescribes the necessary treatment for knee, hip and ankle injuries.
Pediatric traumatology and orthopedics
Doctors at the University Hospital Cologne perform surgery for fractures of the radius, wrist or elbow. As children grow with fractures in the growth plates, specialized interventions are needed to ensure that there is no subsequent damage or change in bone growth.
At the same time, children are able to compensate for fractures located outside the growth zone better than adults, so conservative therapy is often sufficient.

Pediatric orthopedists deal with congenital and acquired deformities and diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children and adolescents.
The doctors, depending on the respective clinical picture, work closely with other specialized departments, professional groups and teams from the University Hospital Cologne.
Spinal injuries due to accidents
Traumatologists at the University Hospital Cologne work with spinal injuries that were provoked by car accidents or falls. Doctors stabilize spinal fractures and decompression of the spinal canal with the help of the spinal cord and nerve roots.


Reproductive medicine

At the University Hospital Cologne, experienced reproductive specialists successfully treat infertility in women and men. Doctors use artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, sperm injection and many other successful methods.

Before prescribing a fertilization method, doctors perform:
  • Mini endoscopy (hysteroscopy without anesthesia);
  • Functional test of the uterus and fallopian tubes (ultrasound imaging with contrast agent without anesthesia);
  • Endocrinological diagnostics during pregnancy;
  • Laparoscopy;
  • Detailed ultrasound diagnostics (3D sonography);
  • Semen analysis and diagnostic examination.

Methods of dealing with infertility at the University Hospital Cologne:
Intrauterine insemination
Introduction of spermatozoa into the uterus and / or fallopian tubes. The method is used in violation of sperm production, in which spermatozoa cannot enter the fallopian tubes in sufficient quantity and in normal quality for fertilization.
In vitro fertilization
A popular method, which is based on creating an embryo in the laboratory and placing it in the uterus of a woman. Doctors perform intense ovarian stimulation.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
If a man's sperm count is limited or low, intracytoplasmic sperm injection is done. In this procedure, one sperm cell is injected into the egg using a thin injection pipette under a special microscope.
Embryo transfer
If fertilization occurs in the laboratory after 24 hours, the embryos are transferred into the uterine cavity after another 24-96 hours through a very thin catheter with a small amount of culture medium under ultrasound guidance. This transfer is painless and is performed without anesthesia.
Doctors use acupuncture as one of the ways to treat infertility:
  • improvement of blood circulation in the uterus and the associated positive effect on the structure of the mucous membrane and improvement of conditions for embryo implantation;
  • reduction of uterine contraction during embryo transfer;
  • minimizing stress and strengthening the immune system.