Senior physician in stereotactic neurosurgery at the University Clinic for Neurosurgery and Medical University of Vienna.
I developed my interest in neurosurgery during my medical studies in the framework discovered during a study visit to New York University. I have my education as a specialist in neurosurgery at the Vienna University Clinic for Neurosurgery under Prof. Dr. W. Th. Koos obtained. As part of a subsequent 2-year research During my stay in the USA I studied the neurophysiology of the brain and in depth of the spinal cord busy. After my return to the Vienna University Clinic, I established intraoperative monitoring of the nervous system in Austria using routine motor evoked potentials. The introduction of this method in neurosurgery was so important because it made it possible for the first time to Seamlessly monitor the functions of the nervous system during the operation. Impending paralysis can now be detected and prevented with the help of this technology during the neurosurgical intervention. I regularly organize training events and workshops to train domestic and foreign colleagues to learn these techniques.
After further additional training at the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, I have a successful interdisciplinary cooperation with the university Clinic for Neurology and the University Clinic for Pediatrics of the Vienna General Hospital for neurological surgical treatment of movement disorders using deep brain stimulation. With deep brain stimulation, stimulation electrodes are placed via a system made of metal The frame and aiming arm are inserted through a small drill hole in the skull with millimeter precision at a calculated target point deep in the brain. Diseases such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia (e.g. torticollis) and tremor can be treated safely and successfully with this method. At the Vienna General Hospital, we also use this so-called stereotactic surgical technique for the clarification of difficult-to-treat epilepsies by means of deep electrodes and for taking tissue samples for brain tumors and inflammatory diseases of the brain. Since 2011, the technique of deep brain stimulation has also been used for the first time in Austria for the treatment of difficult-to-treat epilepsy. Treatment by means of deep brain stimulation is now also an option in the treatment of severe psychiatric illnesses.