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About Heidelberg University Hospital

More than six hundred years ago, the first German university was founded in Heidelberg. Today, it attracts international acclaim for its life sciences – especially for medicine. As one of Europe’s largest and most modern medical centers, Heidelberg University Hospital’s more than 40 specialist departments offer medical care of the highest international standards in all areas of specialty with a focus on oncology care and on other diseases that require complex treatments. Heidelberg University Hospital’s active collaboration with national research facilities attracts patients from many countries worldwide.

At a glance (2018):








Medicine of the highest standard

World renowned physicians, modern buildings with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as the proximity and interlinking of the specialist departments directly benefit our patients. Many thousands of patients from all over Germany and over 100 countries worldwide travel to Heidelberg for treatment. Outstanding physicians and researchers, among them nobel prize winners have worked in Research Facilities in Heidelberg.

Medical Research for the benefit of patients

Progress and innovation are essential for promising medical treatment. Hundreds of doctors and scientists at Heidelberg University Hospital and its partner research institutes, such as the world-renowned German Cancer Research Center located in Close proximity to the Hospital campus, pursue a common aim: the development of new forms of therapy and their quick implementation for the benefit of the patient.

Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany. The first medical lectures were held here in 1388.

The Heidelberg hospital campus – interlinked expertise

More than 40 specialist departments organized in 14 hospital buildings are connected by underground infrastructure: The Heidelberg hospital circle with a recreation zone in its midst. This ensures short distances and bundles most medical specialties within a radius of two kilometers.

Since 2004, the hospital circle has been gradually expanded:

  • 2004: New Hospital for Internal Medicine
  • 2008: New Children’s Hospital
  • 2013: New Hospital for Gynecology and Dermatology
  • 2018: New Building for infectious diseases
  • 2020 (planned): The new surgical clinic, which will set standards across Europe, will open and complete the clinic ring.
  • 2024 (planned): New heart center, where cardiology, heart surgery and pediatric cardiology will be united under one roof and which will set new national standards.

The hospital is located approx. 45 minutes from Frankfurt International Airport.

Outstanding competence in cancer treatment

The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) is a leading oncological center of excellence, where specialists of various medical fields work together under one roof to find the optimal course of treatment for each cancer patient. A good 100 years ago, Vincenz Czerny founded a cancer research institute in Heidelberg. In 1964, this became the renowned German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Today, the University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Center cooperate closely in research and patient care at the National Center for Tumor Diseases.

The Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Centre (HIT), a unique facility in Europe, is the first in Europe to use both protons and heavy ions. Children and patients with certain tumors of the prostate, lungs and liver can be effectively treated here. This new form of radiation can for the first time benefit a larger number of patients with previously incurable tumors.