Prof. Dr. Hans-Henning Eckstein

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Eckstein (b. 1955) is interested in unstable arteriosclerotic plaque stenoses of the carotid artery as well as the genesis and risk of rupture of aneurysms of the aorta.

After studying medicine at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, he completed his PhD (1986) and acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (1998) in Heidelberg. From 1999 to 2003 Professor Eckstein was medical director of the Clinic for Vascular Surgery at the Klinikum Ludwigsburg. In 2004 he succeeded Professor P.C. Maurer at Klinikum rechts der Isar as director of the Department for Vascular Surgery. In 2008 Professor Eckstein declined a W3 professorship for vascular surgery at Heidelberg University and was appointed the first holder of the newly created Chair for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at TUM in 2009. Professor Eckstein was president of the German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine (DGG) in 2009/2010 and since 2006 has been the editorial managing director of the journal "GEFÄSSCHIRURGIE" (Vascular Surgery).


    • Alexis-Carrel-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie (1999)
    • Forschungspreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie (1997)

    Key Publications

    Eckstein HH, Böckler D, Flessenkämper I, Schmitz-Rixen T, Debus S, Lang W: „Ultrasonographic screening for the detection of abdominal aortic aneurysms”. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2009; 106(41): 657-63.


    Eckstein HH, Ringleb P, Allenberg JR, Berger J, Fraedrich G, Hacke W, Hennerici M, Stingele R, Fiehler J, Zeumer H, Jansen O: “Results of the Stent-Protected Angioplasty versus Carotid Endarterectomy (SPACE) study to treat symptomatic stenoses at 2 years: a multinational, prospective,randomised trial”. Lancet Neurol. 2008; 7(10): 893-902.


    Eckstein HH, Bruckner T, Heider P, Wolf O, Hanke M, Niedermeier HP, Noppeney T, Umscheid T, Wenk H: „The Relationship Between Volume and Outcome Following Elective Open Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) in 131 German Hospitals”. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2007; 34(3): 260-6.


    Ringleb PA, Allenberg J, Brückmann H, Eckstein HH, Fraedrich G, Hartmann M, Hennerici M, Jansen O, Klein G, Kunze A, Marx P, Niederkorn K, Schmiedt W, Solymosi L, Stingele R, Zeumer H, Hacke W: „30 day results from the SPACE trial of stent-protected angioplasty versus carotid endarterectomy in symptomatic patients: a randomised non-inferiority trial“. Lancet. 2006; 7; 368(9543): 1239-47.


    Eckstein HH, Ringleb P, Dörfler A, Klemm K, Müller BT, Zegelman M, Bardenheuer H, Hacke W, Bruckner T, Sandmann W, Allenberg JR: „The Carotid Surgery for Ischemic Stroke trial: a prospective observational study on carotid endarterectomy in the early period after ischemic stroke”.  J Vasc Surg 2002; 36: 997-1004.