Prof. - Christian Klink - Oncology surgery -

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Klink

Specialist for Oncology surgery, Esophageal surgery, Thyroid surgery, Gastric surgery, Intestinal Cancer, Intestinal surgery, Pancreatic surgery, Liver surgery, Proctology, Biliary Surgery in Speyer

Prof. - Christian Klink - Oncology surgery -
Prof. Klink has specialised primarily in cancer of the intestine and stomach, but has a high level of expertise in all surgeries of the upper and lower abdominal cavity. As the head of the clinic, the empathic specialist has a great deal of experience at the highest academic level - also as an expert in reflux.

Special Clinical Focus

  • Surgery to the entire gastrointestinal tract (internal organs)
  • Oncology surgery (surgery for cancer conditions)
  • Endocrine surgery (surgery to the hormonopoietic organs)
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Colon cancer
  • Hernia surgery
  • Reflux surgery
  • Minimal invasive surgery

About us

When Prof. Christian Klink was appointed head of the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery at the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus Speyer in the summer of 2020, this announcement received a great deal of attention in the professional world. Because with this appointment, a particularly experienced physician who had already held several senior management positions - and who has enormous expertise in surgery of the entire abdominal cavity - was recruited. 

For decades, the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery in Speyer has enjoyed a first-class reputation. When the management of the clinic was replaced in 2020, the people in charge at the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus therefore knew that only an outstanding specialist could live up to this reputation. When Prof. Christian Klink was then recruited, everyone knew that with this exceptional specialist, the clinic is ideally positioned for the future - and is guaranteed to further enhance its reputation.

As a specialist in surgery and visceral surgery, who also has the additional title of Special Visceral Surgery, Prof. Klink heads the clinic as Chief Physician. In addition, the oncological centre, which is also known far beyond the region, and the colon cancer centre, which is certified by the German Cancer Society, are also under his leadership. This ensures that modern, holistic cancer therapy is offered at the Colon Cancer Center, which is always carried out under quality control and in accordance with guidelines. 

Colon cancer specialist with interdisciplinary approach

What is always important to the specialist is his distinct interdisciplinary approach: several clinics and specialist departments of the Speyer Hospital are affiliated with the centres. The fact that the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus takes its role as a medical institution for the treatment of people in the region on both sides of the Rhine seriously at all times is therefore also evident from the close cooperation with resident doctors and other partners and service providers who are actively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

As a specialist for colon cancer, Prof. Christian Klink was reviewed and approved by the independent institute OnkoZert. With this certification, the German Cancer Society ensures that patients really do consult proven specialists who meet all the criteria and professional requirements that the institute sets for organ cancer centres and oncological facilities. This means that all patients who are treated in Speyer for abdominal cancer benefit from the diagnostic and therapeutic range of services offered by the clinic director.

Pioneer in keyhole surgery

Prof. Christian Klink also fits perfectly with another approach of the clinic: as many therapeutic measures as possible are to be carried out with the smallest of interventions, i.e. minimally invasive. In this way, surgeries become much less painful, the body is less damaged and the convalescence period - and thus also the stay in the clinic - can be shortened. 

The clinic in Speyer has long since played a pioneering role in laparoscopic surgery, i.e. keyhole surgery. This innovative method is considered the absolute standard of ultramodern medicine, and not only for the vast majority of surgeries. In the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus, under the direction of Prof. Klink, even the innovative 4-K technology is used. A giant screen is used to make the structures particularly well visible during the surgeries. The result: clinic director Prof. Klink and his competent team can operate with a precision that hardly anyone could have imagined just a few years ago. The technical equipment in the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus in Speyer alone shows how much medicine has evolved.

Style-defining: abdominal surgery through the navel

In these style-defining surgeries, a tiny camera is inserted through the navel into the - somewhat inflated - abdominal cavity, then small tubes and rods are used to operate. This technique is also used for hernias. Modern keyhole surgery also has a cosmetic aspect: Usually only tiny scars remain - also because Speyer generally uses self-dissolving sutures.

Even though Prof. Christian Klink has gained a great reputation primarily through oncological surgeries on the intestine, stomach and liver - his surgical spectrum is of course broader. He also has a great deal of experience in surgeries of the esophagus, thyroid gland, gallbladder or pancreas. 

Wide range of services - also in academic studies

This experience is also clearly reflected in the career of the specialist. Before moving to Speyer, Prof. Christian Klink held various management positions at the RWTH Aachen University: In 2005, he started as a resident in the Clinic for General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery, but moved to the Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery in 2010, only to take on a new task a year later and to expand his expertise in a lasting way - namely in the Clinic for Vascular Surgery. Finally, in 2014, he took over as Senior Physician in charge of surgery mainly of the esophagus and stomach at the Clinic for General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery - and headed the interdisciplinary tumor conference of the "Euregional comprehensive Cancer Center Aachen" (ECCA). 

The next step was to appoint Prof. Klink as head of surgery of the lower gastrointestinal tract - i.e. the small intestine, colon and rectum. Also from 2014, he coordinated the Aachen Stomach Cancer Centre, and from 2017 the entire Visceral Oncology Centre of the local clinic. He was also head of the Visceral Medicine Study Centre and a member of the Department of Surgery at the Medical Centre of the University of Maastricht. Most recently, he served as Senior Consultant at the Clinic for General, Visceral and Transplant Medicine at the RWTH University Hospital in Aachen.

A new, exciting era of highly specialised care began in Speyer in the summer of 2020. The existing connection to the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg will also be further expanded at the highest level - as will the connection to the University Medicine Neumarkt a.M. Campus Hamburg (UMCH), which functions as an academic teaching hospital and thus also underlines the academic aspect of the new director. Prof. Christian Klink, who incidentally also has an international reputation when it comes to heartburn, has long since proven that he is a good fit for Speyer: Both staff and patients are equally enthusiastic about the new hospital director.

Diagnostic Services

  • Clinical examination
  • Laboratory diagnostics
  • Intraoperative ultrasound: Precise display of the organs through the open abdominal wall
  • Fluorescence angiography by the Novadaq company
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Detailed discussion of findings and therapeutic planning

Therapeutic Services

  • Excision of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy), minimal invasive
  • Multimodal treatment for carcinomata of the gallbladder
  • Laparoscopic excision for hepatic conditions
  • Interventional treatment options for hepatic abscesses
  • Adapted treatment for chronic inflammation of the pancreas
  • Multimodal treatment for carcinomata of the esophagus
  • Laparoscopic surgery or medication-based treatment options for gastric conditions
  • Benign tumors of the wall of the stomach or polyps are treated surgically using the rendezvous technique
  • Adapted treatment and surgery to the small intestine
  • Proctology treatment
  • All malignant conditions of the digestive tract are treated non-surgically and surgically
  • Ligasure® by Covidien: Safe tissue sectioning and sealing
  • Harmonic ACE® by Ethicon: Tissue sealing using ultrasound waves
  • Microwave frequency ablation (MWFA) / MedWaves© by the AveCure company: Treatment of hepatic tumors and metastases
  • Argon Beamer® by Erbe: Surface sealing of the liver
  • Nervus recurrens monitoring by Medtronic: Protection of the electric nerve signal during thyroid surgery
  • Minimal invasive surgery: “Keyhole technique”. Minimal abdominal incisions, for selected surgical procedures e.g. for children, also using a 5 mm camera or 3.5 mm miniature instruments
  • Magnifying spectacles: Enlargement technique e.g. for thyroid surgery - 4K technology by the laparoscopy company, Richard Wolf

Medical spectrum


  • Abdominal wall hernia
  • Anal abscess
  • Anal carcinoma
  • Anal eczema
  • Anal fissure
  • Anal fistula
  • Anal polyp
  • Anal skin tags
  • Anal thrombosis
  • Appendicitis
  • Basedow's / Grave's disease
  • Biliary colic
  • Cancer of the gallbladder
  • Cancer of the large intestine
  • Cancer of the pancreas / Pancreatic cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholestasis
  • Cholesystitis
  • Chronic intestinal disorders
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Colonic cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cryptitis
  • Disorders of the biliary tract
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Femoral hernia
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Gallstones
  • Genital / anal warts
  • Goiter
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Incisional hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Intestinal polyps
  • Mast colon cancer
  • Pancreatic diseases
  • Pancreatitis
  • Paralytic ileus
  • Parastomal hernia
  • Perforations of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Proctitis
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rectal disorders
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Rectal ulceration
  • Reflux disease
  • Richter's hernia
  • Thyroid autonomy
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Umbilical hernia


  • Abdominal wall hernia operation
  • Anal carcinoma surgery
  • Anal fissure surgery
  • Anal polyp surgery
  • Anti-reflux procedure
  • Artificial anus
  • Cancer treatment
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Diaphragmatic hernia operation
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Femoral hernia surgery
  • Fundoplication
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric surgery
  • Gastric cancer surgery
  • Gastroenterostomy
  • Hemorrhoid surgery
  • Hepatic cancer surgery
  • Hepatic metastasis surgery
  • Hepatic surgery
  • Incisional hernia surgery
  • Inguinal hernia operation
  • Intestinal cancer surgery
  • Intestinal resection
  • Laparocopic pancreatic surgery
  • Large intestine surgery
  • Liver resection
  • Minimal invasive biliary surgery
  • Minimal invasive esophageal surgery
  • Minimal invasive gastric surgery
  • Minimal invasive hernia surgery
  • Minimal invasive intestinal / colorectal surgery
  • Minimal invasive pancreatic surgery
  • Oncology surgery
  • Palliative care in colonic carcinoma
  • Pancreas transplantation
  • Pancreatic cancer surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Pancreatitis surgery
  • Rectal surgery
  • Rectal surgery
  • Rectal surgery
  • Single-port cholycystectomy
  • Surgery to the parathyroid glands
  • TAPP / Transabdominal preperitoneal mesh technique
  • Thyroid surgery
  • TULC
  • Umbilical hernia surgery
  • Vagotomy

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Cafeteria
  • Medical options
Options in patient rooms:
  • Height-adjustable, electrically-controlled beds
  • High-quality bed linen, additional blankets and pillows on request
  • Flat-screen TV (with Sky reception)
  • Internet access at no charge, telephone access charge, WLAN at no charge
  • Minibar (restocked daily)
  • Comfortable visitor’s armchair
  • Two daily newspapers each day, magazines
  • Decoration with comfort features
  • Shower, washstand and toilet with comfort features
  • Bathrobe, bath towel, face towel, slippers
  • Soap, shampoo, shower gel, body care products, various sanitary products
  • Hair dryer, make-up mirror
  • Varied menu selection options for lunch and dinner
  • Themed breakfast
  • Individual menu assortment
  • Range of cakes and pastries
  • Vending machine for hot and cold beverages
Other service:
  • Porter service



Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus Speyer gGmbH

Paul-Egell-Strasse 33
67346 Speyer


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