Univ-Prof Dr Dr K. Rainer Kimmig
Specialist for Gynecologic oncology and breast cancer
Essen, Germany

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Information about Univ-Prof Dr Dr K. Rainer Kimmig

Treatment focus

  • Computer-assisted, robotic minimally invasive surgery, above all for malignant diseases
  • Endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterine cavity)
  • Cervical cancer (cancer of the cervix)
  • Ovarian cancer (cancer of the ovaries)
  • Vulvar cancer (cancer of the vulva)
  • Benign and malignant diseases of the breast (e.g. breast cancer)
  • Augmentation/reduction plastic surgery
  • Incontinence and pelvic floor weakness

Medical range

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the breast by means of tumour and cosmetic surgical procedures (augmentation/reduction plastic surgery, reconstructive operations)
  • Minimally invasive surgery (keyhole technique) for a gentle treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the uterus or ovaries
  • Radical and organ-retaining tumour surgery for malignant tumours in the area of the uterus, ovaries, vagina and vulva (inguinal, pelvic, para-aortal lymphadenectomy, exenterations)
  • Reconstructive surgery for fallopian tube patency after sterilisation
  • Paediatric gynaecological operations
  • Aesthetic operations in the genital area
  • Operations to conserve fertility because of treatments which are toxic to the ovaries (e.g. chemotherapy)
  • Drug-based tumour therapy
  • Gentle c-section (following the Misgav-Ladach approach)
  • Urogynaecology: Pelvic floor weakness (e.g. uterine prolapse), urinary incontinence (urge incontinence, stress incontinence, and overflow incontinence)


Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Specialist diagnostics for breast tumours using mammography (tomography), MRI and high frequency sonography
  • Specialist diagnostics for gynaecological tumours using high frequency sonography, colour-coded Doppler sonography, PET-MR and PET-CT scanning techniques
  • Detection and characterization of circulating tumour cells in peripheral blood and bone marrow blood due to breast cancer and gynaecological tumours
  • Special consultations for breech presentation and preference for vaginal delivery
  • Special consultations for twin pregnancies and preference for vaginal delivery
  • Early detection of pre-eclampsia through the determination of sFlt-PLGF quotients


Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. Rainer Kimmig is a specialist in surgical gynaecology and gynaecological oncology, and minimally invasive surgery (MIC - da Vinci and traditional techniques) and computer-assisted precision surgery (robotic surgery). He is also Head of the Clinic for Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University Hospital Essen.

Both in the field of the early detection of malignant tumours of the female body and in the treatment of patients, Professor Kimmig places great emphasis on providing an individually-tailored and gentle treatment for his patients while at the same time taking radical action against cancer.

In order to be able to provide his patients with the most targeted treatment possible from the outset, Professor Kimmig offers special consultations.

Endometrial cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancers are treated in the Gynaecological Cancer Centre of the Gynaecology Clinic. In particular, the specialist surgical treatment of endometrial and ovarian cancers carried out here enjoys an international reputation.

In the Breast Centre of the Gynaecology Clinic, breast cancer diagnosis and therapy are carried out under the guiding principle of providing the highest possible chance of recovery and the best possible cosmetic effect of the operation with a high proportion of breast-conserving operations taking place. Reconstructive surgery is also a key focus of the Breast Centre.

Through the close connection of vast practical experience of the physicians in the surgical and medical treatment of cancers with the latest research results, Prof. Kimmig and his team are always able to provide their patients with the most modern treatment. In parallel with clinical treatment, a specially established scientific team is researching the improvement of diagnostic procedures and drug-based therapies, and Prof. Kimmig himself is conducting research into the optimization of surgical treatment. His goal is to be able to remove tumours ever more safely while causing ever less stress. In just under the three decades of his career in gynaecology, Prof. Kimmig has been able to gain enormous experience in the more than 20,000 operations which he has carried out personally, and he has been able to further develop the best and gentlest techniques. Thus, in 2014 he was also the first gynaecologist in Europe who was able to conduct an operation using the latest "da Vinci Xi" technology.

In order to help patients to participate in trials, and therefore to have the opportunity to receive new and possibly better drugs than those available in standard treatments, a study centre has been set up in Essen's University Gynaecology Clinic and, in particular, numerous trials are offered to patients with breast and ovarian cancers. Already in 2002 the "Leading Center for Ovarian Cancer - Essen" of the Leading Study Group of the AGO (Gynaecological Cancer Working Group) was set up, the management of which was taken over by Prof. Kimmig.

A precise knowledge of cancer is necessary for successful treatment, the risks and benefits must be weighed up in order to provide a patient with a personalized and thus the best possible treatment.

Professor Kimmig's research work also extends amongst other things to clinical trials on the specific treatment of tumours and to studies on the long-term survival of gynaecological cancer patients.

The objective of modern therapeutic procedures is the radical removal of the tumour combined with the gentlest treatment possible of the healthy body. For this reason, the key therapeutic areas for Professor Kimmig's team include a minimally invasive surgical procedure (keyhole surgery) for a gentle treatment of both benign and malignant diseases. Professor Kimmig and his team thus also use computer-assisted and robotic minimally invasive surgery and the most up-to-date equipment in this area. Since 2014 the clinic has also had the world's most advanced robot for operations – the "da Vinci XI" surgical system. Professor Kimmig led Europe's first gynaecological operation using the "da Vinci" system and by doing so established a new quality standard in treatment. With the successful application of this system, extensive operations can also be carried out, such as radical operations for cancer diseases with the removal of lymph nodes and also simpler ones such as hysterectomies, which can be carried out in a gentler, lower risk, faster and more precise way for patients.

As a Member of the Council and Vice President of the ESGO (European Society of Gynecological Oncology), Prof. Kimmig helped to develop the Gynaecological Cancer Center to the European Standard and saw it achieve certification as early as 2008 (ESGO); furthermore, as a consequence of his leadership the Center was distinguished by the award of the OnkoZert of the German Cancer Society (DKG) for its outstanding performance in the treatment of cancers of the female body.

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Curriculum vitae

1978 – 1984 Studies in human medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich
1984 Medical licence
1986 Docorate awarded "summa cum laude"
1991 Specialist examination with qualification as a gynaecologist and obstetrician
1991 – 1998 Consultant - Clinic and Polyclinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the University of Munich - Großhadern
1998 – 2001 Chief Consultant - Clinic and Polyclinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the University of Munich, Großhadern
1994 – 2001 Head of the Training Center of the Gynaecologic Endoscopy Working Group of the German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the University of Munich, Großhadern
1999 Post-doctoral qualification and nomination as "Private Lecturer" at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich (LMU)
2000 Appointed to the Chair of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Ruhr-University Bochum
Since 2001 Professor for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Chair of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Medical Faculty of the University of Essen
2001 – today Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Essen
Since 2002 Establishment and direction of the "Leading Center for Ovarian Cancer - Essen" of the Leading Group on Ovarian Cancer of the Gynaecological Cancer Working Group (AGO) of the German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DGGG)
2003 Medical Director of the Uni-Breast Center Essen
2006 Congress President of the German Congress of the German Continence Society
2008 Head of the Gynaecological Cancer Centre Essen, German Cancer Society (DKG)
  Head of “European Centre of Gynaecological Oncology Essen” European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO)
2009 Section Leader for Gynaecological Oncology of the "Comprehensive Cancer Center Essen" sponsored by German Cancer Aid
  Appointed to the "Council" of the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology (ESGO) as the representative for "Central Europe"
2009 Appointed Congress President 2011 of the German Academy for Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DAGG)
2009-2013 Member of the "Council" of the European Society of Gynecological Oncology as the representative for "Central Europe" (ESGO) and Head of Educational Committee 2011-2013
Since 2010 Establishment and management of the "Epicenter Germany" for "Robotic Surgery" in Gynaecology (ISInc.), da Vinci SI System®
2011 ESGO Council 2011-2013 – Head of Educational Committee, Congress President of the German Academy for Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DAGG) in Berlin
2012 Appointed to the "Society of Pelvic Surgeons", USA.
2012 Founding member of the “European Institute of Gynecological Oncology” (U.Veronesi, M. Rezai, P. Mallmann, R. Kimmig)
2012 “Honorary Director” of the Breast Center, University of Nanjing, PR China (Project initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Health and the People's Republic of China)
2012 Appointed to the NRW State Group for Quality Assurance in Medicine (BQS) for Gynaecology
2013-2016 Visiting professor to the University of Nanjjing (PR China)
2013 "Vice President" of the European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO) (2013- 2015)
2013 Member of the Council of the Society of European Robotic Gynaecological Surgery (SERGS)
2013 Delegation to the S3 Guideline Committee on the Prevention of Cervical Cancer of the German Cancer Society (DKG)
2013 Delegation to the Federal Working Group on Gynaecology for Cross-Sector Quality in Health Care Services (SQG) – Aqua Institute, Göttingen
2014 Congress President of the European Congress for Robotic Gynaecological Surgery (SERGS 6th) in Essen - 22.-24.5.2014
2014 First gynaecological operation using the da Vinci Xi® system in Europe
2015 Delegation to the S3 Guideline Committee on "Diagnostic Procedures and Therapy of Endometrial Cancer" of the German Cancer Society (DKG)
2015 Election as "General Secretary/Treasurer" of the SERGS (Society of European Robotic Gynecological Surgery)

Medical team

  • PD Dr. med. Bahriye Aktas

    Deputy Clinic Director, Senior Physician
    Focus areas: Medical and surgical oncology

  • PD Dr. med. Angela Köninger

    Senior Physician
    Focus areas: Obstetrics and perinatal medicine

  • Dr. med. Oliver Hoffmann

    Senior Physician
    Focus areas: Plastic-reconstructive surgery, sonography of mammary glands, sonography of the vessels of the female genital system

  • PD Dr. med. Martin Heubner

    Senior Physician, specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics
    Focus areas: Gynaecological oncology and MIC (LSC and "robotic surgery")


  • West German Centre for Robotic (da-Vinci) Surgery (all indications/operations for benign and malignant diseases)


  • Special consultations
    - Senology clinic
    - Plastic and reconstructive breast clinic
    - Genetic counselling for familial breast and ovarian cancer
    - Aesthetic operations in the genital area
    - Habitual abortion clinic
    - Fertility clinic
    - Counselling service as part of the Fertiprotekt network (measures to protect fertility before chemo- or radiotherapy)
    - Clinic for fertility post reconstruction of fallopian tube patency,
      including fallopian tube patency testing.
    - Gynaecological oncology
    - Special surgical gynaecology/minimally invasive surgery/robotic surgery
    - Continence and uterine prolapse clinic
    - Dysplasia (prevention for uterus and vulva)
    - Endometriosis clinic
    - Myoma clinic
    - Paediatric and adolescent gynaecology


  • Facilities
    - Restaurant
    - Hairdressing salon (for both men and women)
    - Interpreter available 24/7
    - Room with telephone, TV, internet and radio
    - Delivery room with Feng Shui bath
    - "Green Lady" patient support volunteers to assist with errands
    - The latest technical equipment in the MIC field (e.g. daVinci® Xi system)
Univ.-Prof. Dr Dr Kimmig - Porträt Univ-Prof Dr Dr K. Rainer Kimmig

Gynecologic oncology and breast cancer
Hufelandstraße 55, D-45147 Essen

Private consultation hours:
Mondays: 10:00 - 12:00
Wednesdays: 11:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Special consultations:
appointments can be made by telephone


Essen Central Station 2,5 km
Mühlheim Central Station 9 km
Essen/Mühlheim Airport 7 km
Düsseldorf Airport 27 km
Dortmund Airport 48 km

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Univ-Prof Dr Dr K. Rainer Kimmig

University Hospital Essen
Clinic for Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hufelandstraße 55, D-45147 Essen

T: +49 201 723 2441
F: +49 201 723 5962
E: kimmig@primomedico.com


Private consultation hours:
Mondays: 10:00 - 12:00
Wednesdays: 11:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Special consultations:
appointments can be made by telephone



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