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Specialist fields (in extracts)

  • Treatment of spinal disorders in elderly patients such as spinal canal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative scoliosis, osteoporotic fractures or spinal metastases
  • Treatment of spinal disorders in obese patients
  • Treatment of disorders of the cervical spine such as disc herniation, myelopathy or deformity
  • Spinal tumors
  • Complex spine surgery and revision surgery
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery

Curriculum vitae (in extracts)

04/16 — Department of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, Helios Baltic Sea Clinic Damp: Chief Physician
12/12 – 02/16 — Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Senior Physician, Head Spine Surgery
02/10 – 11/12 — Department of Neurosurgery, Innsbruck Medical University: Physician, Head Spine Research
07/05 – 01/10 — Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University: Physician
04/98 – 05/05 — Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin
04/15 — Venia legendi in Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University
06/13 — Venia docendi in Neurosurgery, Innsbruck Medical University: Regenerative treatment strategies for degenerative intervertebral disc diseases
09/06 — Potential of mesenchymal stem cells for chondrogenic differentiation in high-density-3D-cultures and in bio-absorbable polymer fleece. Stem Cell Group, Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. M. Sittinger)


Study author und project leader
12/12 – 12/19 — Cervical foraminotomy: a randomized clinical trial, German Spine Foundation (Deutsche Wirbelsäulenstiftung)
12/11 – 05/12 — Biomechanical investigation of dynamic hybrid instrumentation in lumbar spondylodesis, Paradigm Spine GmbH
06/10 – 06/12 — Implantation- and closure-system for anulus fibrosus defects of the intervertebral disc; German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
06/08 – 11/11 — Biomechanical and animal studies for closure and regeneration of the anulus fibrosus, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Study author
01/11 – 12/15 — Cell Therapy of Degenerative Diseases of the Intervertebral Disc: Establishment of a Therapy Concept, Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies
11/08 — Implantable system for an intervertebral disc and intervertebral disc implant, Hegewald, European patent application No. 07008902.4-2108
06/08 — Stipendiary of the German Neurosurgery Research Foundation

Academic activities


09/11 – 2018 — Principal investigator. Cervical foraminotomy: a randomized clinical trial

09/11 – 2013 — Investigator and industry consultant. A prospective, randomized, multicentre Phase I/II clinical trial to evaluate safety and efficacy of NOVOCART® Disc plus autologous disc chondrocyte transplantation (ADCT) in the treatment of nucleotomized and degenerative lumbar discs to avoid secondary disease

04/11 – 2016 — Investigator. Posterior dynamic stabilization versus fusion in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease [a multi-center RCT]

05/10 – 2016 — Investigator and industry consultant. A prospective, randomized, multi-center study to demonstrate the superiority of the Barricaid® to discectomy for primary lumbar disc herniation

04/09 – 2012 — Investigator. A multi-center, post marketing surveillance study to monitor the safety and performance of the Barricaid® ARD in the treatment of back and radicular pain caused by primary lumbar disc herniation

01/10 – 2011 — InvestigatorLong-term outcome of a prospective randomized comparison of cage fusion and iliac crest autograft fusion in patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy

01/09 – 2010 — Investigator. Long-term outcome after less invasive surgery for decompression of lumbar stenosis — a randomized comparison of unilateral laminotomy, bilateral laminotomy and laminectomy

Extra information






German Association of Neurosurgery (DGNC)

German Spine Association (DWG)

European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)


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