Information About Prof Dr rer physiol Dr Johannes T. Heverhagen

Prof Dr rer physiol Dr Johannes T. Heverhagen
Director and Chief Physician
Specialist in Radiology
Bern, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Gastrointestinal disorders (cirrhosis, gallstones, Crohn's disease, gastric ulcer, reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, diarrhoea)
  • Lung diseases (lung cancer, pulmonary oedema, tumour-related pulmonary embolism)
  • Diagnostic studies of vascular diseases (treatment of blood clots (thrombosis), pulmonary embolism)
  • Embolisation of fibroids and tumours (myome embolisation, tumour embolisation)
  • Cancer treatment (e.g. SIRT/TACE in liver cancer without distant metastases, microwave ablation in liver cancer with multiple tumour foci)

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Lymphangiography
  • Diagnostic investigations of vascular disease in the arterial and venous vasculature
  • Diagnostic interventions:
    - CT/ultrasound-guided biopsies
    - liver biopsies, pressure measurement of hepatic veins
    - blood samples from adrenal gland


Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Urological diseases:
    treatment for prostate enlargement, sclerotherapy for varicose veins in the scrotum, pelvic venous syndrome, tumour embolization of kidney and urinary tract
  • Cancer: (SIRT, TACE, microwave ablation)
  • Renal Interventions:
    dialysis shunts, dialysis fistulae, transjugular renal biopsies
  • Treatment of gastrointestinal diseases:
    Transjugular internal portosystmischer stent shunts, investigation and drainage of the bile ducts (PTCD), gastrostomies
  • Gynaecological treatments:
    postpartum embolisation, fibroid embolisation, treatment of placental implantation disorders
  • Vascular disorders:
    cava filter implants
  • Emergency treatment:
    trauma embolisation
  • Paediatric treatments
  • Interventions in the lungs:
    embolisation of vascular malformations, lung biopsy, drainage of pleural effusions, tumour ablation, treatment of venous stasis effect by tumour compression

About Prof Dr rer physiol Dr Johannes T. Heverhagen

Professor Johannes T. Heverhagen is a physician specialising in radiology and is Director of the University Institute for Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology at Inselspital Bern.

For years, Professor Heverhagen has been active in all aspects of medicine: treating patients, conducting research and teaching the next generation of physicians. This combination of years of experience and a continuous search for improvement by conducting patient-centred research, Professor Heverhagen offers the entire spectrum of diagnostic, interventional and paediatric radiology services at the highest level of academic medicine.

Thanks to the latest achievements in science, radiology has evolved to become the link between diagnosis and treatment in all medical fields guaranteeing increasingly precise methods for investigation and treatment with less negative impact on other aspects of the patient's health.

This is why interventional radiology at the University Hospital has become a leader in instrumentation. Professor Heverhagen's radiology department features several ultramodern computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, as well as conventional and digital X-rays, ultrasound machines, and special equipment for mammography, angiography and emergencies.

To ensure that you receive the best treatment possible, the Inselspital radiology department stresses an interdisciplinary approach with many experienced radiologists, physicists, health care professionals and professionals for medical-technical radiology working under the supervision of the medical doctor and physicist Professor Heverhagen. Professor Heverhagen's team shares its no. 1 goal: providing you with quick and gentle treatment and healing.

Professor Heverhagen's work focuses in particular on the interventional treatment of malignant tumours, an important part of which are different embolisation techniques such as SIRT and TACE (e.g. in liver cancer without distant metastases). This involves introducing radioactive particles or chemotherapy drugs into the vessels that are supplying blood to the tumour. This attacks the cancer right where it is located and helps make the negative impact on the rest of the body significantly less than with conventional radiation and chemotherapy.

Professor Heverhagen is also able to treat benign gynaecological diseases with the help of modern technology, including the treatment of fibroids (benign growths in the uterus) with myome embolisation.

Another focus of Professor Heverhagen and his team is the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Routine interventions are used to investigate bile ducts, the liver and stomach (ulcers, dyspepsia, reflux or heartburn), gallstones and other blockages can be removed, bleeding stopped, and new drainage routes created (e.g. when other liver vessels are blocked to prevent cirrhosis of the liver).

Some common diagnostic procedures in Professor Heverhagen's radiology department include examinations of the entire vascular (diagnosis and treatment of blood clots or thromboses) and lymphatic systems. Angiography is used to inspect various valves, veins and arteries in the body, to perform pressure measurements, and to take tissue samples.

Young patients also receive special care in Professor Heverhagen's department, with a specially trained team responsible for their overall care. The goal here is to ensure a stay free of anxiety and to give space for the child's curiosity.

To ensure that your stay with the radiology department is safe, pleasant and successful, clinical research plays an important role in the department's work. For example, our current research includes identifying ways to improve the tolerance of contrast agents used in radiology and ways to reduce radiation exposure in CT.

Professor Johannes T. Heverhagen's website can be found here.

Curriculum Vitae


1997 Degree in physics, University of Kaiserslautern
2004 License to practise medicine, Doctorate in physics, University of Marburg
2006 Assistant Professor of Medical Physics in Diagnostic Radiology, University of Marburg
2007 Dr. med., University of Marburg



2001 Research visit, Radiology, University of Wisconsin
2002 - 2004 Research assistant in radiology, The Ohio State University
2004-2006 Post-graduate researcher in radiology, The Ohio State University
2006 - 2012 Junior Professor, Radiology, University of Marburg
2006 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Radiology, The Ohio State University
2009-2012 Research Director, Radiology, University of Marburg
2010 - 2012 Deputy Director, Radiology, University of Marburg
2012 - present Director of the University Institute for Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology, Inselspital Bern

Medical Team

  • Dr H. von Tengg-Kobligk
    Deputy Director
  • Dr A. Christe
    Chief Physician
  • Dr R. Wolf
    Paediatric radiologist, senior physician
  • Dr M. Maurer
    Consultant physician


  • 1- and 2-bed rooms with TV and WiFi throughout Inselspital
  • Bank, post office, hairdresser, kiosk and several restaurants available at the Inselspital
  • Catholic and Reformed chapel, spaces for silence
  • Crèche at the University Hospital for children of patients and visitors
  • Social counselling
  • Island International Centre (IIC):
    Patient manager handles treatment requests, appointments, administrative duties from admission to discharge, cost estimates for treatment, interpreter service in 10 languages, help with visa formalities, attractive discounts, and help with finding hotel accommodation


Bern Central Station 1 km
Bern-Belp Airport 10 km
Basel Airport 106 km
Zurich Airport 129 km
Geneva Airport 152 km

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Prof Dr rer physiol Dr Johannes T. Heverhagen
Director and Chief Physician

Inselspital, University Hospital Bern
University Institute for Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology
Freiburgstrasse 10, CH-3010 Bern

T: +41 31 511 83 38
F: +41 31 632 48 74


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