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Clinic: Heidelberg surgeon honored

A recently published ranking by the US Internet portal "expertscape" lists Professor Dr. Markus W. Büchler, Managing Director of the Surgical University Clinic Heidelberg and Head of the European Pancreas Center, ranks third among the world's leading experts on pancreatic cancer. According to its own statements, expertscape uses the number and type of articles published in scientific journals as an objective measure of the expertise of the "World's Top Experts in Pancreatic Cancer". In 2018, the renowned surgeon Büchler was already in the list of "Highly Cited Researchers", the most cited researchers, of the online literature and citation database Web of Science. In contrast to the expertscape ranking, this evaluation did not depend on the number of publications, but on the citation frequency - the frequency with which a publication is cited in the publications of colleagues. This is an important indicator of the scientific influence of a contribution. The ranking in the two independent evaluations confirms not only the active and successful research activities of the Heidelberg surgeons under Büchler's direction, but also the high quality and clinical relevance of their results.

In a ranking of the world's leading facilities in the field of pancreatic cancer, also determined by expertscape, Heidelberg University Hospital was among the top 10. Other German clinics in the top 10 include the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, where Professor Dr. Helmut Friess and Professor Dr. Jens Werner two former employees and cooperation partners Büchler are active as medical directors of surgery. "The current ranking underlines the excellent scientific position of the Heidelberg University Surgical Clinic in international comparison," says Professor Büchler happily. "It is recognition of the clinical and scientific achievement of the entire team."

European Pancreas Center Heidelberg certified center of excellence

In the treatment of inflammation and cancer of the pancreas, the European Pancreas Center at the Surgical University Clinic in Heidelberg plays a pioneering role throughout Germany: The well-coordinated team of specialists looks after around 2,000 patients every year and performs more than 700 operations on the pancreas. No other German clinic has more experience in this area. "We see quite rare diseases more often, so we have extensive experience with them," explains Professor Büchler. "This also brings with it a great deal of expertise in surgical interventions that are rarely performed elsewhere." Since 2012, the clinic has been certified by the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV) as a "Center of Excellence for Surgical Diseases of the Pancreas", in which patients are treated and cared for in an interdisciplinary manner according to prescribed high quality standards. The quality tests required for this award are carried out every three years.

In addition, the European Pancreas Center has its own laboratory in which around 30 scientists and laboratory technicians research possible molecular and genetic causes of pancreatic cancer and work on the development of new forms of treatment. These are offered to patients as part of clinical studies. To this end, the experts cooperate with scientists and doctors from the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the University of Heidelberg and the Study Center of the German Society for Surgery (SDGC).

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Expertscape claims to create rankings of the world's leading physicians and institutions in various medical fields on the basis of purely objective criteria. The aim is - according to the information on the website - to name doctors with the greatest knowledge in their specialty and thus to make it easier for users of the portal to search for specialists or specialized facilities. The ranking is not based on subjective evaluations, but on the publication performance of the medical professionals, whereby, for example, the type of articles and the respective journals in which they were published are included in the awarding of points with different degrees of importance. However, the resulting list does not claim to be complete. The website is free to use.

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