Roland Hetzer, MD, PhD

Heart Institute in Cottbus and Cardio Centrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Roland Hetzer studied Medicine at the University of Mainz (1963-1964) and University of Munich (1964-1969). He obtained his degree as Doctor of Medicine and promoted with a title of in 1969. He underwent residency training in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery from 1971-1976 at Hannover Medical School and fellowship training in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Pacific Medical Center and Stanford University in California, USA in 1976-1978. He became an Associate Professor in Surgery in 1979 at the Hannover Medical School, where he performed the first heart transplantation in 1984 and the first pediatric heart transplantation in Germany in 1985. He then became a Professor of Surgery from 1985-2014 at the Free University of Berlin and then at Charité Berlin. He was the founder and served as the Medical Director and Chief Surgeon at the German Heart Center Berlin from 1985-2014. Since 2015, he continues his practice in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cardio Centrum Berlin. He published more than 1100 scientific papers and authored several books and book chapters. (

Terms of Appointment: Jul 2019 – Jun 2021