Dr. Klaus Novak

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Dr. Klaus Novak

 

Neurosurgery

Senior physician in stereotactic neurosurgery at the University Clinic for Neurosurgery and Medical University of Vienna.

 

Languages spoken

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
 

My focus

  • Spine
  • Intermittent claudication of the spine (claudication spinalis)
  • Herniated disc (disc prolapse)
  • Central nervous system tumors
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromodulation method
  • Psychiatric illnesses
 

Resume

  • Born in Vienna in 1967
  • Humanistic high school in Vienna
    (Wasagymnasium, Vienna 9th)
    University of Music and Performing Arts
    (Violoncello concert subject)
  • 1992 Doctorate to Dr. med. univ. at the University of Vienna
  • 1992 Clinical Clerkship at New York University, Department of Neurology
  • 1994-1995 Resident at the University Clinic for Neurology, AKH Vienna
  • 1995-2001 Resident at the University Clinic for Neurosurgery, AKH Vienna
  • 2001 Neurosurgery specialist
  • 2001-2003 Research Fellowship at the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Beth Israel Hospital, New York (intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring in neurosurgery)
  • 2004 Introduction of the intraoperative monitoring of motor evoked potentials (epidurally and muscularly derived potentials) in Austria
  • 2007 Internship at the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel (Deep brain stimulation)
  • 2011 Introduction of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of epilepsies that are difficult to control with drugs in Austria
  • Head of the interdisciplinary working group for the treatment of movement disorders at the Vienna General Hospital (Movement Disorder Board)
  • 2008 Ordination opening in Stockerau
  • 2010–2013 private ordination in the vital sport medical and health center in Vienna Währing
  • 2013 Ordination opening Vienna Josefstadt
 

My professional career in neurosurgery

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.

 

Teaching activities

  • Institute for General and Comparative Physiology of the University of Vienna
  • University Clinic for Neurosurgery, Medical University of Vienna
  • Academy for the Orthoptic Service of the Municipality of Vienna
  • University of Applied Sciences Campus Vienna (Orthoptik)
  • Danube University Krems (University course Advanced Orthopedic Surgery)
 

Memberships

  • Austrian Society for Neurosurgery (ÖGNC)
  • Austrian Society for Epileptology (ÖGfE)
  • Austrian Parkinson Society (ÖGP)
  • Working group for presurgical epilepsy diagnostics and operative epilepsy therapy e.V.
  • European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ESSFN)
  • International Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology (ISIN)
  • Austrian Friends of Tel Aviv University (TAU)

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