Theodor Fischlein

MD, Professor

Head, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Cardiovascular Center,
Paracelsus Medical University, Klinikum Nuremberg,
Professor of Cardiac Surgery – Paracelsus Medical University

Education, Training and Positions

Academic Education

  • Enrolment at the University of Vienna to study Human Medicine and Human Biology (1978-1985)
  • 3rd “Rigorosum” and Graduated as M.D. from the University of Vienna, Austria (1985)

Surgical Training and Experience

  • Training for Specialization in Surgery (1985-1991)
  • Clinical fellow at the 1st Dept., – and 2nd Dept. of Surgery, University of Vienna (1985-1991)
  • Residency at the 1st Dept. Of Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surg., General Hospital of Wels, Austria; Rotation in Cardiology, Anaesthesia and Trauma Surgery (LKA Salzburg) (1987-1991)
  • Visiting Doctor at the Univ. of Cape Town, Groote Schuur, SA, Dept. of Thoracic- and Cardiac Surgery; and Stanford University, CA, USA, Depts. of Cardiovascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology (1987-1991)
  • Specialist in Surgery (1st of October 1991, Austrian Medical Council)
  • Registrar and Senior Physician (from 01. 03. 1995) at the Dept.of Cardiac Surgery, „Großhadern”, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (1991-1997)
  • Visiting Doctor at the Stanford University, CA, USA, Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery; and Univ. of Harare, Zimbabwe, Veterinary School (1991-1997)
  • German Approbation (M.D. Licens), Specialist in Surgery (Bavarian Medical Council, Germany) (1994)
  • Habilitation (Lecturing Qualification); Postdoctoral Thesis: “Endothelialization of Cardiovascular Prostheses” (1996)
  • Assistant Director Dept. of Thoracic-, and Cardiovascular Surgery, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt (1997-2000)
  • Specialist in Cardiac Surgery – Sub-branch Thoracic-, and Cardiovascular Surgery (Hessian Medical Council, Germany) (1998)
  • Appointment as Professor of Cardiac Surgery (C3-Extraordinariat) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg , Assistant Director (2000)
  • Head, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Cardiovascular Center, Paracelsus Medical University, Klinikum Nürnberg, Professor of Cardiac Surgery – Paracelsus Medical University (since 2007)

Practice Areas

Professor Fischlein is a specialist in cardiac surgery (general surgery) with the sub-branch Thoracic- and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Other Interests

Beside the mentioned positions Prof Fischlein has worked on approximately 400 publications and is regularly lecturing and moderating at medical congresses.

Research and Publications

Membership in Professional Societies

  • German Society for Thoracic-, Cardiac- und vascular surgery (scientific expert activities)
  • German Society for Cardiology, Heart and circulation research (scientific expert activities)
  • STS, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • EACTS, European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (scientific expert activities)
  • AATS, American Association of Thoracic Surgery
  • Austrian Society for Thoracic- and Cardiac Surgery
  • International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB), Member of the Executive Council, Advisory Board
  • ALHK (Workgroup senior cardiac hospital physician), chairman
  • PMU (Paracelsus Medical Private University), member of the senate, vice chairman

Why I am passionate about Drainology™

"There is no cardiothoracic surgery without an efficient drainage system. In cardiothoracic surgery drainage systems can appear unimportant, but influence postoperative outcome significantly. Drainology is taking care of postoperative patients’ outcome."

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