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Charite University Hospital Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery (26118)

Peter Vajkoczy

Prof. Dr. med.

Peter Vajkoczy

Specialized in: adult and pediatric neurosurgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Charite University Hospital Berlin offers the full range of accurate diagnostics and surgical treatment of diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. The department's surgeons annually perform over 5,000 surgical interventions, which indicates their high professionalism and tremendous experience. The key attention is paid to the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases, diseases of the spine and spinal cord, brain and skull base tumors, peripheral nerve lesions, cerebrospinal fluid circulation disorders, as well as pain therapy (functional neurosurgery). The treatment of neurosurgical diseases in children and adolescents is carried out by a specially trained team of experts. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Peter Vajkoczy.

The department has advanced operating rooms equipped with intraoperative imaging systems (for example, Zeego® intraoperative angiography, AIRO© intraoperative computed tomography, intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging), neuromonitoring systems, X-ray machines, surgical microscopes, etc. Thus, the department's excellent infrastructure allows surgeons to carry out simple and extremely complex interventions with the best possible accuracy and the most favorable treatment outcome.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of cerebrovascular diseases
    • Intracranial aneurysms
    • Circulatory disorders of the brain (bypass grafting)
    • Cerebral and spinal cord vascular malformations
      • Dural arteriovenous fistulas
      • Arteriovenous malformations
      • Cavernomas
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the spine and spinal cord
    • Degenerative spinal diseases
      • Spondyloarthrosis
      • Osteochondrosis/spondylosis
      • Spinal stenosis
      • Kyphosis and scoliosis
    • Spinal disc herniation
    • Spinal fractures
    • Spinal tumors
    • Inflammatory spinal diseases (spondylodiscitis, spondylitis)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of brain and skull base tumors 
    • Brain tumors
      • Glioblastomas
      • Astrocytomas
      • Oligodendrogliomas
    • Skull base tumors
      • Acoustic neuromas
      • Meningiomas
      • Pituitary adenoma and craniopharyngiomas
      • Brain metastases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of peripheral nerve disorders
    • Compression syndromes of the upper limbs
      • Carpal tunnel syndrome
      • Cubital tunnel syndrome and Guyon's canal syndrome
      • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Compression syndromes of the lower limbs and body
      • Meralgia paresthetica
      • Common peroneal nerve lesions
      • Subcutaneous nerve neuralgia (nervus saphenus)
      • Morton's metatarsalgia
      • Foot nerve compression syndrome
    • Traumatic lesions of the peripheral nerves and brachial plexus
    • Peripheral nerve tumors
    • Peripheral nerve pain syndromes
  • Functional neurosurgery
    • Deep brain stimulation in movement disorders
    • Spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of pain syndromes
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
    • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Diagnostics and treatment of cerebrospinal fluid circulation disorders 
    • Hydrocephalus, including normal pressure hydrocephalus
    • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Diagnostics and treatment of neurosurgical diseases in children and adolescents
    • Hydrocephalus
      • Ventriculocisternostomy (endoscopic ventriculostomy)
      • Endoscopic plastic surgery of the brain's water system (aqueductoplasty)
      • Computer-guided endoscopy
    • Craniosynostosis (conservative and surgical treatment)
      • Simple type of pathology (with one suture)
      • Multiple craniosynostoses
      • Syndromic craniosynostoses
    • Spasticity
      • Selective dorsal rhizotomy
    • Arnold-Chiari malformation
    • Arachnoid cyst
    • Tumors of the central nervous system 
      • Low-grade astrocytomas
      • Medulloblastomas
      • Ependymomas
      • Craniopharyngiomas
      • Epiphyseal tumors
      • Malformational tumors (for example, dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumours, gangliogliomas, hamartomas)
      • Tumors of the spine and spinal cord (intramedullary and extramedullary tumors)
    • Spinal malformations
      • Spina bifida aperta
      • Spina bifida occulta
      • Diastematomyelia
      • Lipomyelomeningocele
      • Dermal sinus
      • Hidden spinal cord dysraphia
  • Other neurosurgical diseases in adults and children, other treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

  • Since 2008 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • Since 2006 Visiting Professor in Neurosurgery.
  • 2003 - 2007 Deputy Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Mannheim.
  • 2001 - 2002 Senior Physician, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Mannheim.
  • 2001 Habilitation in Neurosurgery.
  • 1995 - 2001 Residency, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Mannheim.
  • 1992 - 1996 Thesis, Institute for Surgical Research, University Hospital Grosshadern, University of Munich.
  • 1988 - 1995 Study of Medicine at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Activities in the Scientific Societies, Honors, Awards

  • 2003 Research Award for Young Neurosurgeons of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS).
  • 2003 Wolfgang Hoffmeister Award, Medical Faculty of Clinical Medicine in Mannheim, Heidelberg University.
  • 2002 Research Award, German Academy of Neurosurgery.
  • 2002 Hemedex Pioneer Investigator Award.
  • 2002 Hermann Rein Award, German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology.
  • 1998 Pharmacia & Upjohn Young Investigator Award, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
  • 1998 Reisepreis, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
  • 1990 - 1995 Fellow of the German Research Foundation.

Research Focuses

  • Angiogenesis.
  • Microcirculation.
  • Acute and chronic ischemia.
  • Oncology.
  • Endothelial cell biology.

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