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Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Horbach


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Language Spoken: German, English


Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Horbach has been working in surgery for over 25 years. His surgical focus is on minimally invasive and endoscopic procedures. He is a surgeon with a passion and is a luminary in the field of obesity and reflux surgery.

"Injuries are usually the result of accidents. I mainly treat them surgically. These procedures are either invasive with an incision or minimally invasive, e.g. using the keyhole technique. However, I also apply conservative treatment options if necessary." Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Horbach.



  • German Obesity Society (DAG)
  • German Diabetes Society (DDG)
  • European Foregut Society (EFS)
  • German Society for Surgery (DGC)
  • German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV)
  • Surgical Working Group on Obesity Therapy and Metabolic Surgery (CAADIP)
  • Association of Bavarian Surgeons
  • German Society for Nutritional Medicine (DGEM)
  • German Hernia Society (DHG)
  • European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN)
  • Surgical Working Group on Endoscopy and Sonography (CAES)
  • Surgical Working Group for Robot-Assisted Surgery and Innovation (CA-Robin)
  • Society for Gastroenterology in Bavaria
  • European Hernia Society (EHS)
  • Surgical Working Group on Minimally Invasive Surgery (CAMIC)
  • Surgical Hernia Working Group (CAH)
  • Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC)
  • German Society for Endoscopy and Imaging Procedures (DGE-BV)
  • German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM)
  • German Academy for Nutritional Medicine (DAEM)
  • Federal Association of German Nutritionists (BDEM)
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)


  • 1989 Study of human medicine - Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)
  • 1995 Doctorate (Dr. med.) - Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)
  • 2004 Habilitation on the subject of bariatric surgery at the Friedrich-Alexander University Hospital in Erlangen
  • 1998 Accreditation as a specialist in surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen


  • Conservative and surgical obesity treatment (medication/endoscopic/surgical therapy)
  • Anti-reflux surgery ("Heartburn")
  • Surgical endoscopy (gastroscopy and colonoscopy)
  • Surgery of the gastrointestinal tract and endocrine organs (removal of adhesions/good adrenal tumors)
  • Modern wound management (negative pressure therapy)


  • 1998 - 1998 Chief Physician - University Hospital Erlangen - Surgical Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 2005 Specialist in visceral surgery
  • 2007 - 2014 Chief Physician in General and Visceral Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedics, Academic Teaching Hospital Schwabach
  • 2014 - 2020 Chief Physician - Schön Klinik Nuremberg Fürth - General and Visceral Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedics
  • 2020 - 2021 Chief Physician - Sana Klinikum Offenbach GmbH - Obesity Center of Excellence
  • Since 2022 in private practice - Munich