RWTH University Hospital Aachen

Aachen, Germany

Herniated disk diagnosis (program ID: 105915)

Hans Clusmann

Prof. Dr. med.

Hans Clusmann

Department of Neurosurgery

Specialized in: neurosurgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down


  • 1986 bis 1993 Medizinstudium an der Universität zu Köln
  • 1989 bis 1993 Experimentellen Doktorarbeit am Institut für Neurophysiologie der Universität zu Köln bei Prof. Dr. Uwe Heinemann, Externe Kooperationen mit Prof. Dr. Robert Nitsch, Zentrum für Anatomie, Universität Frankfurt und mit Dr. D.N. Stephens, Schering AG, Berlin


  • 1996 "Charakterisierung extra-zellulärer Potentiale in der Area dentata im Hirnschnittpräparat der Ratte nach Kindling und nach Läsion des entorhinalen Kortex invivo", Bewertung „summacum laude"

Weiterbildung / Werdegang

  • 1991 Studienaufenthalt an der University of California at Los Angeles (USA) bei Jerome Engel Jr. MD, PhD
  • 1994 AiP am Institut für Neurophysiologie der Universität zu Köln
  • 1994 bis 2001 AiP und Assistenzarzt in der Neurochirurgischen Klinik der Universität Bonn bei Prof. Dr. Johannes Schramm
  • 2001 Facharzt für Neurochirurgie
  • 2003 Ernennung zum Oberarzt
  • 2004 Venia legendi für das Lehrgebiet Neurochirurgie und Ernennung zum Privatdozenten an der Universität Bonn. Titel der Habilitationsschrift: "Differenzierte limitierte Resektionen in der chirurgischen Behandlung der Temporallappenepilepsie -- Untersuchung der prognostischen Faktoren, Erfolgschancen und operativen Risiken"
  • 2007 Ernennung zum Leitenden Oberarzt
  • 2007 Zusatzbezeichnung "Spezielle Intensivmedizin"
  • 2007 bis 2009  Mehrfache Aufenthalte in Arabischen Staaten für Konsil- und neurochirurgisch-operative Tätigkeit
  • 2009 Stellvertreter des Klinikdirektors Prof. Dr. J. Schramm
  • 2009 Listenplatz bei der Bewerbung um die W3-Professur für Neurochirurgie an den
  • Westfälischen Wilhelms - Universität Münster
  • 2010 Rufe auf W3-Professuren für Neurochirurgie an der RWTH Aachen und an der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
  • ab Mai 2010 Direktor der Neurochirurgischen Klinik am Universitätsklinikum Aachen und W3-Professor für Neurochirurgie der RWTH Aachen

Wissenschaftspreise und Auszeichnungen

  • 1998 "Hans-Imhoff-Forschungspreis" der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln
  • 2001 Förderpreis der "Stiftung Neurochirurgische Forschung" der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie (DGNC)
  • Spezielle klinisch-operative Expertise


  • Hirntumoroperationen, u.a. mit Neuronavigation und intraoperativem Monitoring als sog. "funktionelles Operieren"
  • Schädelbasis-Chirurgie mit Hypophysenchirurgie
  • Vaskuläre Neurochirurgie
  • Epilepsiechirurgie
  • Kinderneurochirurgie, insb. auch mit endoskopischer Hydrocephalusbehandlung
  • Traumaversorgung


  • Degenerative Spinal- und Bandscheibenerkrankungen von HWS, BWS und LWS mit Nervenwurzel- oder Rückenmarkschädigung
  • Spinale Tumore und Trauma
  • Altersadaptierte minimal invasive Behandlung z.B. osteoporotischer Wirbelkörperfrakturen
  • Spinale Rekonstruktionen und Spondylodesen u.a. mit
  • Endoskopie bis hin zu komplexen sog. 360° Versorgungen
About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Aachen has been headed by Univ.- Prof. Dr. med. Hans Clusmann since 2010. The priority areas of its activities are operations for brain tumors, skull base tumors, vascular processes as well as spinal neurosurgery, minimally invasive decompression, vertebral replacement and complex corrective operations by means of fusion or dynamic methods. Treatment of neurovascular diseases is the focus of the Department and is coordinated by the Interdisciplinary Neurovascular Center Aachen (INZA). The neurosurgical treatment of tumors and aftercare of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Aachen are integrated into the ECCA.  The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Aachen under the direction of Univ.- Prof. Dr. med. Hans Clusmann is the only one main Department of Neurosurgery in Aachen, which also provides neurosurgical treatment for the injured in trauma network in the Euregio Aachen. To reduce the side effects, operations involve highly-developed technical methods and are carried out with modern microscopes, such as neuronavigation systems, intraoperative monitoring methods and up to the surgery without anesthesia and fluorescence-guided surgical procedures as well as minimally invasive surgical techniques in head and spinal surgery.

The Department of Neurosurgery under the direction of Univ.- Prof. Dr. med. Hans Clusmann provides the entire spectrum of current neurosurgery. The experience and opportunities of a nationwide significance are characterized by the following areas:

  • Surgery of brain tumors, including skull base and pituitary tumors (especially neuronavigation, fluorescence-guided removal of tumors, intraoperative neuro-monitoring and operations without anesthesia) for gliomas, meningiomas etc.
  • Diseases of the spine in neck, chest and lower back, e.g., herniated disks, stenosis and wear of the spinal canal, pathology and dislocation of vertebrae, tumors of the spine and spinal cord
  • Vascular diseases of brain and spinal cord, such as aneurysm, angiomas, fistulae and hemorrhages etc.
  • Special pediatric neurosurgery: tumors, hydrocephalus, pathology
  • Functional neurosurgery, e.g., in the case of trigeminal neuralgia or facial spasm, i.a., a pacemaker in the case of parkinsonian disease, epileptic surgery
  • Diseases of peripheral nerves (e.g., carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome, tumors of nerves)
  • Neurotraumatology (injuries of head, brain, spine, spinal cord and nerves) and intensive neurotherapy 

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • neurological examination
  • functionality x-ray of the spine
  • CT/MRI scan of the spine
  • neuropsychological tests (on indications):
    • ENMG (electroneuromyography)
    • SEPs (somatosensory evoked potentials)
  • nursing services
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
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The University Hospital Aachen is a so-called hospital of the university maximum care. With its 34 clinics, 25 institutes and five multidisciplinary units covers the University Hospital Aachen not only the entire spectrum of medicine, but also it offers a patient- oriented medical care and nursing, medical education and research of international level. In the current ranking of the magazine FOCUS took the University Hospital Aachen among 2000 hospitals in Germany with number 15 a peak position. That patient care, medical education and research are located in a central building provides the advantage for an intensive interdisciplinary exchange and a close networking between clinics and scientific research. In this way it promotes a better understanding of disease, enables the progress in diagnosis and treatment for decades, thereby its innovations are of national importance.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

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Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.