Liver Specialist / Pancreatic Surgeon in Lübeck Prof. Tobias Keck

Prof. Dr Tobias Keck
Director and Surgeon-in-Chief
Specialist in Abdominal Surgery
Lübeck, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Laparoscopic Pancreatic Surgery (pancreatic head, pancreatic tail, enucleations)
  • Hepato-biliary surgery (liver surgery)
  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Laparoscopic esophageal and gastric surgery
  • Endocrine surgery and NET tumours
  • Oncological surgery (multivisceral resections, exenterations in the upper and lower abdomen, colorectal recurrence and metastasis surgery, surgical treatment of perintoneal carcinoma by peritonectomy and HIPEC, sarcoma surgery)
  • Robot-assisted Da Vinci pancreas resections, gastric and oesophageal surgery

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Radiological examination procedures (e.g. computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI))
  • Exact determination of the disease stage of the tumour diseases (especially in liver metastases, advanced tumour stage of pancreatic cancer)
  • Examination of the gallbladder, biliary tract and pancreas: clinical, sonography (ultrasound), computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), PTCD (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiopancreatography-choledochography), intravenous cholecystochol-angiography (related to gallbladder), MRCP
  • Tumour Board (interdisciplinary treatment planning and execution)
  • Special tumour board for neuroendocrine tumours (NET)
  • Second opinion evaluations


Range of Therapeutic Services

Liver Surgery:

  • Minimally invasive liver surgery (removal of liver tumours using keyhole surgery)
  • Radio frequency ablation ( "boiling" of liver tumours by radio frequency waves)
  • Electrolysis of non-operational removable liver tumours
  • Removal of liver tumours by focused irradiation (cyber knife) in collaboration with Cyberknife Centre Gustrow
  • Navigated Liver Surgery (Study centre of PRONAVIC study for navigated liver surgery)

Pancreatic Surgery:

  • Coverage of the entire range of pancreatic surgeries
  • Neoadjuvant radiation and chemotherapy (treatment primarily of non-surgically removable pancreatic tumours using radiotherapy and chemotherapy)
  • Irreversible electroporation of unresectable pancreatic cancer (study)
  • Organ-preserving surgical techniques (central pancreatectomy, duodenum pancreatic resection (duodenum))
  • Minimally invasive Whipple operation (first centre in Germany, experience with over 100 laparoscopic operations)
  • Robot-assisted Da Vinci pancreas resections (incl. Whipple procedures)

About Prof. Dr Tobias Keck

Prof. Dr. med. Tobias Keck is a specialist in abdominal surgery (visceral surgery) and Director of the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck campus.

Surgical Care Centre for Liver and Abdominal Surgery of Highest International Standards

The Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck campus offers the full range of surgery care (general, visceral, vascular and thoracic surgery).

Prof. Keck is specialised mainly in the field of abdominal surgery (visceral surgery), primarily in the surgery of the pancreas and liver.

The health and quick recovery of the patient are the focus of work for Prof. Keck and his team, therefore where it is technically possible they turn towards gentler, minimally invasive surgery using keyhole surgery. Especially in the treatment of complex cancers, Prof. Keck has many years of experience and a high level of expertise. Cancer patients are all treated by multidisciplinary (interdisciplinary) tumour boards using the latest technology (including laser surgery and hyperthermic chemotherapy).

Germany-Wide Pioneering in Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery

The surgical clinic of Prof. Keck and his colleagues is a centre for the treatment of diseases of the liver and pancreas that is renowned across Germany. Especially in the surgery of tumours of the pancreas, the clinic in Germany is thus far the only clinic using keyhole surgery (minimally invasive) to perform these procedures, so as to be as gentle as possible for the patient. Thus, they are an absolute pioneer in this field and have unique experience in Germany with these complex surgical procedures. Patients benefit greatly from this much less invasive surgical technique, because there is less pain, smaller scars and a much faster recovery. The high level of expertise in minimally invasive surgery has given the clinic the status of a German Centre of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Surgery by the Society DGAV.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery of the Pancreas, Stomach, and Oesophagus

As a centre of excellence for minimally invasive surgery, the Clinic for Surgery also offers robot-assisted surgical procedures in the high-end areas of surgery. The Da Vinci Xi System, the most modern robotic operating system currently on offer, is available in the clinic for this purpose.

Special expertise exists in the areas of robot-assisted Da Vinci pancreas resections (including so-called Whipple procedures) and gastric and oesophageal surgery.

Interdisciplinary and Patient-Oriented Tumour Treatment

An operational intervention may be needed in various benign and malignant diseases of the liver. The most common malignant neoplasms in the liver are metastases (spreading cancer), especially tumours resulting from the large intestine (colon carcinoma) or even in the liver itself (especially HCC, hepatocellular carcinoma). In these diseases, the only curative therapy is the complete surgical removal of tumours. These days, where technically possible, keyhole surgery is performed with technical support (navigation techniques) or by prior irradiation (tumour shrinkage). In this case, the respective procedure must be scheduled individually for each patient in tumour boards (interdisciplinary therapy). Oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiation medicine specialists, pathologists and surgeons are always involved in this treatment planning in order to find the best therapeutic path for cancer patients.

Read more at Prof. Tobias Keck's website.

Curriculum Vitae

1990 - 1997 Medical studies in Erlangen, Stanford and UCSD San Diego
1997 Doctorate at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen
1997 American State Examination USMLE Step I and II
1997 – 1999 Assistant Surgical Doctor at the University Clinic of Heidelberg
1999-2002 Surgical Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, MGH, Boston
2002 - 2004 Assistant Surgical Doctor at the University Hospital of Freiburg
2004 Surgical Specialist
2005 Senior Surgical Physician at the University Hospital of Freiburg
2005 Habilitation [post-doctoral qualification] and venia legendi at the University of Freiburg
2006 Additional qualification for speciality intensive care surgery
2006 Investigating doctor for clinical trials
2007 Speciality in abdominal surgery
2007 Manager of the "International Pancreatic Cancer Centre Freiburg"
2008 MBA Healthcare Management (Technical University of Dresden)
2009 Chief Senior Physician
2009 Award of adjunct professorship in surgery
2009 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
2010 Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in Surgical Oncology
2011 Investiging doctor of clinical trials according to MPG
Since 01 Dec. 2012 Director of the Department of Surgery at UKSH Lübeck Campus
Since 01 March 2013 Head of UCCL (University Cancer Centre Lübeck)



  • 1999 International Association of Pancreatology
  • 2000 Amercian Pancreatic Association
  • 2000 German Society of Surgery (DGC)
  • 2001 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • 2001 Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
  • 2001 Pancreasclub
  • 2001 German Transplantation Society
  • 2002 German Pancreatic Club
  • 2004 Surgical Association Hepato-Biliary-Pancreato (CALGP)
  • 2005 Surgical Association of Intensive Care Medicine (CAI)
  • 2006 Section of Surgical Research
  • 2007 German Society of General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV)
  • 2009 International Association of the Hepato-Biliary-Pancreato Association
  • 2009 American College of Surgeons
  • 2009 Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • 2010 Surgical Association of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 2010 Fellow European Board of Surgical Oncology

Medical Team

  • Prof. Dr Jens Höppner  
    Deputy Clinic Director of the Surgical Clinic
  • Dr Stefanie Schierholz
    Head of the Thoracic Surgery Department at the Surgical Clinic
  • Dr Marcus Wiedner
    Head of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Department at the Surgical Clinic
  • Dr Claudia Benecke
    Head of the Colorectal Surgery Department at the Surgical Clinic
  • Prof. Dr Timo Gemoll, M.Sc.
    Head of the Translational Oncology Unit at the Surgical Clinic
  • PD Dr Richard Hummel
    Head of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract, Stomach and Oesophagus Department at the Surgical Clinic
  • PD Dr Kirsten Annette Lindner
    Head of the Endocrine Surgery and Neuroendocrine Tumours Department at the Surgical Clinic
  • PD Dr Ulrich Wellner
    Head of the Pancreatic Surgery Department at the Surgical Clinic


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Prof. Dr Tobias Keck
Director and Surgeon-in-Chief

University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck Campus
Clinic for Surgery
Ratzeburger Allee 160, D-23538 Lübeck

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