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

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Prof. Dr. J.C. Kalff
Prof. Dr. J.C. Kalff (Secretary)
Prof. Dr. J. Werner
Prof. Dr. P. Piso (President)

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. P. Piso, DGAV President
Prof. Dr. H.-J. Buhr, DGAV Secretary


Recent DGAV certifications

Prof. Dr. med. Arne Koscielny
Abteilung für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie und Proktologie
St. Elisabeth-Krankenhaus Leipzig, Leipzig
Tel: +49 341 3959-7100, WWW
Competence center for chirurgische Koloproktologie

Dr. med. Andrea Schenk
Klinik für Allgemeine Chirurgie, Viszeralchirurgie, Thoraxchirurgie, Gefäßchirurgie und Transplantationschirurgie
Universitätsklinik Schleswig Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Lübeck
Tel: +49 451 50075784, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Marty Zdichavsky
Allgemein-, Viszeral-, Thorax- und Unfallchirurgie, chirurgische Orthopädie
Die Filderklinik, Filderstadt
Tel: +49 711 7703-2271, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Dr. med. Diego De Lorenzi
Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
Spital Grabs, Grabs
Tel: +41 81 772 53-10, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Ltd. OA Dr. Andreas Grün
a.ö. Krankenhaus der Elisabethinen Klagenfurt GmbH, Klagenfurt
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Dr. med. Samer Morad
Abt. Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie
St. Franziskus-Hospital Lohne, Lohne
Tel: +49 4442/81350, WWW
Competence center for Hernienchirurgie

Dr. med. Michael J. Lipp
Klinik für Gastrointestinale und Kolorektale Chirurgie
Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Hamburg
Tel: +49 40 1818 82-8469, WWW
Competence center for Chirurgische Behandlung von bösartigen Erkrankungen des Peritoneums

Ahmad Mahmoud
Klinik für Allgemein-, Gefäß- und Viszeralmedizin
Klinikum und Seniorenzentrum Itzehoe, Itzehoe
Tel: +49 4851/7722428, WWW
Competence center for Adipositas- und metabolische Chirurgie

Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Glatzle
Allgemein-, Viszeral- Kinder und Gefäßchirurgie
Klinikum Konstanz, Konstanz
Tel: +49 7531/8011101, WWW
Reference center for Minimal-Invasive Chirurgie

Dr. med. Burghard Jenert
Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Gefäßchirurgie
Landkreis Mittweida Krankenhaus gGmbH, Mittweida
Tel: +49 3727 99-1240, WWW
Competence center for Minimal-Invasive Chirurgie

DGAV sustaining members

Last update: 2023-Jun-30