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Prof. Dr. Dr.
Friedhelm Beyersdorf

University Heart Center Freiburg · Bad Krozingen
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery


  • 1975-1981 Medical School at University of Frankfurt, Johns-Hopkins-University, Baltimore, USA, Thomas Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA (clinical clerkship)
  • Since 1994 Full Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery (C4), University of Freiburg
  • 2009 President of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • 2011 Editor-in Chief of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • 2013 Election as a „Membre Correspondant Etranger de l’Académie Nationale de Médecine, Paris, France“

Focus of research

  • Organ protection
  • Terminal heart failure
  • Aortic surgery

Selected publications

  • Kreibich M, Siepe M, Kroll J, Höhn R, Grohmann J, Beyersdorf F. Aneurysms of the Pulmonary Artery. Circulation. 2015; 131:310-316.
  • Kari FA, Siepe M, Sievers HH, Beyersdorf F. Repair of the Regurgitant Bicuspid or Tricuspid Aortic Valve: Background, Principles, and Outcome. Circulation. 2013; 128:854-63.
  • Siegenthaler MP, Westaby S, Frazier OH, Martin J, Banning A, Robson D, Pepper J, Poole-Wilson P, Beyersdorf F. Advanced heart failure: feasibility study of long-term continuous axial flow pump support. Eur Heart J. 2005; 26:1031-8.
  • Yerebakan C, Martin J, Yoshimoto K, Siepe M, Derjung G, Benk C, Krause M, Celik R, Sarai K, Beyersdorf F. Prävention und Behandlung des akuten Rechtsherzversagens nach orthotoper Herztransplantation durch Einsatz einer intrakardialen Mikroaxialpumpe. Z Herz Thorax Gefäßchir. 2005; 19:1-12.
  • DiDonato M, Torso A, Dor V, Sabatier M, Barletta G, Menicanti L, Fantini F, Beyersdorf F. Surgical ventricular restoration improves mechanical intraventricular dyssynchrony in ischemic cardiomyopathy. Circulation. 2004; 109:2536-2543.

Research methods

  • Controlled automated reperfusion of the whole body (CARL)
  • Surgical ventricular restoration
  • Ex-vivo-Perfusion of the heart (Organ Care System)