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

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13. September 2021

Viszeralmedizin 2021

13. – 18. September 2021 Herbsttagung der DGAV Jahrestagung der DGVS


Ziel dieses überregionalen Workshops ist es, chirurgisches Know-how auszutauschen und diverse Operationen mit modernsten Techniken zu demonstrieren.


From 10 to 15 December 2021, under the patronage of the surgical (DGAV and BDC) and anaesthesiological (DGAI and BDA) professional societies and the European Society for Surgical Oncology (ESSO), we...

Prof. Dr. N. Nüssler
Prof. Dr. N. Nüssler
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 5,400 members were registered in the DGAV in 2020, 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. N. Nüssler, DGAV President
Prof. Dr. H.-J. Buhr, DGAV Secretary


Recent DGAV certifications

Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Friess
Klinik und Poliklinik für Chirurgie
Klinikum rechts der Isar der TU München, München
Tel: +49 89 4140-2121, WWW
Excellence center for Chirurgie des Magens und der Speiseröhre

Prof. Dr. med. Marcel Binnebösel
Klinik für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Klinikum Bielefeld, Bielefeld
Tel: +49 521 581-3801, WWW
Competence center for Schilddrüsen- und Nebenschilddrüsenchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Daniel Kauff
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Gefäßchirurgie mit Unfallchirurgie
Klinikverbund Südwest GmbH - Kliniken Nagold - Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus der Universität Tübingen, Nagold
Tel: +49 7452 96-79301, WWW
Competence center for chirurgische Koloproktologie

Dr. med. Christian Berkhoff
Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Minimal-invasive Chirurgie
Herz-Jesu-Krankenhaus Fulda gGmbH, Fulda
Tel: 49 661 15 9573, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

PD Dr. med. Markus Paschold
Abteilung für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Unfallchirurgie
Krankenhaus St. Marienwörth, Bad Kreuznach
Tel: 0671/3721391, WWW
Competence center for Minimal-Invasive Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Dorothee Decker
Chirurgie 1, Standort Mitte: Allgemein-, Viszeral-, Thorax- und Unfallchirurgie
Klinikum Mutterhaus der Borromäerinnen gGmbH, Trier
Tel: 0651/9472645, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Dr. med. Martin Kemps
Klinik für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Sana Klinikum Berlin Lichtenberg, Berlin
Tel: 030/5518-4400, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Dr. med. Werner Grebe
Klinik für Allgemein-, Visceral- und Gefäßchirurgie
Sankt Vinzenz Hospital Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Rheda-Widenbrück
Tel: 05242/5911901, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Steger
Klinik für Chirurgie – Allgemein- & Viszeralchirurgie
Klinikum Würzburg Mitte gGmbH - Standort Juliusspital, Würzburg
Tel: +49 931 393-1921, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Peiper
Klinik für Chirurgie
Evangelisches Krankenhaus Hamm gGmbH, Hamm
Tel: 02381/5891456, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

DGAV sustaining members

Last update: 2021-Jul-03