RWTH University Hospital Aachen

Aachen, Germany

Brain stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife) in benign tumors of brain (program ID: 273564)

Hans Clusmann

Prof. Dr. med.

Hans Clusmann

Gamma Knife Center

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 „summa cum 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 Gamma Knife Center at the University Hospital Aachen is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Hans Clusmann. Gamma Knife has been installed since July 1998 in University Hospital Aachen and it is operated in cooperation with the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiotherapy. Since then, around 1,800 patients with various diseases (statistics of 01.2008) have been treated with Gamma Knife in the Gamma Knife Center, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Hans Clusmann, especially meningiomas and metastases patients.

Of the 258 patients who have been treated with Gamma Knife in four studies, satisfactory results were achieved in 90% of the cases. A detectable growth arrest or tumor shrinkage in the course of investigation is considered as successful in the radiosurgery of meningioma. Recent studies also show that Gamma Knife leads to similar survival periods by the treatment of multiple metastases as the craniotomy (surgical removal). The low cost of radiosurgery, which is compared to craniotomy and its operational complications, indicates that radiosurgery with Gamma Knife is an ideal method for the treatment of most intracranial metastases.


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
    • TSH, fT3, fT4
  • neurological examination
  • CT/MRI scan of the head
  • stereotactic radiosurgery
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • 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.