Professor Thilo Hackert is the vice chairman of the Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery at the University Hospital in Heidelberg (Director Prof.M. W. Büchler). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg, he continued surgical education in Heidelberg and specialized on visceral surgery with a focus on pancreatic diseases, both clinically and scientifically. He became head of the section for pancreatic surgery in 2014 and head of the European Pancreas Center of the University Hospital of Heidelberg, an institution which provides service of app. 3.000 outpatient visits and 700 pancreatic operations annually. A special focus has recently been laid on robotic pancreatic surgery which has been introduced in Heidelberg in 2016 and is increasingly performed for all types of pancreatic resections.
Dr. Hackert’s clinical scientific work has included studies on operative techniques (i.e. in pancreato-duodenectomy) as well as cystic tumors of the pancreas and the therapy of pancreatic cancer (i.e. neoadjuvant therapy). He has worked in committees for National Guidelines (chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer) as well as the European Guidelines for Cystic Tumors and is Council Member for Clinical Science in the European Pancreas Club.