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Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim

location_on Cologne, Germany
8.9/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery (274437)

Makoto Nakamura

Prof. Dr. med.

Makoto Nakamura

Specialized in: adult and pediatric neurosurgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim offers the full range of progressive surgical treatment of diseases, malformations and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, spine and peripheral nerves. The surgical interventions are performed in high-tech operating rooms equipped with navigation systems to prevent damage to the brain and spinal cord, operating microscopes, an intraoperative X-ray device, electrophysiological monitoring systems, fluorescent navigation devices with 5-aminolevulinic acid and other necessary medical equipment. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Makoto Nakamura.

The highly qualified neurosurgeons of the department perform more than 3,100 operations annually. Of particular interest is the treatment of patients with brain, spinal tumors, diseases of the intervertebral discs and spinal stenosis, as well as stabilization interventions on the spine.

The department actively performs stereotactic and functional neurosurgical interventions. Stereotactic surgery is a minimally invasive and highly accurate therapeutic procedure for the treatment of brain diseases, while functional neurosurgery deals with the restoration of brain functions. In this field, the special attention is paid to the treatment of brain tumors, deep brain stimulation for motor disorders (for example, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremor), deep brain stimulation for therapy-resistant mental disorders (for example, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, Tourette syndrome), treatment of chronic pain syndromes and spasticity using neuromodulation and implantation of drug pumps.

The department's surgical service range includes:

  • Neuro-oncology
    • Brain tumor surgery and postoperative care
    • Skull base tumor surgery
    • Pituitary tumor surgery
    • Stereotactic interventions
    • Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring
    • Neuronavigation
    • Neuroendoscopy
  • Spinal surgery
    • Stabilization of all parts of the spine using ventral, dorsal, lateral or combined interventions
    • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
    • Surgical treatment of spinal stenosis
    • Surgical treatment of spinal disc herniation in all parts of the spine
    • Vertebroplasty
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Percutaneous stabilization of the spine
    • Intervertebral disc replacement surgery
    • Spinal tumor surgery
  • Neurotraumatology
    • Treatment of head injuries
    • Treatment of fractures of the anterior skull base
    • Comprehensive intensive drug therapy
  • Neurosurgical rehabilitation, including invasive non-ablative pain therapy
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Peripheral nerve injuries
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Other therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. med. Makoto Nakamura studied Human Medicine at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. From 1993 to 1998, he was a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 1999, the doctor defended with honors his experimental thesis in Neurobiology. In 2000, he received an award for his doctoral thesis in Human Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine. The doctor completed internships in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, at the University Hospital Zurich, at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and also underwent training at the University College London and Harvard University in Boston. In 2004, Prof. Nakamura had his board certification in Neurosurgery followed by habilitation in the surgical treatment of skull base meningioma. The specialist held the position of Deputy Head and Leading Senior Physician in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hannover Medical School. He also was a representative of the interdisciplinary tumor board for cancer of the central nervous system in the same hospital. In July 2016, Prof. Nakamura held the position of the Chief Physician of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Kliniken der Stadt Köln gGmbH

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