Life work

Roland Hetzer

Date of Birth
17th of January 1944

Place of Birth

Resettlement to Augsburg and in different areas in proximity to Augsburg

Primary School Aystetten

Holbein- High School, Ausgburg. (Completed)

German High School Diploma (Abitur)

Medical School, University of Mainz

Medical School, University of Munich

Medical Examination and Promotion to Medical Doctor: “Cerebral Perfusion Assessment with Xenon 133- Clinical relevance and Method of Clearance” (Magna Cum Laude), University of Munich

American Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE/ECFMG), Munich

Medical Assistant in Haunstetten/Augsburg Hospital (Surgery, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics)

August 1970

October 1970-May 1971
Residency/Assistant Doctor at the Urological Clinic Siebentischwald, Augsburg

Since June 1971
Research Fellow at the Surgical Clinic of the Medical University Hannover (MHH)

Residency in Cardiovascular- and Thoracic Surgery, Abdominal and Transplantation Surgery and Trauma Surgery.

Since January 1978
Attending Physician at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Clinic, Medical University Hannover, MHH

March 1976 – December 1977
Clinical Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco and the Stanford University, Stanford, California

American Medical Exam (FLEX), San Francisco

Medical Specialist for Surgery

Habilitation, Topic: “Experimental and Clinical Contributions to the Topic of Surgical Reperfusion of Ischemic Myocardial Infarction”, MHH

Partial Denomination “Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery” and “Vascular Surgery”


Extraordinary Professorship and Professorship (C2), MHH

July 1983
First Heart Transplantation in Hannover in the wake of the largest Heart Transplantation Program in Germany during the time.

University-Professor (C4) at the Free University Berlin, and Head Physician of the German Heart Center Berlin

Since 1995
University Professor (C4) at the Humboldt Medical University Berlin

Since 1. January 1986
Exercise of office with continued establishment of the German Heart Center Berlin, especially the Surgical Division.

Since 1988, the German Heart Center has planned to perform 5000 Surgical Operations, of which 3500 involve Heart-Lung-Machines.

October 2004 has seen the German Heart Center to capacitate more than 50 000 Operations in all aspects of Cardiac Surgery.

In 2014, more than 76 000 Operations have been performed on the Open Heart at the German Heart Center Berlin.

Since 1988, Establishment of a preliminary Division for Paediatric Cardiology as a basis for the foundation of a Program for surgical treatment of Infants and Children. This has become one of the largest programs in Germany with more than 500 operations on Congenital Heart Defects.

Included in the aforementioned Program is the Heart Transplantation with currently more than 1800 Transplantations, placing it at the largest Program in Germany and one of the top 5 largest around the globe.

Addition of a Program for Lung transplantations since 1990. 500 Lung Transplants and more than 100 combined Heart- and Lung Transplantations since.

About half of the patients originated from Berlin, whilst the other half were from the former German States. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Patients are coming in from Berlin and its proximity, from other parts of Europe and from overseas.

Since 1987
Implantation of artificial Hearts and Circulatory Support Devices (VAD) in more than 2300 cases- the most implanted world-wide. Multiple pioneer operations (for example VAD in children, Rotational Pumps, etc.). Foundation of “Berlin Heart”, the only company to produce VADs for long-term use in Europe.

Foundation of the Academy of Cardiotechnic in Berlin- the first such schooling facility in Germany. The Profession “Cardiotechnic” has not officially existed during that time. Technologically interested Nurses were trained in the operating rooms and assumed the role in controlling the Heart-Lung-Machines.

In 1990 “Cardiovascular Perfusion” has been introduced as an official and state-approved profession. Since the Foundation of the Academy, around 350 have successfully absolved their schooling. Besides the Cardiotechnical Academy, a cooperation with the Steinbeis-Hochschule has birthed the course “Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion” since 2008.

Development of Hybrid-Surgery with 2 Operation Theatres, a n extensive Program with TAVI (Transaortic Valve Implantation) and MIC (Minimally Invasive Surgery), as well as Catheter-mediated Mitral valve reconstruction (Mitraclip).

Visiting Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery with David Sabiston, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Visiting Professor at Baylor College of Medicine with M.E. DeBakey, Houston, Texas, USA

Since 01. October 1998
Additional Medical Director of the Heart Center Cottbus

Emeritus Professor of the Charité

30. September 2014
Termination of Office at the German Heart Center Berlin

Since 2014
Physician at Cardio Centrum Berlin (CCB)