We thrive to provide the best evidence based practice to surgically treat patients suffering from diseases of the heart, lungs and other organs inside the thoracic cavity as well as the vasculature and thoracic wall.

A Research Unit
at a Top Ranking Hospital

The Research Unit at Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Aarhus University Hospital and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University is a recognized institution, producing high-impact research of high quality for the benefit of patients.

Our research is based on the four specialities of the department: cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery as well as the anaesthesiology related to these fields.

Ressources and numbers



  • Full Professors: 2
  • Associate Professors: 15
  • Post.docs: 5
  • Phd Students: 12
  • Research Year Students: 2
  • Master Thesis Students: 2



since 2010



million DKK

since 2010

Research Operating Areas


atrial fibrillation

heart transplantation


minimally invasive techniques


trombosis and hemostasis



aortic dissection


surgical techniques

clinical epidemiology

biomechanical evaluations

prosthetic heart valves

lymph vessels

Research Focus Areas

We have four scientific focus areas including the fields of the four medical specialities constituting the department: cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, and cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesiology. The focus areas are based on the clinical (medical and nursing aspects) as well as the experimental.

Focus Area

Clinical Research

We are leading and involved in both larger and smaller prospective trials and retrospective studies, aiming to provide high quality clinical research in the field of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery as well as cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesiology.

Focus Area

Experimental Research

A strong tradition in experimental research, including biomechanical and hemodynamic studies, validation and testing of new devices or surgical procedures, using experimental animal models, exist at our department.

Focus Area

Translational Research

We conduct clinical research combined with state of the art methods from basic research.

Focus Area

Research in Nursing Care and Practice