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Specialist for Gynecologic Oncology and Breast Cancer Univ-Prof Dr Dr K. Rainer Kimmig - Portrait

Univ-Prof Dr Dr K. Rainer Kimmig


Specialist for Gynecologic Oncology and Breast Cancer

+49 201 7199 90 39

Gynecologic Oncology & Breast Cancer Essen, Germany

Treatment focus

  • Uterine fibroids and prolapse
  • 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


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

P: +49 201 7199 90 39 F: +49 201 723 5962

Consultation Hours:

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

Special consultations:
appointments can be made by telephone

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 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

More informations


Gynecologist Univ-Prof Dr Dr K. Rainer Kimmig is a specialist in women's cancer. This includes specialization in operative gynaecology and gynaecological oncology as well as minimally invasive surgery (MIC – da Vinci and classic) and computer-assisted precision surgery (robotic surgery). He is head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital in Essen.

Individual GynecologicTreatments and Gentle Procedures

Prof. Kimmig places great importance on a gentle yet effective treatment tailored to his patients' needs, both in the early detection of malignant tumours as well as in the treatment of patients. An accurate knowledge of cancer diseases is necessary in order to weigh the risks and benefits and provide the best-possible treatment.

More than 20,000 Independently Performed Operations and Innovative Development of Surgical Procedures

By personally performing over 20,000 operations, Prof. Kimmig has gained considerable experience. He developed the best and most gentle cancer healing techniques. In 2014, he was the first gynecologist in Europe to carry out an operation with the latest "da Vinci Xi" technology.

He thus sets new quality treatment standards. With the successful application of his methods, radical surgeries such as lymph node removal or slight surgical interventions like hysterectomy (uterine removal) can be carried out more gently and quickly with less risk and more precision.

Prof. Kimmig and His Team Offer the Following Treatment Specializations:

Gynecological Oncology at the Gynaecological Cancer Centre in Essen:

  • Uterine cancer (cervical and endometrial carcinoma)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Vulvar and vaginal carcinoma
  • Nerve-conserving radical operations
  • Fertility-preserving operations
  • Recurrent operations

Urogynaecology (pelvic prolapse):

  • Uterine prolapse
  • Vaginal prolapse
  • Bladder prolapse
  • Urine leakage
  • Modern banding techniques
  • Minimally invasive procedures

Operative and Minimally Invasive Gynaecology:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy with uterine contents
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Ovarian diseases
  • Cervical cancer
  • "Robotic surgery"

Breast Cancer at the Breast Cancer Centre in Essen:

  • Cosmetic, breast preserving operations
  • Radiation-free sentinel lymph node extraction (no radioactivity)
  • Intra-operative radiotherapy
  • Modern diagnostics to avoid chemotherapy

Practical Experience and Exploration of New Gynaecological Treatment Methods

Concurrent with clinical treatment, the established scientific team works towards improving diagnostics and drug therapy. Prof. Kimmig is personally committed to optimising surgical therapies. He strives to safely remove tumours with increasingly less strain.

A study center was set up at the University Hospital in Essen to enable patients to participate in studies, thereby giving them the opportunity to receive new and possibly better medicines. Numerous studies are offered to patients with breast cancer and ovarian cancer. In 2002, the "Study Centre for Ovarian Carcinoma - Essen" was set up by Dr Kimming's work group for gynecological oncology for which he was in charge of.

Professor Kimmig's research also includes clinical studies on specific tumor treatments as well as long-term survival approaches after gynaecological cancer therapy.

Certifications and Excellence in the Treatment of Cancer in Women

As a council member and vice president of ESGO (European Society of Gynaecological Oncology), Prof. Kimmig developed the gynaecological cancer centre according to European standards and received certification in 2008 (ESGO). In addition, the centre was awarded the "OnkoZert" award of the German Cancer Society for excellence in the treatment of female cancer.

Visit Prof. Kimmig's website here.


Curriculum Vitae

1978 – 1984Studies in human medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich
1984Medical licence
1986Docorate awarded "summa cum laude"
1991Specialist examination with qualification as a gynaecologist and obstetrician
1991 – 1998Consultant - Clinic and Polyclinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the University of Munich - Großhadern
1998 – 2001Chief Consultant - Clinic and Polyclinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the University of Munich, Großhadern
1994 – 2001Head 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
1999Post-doctoral qualification and nomination as "Private Lecturer" at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich (LMU)
2000Appointed to the Chair of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Ruhr-University Bochum
Since 2001Professor for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Chair of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Medical Faculty of the University of Essen
2001 – todayDirector of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Essen
Since 2002Establishment 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)
2003Medical Director of the Uni-Breast Center Essen
2006Congress President of the German Congress of the German Continence Society
2008Head of the Gynaecological Cancer Centre Essen, German Cancer Society (DKG)
 Head of “European Centre of Gynaecological Oncology Essen” European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO)
2009Section 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"
2009Appointed Congress President 2011 of the German Academy for Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DAGG)
2009-2013Member 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 2010Establishment and management of the "Epicenter Germany" for "Robotic Surgery" in Gynaecology (ISInc.), da Vinci SI System®
2011ESGO Council 2011-2013 – Head of Educational Committee, Congress President of the German Academy for Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DAGG) in Berlin
2012Appointed to the "Society of Pelvic Surgeons", USA.
2012Founding 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)
2012Appointed to the NRW State Group for Quality Assurance in Medicine (BQS) for Gynaecology
2013-2016Visiting professor to the University of Nanjjing (PR China)
2013"Vice President" of the European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO) (2013- 2015)
2013Member of the Council of the Society of European Robotic Gynaecological Surgery (SERGS)
2013Delegation to the S3 Guideline Committee on the Prevention of Cervical Cancer of the German Cancer Society (DKG)
2013Delegation to the Federal Working Group on Gynaecology for Cross-Sector Quality in Health Care Services (SQG) – Aqua Institute, Göttingen
2014Congress President of the European Congress for Robotic Gynaecological Surgery (SERGS 6th) in Essen - 22.-24.5.2014
2014First gynaecological operation using the da Vinci Xi® system in Europe
2015Delegation to the S3 Guideline Committee on "Diagnostic Procedures and Therapy of Endometrial Cancer" of the German Cancer Society (DKG)
2015Election as "General Secretary/Treasurer" of the SERGS (Society of European Robotic Gynecological Surgery)
2016Elected to the council of the "International Gynaecological Cancer Society" (IGCS) as a representative for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
2017Chairman of the Lower Rhine-Westphalian Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, chairman of the "Collegium Gynaecologicum" and "President elect" of SERGS


  • 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

Research & Training



  • 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)


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Essen Central Station2,5 km
Mühlheim Central Station9 km
Essen/Mühlheim Airport7 km
Düsseldorf Airport27 km
Dortmund Airport48 km

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University Hospital Essen

Clinic for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Hufelandstraße 55, D-45147 Essen

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