The Digestive Surgery Unit of University Hospital of the Medical Faculty of Freiburg, Germany, Head Professor E.H. Farthman, is highly regarded in the country. The unit comprises of 159 beds, 3 intensive care sub-units, and has 8 senior surgeons, 5 surgeons as well as 54 residents.
Its fields of excellence are oncologic surgery, upper GI surgery as well as laparoscopic surgery of the hepatobiliary tract. It does medical research as well as centralising several multicentric studies on cancer.
The town is the centre of the region which is the south-western part of the country, and draws a population of approx. 1 million. It has close relationships with the neighbouring provinces of Alsace (France) and Land Basel (Switzerland).
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