New chief physician at Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch: Prof. Dr. med. Roger Wahba
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New chief physician at Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch: Prof. Dr. med. Roger Wahba

With Prof. Dr. med. Roger Wahba, the Department of General, Visceral and Oncological Surgery at Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch has a new chief physician since August 14, 2023. He succeeds Prof. Dr. med. Martin Strik. Prof. Dr. med. Wahba was most recently Managing Senior Physician at the Clinic for General, Visceral, Tumor and Transplant Surgery at the University Hospital of Cologne and from now on will be applying his extensive expertise and many years of experience at Berlin's most modern hospital.

Prof. Dr. med. Roger Wahba has excellent expertise in all areas of general, visceral and oncological surgery and would like to build on proven expertise in Berlin-Buch, but also set new priorities:

"I am looking forward to the new challenges in Berlin-Buch. The hospital's reputation as a modern maximum care provider impressively precedes it. I would like to further expand the interdisciplinary oncological care, which is one of the focal points of general, visceral and oncological surgery in Berlin-Buch, and contribute innovative medical impulses - for professional, future-oriented surgical care at the highest level."

The range of services offered by the department includes the surgical treatment of all abdominal organs. This starts with the esophagus and extends to the treatment of colon and rectal tumors in the certified interdisciplinary colorectal cancer center. Likewise, diseases of the liver and pancreas and patients with chronic inflammatory bowel and reflux diseases fall within the scope of general, visceral and oncological surgery, as do operations for peritoneal cancer. In addition, the department offers operations on endocrine organs such as the thyroid and adrenal glands.

The majority of surgical procedures are performed in general, visceral and oncological surgery, including cancer, using minimally invasive techniques (keyhole surgery). In addition, the clinic has a robot-assisted surgical system with which it can perform a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures with high precision thanks to the latest technology. General, Visceral and Oncological Surgery works closely with other specialist departments such as Gastroenterology, Oncology, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Therapy. Here, a team of proven specialists uses modern, innovative treatment techniques to provide the best and most tailored form of therapy. Patients from the entire Berlin-Brandenburg region benefit from the interdisciplinary approach, the high level of oncological expertise and the short distances within the hospital.

Since its launch in June 2022, the General, Visceral and Oncological Surgery Department at Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch has offered patients the ERAS® Program (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery), which is designed to optimize recovery after major surgery. By standardizing treatment procedures, the ERAS® program has made it possible to reduce the risk of complications after surgery, accelerate the recovery of mobility and independence, and implement a faster discharge.

"I am delighted that we were able to fill the position of head of the department quickly and competently. With his expertise in visceral oncology, Prof. Dr. Wahba is a real asset for our hospital and above all for our patients. The focus of our collaboration is the targeted further development of general, visceral and oncological surgery in our hospital."

Clinic Managing Director Tim Steckel

Prof. Dr. med. Henning T. Baberg, Medical Director at Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch, agrees:

"Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch is a maximum care hospital that is known for its extremely unusual depth of specialization in treatment and intervention methods throughout the Berlin-Brandenburg region. This is evident in the various centers and especially in the care of oncological patients. Here, Prof. Dr. Wahba is the optimal reinforcement for our interdisciplinary working teams."

Prof. Dr. Wahba studied human medicine at the Medical Faculty of the Albertus Magnus University in Cologne. He has been a specialist in surgery since 2011. In 2014, he also successfully completed his training as a specialist in visceral surgery and completed advanced training in special visceral surgery, including transplant surgery. In 2016, he obtained the additional designation of Special Visceral Surgery. Prof. Wahba underlines his special expertise in oncological surgery with the European specialist designation "Surgical Oncology" of the UEMS.  From 2011, he worked as a senior physician at the Department of General, Visceral, Tumor and Transplant Surgery at the University Hospital of Cologne. In 2015, he established the peritoneal cancer treatment program there. Since 2018, he has served as surgical director of the Liver Cancer Center and, since May 2021, as managing senior physician. His scientific focus includes research into innovative techniques, such as augmented reality, and their application in complex operations in the abdominal cavity.

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