Prof. Dr. Peter Tassani-Prell



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Professor Tassani (b. 1960), director of the Institute for Anesthesiology at the German Heart Centre in Munich, focuses primarily on pediatric cardioanesthesia, early postoperative inflammatory reaction, coagulation monitoring, autologous blood donation in cardiac surgical patients and electroacupuncture anesthesia.

Professor Tassani completed his medical studies at LMU Munich and received his PhD in 1987. Following further training leading to his German medical board certification in anesthesiology, he worked as a senior physician in the field of cardioanesthesia at the Institute for Anesthesiology at LMU (working with Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. K. Peter). As of April 1992 he played a leading role in setting up an interdisciplinary unit for the perioperative care of patients with congenital heart defects. He acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in 2000 at TUM. This was followed by an appointment to a C3 professorship position with research interests in the area of cardiac anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology headed by Professor Koch at TUM. From 2006 to 2010 Professor Tassani was chairman of a working group of leading cardio-anesthetists (AG leitender Kardioanästhesisten e.V.).

Key Publications

Tassani P, Schad H, Schreiber Ch, Zaccaria F, Haas F, Mössinger H, Altmeyer S, Köhler R, Seghaye MC, Lange R: “Extravasation of Albumin After Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Newborns”. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2007; 21:174-8.


Tassani P, Schad H, Winkler C, Bernhard A, Ettner U, Braun SL, Eising GP, Kochs E, Lange R, Richter JA: “Capillary Leak Syndrome after Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Elective, Uncomplicated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Operations: Does it Exist?“.
 J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2002; 123:735-741.


Tassani P, Barankay A, Haas F, Paek SU, Heilmaier M, Hess J, Lange R, 
Richter JA: “Cardiac Surgery With  Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest Produces Less Systemic Inflammatory Reponse than Low-Flow Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Newborns”. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2002; 123:648-654.


Tassani P, Schad H, Heimisch W, Bernhard-Abt A, Ettner U, Mendler N, Lange R: “Effect of the calcium sensitizer levosimendan on the performance of ischaemic myocardium in anaesthetised pigs”. Cardiovasc Drug Ther. 2002; 16:435-41.


Tassani P, Kunkel R, Richter JA, Oechsler H, Lorenz HP, Braun SL, Eising GP, Haas F, Paek SU, Bauernschmitt R, Jochum M, Lange R: “Effect of C1-Esterase-Inhibitor on Capillary Leakage and Inflammatory Response Syndrome During Arterial Switch Operations in Neonates”. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2001; 15:469-473.