“In”-Doctors: where do celebrities go for treatment?
Germany enjoys a very good reputation for its healthcare system and the high quality of its medical services. German university hospitals offer innovative treatment that can help even in serious cases, which is why many celebrities come to Germany for preventive care and treatment.
Star patients from Russia
Among Russian celebrities who regularly visit Germany for health reasons is the famous Russian singer Sofia Rotaru. Her destination is the well-known diagnostics centre in Wiesbaden.
Andriy Danylko, who came second in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 performing as Verka Serduchka, frequently travels to German health resorts to relieve stress from his exhausting tours.
Germany is also the destination point for Victoria Dayneko. The Russian pop singer consults German specialists to treat her allergy to smoke and cosmetics. Due to her condition —bronchial asthma — a simple allergic reaction may trigger the development of a dangerous chronic disease, which is why Victoria regularly comes to Munich for a check-up.
In 2009, the soloist of the Russian rock band “Lyube” Nikolay Rastorguyev underwent a kidney transplantation in Germany. Following double-sided pneumonia, the musician suffered from chronic kidney disease and received hemodialysis. When it transpired that Nikolay would need a transplant, some of his fans offered themselves as donors, which Nikolay refused with thanks. The donor search took several years, but in the end a kidney could be found for Nikolay, and he was successfully transplanted at a German clinic.
German clinics can offer its patients state-of-the-art cardiology treatment, including high-precision diagnostics and minimally invasive surgery at renowned specialized clinics and heart centers. This is why many celebrities choose to place their hearts in the experienced hands of German specialists.
The former primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus Alexius II underwent treatment at the clinic of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.
Another famous patient from Russia is the producer Max Fadeev. He consulted German cardiologists after a heart attack that he suffered during the MTV Movie Awards ceremony.
The first President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin also received treatment in Germany: he was a patient of Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (German Heart Institute in Berlin) where he was followed by a team of renowned heart surgeons, including Prof. Roland Hetzer, Prof. Herrmann Kuppe and Prof. Eckart Fleck.
It is widely known that Germany has the best oncology clinics in the world. Advanced therapy methods and the extensive experience of leading specialists in the field have helped successfully treat many types of cancer.
For this reason, Russian doctors advised the famous Soviet and Russian singer Joseph Kobzon to seek help in Germany after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In 2005 and 2009 the musician underwent surgery in one of the German clinics.
Another well-known vocalist to rely on German specialists was the Russian opera star Elena Obraztsova. She was followed at a Leipzig clinic due to leukemia.
There are other similar examples. Russian actors Svetlana Kryuchkova and Aleksandr Abdulov both consulted German doctors due to cancer. Oleg Yankovsky was treated by one of the most famous German oncologists, Prof. Martin Schuler, at Essen University Hospital.
Germany has achieved an outstanding level of orthopedic care thanks to its high standards of minimally invasive therapy and endoprosthetics, as well as effective rehabilitation programmes. Many sportspeople with medical problems choose Germany as their destination.
Among them is the popular Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, whose meniscal injury was treated by one of the leading sports and orthopedic specialists, team doctor of FC Bayern Munich and the German national football team — Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
The Russian bobsledder Irina Skvortsova, severely injured during a training run at Königssee bobsleigh track, spent four months at the clinic of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. German specialists performed over 50 operations to help her recover.
The famous Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and the football player Aleksandr Sheshukov also consulted orthopedic specialists from Munich.
The renowned Soviet and Russian theater and film director Mark Zakharov came to Germany to treat a hip fracture and had to undergo surgery on the hip joint.
In 2011, the Spinal Centre at Schön Klinik München Harlaching received a famous patient from Russia — the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. The spinal surgery was performed by the Centre director Dr. Mayer in person and lasted over two hours.
The former Prime Minister of the Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko came to the University Hospital Charité to be treated for spinal disc herniation. She was followed by Prof. Lutz Harms.
- Dr. med. Norbert Pfützenreuter
The renowned gynecologist Dr. Norbert Pfützenreuter is famous for minimally intrusive operations on the lower abdomen. Among his patients are American actresses Farrah Fawcett, Cher and Alana Stewart, as well as German socialites and theater celebrities.
- Dr. med. Erich Rembeck
Dr. Rembeck is the team doctor of TSV 1860 Munich. One of his patients is Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who regularly attends the Munich Security Conference and often pays a visit to the orthopedic sports medicine doctor specializing in knee surgery and sports traumatology. Dr. Rembeck also treats the legendary tennis player Boris Becker.
- Prof. Dr. med. Christian Stief
Many celebrity patients seek the advice of Prof. Christian Stief, one of the leading German specialists for prostate cancer treatment, who consulted the millionaire Friedrich Karl Flick.
- Prof. Dr. med. Werner Mang
Cosmetic surgery is often kept quiet and rarely talked about. However, quite a few stars openly admit to having benefitted from it. German actors Götz Georg and Anja Schüte, the singers Costa Cordalis, Jürgen Drews und Dunja Rajter praise Dr. Mang’s medical ability highly. The rector of St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions also entrusted himself to Dr. Mang.
- Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Lange
Prof. Lange is an experienced heart surgeon that consulted the figure skater Hans-Jürgen Bäumler, the football player Robert Jung and the Austrian singer Peter Horton. He is also known for saving the child of the former FC Bayern Munich footballer Carsten Jancker by performing open heart surgery.
- Dr. med. Ernst Otto Münch
The former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl was in treatment with the renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. Münch. The team doctor of the German Ski Association (Deutscher Skiverband) specializes on knee problems and has successfully treated German ski stars Armin Bittner, Michaela Gerg und Felix Neureuther, as well as the actors Elmar Wepper, Michael Roll, Rolf Schimp and Katerina Jacob. The singer Roberto Blanco and sports journalist Harry Valerien have also been his patients.
Many world-famous stars have chosen Germany as their medical destination.
The legendary U2 frontman Bono underwent emergency treatment in Germany after suffering a spinal injury. He was operated on by Dr. Jörg Christian Tonn from the clinic of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, who also performed surgery on the German rapper Bushido.
The famous Hollywood actor George Clooney consulted the well-known German neurosurgeon Dr. Ralf Buhl for massive problems with his back. Dr. Buhl practices in Solingen in the west of Germany.
In 2009, Chinese contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei visited Munich to present his exhibition “So Sorry”. A sudden onset of very intense headaches led him to seek help at the clinic of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, where he was diagnosed with internal bleeding. The artist had to undergo emergency brain surgery.
Christiane Herzog, the wife of the former President of Germany Roman Herzog, consulted the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar due to colon cancer. Roman Herzog appreciated her doctors’ excellent work most highly. As a token of gratitude, he became involved in the creation of the Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHCCC) that was later named after him.
Many politicians underwent treatment at the Asklepios Clinic in Hamburg, among them the former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Schmidt and his wife Loki.
Uwe Lost, bass player of the German country band "Truck Stop", got a hip joint replacement at the Schön Klinik Neustadt.
The 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton came to Munich for a check-up with the famous gastroenterologist Dr. Albert Eimiller.
In 2009, a doctor team from the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar led by Prof. Andreas Imhoff operated the former king of Malaysia Mizan Zainal Abidin, reconstructing his cruciate ligaments and transplanting a new meniscus.
Many other international stars and celebrities choose to come to Germany for treatment, as German clinics guarantee a high standard of medical care for their patients.