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Prof. Dr.
Brigitte Stiller

University Heart Center Freiburg · Bad Krozingen
Department of Congenital Heart Disease
Medical Director
Phone: 0049-761-270-43230


  • 1982-1988 Medical studies at the Universities of Düsseldorf and Cologne.
  • 1988 License as a physician
  • 1988-1993 Training in general pediatrics in Cologne
  • 1993-1996 Cardiology training
  • 1996-2008  Appointment as consultant in pediatric cardiology, German Heart Institute of Berlin
  • 1998 Graduation as pediatric cardiologist
  • 2000 Graduation in pediatric intensive care 
  • 2004 Habilitation at the Charité Berlin, Topic: Mechanichal circulatory support in children
  • Since 2008 Full professor of Pediatric Cardiology (W3), University of Freiburg and  Medical Director of the Department of Congenital Heart Disease, University Heart-Center- Freiburg · Bad Krozingen
  • 2015-2016 President and actually vice president of the German society for pediatric cardiology (DGPK)

Schwerpunkte Forschung

  • Adults with Congenital heart disease
  • The research activities focus on myocardial failure, pediatric mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation  

Selected publications

  • Hummel J, Rücker G, Stiller B. Prophylactic levosimendan for the prevention of low cardiac output syndrome and mortality in children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017; 3:CD011312.
  • Fleck TP, Dangel G, Bächle F, Benk C, Grohmann J, Kroll J, Siepe M, Höhn R, Kirschner J, Beyersdorf F, Stiller B. Long-Term Follow-Up on Health-Related Quality of Life After Mechanical Circulatory Support in Children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017; 18:176-182.
  • Sifrim A, Hitz MP, Wilsdon A, … Stiller B, et al. Distinct genetic architectures for syndromic and nonsyndromic congenital heart defects identifi ed by exome sequencing. Nature Genetics. 2016; 48:1060-5.
  • Fleck T, Benk C, Klemm R, Kroll J, Siepe M, Grohmann J, Höhn R, Humburger F, Beyersdorf F, Stiller B. First serial in vivo results of mechanical circulatory support in children with a new diagonal pump. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2013; 44:828-35.
  • Hetzer R, Stiller B. Use of ventricular assist devices in children. Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2006; 3:377-86.

Research methods

  • Cardio-MRT
  • Mechanical circulatory support in children