Heart Surgery and Cardiac Surgery Hamburg

Prof. Dr Friedrich-Christian Rieß
Chief Physician in Cardiac Surgery, Chairman of the Albertinen Cardiovascular Centre
Specialist in Cardiac Surgery
Hamburg, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Arterial coronary bypass surgery without the use of a heart-lung machine using both sides of the thoracic artery
  • Reconstruction of heart valves and heart valve replacement
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Rhythm surgery
  • Heart tumours and tumour diseases of adjacent organs
  • Congenital heart defects in adults and as part of the pro-bono project "Herzbrücke"

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Echocardiography, stress, contrast and transoesophageal (TEE) echo
  • 3-D echocardiography
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Coronary angiography
  • Electrophysiology study (EP test)

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Coronary heart disease: bypass operations without the use of a heart-lung machine, hybrid revascularisation, aortic no-touch technique
  • Aortic aneurysm: aneurysm surgery of the ascending aorta and aortic arch, complete replacement of the ascending aorta incl. aortic valve, hybrid aneurysmectomies in cases of thoracic aneurysm
  • Aortic valve surgery: biological or mechanical valve replacement, aortic valve reconstruction, the Ross procedure, minimally invasive and interventional valve procedures
  • Mitral and tricuspid valve operations
  • Pulmonary valve operations
  • Rhythm disturbances: atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, ablation of ventricular tachycardia
  • Heart tumour surgery
  • Congenital heart defects in adults and as part of the pro-bono project "Herzbrücke"
  • Surgical treatment of acute and chronic pulmonary embolisms
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

About Prof. Dr Friedrich-Christian Rieß

Prof. Dr Friedrich-Christian Rieß is a specialized heart surgeon and Chief Physician of Cardiac Surgery as well as Chairman of the Albertinen Cardiovascular Centre at the Albertinen Hospital.

Taking into account that the Albertinen Hospital features the most modern surgical procedures, the clinic enables cardio-surgical interventions that are less stressful for patients. Examples include minimally invasive surgical techniques and abandonment of heart-lung machine usage in particular. At the Cardiovascular Centre in Hamburg, 1600 patients are treated surgically at the highest level every year.

Specialist in Complete Arterial Bypass Surgery: Prof. Rieß

Among other things, Prof. Rieß specialises in complete arterial bypass surgery, using exclusively the two internal thoracic arteries. In comparison to venous bypass surgery, this approach offers patients the benefit that bypasses no longer become narrowed or completely blocked so quickly anymore. The rate of Professor Rieß's complete arterial bypass operations is now 99%. This puts the Albertinen hospital in Hamburg high above the German national average of only approx. 25%.

Almost All Bypass Operations Can Be Performed Without Heart-Lung Machine

Prof. Rieß and his team of heart surgeons are well above the average of coronary surgeries that do not use a heart-lung machine. Professor Rieß is now able to perform 98% of all isolated coronary bypass operations without a heart-lung machine. Nationwide, the average is only 18.1%. The so-called off-pump procedure reduces the incidence of neurological complications as well as the amount of blood used during surgery. In particular, patients with severe concomitant diseases such as calcifications of the aorta, diabetes mellitus, renal dysfunction, and others benefit from this procedure. In addition, when the heart-lung machine is dispensed with, it is almost never necessary to use foreign blood.

Heart Operations in Line with State-of-the-Art Medical Development

It is not only cardiac patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) that are in good hands with heart specialist Prof. Rieß. All other heart diseases, such as valve defects, aortic aneurysms, and cardiac arrhythmias are also treated and operated upon at the Albertinen Hospital's Cardiovascular Centre in Hamburg – in accordance with state-of-the-art medical knowledge. Heart valve reconstructions and replacements are performed using interventional or minimally invasive procedures as far as possible. Aortic aneurysms can be surgically treated more gently as well.

Holder of the Federal Cross of Merit: Prof. Rieß is a Cardiac Surgeon With Heart

Since 2005, Prof. Rieß and many other colleagues have been involved in the Albertinen Foundation's "Herzbrücke" project. The project helps children with heart disease from Afghanistan receive vital heart surgery in Germany. At the Albertinen Cardiovascular Centre, Prof. Rieß operates most of the children personally by himself. These young patients are then housed with host families in Hamburg. So far, more than 150 children have been helped with this project. Prof. Rieß was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his humanitarian achievement. You can find out more about the Herzbrücke (heart bridge) project here.

You can find more information at Prof. Dr Friedrich-Christian Rieß's website.

Curriculum Vitae

1976–1982 Study of Human Medicine in Hamburg
11/1982 License to practise as a physician
04/1983 Doctorate, with "summa cum laude"
11/1982–06/1983 Research Associate, UKE Hamburg, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
06/1983–07/1983 Medical Academy Munich
08/1983–08/1983 Aeromedical training course, Fürstenfeld-Bruck
08/1983–05/1984 Navy Lieutenant Surgeon
05/1984–10/1986 Research Associate, UKE Hamburg, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
11/1986–02/1988 Assistant Physician, Albertinen Hospital Hamburg-Schnelsen, Department of General Surgery
03/1988–01/1989 Assistant Physician, Kerckhoff Clinic Bad Nauheim, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
02/1989–06/1991 Senior Physician, Kerckhoff Clinic Bad Nauheim, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
07/1991–present Senior Physician, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Albertinen Hospital Hamburg-Schnelsen
11/1997 Specialist in cardiac surgery and intensive care medicine within cardiac surgery
02/2000 Habilitation in the subject of cardiac surgery, University of Giessen
06/2000–10/2001 Private Lecturer at the University of Giessen, on the subject of cardiac surgery
10/2001–03/2011 Private Lecturer at the University of Hamburg, on the subject of cardiac surgery
03/2011 Appointment as Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Hamburg
2006–present Chief Physician in Cardiac Surgery at the Albertinen, Chairman of the Albertinen Cardiovascular Centre

Medical Team

  • PD Dr K. Krause
    Deputy in Interventional Cardiology
    Department for Percutaneous Treatment of Valvular Heart Diseases
  • Dr C. Löwer
    Head Physician
    Department of Cardio-anaesthesia
  • Dr L. Hansen
    Executive Senior Physician in Cardiac Surgery
  • S. Winkel
    Chief Senior Physician in Cardiac Surgery
  • J. Stripling
    Chief Senior Physician in Cardiac Surgery
  • C. Lehmann
    Senior Physician in Cardiac Surgery
  • D. Silva
    Senior Physician
  • Dr W. Neckel
    Chief Senior Physician in Cardio-anaesthesia
  • Dr G. Horoschun
    Chief Senior Physician in Cardiac Surgery, Intensive Care Unit


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Prof. Dr Friedrich-Christian Rieß
Chief Physician in Cardiac Surgery, Chairman of the Albertinen Cardiovascular Centre

Cardiac Surgery at the Albertinen Cardiovascular Centre
Süntelstraße 11a, D-22457 Hamburg

T: +49 40 6379 7166
F: +49 40 55 88 2421
E: riess@primomedico.com


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