Special Clinical Focus

  • Lung resection, including minimal-invasive, extended resection, bronchoplasty and angioplasty
  • Multimodal treatments
  • Resection of mediastinal tumors in malignant and benign conditions (including thymoma, myasthenia)
  • Laser resection
  • Tracheal surgery
  • Emphysema surgery, VATS

About us

Prof. Joachim Pfannschmidt is the Chief Physician of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Chest Clinic in Heckeshorn. Across Germany, the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Helios Emil von Behring Hospital is considered to be one of the largest and most advanced equipped centers for the surgical and multimodal treatment of pulmonary conditions. Prof. Pfannschmidt is a specialist in general surgery and thoracic surgery, with a focus on the treatment of lung cancer. As the Guideline Officer of the German Thoracic Surgery Association and as a member of numerous German and international specialist associations, Prof. Pfannschmidt is in constant contact with specialist colleagues in scientific circles and in clinical practice. The advanced comprehensive technical facilities of the certified thoracic center are essential for a discerning and precise diagnosis and treatment. MRI, PET-CT, EBUS-BRSK, etc. are available for this. The latest techniques, such as minimal invasive surgery, lung-preserving surgery, including by means of laser and bronchoplasty / angioplasty, as well as multidisciplinary resection techniques for extensive tumors, are employed in the surgical treatment. All oncology patients are discussed and an individual treatment plan is developed with all responsible cooperation partners in the course of the interdisciplinary tumor conferences. Procedures in the chest are invariably performed as gently as possible using minimal invasive surgical techniques. The lung specialist Prof. Pfannschmidt and his highly qualified team care for their patients in close collaboration as a center of excellence for all lung conditions.

Diagnostic Services

  • Clinical examination
  • Detailed discussion of findings
  • Bronchoscopy diagnostics
  • Laboratory diagnostics
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Lung cancer diagnostics

Therapeutic Services

  • Surgery for lung cancer
  • Surgery for pulmonary metastases (laser)
  • Surgery for tumors and constriction of the trachea
  • Surgery to the thoracic wall such as for sunken chest, pigeon chest, and thoracoplasty
  • Surgery for tumors of the thoracic wall, recurrence and radiation injury following breast cancer, including skin and muscle flap graft
  • Surgery for inflammatory / purulent pulmonary, sternal and chest wall conditions
  • Treatment and surgery for accumulation of pus in the thorax (empyema) and mediastinum (mediastinitis)
  • Surgery for tuberculous lungs and pleural conditions
  • Surgery for malignant pleural conditions (pleural mesothelioma, carcinosis)
  • Surgery for tumors of the mediastinum (germ cell tumors, dermoids, thymomata, cysts, goiter) including vascular graft surgery
  • Port implantation (also out-patient)
  • Surgery to the diaphragm (tightening, hernias, ruptures)

Minimal invasive surgery / VATS for:

  • Debridement for suppurative pleural effusion
  • Sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis (excess perspiration on the head, hands and arms) and for circulatory disorders
  • Correction of sunken chest, Nuss procedure
  • Unclear changes in the lungs (round lesion)
  • Early stage lung cancer (VATS lobectomy)
  • Tumors of the mediastinum, VATS-thymectomy for myasthenia
  • Pleural carcinosis: pleurectomy / pleurodesis
  • Pulmonary laceration (spontaneous pneumothorax)
  • Benign conditions of the esophagus
  • Pulmonary overinflation (volume reduction)
  • Hemothorax (accumulation of blood in the chest cavity)
  • Video-assisted excision of mediastinal lymph nodes (video mediastinoscopy)

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Comfortable, high-quality furnished single or two-bed rooms
  • Bathrobe, bath and hand towels and a body care pack
  • Patients can use the telephone and television with no base fee
  • Internet access and DVD/CD player in every room
  • Daily newspaper and TV magazine
  • Gourmet menus, a variety of culinary extras
  • Minibar with alcohol-free beverages and snacks
  • Patient newsletter, HELIOS aktuell
  • Cafeteria
  • Pastoral counseling and Social Service
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Thoracic Surgery

Other services

  • Pulmonary carcinoma (lung cancer)
  • Pulmonary metastases due to sarcoma and carcinoma conditions
  • Tumor conditions of the pleura (including pleural mesothelioma)
  • Primary and secondary chest wall tumors
  • Chest wall deformities (sunken chest and pigeon chest)
  • Hyperhidrosis (tendency to perspire)


Airports near

  • Tegel airport22 km
  • Schoenefeld airport28 km

Additional staff

Bettina Schlolaut

Chief Resident

Mario Toennies

Chief Resident