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Research Team "Hepatic Surgery / Focus - Liver Transplantation"

Director:Prof. Dr. med. Jan Schmidt
Vice-Director:PD Dr. med. Peter Schemmer
Team/ Project Director:Dr. med. Arianeb Mehrabi
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Carsten Gutt
Dr. med. Moritz v. Frankenberg
Dr. med. Pascal Berberat
Scientific Medical Staff:

Arash Choudry
P. Pahlavan
Arash Kashfi
Liang Rui
Marius Kincius
Dr. Choon Kiat


Natalia Abel
Oliver Stahlheber
Genevieve Die-Anane
Ingo Watanpour
Miriam Barro-Bejarano
Ute Pöschl (ÄiP, Klinikum Konstanz)
Nicole Leibfried
Franziska Jost (ÄiP, Joseph KH Heidelberg)
Kirsten Krätschmer
Claudia Schallert


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stremmel

Priv. Doz. Dr. med. P. Sauer
Klinik für Gastroenetrologie / Hepatologie

Priv. Doz. Dr. med. J. Encke
Ludolf Krehl Klinik Heidelberg

Frau Prof. Dr. med. M.M. Gebhard
Abt. f. exp. Chirurgie / Univ. Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. med. R. Nobiling
Abt. f. exp. Chirurgie / Univ. Heidelberg

Priv. Doz. Dr. med. M. Golling
Chir. Klinik / Univ. Frankfurt

Dr. med. R. Banafsche
Klin. f. Gefäßchir. / Univ. Heidelberg

Frau Dr. med. C. Flechtenmacher
Pathologie / Univ. Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. med. H.-P. Meinzer

M. Thorn
DKFZ / Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. med. Bunzendahl
Dept. of Surgery

Zhi Zong, M.D., Ph.D.
Dept. of Cell Anatomy and Biology /

J.A. Raleigh, M.D., Ph.D.
Dept. of Radiation Oncology University of North Carolina, USA

W. Ekataksin, M.D., Ph.D.
Liver Research Unit, Dept. of Tropical Medicine Mahidol University, Thailand

Prof. Y. Yamamoto
Dept. of Gastroenterol. Surgery Akita University, Japan

Prof. Dr. med. E. Mayatepek
Kinderklinik / Univ. Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. G. Opelz
Immunologie / Univ. Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. med. S. Meuer
Immunologie / Univ. Heidelberg

Dr. med. T. Giese
Immunologie / Univ. Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. med. M. Zeier Nephrologie / Univ. Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. med. G. Richter
Klinik für Radiologie / Univ. Heidelberg

Dr. med. L. Grenacher
Klinik für Radiologie / Univ. Heidelberg

The team is looking into scientific questions concerning perioperative pathophysiology in hepatic (liver) surgery, in particular liver transplantation and liver resection. Clinical studies as well as experimental examinations of large and small animal models have been made.

During the past few years, some of the research areas our projects have worked on include:

  • Experimental studies of the effects of catecholamines on microvascular liver perfusion
  • Analysis of the effect of isolated brain death on organ perfusion and the transplant function
  • Monitoring of cortex perfusion after kidney transplantation using the thermodiffusion technique.
  • Quantifying regional perfusion inhomogeneity following liver ischemia and transplantation.
  • Evaluation of the efficiency of sealing products for biliostasis following liver resection / gallbladder surgery.
  • Intravital microscopic examinations of the effects of glycine and taurine on liver perfusion and function.
  • Clinical study to evaluate the effect of glycine on the post-operative transplant function (HEGPOL-Study)
  • The significance of Kupffer's cells for the development of ischemia/reperfusion damage
  • The significance of Kupffer's cells in inflammatory processes, sepsis, hepatitis, steatosis, cirrhosis
  • The efficiency of gadolinium chloride for the reduction of conservation damage ischemia / transplant
  • Experimental and clinical evaluations concerning the practicability of Stapler-hepatectomy.
  • 3D-CT based planning in living liver donation
  • Biomonitoring of immune suppression


Selected Publications:

Definition von chirurgischen Freiheitsgraden durch funktionelle Anatomie in der Leberchirurgie
Th. Kraus, M. Golling, E. Klar
Chirurg 72: 794-805 (2001)
Monitoring of Hepatic Metabolic State during Surgical Preparation of the Liver Hilus by Microdialysis in a Porcine Model.
A. Mehrabi., Ch. Busch, M. Golling, B. Hashemi, A. Völkl, MM. Gebhard., E. Klar, Th. Kraus
J Surg Res. 15;105(2):128-35 (2002)
Wirkung von Adrenalin und Noradrenalin auf die hepatische Mikro- und Makroperfusion in der frühen postoperativen Phase nach experimenteller Lebertransplantation im Schweinemodell.
A. Mehrabi, T. Boucsein, M. Golling, P. Schemmer, E. Klar, Th. Kraus
Langenbecks Arch. Surg 31: 317-320 (2002)
Assessment of Renal Graft Function by Perioperative Monitoring of Cortical Microcirculation in Kidney Transplantation
M. Angelescu, Th. Kraus, M. Wiesel, O. Hergesell, U. Haberkorn, E. Klar
Transplantation 75(8): 1190-1196 (2003)
Characterization of hepatic parenchymous perfusion heterogeneity and regional flow kintetics after porcine liver transplantation.
A. Mehrabi, M. Golling, C. Jahnke, C. Zapletal, C. Busch, P. Schemmer, MM. Gebhard, MW. Büchler, E. Klar, Th. Kraus
Microvasc Res 65: 78-87 (2003)
Effects of Hemodynamic Instability on Brain Death Induced Prepreservation Liver Damage
M. Golling, A. Mehrabi, K. Blum, C. Jahnke, H. Kellner, O. Bud, B. Hashemi, R. Breitkreuz, K. Becker-Brandenburg, P. Schemmer, MM. Gebhard, Ch. Herfarth, Th. Kraus
Transplantation 75(8): 1154-1159 (2003)
Donor pretreatment with Gadolinium chloride improves early graft function and survival after porcine liver transplantation
M. v. Frankenberg, M. Gollinga A. Mehrabi, H. Nentwich , R. Urbaschek, .E. Klar, Th. Kraus
Transpl Int. 2003 Nov;16(11): 806-13.
Orthotopic liver transplantation in knockout mice: is TNF involved in early graft injury and regeneration?
Conzelmann L.O., Schemmer P., Zhong Z., Smutney O.M., Bunzendahl H., Thurman R.G.
Transpl Proc 2002; 34(6): 2299-2300
Impact of laparoscopic and conventional surgery on Kupffer cells, tumor-associated CD44 expression, and tumor spread
Gutt C.N., Kim Z.-G., Schemmer P., Krähenbühl L., Schmedt C.-G.
Arch Surg 2002; 137: 1408-1412
Extended experience with glycine for prevention of reperfusion injury after human liver transplantation
Schemmer P., Golling M., Kraus T., Mayatepek E., Herfarth Ch., Klar E.
Transpl Proc 2002: 34(6): 2307-2309
The impact of carbon dioxide and helium insufflation on experimental liver metastases, macrophages, and cell adhesion molecules
Gutt C.N., Gessmann T., Schemmer P., Mehrabi A., Schmandra T., Kim Z.G.
Surg Endosc 2003; 17(10): 1628-1631
Glycin minimiert Leukozyten-Endothel-Interaktion nach warmer Ischämie durch Inaktivierung der Kupfferzellen
Schemmer P., Jost F., Conzelmann L.O., Pöschl U., Mehrabi A., Gutt C., Gebhard M.M., Büchler M.W., Klar E.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie / Chirurgisches Forum 2003; 32: 455-458
L-Glycine: a novel antiinflammatory, immunomodulatory, and cytoprotective agent
Zhong Z., Wheeler M., Xiangli L., Froh M., Schemmer P., Yin M., Bunzendahl H., Bradford B., Lemasters J.J.
Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 2003; 6: 229-240