German society for general and visceral surgery
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie (DGAV)

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17. November 2016

Obesity Days 2016

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3D Endosonographie

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The Congress will take place in Mainz from May 23 until May 26, 2017 and it is my great pleasure to invite you to attend and participate in this meeting.

Prof. Dr. C.-T. Germer
Prof. Dr. C.-T. Germer
Prof. Dr. H.-J. Buhr
Prof. Dr. H.-J. Buhr

Welcome to the website of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie (DGAV, [German society for general and visceral surgery]. The DGAV supports general and visceral surgery in science and in practice. At the same time, the DGAV also represents the interests and concerns of general and visceral surgery at all levels of health and social policy. 

The field of general and visceral surgery includes the endocrine surgery of all organs of the digestive tract (esophagus, liver, bile ducts, pancreas, small and large intestine, anus) and the abdomen. More than 4,600 members were registered in the DGAV in 2015, with new members joining daily. 


The DGAV was founded in 1998. Prior to its founding, the interests of general and visceral surgery were pursued by its "mother society", the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (DGCH). The transformation of the DGCH into a superordinate association representing all surgical fields and the restructuring of specialist training regulations made it necessary to form a separate society that would look after the interests of general and visceral surgery. 

Tasks of the DGAV

The primary task of the DGAV is the continuing improvement of quality in surgery. The society is dedicated to contributing to the welfare of the patient through the quality improvement and quality assurance of surgical performance in all hospitals. Continuously improving surgical quality also benefits the hospital as well as the cost bearers. 

Surgical training

An interactive modular system (12 modules) "By young surgeons for young surgeons" is leading surgical training in new directions. 

OR courses

Modern techniques are taught in special OR courses such as, e.g., "Praktischer Kurs für Viszeralchirurgie Warnemünde" (in German language).

Visiting phyisican and travel grants

Special grants (visiting physician grantstravel grants) provide financial possibilities for members to visit other hospitals. 


The DGAV grants various certifications which exclusively serve quality improvement. The certified centers participate in clinical studies. 

 OR checklist

The DGAV provides its members with achecklist which can help increase patient safety. At the same time, it also exhonorates the hospital in the case of an adverse event. 

Improvement of specialist training regulations

The DGAV is a member of the standing committee for specialist training of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (DGCH) [German surgical society] and the Berufsverbandes der Deutschen Chirurgen (BDC) [professional association of German surgeons]. We persistantly strive for the improvement of specialist training regulations in order to give also younger colleagues the opportunity to receive well-founded and efficient training. 

 Employment opportunities on the DGAV website

A list of employment opportunities for surgeons is available on the DGAV website. This page is the second most frequently visited page on the website. We are currently offering access to this page at a discounted rate through March 31, 2010. 


A scientific society like the DGAV is dependent on the activities of its members. We therefore hope for active and critical participation of all members in the formation of the society. Thus, we encourage you as a general and visceral surgeon to register as a member of the DGAV. With your participation in one of the various surgical working groups, you can support medical and scientific activities as well as help form them. 

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the DGAV, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Dr. C.-T. Germer, DGAV President
Prof. Dr. H.-J. Buhr, DGAV Secretary


Recent DGAV certifications

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Pross
Klinik für Allgemeinchirurgie
DRK Kliniken Berlin Köpenick, Berlin
Tel: +49 30 3035-3317, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Dr. med. Matthias C. Raggi
Abteilung für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Agaplesion Bethesda Krankenhaus, Stuttgart
Tel: +49 711 2156-441, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Dr. med. Marc-Tell Krumrey
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Minimalinvasive Chirurgie
Asklepios Stadtklinik Bad Tölz, Bad Tölz
Tel: 08041/507-1211, WWW
Competence center for Minimal-Invasive Chirurgie

Dr. med. Henri Kriechling
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
HELIOS Klinikum Erfurt, Erfurt
Tel: 0361/781-2331, WWW
Competence center for Schilddrüsen- und Nebenschilddrüsenchirurgie

Dr. med. Andreas Hoffmann
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Sana Klinikum Hameln-Pyrmont, Hameln
Tel: 05151/97-2075, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Dr. med. Carsten Bismarck
Klinik für Viszeral- und Unfallchirurgie
Hospital zum Heiligen Geist gGmbH, Fritzlar
Tel: 05622/997-260, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Brüwer
Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Kinderchirurgie
St. Franziskus-Hospital GmbH, Münster
Tel: 0251/935-5651, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Julian Mall
Allgemein-, Viszeral-, Gefäß- und Adipositaschirurgie
KRH Klinikum Nordstadt, Hannover
Tel: 0511/970-1332, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Behrend
Klinik für Viszeral-, Thorax- und Gefäßchirurgie
DONAUISAR Klinikum Deggendorf, Deggendorf
Tel: 0991/380-3001, WWW
Competence center for chirurgische Koloproktologie

Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Zieren
Chirurgische Klinik
Marien Hospital Herne, Herne
Tel: 02323 499-1478, WWW
Competence center for Chirurgische Behandlung von bösartigen Erkrankungen des Peritoneums

DGAV sustaining members

  • Aesculap AG, Tuttlingen (2004)
  • Medtronic Deutschland GmbH, Neustadt  (2006)
  • Dr. Falk Pharma GmbH, Freiburg(2008)
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical GmbH, Norderstedt (2004)
  • Fresenius Kabi, Bad Homburg (2007)
  • Karl Storz GmbH & Co.KG, Tuttlingen (2005)
  • Olympus Medical Systems, Hamburg (2007)
  • Pfizer Pharma, Karlsruhe (2006)
  • Unimed GmbH, Wadern - Noswendel (2008)
Last update: 2016-Jul-05