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

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Prof. Dr. A. Stier
Prof. Dr. A. Stier
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. A. Stier, DGAV President
Prof. Dr. H.-J. Buhr, DGAV Secretary


Recent DGAV certifications

Dr. med. Florian Dietl
Klinik für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
St. Josef Hopital, Bad Driburg
Tel: +49 5253 985-2001, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Dr. med. Jochen Schabram
Endokrine Chirurgie
Asklepios Klinik Lich, Lich
Tel: +49 6404 8125-0, WWW
Competence center for Schilddrüsen- und Nebenschilddrüsenchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Schwarzbach
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral-, Gefäß- und Thoraxchirurgie
Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst GmbH, Frankfurt
Tel: +49 69 3106-2498, WWW
Competence center for Chirurgische Behandlung von bösartigen Erkrankungen des Peritoneums

Dr. med. Frauke Hildebrandt
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
GRN-Klinik Weinheim, Weinheim
Tel: +49 6201 89-2605, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Golling
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Diakonie-Klinikum Schwäbisch Hall gGmbH, Schwäbisch-Hall
Tel: +49 791 753-4201, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

PD Dr. med. Michael Schwarz
GPS – Zentrum für onkologische, endokrine und minimalinvasive Chirurgie
Gemeinschaftspraxis, Neu-Ulm
Tel: +49 731 715-760, WWW
Competence center for Schilddrüsen- und Nebenschilddrüsenchirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Hesse
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Thoraxchirurgie
Klinikum Nürnberg, Nürnberg
Tel: +49 911 398-2979, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Guy Sinner
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Klinikum Merzig gGmbH, Merzig
Tel: +49 6861 705-1361, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Dott. Fabio Crescenti
Allgemein-, Viszeral- und minimalinvasive Chirurgie
Aller-Weser-Klinik gGmbH, Verden
Tel: +49 4231 103-450, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Dr. med. Ulf Nahrstedt
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Schön Klinik Hamburg Eilbek, Hamburg
Tel: +49 40 2092-1601, WWW
Competence center for Minimal-Invasive Chirurgie

DGAV sustaining members

  • Aesculap AG, Tuttlingen (2004)
  • Medtronic Deutschland GmbH, Neustadt  (2006)
  • Dr. Falk Pharma GmbH, Freiburg(2008)
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical GmbH, Norderstedt (2004)
  • Karl Storz GmbH & Co.KG, Tuttlingen (2005)
  • Olympus Medical Systems, Hamburg (2007)
  • Pfizer Pharma, Karlsruhe (2006)
Last update: 2017-Dec-20