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Pediatric Surgery

Professor Dr. med. Benno M. Ure, Director of the Department of Pediatric Surgery


Professor Benno M. Ure is an internationally known representative of his field.
He has been Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the MHH since 2000.
Since then, a wide range of new operation methods, especially in the field of minimally invasive pediatric surgery, have been developed by Professor Ure and his team, making it possible for children of all ages to be operated on using these methods.

A particular concern of Professor Ure is patient friendly pediatric surgery, which led him to develop fast-track concepts and to place special emphasis on immunomodulation.

Professor Ure is a member of the boards of the European Association of Pediatric Surgery and the International Pediatric Surgery Research Association, and is the European representative of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group in the USA.
He is also active in many German committees and professional societies and is speaker for the working group on minimally invasive pediatric surgery.

Proessor Ure is editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Pediatric Surgery and is a member of the editorial board of several international journals.

Clinical Profile

Patients from all over Germany and other countries can expect the highest standards in the pediatric surgical clinic, which is specialized in the treatment of premature babies and newborns with malformations or other disorders which occur in this group.

The Department of Pediatric Surgery of the Hannover Medical School is internationally known for the treatment of problems of the gastrointestinal tract, the lungs, the urinary tract and the genital area, including complex malformations. Biliary atresia and other hepatobiliary illnesses are also high priority areas in the clinic.

In recent years, concepts for patient friendly fast-track surgery have been developed in Hannover. This makes it possible for approximately 60% of all operations in the abdomen or chest to be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Many of these operative techniques were developed in Hannover.

Areas of special emphasis in the Department of Pediatric Surgery:

  • Surgery in prematures and newborns
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Liver and bile duct surgery, biliary atresia
  • Chest and lung surgery
  • Pediatric urology
  • Tumor surgery, oncology
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Pain treatment


The pediatric surgical team includes 15 consultants and residents and approximately 40 nursing staff.
The technical equipment allows minimally invasive operations of premature babies and children of all ages, pediatric urological endoscopic operations and laser surgery.

The Deptartment of Pediatric Surgery is the only tertiary institution for pediatric surgery in Lower Saxony, which has approximately eight million inhabitants.

Scientific Profile

The Department of Pediatric Surgery's research team, which includes pediatric surgeons, biologists and medical-technical specialists, has its own laboratory facilities, which can deal with both molecular-biological programs and animal experiments. The Department is fully integrated into an international research network, which includes cooperation in research with universities in the USA, Japan, the Netherlands, England and Egypt.

The Department of Pediatric Surgery's research program is focused on minimally invasive and fast-track procedures, which have been developed both experimentally and clinically in order to ensure that operations on children are as patient friendly as possible. In this context laboratory investigations are also conducted on immunomodulation.

As a reflection of the high status of the biliary atresia research, the European biliary atresia registry for 22 countries is based in Hannover (under Professor Claus Petersen). 

Further research activities include:

  • Modulation of immune response
  • Biliary atresia research
  • Pediatric oncology 

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