University Hospital Heidelberg

University Hospital Heidelberg (German: Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg) is a university hospital in Heidelberg, Germany and is with 1,991 beds one of the largest medical centers in the country.[1][2] It is closely linked to Heidelberg University Medical School (Heidelberg University Faculty of Medicine) which was founded in 1388 and is thus the oldest within the Federal Republic of Germany.[3][4]

University Hospital Heidelberg
LocationNeuenheimer Feld, Heidelberg, Germany
Coordinates49°25′05″N 8°40′01″E / 49.418°N 8.667°E / 49.418; 8.667Coordinates: 49°25′05″N 8°40′01″E / 49.418°N 8.667°E / 49.418; 8.667
Affiliated universityUniversität Heidelberg
Beds1,991 (2020)
ListsHospitals in Germany
New Surgical Clinic
Hospital of Internal Medicine New Campus (University of Heidelberg) Heidelberg
Children's Hospital
Center for Injuries and Disease in the Head/Neck Area

Patient careEdit

Over 1 million patients per year are treated at the University Hospital Heidelberg.[5] The hospital is especially renowned for the treatment of cancer. A recent innovation in the care of cancer patient is the foundation of the National Center of Tumor Diseases (NCT) in cooperation with German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).[6] The goal of NCT is an interdisciplinary collaboration between various clinical and basic science disciplines and the fast implementation of new and innovative therapeutic procedures. A good example for the Heidelberg's leading position in innovative cancer research and treatment is HIT (heavy ion therapy).[7] HIT utilizes scanned beams of heavy ions, like carbon ions, and is thought to be superior in the treatment of some cancers compared to normal photon radiation. The new facility at University Hospital Heidelberg is unique in the world. The HIT radiation beam is directed by a 600 metric ton gantry which is rotated to focus the beam.[8]


Close ties exist between it, the University Hospital and different research institutions in Heidelberg, e.g. German Cancer Research Center, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research and European Molecular Biology Laboratory.[9]

Medical educationEdit

Heidelberg University medical degree program, two years of basic science, followed by the first of the two steps of the German medical licensing examination, and four years of clinical studies, has undergone a fundamental reform in 2001: From 2001 on, all medical students at Heidelberg University, University Hospital Heidelberg (as opposed to the Heidelberg University Faculty of Medicine in Mannheim) pursue a reformed six-year-long course named "HeiCuMed" ("Heidelberger Curriculum Medicinale").[10] This degree course is an adapted version of the Harvard Medical School curriculum. Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs of Heidelberg University Medical School have played a fundamental role in Heidelberg being awarded "University of Excellence" status by the German Universities Excellence Initiative.[11] There are currently over 4000 students enrolled.[12]

Notable researchers and physicians affiliated with the Research Cluster Heidelberg in recent timeEdit

  • Markus Büchler, surgeon, professor of surgery at Heidelberg University, renowned for pioneering works in surgery of pancreas,
  • Hugo Katus, cardiologist, professor of medicine at Heidelberg University, developed the Troponin T test (biochemical detection of a myocardial infarction),
  • Bert Sakmann (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1997), professor at Heidelberg University and an Emeritus Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg,
  • Harald zur Hausen (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2008), from 1983 until 2003 served as a chairman and member of the scientific advisory board of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and professor of medicine at Heidelberg University.

History of the hospitalEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Die Top 25 der größten Unikliniken in Deutschland: Hier gibts die Liste". praktischArzt: Die Stellenbörse für Ärzte und Medizinstudenten (in German). 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  2. ^ "Allied in medical care, research, and teaching". UKHD Annual Report 2020. Retrieved 2022-09-24.
  3. ^ "Chronology - Universität Heidelberg". Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  4. ^ Schettler, Gotthard (1986). Das Klinikum der Universität Heidelberg und seine Institute : Ein Bericht der Klinik- und Abteilungsdirektoren zur Geschichte und den Aufgaben der Kliniken und Institute am Klinikum der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, vorgelegt zum 600jährigen Jubiläum der Universität. Berlin, Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-642-70862-6. OCLC 913698918.
  5. ^ "International Patients - Heidelberg University Hospital". Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  6. ^ "National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg". Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  7. ^ "Heidelberger Ionenstrahl-Therapiezentrum: Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg zieht eine positive Bilanz | Management-Krankenhaus". Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  8. ^ "Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg: Behandlungsverfahren". Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  9. ^ "Collaborative Research Centres - Universität Heidelberg". Retrieved 2022-09-24.
  10. ^ Pante, Saskia V.; Fleig, Andreas; Burkert, Mirka; Duelli, Roman; Möltner, Andreas (2021-05-01). "Quality assurance of faculty examinations: Optimization of examination management in the Heidelberg Curriculum Medicinale (HeiCuMed)". Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen. 162: 55–62. doi:10.1016/j.zefq.2021.02.009. ISSN 1865-9217. PMID 33849803.
  11. ^ "Excellence Strategy - Universität Heidelberg". Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  12. ^ "Heidelberg University Hospital". UKHD Annual Report 2020. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  13. ^ "Chronology - Universität Heidelberg". Retrieved 2022-09-24.
  14. ^ "Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg: Geschichte der Fakultät". Retrieved 2022-09-24.

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