Abstracts and Further Information

Liver transplantation | Pancreas transplantation | Quality assurance in transplant medicine

Professor Dr. med. Felix Braun studied Medicine at MH Hannover and SUNY at Buffalo. His focus on transplant medicine started with his thesis developing a detection method for FK506 in blood using liquid-chromatography mass-spectrometry (LC-MS). Surgical training was completed at University Medical Centers in Goettingen and Kiel with a guest stop at Jackson Memorial Hospital Miami. Since 2015, Prof. Braun is responsible for visceral transplant medicine at UKSH, Campus Kiel. Research topics are liver transplantation, hepatocellular carcinoma and immunosuppressive drugs. Professor Braun is political active in the German Transplantation Society, German Medical Association and member of the liver transplant audit committee.


Heart transplantation

Prof. Dr. med. Assad Haneya studied medicine in Giessen and Kiel. In 2005 he received his Medical License.  Afterwards he worked as a resident at the Department for Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel and at the Department for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Regensburg. In 2009, he completed his doctorate on the subject of Impact of the Eurotransplant High-Urgency Heart Allocation System on the Outcome of Transplant Candidates in Germany. In 2012 he got Consultant Cardiac Surgery for the Bavarian State Chamber of Physicians and stayed at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, got Senior resident at the Department for Cardiovascular Surgery, Director Mechanical Circulatory Support and Thoracic Transplantation Program and Associate Director at the Department for Cardiovascular Surgery. 


Living donor kidney transplantation

Prof. Dr. med. Tobias Keck 
Chairman and Surgeon in Chief, Department of Surgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck

Professor Keck started his medical career at the Department of Surgery at the University of Heidelberg. After two years of research at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in the Pancreas Research lab, he returned to the Department of Surgery at the University of Freiburg and became Vice Chair of the Department in 2009. He was elected Chairmen of the Department of Surgery at the University of Lübeck in 2012, which includes visceral surgery, general surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery as well as transplantation surgery. The main focus of the clinical work of Professor Keck is minimal-invasive oncologic surgery. 

Professor Keck is Chair of the Working chapter of Robotics and Innovation in Surgery of the Association of General and Visceral Surgeons in Germany. He is a member of the Collegiate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and member of numerous societies Since several years he is General Secretary of the German Chapter of the ACS. Additionally, Professor Keck is member of editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. He is Honorary Professor of two Ukrainian Universities, Bogomolets National Medical University, Kiew and Vinnytsia National Pirogov Memorial Medical University. 

The Department of Surgery at the University of Lübeck is German Center of Excellence for minimal-invasive surgery (DGAV).The main focus of research of the Department lies within hepato-pancreato-biliary oncology, oncologic research and minimal-invasive surgery in the clinical context. 


Organ retrieval in Germany / Kidney transplantation

The role of the gastroenterologist in liver transplantation

Prof. Dr. Marquardt received his MD degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany (Division of Toxicology and Cancer Risk Factors, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany). From 2008-2011 he performed a postdoctoral-fellowship at the Laboratory of Experimental Carcinogenesis (CCR/NCI/NIH), Bethesda under the mentorship of Dr. Snorri S. Thorgeirsson where his research focused on the functional and molecular characterization of hepatic cancer stem cells. From 2011 - 2019 he worked as an attending physician in the GI and hepatobiliary oncology section of the Department of Medicine I, University of Mainz, Germany. In 2015 Dr. Marquardt was awarded with a Lichtenberg-Professorship for molecular hepatocarcinogenesis by the Volkswagen Foundation. In November 2019 he was appointed as full professor for Gastroenterology at the University of Lübeck and head of the Department of Medicine I, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein – Campus Lübeck. Dr. Marquardt serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals including Carcinogenesis, Cancers and BMC Genomics. His clinical focus is hepatobiliary malignancies. Current research activities involve several aspects of translational hepatocarcinogenesis, hepatic cancer stem cells and systems hepatology.   


Immunosuppression: Focus on kidney transplantation

PD Dr. Martin Nitschke was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He earned his doctorate in 1997 with the dissertation "Immunologische und pharmakologische Beeinflussbarkeit von humanen, kutanen Mastzellen". Afterwards he worked at the Borstel Research Center in the Department of Immunochemistry and continued his medical residency in Luebeck. Here he became a specalist for internal medicine and nephrology. From 2004 to 2007 he was the assistant medical director at the dialysis department, Medizinische Klinik I. Since 2007, he has been the Nephrology Director of the Interdisciplinary Transplantation Centre. In 2018 he earned venia legendi with his habilitation "Auswirkungen viraler und bakterieller Infektionen auf die Niere: Klinische und experimentelle Untersuchungen im humanen Model". Currently, he is Deputy Director of Medizinische Klinik I, Head of Nephrology and Transplantation and Medical Director of the Interdisciplinary Transplant Centre.


German Organ Transplantation Foundation and Eurotransplant

Dr. med. Axel Rahmel

Chairman of the Board, German Organ Transplantation Foundation, Frankfurt, Germany


The role of the pathologist in transplant medicine

This talk will give an overview of histopathological lesions that are frequently seen in transplanted kidneys. Typical histomorphology of the different rejection types will be demonstrated, but also other relevant, not rejection-associated lesion, such as drug- or infection associated lesions will be show.

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiech studied medicine in Hamburg 1995-2001. In the years 2002 to 2010 he worked at the University Hospital Freiburg (Prof. Dr. med. M. Werner) as research fellow and for general pathology training. In 2008 and 2009 for a period of 9 months he went to Basel, Switzerland for subspecialty training in renal pathology (Prof. Dr. med. M.J. Mihatsch). In 2010 he became board certified pathologist and habilitated in 2011. In 2012 he became a professor for nephropathology in Hamburg and after 6 months participation in the kidney registry of Prof. Dr. med. U. Helmchen he became the head of the Nephropathology Section of the Institute of Pathology in the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.