ProstataZentrum NordWest: Specialists in Prostate Cancer

PZNW ProstataZentrum NordWest

Specialists in Prostate Cancer
Gronau, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Prostate cancer diagnostics (MRI-guided perineal fusion biopsy, PSMA-PET)
  • Prostate cancer therapy (robot-assisted prostate removal with the da Vinci® operating system, drug therapy, radiation therapy)
  • Prostate reduction operations (TUR prostate, laser enucleation (ThuLEP), Rezum®, Urolift®, robot-assisted adenoma enucleation)

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Transrectal systematic biopsy
  • Multiparametric MRI of the prostate
  • MRI-guided perineal fusion biopsy

Range of Therapeutic Services

Prostate Cancer Therapies

  • Minimally invasive robot-assisted prostate removal
  • Drug therapies (hormone therapy, use of new anti-hormonal drugs, chemotherapy, drug therapy in the context of studies)

Therapy for Benign Enlarged Prostate

  • TUR prostate (exfoliation through the urethra)
  • Thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP)
  • Rezum® = steam treatment
  • Urolift® = enlargement of the prostatic urethra
  • Robot-assisted prostate adenoma enucleation

About The ProstataZentrum NordWest – Prostate Experts in NRW

The ProstataZentrum NordWest (PZNW) at the St. Antonius Hospital in Gronau which is certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG) is one of the most powerful prostate specialist centers in Europe. Patients from all over the world opt for treatment with an expert team led by PrivateLecturer Dr Jörn H. Witt, founder and head of the PZNW as well as Chief Physician of the Clinic for Urology, Paediatric Urology and Urological Oncology at the St. Antonius Hospital.

At the Cutting Edge of Medicine

At the PZNW, state-of-the-art therapy and diagnostic methods are used. The team is regularly active at international congresses and conferences, cooperating with domestic and foreign clinics and research centers. For many years, “Gronau” has been a familiar term in the urological world.

Certified Prostate Cancer Center in NRW

The medical specialists in urology are proven experts in prostate diseases – from prostate inflammation to benign enlarged prostate and prostate carcinoma.

After a detailed anamnesis, diagnosis, and consultation of a patient, the optimal treatment method is elaborated individually. An experienced team of doctors treats patients according to latest medical standards. At the same time, the patient concierges and patient managers attend to the patient’s personal needs.

Specialists in Diagnosis and Treatment of Prostate Cancer

The main focus of the certified prostate cancer center in Gronau is the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Prostate carcinoma is the most common tumour disease in men. Because changes in the prostate gland can be treated well if diagnosed in at an early stage, affected individuals should not hesitate contacting an urologist immediately if they suffer from symptoms. Modern diagnostic procedures and diverse treatment methods are available in the PZNW.

The Da Vinci® Operating System – High-Tech Support at the Operating Theatre

The robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgical procedure is in the PZNW’s gold standard for radical prostatectomy (RARP) (i.e. the complete removal of the prostate) because it offers numerous advantages over conventional surgical methods.

Thanks to modern technology, robot-assisted surgery is possible with a precision that cannot be achieved with any other surgical method. The robot has a three-dimensional and many times larger view of the operating area. Completely trembling-free, the instrument’s tips can be moved in all directions with very small incisions (i.e. minimally invasive), allowing the surgeon a relaxed posture during the surgery and therefore providing an unparalleled precision. The overall strain on a patient is significantly minimized due to changed conditions as less blood loss, significantly reduced rates of complications, and less pain after the process. The end result: scarcely visible scars, faster recovery, and a shorter hospital stay. Thanks to the rapid convalescence, patients can return normal everyday life quickly.

Experience in More than 17,000 Robot-Assisted Prostate Cancer Surgeries

Thanks to the exceptional precision achieved by the experienced surgeons applying the robot-assisted surgical technique, a patient’s nerves and tissue structures crucial for continence and potency can often be preserved.

The ProstataZentrum NordWest can reference to a wealth of experience from over 20,000 robot-assisted surgeries – including more than 17,000 prostate cancer operations – and the latest da Vinci® surgical techniques in four in-house operating theatres. This makes the PZNW one of the largest and most renowned centers for robot-assisted surgery in the world.

In other complex interventions such as partial kidney removal or urinary bladder replacement surgery, the high-tech surgical method applied by the Gronau team of experts is successful as well.

In-House Education and Training center

Because of its pioneering role in robot-assisted prostate surgery, the PZNW is in high demand - both nationally and internationally – as a partner for scientific congresses as well as further and continuing studies for surgeons and nursing staff. The clinic runs its own education and training center including the Training Centre at the European Robotic Institute (ERI). It offers specialized training courses in the field of robot-assisted and laparoscopic surgery.

Special Services Beyond Standard

The specialized prostate center also takes innovative approaches in the area of patient care, reaching standards far beyond usual. The holistic therapy concept includes comprehensive care with a high level of comfort. For example, patient concierges and patient managers support patients with all formalities as well as the coordination of appointments. This ensures complete documentation and smooth implementation of therapies.

In addition, optional accommodation services such as single or double rooms, special meals, and hotel service are provided to make the hospital stay in Gronau as pleasant as possible.

Further information is available on the website of the PZNW - ProstataZentrum NordWest.


Curriculum Vitae

PrivateLecturer Dr Jörn H. Witt

Medical Education

1980 – 1987 Medical studies at the Universities of Essen, Göttingen, and Bochum
11/1987 Licence to practise medicine
06/1988 Doctorate
11/2020 Habilitation, Medical Faculty of the University of Kiel

Medical Training

15 June 1994 Examination as specialist physician in urology
11 December 1997 Examination after completing the optional advanced training “Special Urological Surgery”

Extra-Occupational Postgraduate Course

06/2006 – 11/2007 Certified Health Care Manager, Bochum University of Applied Sciences/Diomedes Health Care Consultants

Activities in the Field of Medicine

01/1988 – 03/1988 Junior doctor in the surgical department, St. Elisabeth Hospital, Meerbusch-Lank, Chief Physician: Dr van Laak
04/1988 – 10/1989 Research assistant at the Urological Clinic and Polyclinic of the Free University of Berlin, Rudolf Virchow Clinic, Charlottenburg site, Director: Professor Dr R. Nagel
11/1989 – 11/1990 Junior doctor in the surgical clinic, St. Antonius Hospital, Cologne, chief physician: Dr Ch. Nittinger
11/1990 – 08/1994 Research assistant at the Urological Clinic and Polyclinic of the University of Cologne, Director: Professor Dr U. Engelmann
09/1994 – 03/2002 Senior Physician in the urological clinic of the municipal clinics Neuss - Lukaskrankenhaus GmbH, Chief Physician: Professor Dr F. Boeminghaus
Since 04/2002 Chief Physician of the Clinic for Urology, Paediatric Urology and Urological Oncology at St. Antonius Hospital Gronau – Academic Teaching Hospital of University of Münster

More milestones

04/2004 Founding of PZNW – ProstataZentrum NordWest
08/2004 Establishment of HIFU therapy for prostate cancer in Gronau
03/2006 Start of the robotics programme
09/2007 Foundation of the German Society for Robot-Assisted Urology (DGRU) with Prof. M. Stoeckle, Homburg/Saar
12/2008 Co-president of the first annual meeting of the DGRU in Homburg/Saar
12/2009 President of the second annual meeting of the DGRU in Gronau
Since 09/2013 Member of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)
Since 09/2015 Chair of the “Reimbursement and Coding” working group of the European Association of Urology (EAU)
Since 09/2015 Associate board member of the European Robotic Urology Section (ERUS)
2015 – 2017 Treasurer of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)
2017 – 2018 Deputy chair of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)
Since 11/2018 Chair of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)
Since 08/019 Affiliated Expert for Digital Health of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
11/2020 President of the joint virtual annual meeting of ERUS and DGRU
11/2021 President of the joint annual meeting of ERUS and DGRU in Dusseldorf

Medical Team

  • PD Dr. med. Jörn H. Witt PrivateLecturer Dr Jörn H. Witt
    Chief Physician

  • Dr. med. Jörg Zinke Dr Jörg Zinke
    Leading Physician in Endourology

  • Dr. med. Andreas Schütte Dr Andreas Schütte
    Leading Physician in Robotic Urology

  • Dr. med. Christian Wagner Dr Christian Wagner
    Leading Physician in Robotic Urology,
    Medical Management Training Centre
  • Bernhard Fangmeyer Bernhard Fangmeyer
    Leading Physician in Endourology

  • Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Matthias Oelke Prof. Dr phil. Matthias Oelke
    Senior Physician and Head of Studies/Science

  • PD Dr. med. Sami-Ramzi Leyh-Bannurah PD Dr Sami-Ramzi Leyh-Bannurah
    Senior Physician and head of IT/Research

  • Dr. med. Lukas Esch Dr Lukas Esch
    Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Thomas Jankowski Dr Thomas Jankowski
    Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Theodoros Karagiotis Dr Theodoros Karagiotis
    Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Mark Leiers Dr Mark Leiers
    Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Nikolaos Liakos Dr Nikolaos Liakos
    Senior Physician

  • Mikolaj Mendrek Mikolaj Mendrek
    Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Daniel Wasiri Dr Daniel Wasiri
    Senior Physician


  • International orientation with international doctors
  • Over 80 committed employees, including 30 medical professionals
  • Exceptional quality of care and support
  • Patient concierges take care of the patient’s personal needs
  • Patient managers are committed to ensuring that the hospital stay runs smoothly
  • Translation/interpretation service for international patients
  • Comfortable patient room with hotel standard
  • Affiliated study center
  • In-house training and education centre for robot-assisted surgery
  • Teaching hospital of the Münster University Clinic


Gronau train station 1.3 km
Münster/Osnabrück airport 59 km
Dusseldorf airport 126 km

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PZNW ProstataZentrum NordWest

St. Antonius Hospital Gronau GmbH
Clinic for Urology, Paediatric Urology, and Urological Oncology
Möllenweg 22, D-48599 Gronau

T: +49 2562 906 3013
F: +49 2562 915 2115


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