Academic Hospital Nuremberg

location_on Nuremberg, Germany
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Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology (302916)

Viktor Bonkowsky

Prof. Dr. med.

Viktor Bonkowsky

Specialized in: adult and pediatric otolaryngology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Academic Hospital Nuremberg offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with diseases of the ear, throat and nose, including surgical interventions on the head and neck. The department is one of the largest and most advanced medical facilities of this kind in Germany. It annually treats more than 6,000 patients and performs more than 3,700 operations. All therapeutic services meet the current international medical standards. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Viktor Bonkowsky.

The department successfully performs operations to improve hearing, surgical interventions on the nose and paranasal sinuses (including plastic surgery), operations on the neck, larynx and interventions to remove benign and malignant neoplasms. The patients are also offered conservative treatment for hearing impairment, tinnitus and dizziness. All operating rooms have innovative medical equipment for interventions of any degree of complexity.

The diagnostic options of the department include:

  • Audiology and pedaudiology
    • Subjective audiometry in adults
      • Pure tone audiometry
      • Threshold audiometry
      • Speech audiometry with speech reproduction in silence and in noise
      • Tinnitus diagnostics 
      • Dichotic speech tests
    • Objective audiometry in adults
      • Acoustic impedance measurement
      • Otoacoustic emission
      • Recording of auditory evoked potentials
    • Subjective audiometry in children
      • Pure tone audiometry
      • Reflex, behavioural and play audiometry in infants and young children
      • Speech audiometry
      • Dichotic speech tests
    • Objective audiometry in children
      • Acoustic impedance measurement
      • Otoacoustic emission
      • Electronic audiometry
      • Auditory threshold testing
      • Speech testing
      • Diagnostics prior to the placement of cochlear implants and bone conduction hearing aids
  • Diagnostics of respiratory disorders during sleep within a specialized laboratory
  • Diagnostics of the state of the vestibular system (neurotology)
    • Classical testing of the vestibular system
    • Electistagmography
    • Testing on a special swivel chair
  • Voice diagnostics (phoniatry)
    • Laryngoscopy
    • Stroboscopy
    • Videostroboscopy 
    • Diagnostics of swallowing disorders
  • Other diagnostic examinations

The therapeutic service range of the department includes:

  • Conservative therapy
    • Infusion therapy (for example, in facial paralysis and severe inflammatory diseases)
    • Systemic therapy using high doses of glucocorticosteroids
  • Surgical therapy
    • Surgical treatment of skull base pathologies (tumors, inflammatory processes, bone fractures, cerebrospinal fluid fistulas)
    • Surgical treatment of salivary gland diseases (tumors, salivary gland stones)
    • Surgical treatment of facial paralysis (reconstructive, plastic surgery, etc.)
    • Surgical treatment of laryngeal diseases
      • Laser surgical removal of benign and malignant tumors
      • Voice recovery operations in vocal cord paralysis
      • Implantation of prostheses upon the total removal of the larynx
      • Surgical removal of benign and malignant tumors in the neck and larynx
    • Surgical treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, tongue, throat
      • Tonsillectomy
      • Removal of tonsillar abscess
      • Removal of benign and malignant tumors (also using laser)
    • Surgical treatment of snoring
      • Nasal concha reduction
      • Septoplasty
      • Tonsil removal 
      • Bipolar radiofrequency reduction interventions in the base of the tongue and soft palate
      • Implantation of sublingual stimulator
    • Surgical treatment of ear diseases
      • Correction of everted ears
      • Tumor removal followed by reconstructive surgery
      • Surgery for inflammatory and traumatic diseases of the middle ear
      • Surgery to improve hearing (tympanoplasty)
      • Implantation of bone conduction hearing aids
      • Cochlear implantation
    • Surgical treatment of nasal diseases
      • Tumor removal followed by reconstructive surgery
      • Nose reshaping
      • Nasal septum correction
      • Nasal concha operations
      • Treatment of nasal hemorrhages
    • Surgical treatment of diseases of the paranasal sinuses
      • Endoscopic endonasal surgery for inflammations, polyps and tumors
      • Endonasal surgery for paranasal sinuses using navigation systems
      • Removal of benign and malignant neoplasms
    • Surgical treatment of esophageal diseases
      • Endoscopic removal of a foreign body
      • Tumor removal
    • Surgical treatment of tracheal diseases
      • Foreign body removal
      • Treatment of tracheal stenosis
    • Surgical treatment of neck diseases
      • Removal of lymph nodes
      • Removal of cysts and fistulas
    • Surgery to treat head and neck tumors (including plastic reconstructive interventions, minimally invasive laser interventions)
  • Other conservative and surgical treatments

Curriculum vitae


  • 1989 Board certification in Otolaryngology.
  • 1990 Additional qualification in Allergology.
  • 1994 Habilitation in Otolaryngology.
  • 1995 PD and Venia legendi.
  • 1995 Optional advanced training in Special Otolaryngologic Surgery.
  • 1999 Additional qualification in Plastic Surgery.
  • 2000 Additional qualification in Voice and Speech Disorders.
  • 2000 Admission to carry out advanced training courses in Plastic Surgery.
  • Since 2003 Chief Physician of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Academic Hospital Nuremberg.

Clinical Focuses

  • Minimally invasive laser laryngeal surgery (malignant and benign diseases).
  • Endoscopic paranasal sinus surgery.
  • Microsurgical operations to improve hearing.
  • Phoniatric surgery (operations to improve voice).
  • Head and neck plastic surgery.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • German Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. 
  • Austrian Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Munich Society of Otolaryngology.
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Sir Charles Bell Society (Founding Member).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum Nürnberg 

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