Prof Dr Jens Rassweiler is head of the Department of Urology at Klinikum Heilbronn, Academic Hospital of University of Heidelberg. Rassweiler studied Medicine at the Universities of Stuttgart, Freiburg and Tuebingen, Germany. In 1982, he started his urological education at the Katharinenhospital Stuttgart (Prof. Eisenberger) and was directly involved in the clinical introduction of ESWL, URS and PCNL. From 1988 to 1994, he served as vice-chairman at Medical School Mannheim (Prof. Alken). He was the first German surgeon to perform a laparoscopic nephrectomy in 1992. In 1994, he became the head of the Department of Urology at Klinikum Heilbronn, Academic Hospital of University of Heidelberg. He is an honorary member of the Endourological Societies of Hungary, Chile, Poland and Turkey and an honorary member of the Polish and Bulgarian Association of Urology. Rassweiler has published more than 400 articles and more than 150 book chapters.