REBIRTH Mitglieder

Haverich, Axel

Haverich, Axel, Prof. Dr. med. Dr.

REBIRTH Koordinator

Professor and Head of Clinic for Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplant and Vascular Surgery, Department for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Leibniz Research Labs for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs (LEBAO)

Hannover Medical School
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover



A. Haverich (*1953), is head of the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at the MHH and coordinator of the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence. His major research interests are in heart and lung surgery, lung transplantation, organ regeneration and repair, and tissue engineering. He was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 1995, which resulted in the foundation of the Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs (LEBAO). Professor Haverich and his team have pioneered a number of groundbreaking developments in the field of cardiothoracic and transplantation surgery and regenerative medicine, including a biological heart valve which can grow with the recipient patient, which is currently being tested in two international clinical studies. Current research focuses on the development of implantable biological organs, biofunctionalised implants, bioprinting of organs and microvessel dysfunction.

Biography / About

Date of Birth:March, 1953
Function:Full (C4) Professor and Head of Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School (MHH)


1972Higher secondary education (Abitur)
1972 - 1978Degree in Medicine, MHH
1979Award of Doctoral Degree (M.D.) and licence to practice (“Approbation”)
1987Post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation)

Academic appointments and Research posts:

1978 - 1985Resident physician, Centre for Surgery, MHH
1983 - 1984Research fellow, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Stanford University, CA, USA
1985 - 1993Consultant, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (HTTG), MHH
1993 - 1996Director, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Kiel, Germany
Since 1996Director, HTTG, MHH
Since 2006Coordinator, REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence
Since 2007Principle Investigator (PI), DFG Collaborative Research Center (CRC) ‘SFB 738: Optimisation of Conventional and Innovative Transplants’
2007 - 2012Coordinator, DFG CRC/Transregio ‘TRR 37: Micro- and Nanosystems in Medicine - Reconstruction of Biological Functions’
Since 2012PI, DFG CRC/Transregio ‘TRR 127: Biology of Xenogeneic Cell and Organ Transplantation - From Bench to Bedside’
Since 2012PI and Disease Area Manager, German Center for Lung Research (BMBF)
Since 2012Coordinator, ESPOIR ‘European Clinical Study for the Application of Regenerative Heart Valves’ (EU FP7)
Since 2015Coordinator, ARISE ‘Aortic Valve Replacement using Individualised Regenerative Allografts’ (EU Horizon 2020)
Since 2016PI, DFG Clinical Research Unit 311 ‘(Pre-) terminal heart and lung failure’

Other professional activities:

Since 1998Scientific Advisory Board Member, ‘Der Chirurg’, Springer
2007 - 2009President, German Society for Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
Since 2010Advisory Board Member, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)
2010 - 2011President, German Society for Surgery
Since 2015Advisory Board Member, Max Planck Institute for Heart & Lung Research

Awards and Prizes:

1993Franz Köhler Prize for experimental and clinical organ conservation
1995Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, DFG
2002Niedersachsen State Prize
2007Doctor honoris causa, University M. Testemitanu, Chisinau, Moldavia
2014Research Prize, Fritz-Behrens-Stiftung, Hannover
2014Münster Heart Centre Lecture Award, Stiftung Herzzentrum Münster
2015Rudolf Zenker Prize, B. Braun-Aesculap/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie

Major research interests:

  • Lung transplantation
  • Lung regeneration
  • Microvessel dysfunction
  • Tissue engineering
  • Stem cells

Selected Publications:

  1. Haverich A. A Surgeon’s view on the pathogenesis of artherosclerosis. Circulation. 2017. 17;135(3):205-207.
  2. Pflaum M, Kühn-Kauffeldt M, Schmeckebier S, Dipresa D, Chauhan K, Wiegmann B, Haug RJ, Schein J, Haverich A, Korossis S. Endothelialization and characterization of titanium dioxide-coated gas-exchange membranes for application in the bioartificial lung. Acta Biomater. 2017. 1;50:510-521.
  3. Rojas SV, Meier M, Zweigerdt R, Eckardt D, Rathert C, Schecker N, Schmitto JD, Rojas-Hernandez S, Martin U, Kutschka I, Haverich A, Martens A. Multimodal Imaging for In Vivo Evaluation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells in a Murine Model of Heart Failure. Artif Organs. 2017. 41(2):192-199.
  4. Krüger M, Zinne N, Biancosino C, Höffler K, Rajab TK, Waldmann KH, Jonigk D, Avsar M, Haverich A, Hoeltig D. Porcine pulmonary auto-transplantation for ex vivo therapy as a model for new treatment strategies.Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2016. 23(3):358-66.
  5. Sommer W, Marsch G, Kaufeld T, Röntgen P, Beutel G, Tongers J, Warnecke G, Tudorache I, Schieffer B, Haverich A, Kühn C. Cardiac awake extracorporeal life support-bridge to decision? Artif Organs. 2015. 39(5):400-8.
  6. Tudorache I, Sommer W, Kuhn C, Wiesner O, Hadem J, Fuhner T, Ius F, Avsar M, Schwerk N, Bothig D, Gottlieb J, Welte T, Bara C, Haverich A, Hoeper MM, Warnecke G. Lung Transplantation for Severe Pulmonary Hypertension--Awake Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Postoperative Left Ventricular Remodelling. Transplantation. 2015. 99(2):451-8.
  7. Rojas SV, Martens A, Zweigerdt R, Baraki H, Rathert C, Schecker N, Rojas-Hernandez S, Schwanke K, Martin U, Haverich A, Kutschka I. Transplantation Effectiveness of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Is Improved by a Fibrinogen Biomatrix in an Experimental Model of Ischemic Heart Failure. Tissue Eng Part A. 2015. 21(13-14):1991-2000.
  8. Wiegmann B, Figueiredo C, Gras C, Pflaum M, Schmeckebier S, Korossis S, Haverich A, Blasczyk R. Prevention of Rejection of Allogeneic Endothelial Cells in a Biohybrid Lung by Silencing Hla-Class I Expression. Biomaterials. 2014. 35(28):8123-33.
  9. Warnecke G, Moradiellos J, Tudorache I, Kühn C, Avsar M, Wiegmann B, Sommer W, Ius F, Kunze C, Gottlieb J, Varela A, Haverich A. Normothermic perfusion of donor lungs for preservation and assessment with the Organ Care System Lung before bilateral transplantation: a pilot study of 12 patients. Lancet. 2012. 24;380(9856):1851-8.
  10. Cebotari S, Lichtenberg A, Tudorache I, Hilfiker A, Mertsching H, Leyh R, Breymann T, Kallenbach K, Maniuc L, Batrinac A, Repin O, Maliga O, Ciubotaru A, Haverich A. Clinical application of tissue engineered human heart valves using autologous progenitor cells. Circulation. 2006. 4;114(1 Suppl):I132-7.

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