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Univ.Prof. Dr. Alfred Kocher


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Language Spoken: German, English


Prof. Kocher is a cardiologist with more than 20 years of surgical experience at the University Hospital of Vienna and international clinics. He specializes in the surgical treatment of valve diseases of the heart, in particular the Ross procedure, the Tyrone-David operation, and new valve devices. From coronary heart disease to heart valve defects, from aortic disease to heart attacks, with him you are in safe and proven hands.

The most modern techniques are part of his surgical standards, and he decides individually for each patient which surgical technique is involved. For example, small, minimally invasive surgeries are not always possible and appropriate, although today, for example, heart valves can already be replaced using button surgery.

Professor Kocher devotes sufficient time to each patient to discuss the clinical picture in detail, as well as the surgical method and the risks involved. Comprehensive follow-up care is also of great importance to him. This is one of the reasons why not only are the surgical results excellent, but also why patients have an excellent quality of life in the long term after surgery.


  • Professor Kocher's commitment to teaching and mentoring was awarded the EACTS Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Training Excellence in 2011 and the Vienna Medical University Award in 2015


  • German Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • European Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • Austrotransplant: Austrian Society for Transplant Medicine
  • Austrian Society for Cardiac Surgery


  • Senior Physician for cardiac surgery at AKH
  • Head of the Heart Valve Team at the University Hospital of Vienna (AKH)


  • Professor Alfred Kocher, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Vienna and completed his residency in surgery at the Medical University of Vienna
  • After training at the General Hospital in Vienna and at the Silesian University in Zabrze, Poland, he worked for five years as an attending cardiac surgeon at the Hindenburg Cardiac Centre, Poland, and at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • His interest in heart transplantation and myocardial regeneration led him to Stanford University, California, and Columbia University, New York, in the late 1990s


  • Aortic surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart transplant surgery
  • Heart valve replacement surgery
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Ross surgery