English translation: chief physician

German term or phrase:Primar
English translation:chief physician
Entered by: Brita Fiess

17:06 Nov 30, 2009
German to English translations [PRO]
Medical - Medical (general) / medical titles
German term or phrase: Primar
The doctor is signing himself 'Primar' at the bottom of the discharge form. Another doctor is signing himself as 'Oberarzt'.
stephkg (X)
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chief physician
is Austrian German for "Chefarzt"
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4 +6chief physician
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Kim Metzger



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chief physician

is Austrian German for "Chefarzt"

Brita Fiess
Local time: 19:56
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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Asker: Yes, except that both terms appear together, which suggests that there must be some difference

Asker: Sorry, I have been looking at this text too long! I read your Chefarzt as Oberarzt! Thanks for your correct answer.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tatyana Gardner
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agree  Goldcoaster
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agree  Monika Elisabeth Sieger
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agree  British Diana
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agree  Ingrid Moore
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agree  lirka: or Head of Department; Oberarzt is simply any board-certified specialist [ after completing his/her residency]
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Ein Chefarzt ist ein Arzt in verantwortlich leitender Funktion, in der Regel in einem Krankenhaus. Die österreichische Bezeichnung ist Primarius, Primararzt oder kurz Primar.

Ein Oberarzt ist ein Arzt in leitender Funktion, meist in einer Klinik oder in einem medizinischen Versorgungszentrum. Aufgrund seiner fortgeschrittenen oder bereits abgeschlossenen Weiterbildung (Facharzt) übernimmt er Verantwortung für einen umschriebenen Zuständigkeitsbereich innerhalb seiner Institution. Ein Oberarzt ist vergleichbar einem Abteilungsleiter. Vor allem an Universitätskliniken ist oft die Habilitation Voraussetzung für die Tätigkeit als Oberarzt.

A Chief Physician, also called Head Physician, Senior Consultant, Chief of Medicine or Medical Superintendent, is a physician in a senior management position at a hospital or other institution. In many institutions, it's the title of the most senior physician, but it may also be used as the title of the most senior physician of a particular department within a larger institution. A Chief Physician generally is in charge of medical matters and often is the superior of other physicians (including Consultants or Attending physicians), but may also be in charge of other professional groups and areas of responsibility.

Kim Metzger
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