About the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery treats the entire spectrum of chest diseases requiring surgical intervention at Rigshospitalet.

We receive adult as well as paediatric patients fro​m all over Denmark and Scandinavia.  The Department  is the largest highly specialized unit for surgical treatment of the entire spectrum of diseases in the chest of both adult and paediatric patients in Denmark.  ​Furthermore we​ provide a full heart and lung transplant programme, residency programmes, an​​d research fellowships at all levels.

The department is part of the Centre for Cardiac, Vascular, Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, which also includes the departments of Cardiology, Thoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases and Vascular Surgery. 

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Research at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The department consists of

  • The Cardiovascular Unit at Rigshospitalet
  • The Thoracic Unit at Rigshospitalet
  • The Paediatric Cardiothoracic Unit at Rigshospitalet

Our approach

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has a long tradition of state-of-the art open as well as minimally invasive highly specialised and individualised surgical treatment for cardiothoracic diseases. 

The treatment is based on the implementation of the newest research results from both within the department and from centres around the world. Both clinical research and teaching are an integrated part of clinical practise at the department. 


  • 2 Professor, cardio surgery
  • 19 Consultants
  • 2 Senior registrars
  • 16 Registrars
  • 11 Perfusionists
  • 155 Nurses

We perform

  • Approx. 1,400 adult cardiac procedures
  • Approx. 1,100 adult thoracic procedures
  • Approx. 240 paediatric cardiac procedures
  • Approx. 60 paediatric thoracic procedures'
  • Approx. 1,400 endoscopies
  • Approx. 3,100 outpatient consultations

We work in

  • 10 operating theatres daily  
  • 3 wards with 32+36 beds 
  • 1 outpatient department 
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