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

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News in German language

Sehr herzlich laden wir Sie zum 5. viszeralchirurgischen Nahtkurs im Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus Essen am Freitag, den 31. März und am Samstag, den 1. April 2017 ein.


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.


We invite you to improve your skills in magnifying white light & NBI endoscopic analysis and therapeutic decision making on early neoplasias of the gastrointestinal tract:


‚Patienten ändern sich – wir uns auch‘. Unter dieses Motto haben wir die Viszeralmedizin im Jahr 2017 gestellt und laden Sie herzlich nach Dresden ein. 13. - 16. September 2017 Messe Dresden

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

PD Dr. med. Peter Vogel
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- u. Minimalinvasive Chirurgie
Klinikum Bad Hersfeld, Bad Hersfeld
Tel: +49 6621 88 1526, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Dr. med. Stefan Schmidbauer
Abteilung für Chirurgie
Kreisklinik Wolfratshausen, Wolfratshausen
Tel: +49 8171 75-290, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Matzel
Klinik für Chirurgie
Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Erlangen
Tel: 09131 85-33332, WWW
Competence center for chirurgische Koloproktologie

Dr. med. Regina Manger
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Wertachklinik Schwabmünchen, Schwabmünchen
Tel: 08232-508551, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Hünerbein
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Onkologische Chirurgie
HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch, Berlin
Tel: 030 94 01-52700, WWW
Competence center for Chirurgische Behandlung von bösartigen Erkrankungen des Peritoneums

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Horbach
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Schön Klinik Nürnberg Fürth, Fürth
Tel: 0911/9714-686, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Johann Pratschke
Chirurgische Klinik, Campus Charité Mitte | Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin
Tel: 030/450 552 001, WWW
Reference center for Minimal-Invasive Chirurgie

PD Dr. med. Ulrich Steger
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Mathias-Spital Rheine, Rheine
Tel: 05971 42-1301, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Olaf Horstmann
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Endokrine Chirurgie
Städtische Kliniken Mönchengladbach | Elisabeth-Krankenhaus Rheydt, Mönchengladbach
Tel: 02166 394-2065, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Friess
Klinik und Poliklinik für Chirurgie
Klinikum rechts der Isar | Technische Universität München, München
Tel: 089 4140 2121, WWW
Reference center for Chirurgische Erkrankungen des Pankreas

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