Straight to the heart – one organ, many specializations

A second Chair of Electrophysiology/Rhythmology is now established in Germany: Prof. Dr. Philipp Sommer has been officially appointed by the Ruhr-University of Bochum. The cardiac specialist comes from the Heart Center Leipzig and brings with him a wealth of experience. As a certified expert for the treatment of cardiac dysrhythmia, Prof. Dr. Philipp Sommer is now able to support the team of experienced cardiac specialists at the Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW (HDZ NRW), Bad Oeynhausen. During the official inauguration ceremony for the Director of the new Clinic for Electrophysiology/Rhythmology, Dr. Karin Overlack underlined the cardiologist's exceptional achievements with some statistics: Sommer is not only one of just 1,400 chief physicians in Germany with a W3 professorship, but is now also one of just two chief physicians in Germany with a W3 professorship in Electrophysiology/Rhythmology - the other being from the University of Mainz - something which only 0.0005 per cent of German physicians can claim!

But before Philipp Sommer was handed his official appointment certificate by Prof. Dr. Joachim Rassow, who had traveled to Bad Oeynhausen as a representative of the Dean of the Ruhr-University of Bochum (RUB), two more welcoming speeches followed that of CEO Overlack: one from Prof. Dr. Jan Gummert as Medical Director of the HDZ, and the other from Prof. Dr. Volker Rudolph as Director of the Clinic for General and Interventional Cardiology/Angiology. Gummert thanked the University for establishing this new Chair, for him a clear signal regarding the future orientation of the Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW as a University hospital. The RUB center of competence for cardiovascular medicine acts, researches and works together with all relevant specializations, such as cardioanesthesia, laboratory medicine, imaging, and diabetology, in order to provide patients with the best possible treatment at all times.

Prof. Gummert and Prof. Rudolph are both convinced that it was a good idea to divide Cardiology at the HDZ into two Clinics. "The complexity of cardiac procedures requires different specialists", Rudolph explained. "This is the only way to provide patients with the best quality care. For me, it is only natural that many different specializations should take care of the heart, and also natural that I should seek the advice of an electrophysiologist if a patient of mine is suffering from dysrhythmia."

Philipp Sommer, who has brought University lecturer Dr. Christian Sohns with him from Leipzig to Bad Oeynhausen as Vice Director of the new Clinic, gave thanks for the magnificent team spirit which he had found at the HDZ at all levels. He believes collaboration at the HDZ NRW to be very special, extremely productive and highly motivating.

Further Information:

Herz- und Diabeteszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen
Universitätsklinik der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Leitung: Anna Reiss
Georgstr. 11
32545 Bad Oeynhausen
Tel. 05731 97-1955
Fax 05731 97-2028 E-Mail: info@@hdz-nrw.de

Willkommen im HDZ NRW: (v.l.) Prof. Dr. Jan Gummert, Prof. Dr. Volker Rudolph, Prof. Dr. Philipp Sommer, Dr. Karin Overlack, Prof. Dr. Joachim Rassow (Foto: Armin Kühn).

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