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Dr Bernhard Hofer

Specialist in surgery, visceral surgery and proctology

(Curriculum vitae)

Dr Bernhard Hofer Proctologist Munich

Bernhard Hofer M.D.

Specialist in surgery, visceral surgery, proctology

Owner and manager of the practice

  • born 1966 in Kempten in the Allgäu, Abitur in Sonthofen
  • Studies at the LMU Munich


Dr. Hofer - specialized in rectal disorders

What is a proctologist?

Proctology, study of the diseases of the rectum and rump

Like many technical terms, the term comes from ancient Greek (πρωκτός prōktós = anus, rump). The proctologist is therefore a specialist for diseases of the rectum (rectum and anal canal). The second meaning fits well with our specialty of coccygeal fistula.

In Germany, the additional title of proctology requires further specialist training. I first completed the specialist training in general surgery (at least 6 years in a surgical department) and the specialized training in visceral surgery (surgery of the internal organs, at least 3 years in a corresponding specialized clinic). Specialist, focus and additional designation are then acquired through a final examination before the State Medical Association.

Why become a proctologist?

Chance led me to proctology. In 2001, I was a young specialist at the Starnberg Clinic and was selected by the head physician as an assistant for the proctology consultation. Shortly thereafter, the head physician died unexpectedly and I "inherited" his consultation hours with a full appointment calendar.

St. Mark's Hospital

My knowledge of proctology seemed completely inadequate at the time, and so I decided to spend a long period of time at St. Mark's Hospital in London. This first and still leading specialist clinic for proctology and colorectal surgery in Europe was founded on April 25, 1854 as "St Mark's Hospital for Fistula and other Diseases of the Rectum".

St. Mark's Hospital
Entrance to the famous St. Marks Hospital & Academic Institute, London

Prof. John Nicholls and Prof. Robin Phillips gave me a fascination for this supposedly marginal area of surgery. The experience of over 200 years of proctological surgery was evident everywhere at St. Marks.

I realized how many people suffer from hemorrhoids, fistulas and chronic fissures, how differentiated examination and treatment must be and how much proctologically experienced physicians are in demand.

Frankenwald Clinic

After my return, I applied to Professor Thorolf Hager, one of Germany's leading proctologists, holder of the Federal Cross of Merit and co-founder of the German Society for Coloproctology. With him at the Frankenwaldklinik Kronach, which at that time enjoyed a national reputation, I learned proctology "from scratch" in two years of work.

Proctology consultation at Dachau Hospital

Back in Upper Bavaria, I built up a proctological specialist consultation at the Dachau Clinic, which I managed on my own responsibility until I settled in 2013. During this time, the first version of this website was created, which has been continuously revised since then. The goal is to provide even more current, understandable and comprehensive information about the specialty of proctology.

The way to the specialist


  • Doctor in internship at Klinikum rechts der Isar
  • Resident at the University Hospital Mainz
  • Resident at Starnberg Hospital
  • Specialist at the Frankenwald Clinic Kronach
  • Functional Senior Physician at Starnberg Hospital
  • Senior physician at Dachau Hospital

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And what else?


I follow new developments in my field at congresses and on the DeepDyve literature portal. So I have my university library at home! Sometimes you find the inspiration for a detail improvement this way. And every now and then you come across a truly revolutionary innovation in therapy options.

I can be enthusiastic about technology without neglecting the basic tools of a proctologist: listening, looking closely and palpating sensitively.

Besides medicine, my family is my main focus, I am married and have 3 children.

If there is still time left, I keep myself busy with music (piano, songwriting), sports (tennis, running, fitness) and literature.