University Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base (program ID: 208689)

Roland Goldbrunner

Prof. Dr. med.

Roland Goldbrunner

Department of Neurosurgery

Specialized in: neurosurgery

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  • 1966    in Straubing geboren Studium der Medizin in Regensburg und Würzburg
  • 1993    Promotion
  • 2001    Habilitation
  • Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurochirurgie der Universität Würzburg
  • Laboratory for Neurooncology in Washington, D.C.
  • Neurochirurgische Klinik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2009    2009 folgte Prof. Dr. Goldbrunner dem Ruf der Universität zu Köln und ist heute Direktor der Klinik für Allgemeine Neurochirurgie und geschäftsführender Direktor des Zentrums für Neurochirurgie
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The new Neurosurgery Center at the University Hospital Cologne in Germany is a center of excellence in research and patient care. It is divided into two departments: the Department of General Neurosurgery, which ensures the care of patients with surgically treatable diseases of the nervous system, and the Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

The objective of the Department of General Neurosurgery, headed by Prof. Dr. Roland Goldbrunner, is a surgical treatment of diseases of brain, spine, bone marrow and nerves. The Department of General Neurosurgery offers to You a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in accordance with the latest achievements of researches and technology. However, a particular attention is paid to the development of an individual treatment program for every patient. Due to the numerous research projects, the patients are provided with the top quality diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. As a part of the Neurosurgery Center at the University Hospital Cologne, due to a close neighborhood and fruitful cooperation with the Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the Department provides a comprehensive medical treatment and care. This has a favorable effect on the patient care on both inpatient and outpatient bases. 

The focuses of the Department of General Neurosurgery, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Roland Goldbrunner, include:

  • Brain tumors of all kinds
  • Vascular disease of the central nervous system
  • Diseases of the pituitary gland (pituitary)
  • Congenital and acquired diseases of the spine
  • Surgically treatable diseases of the peripheral nervous system (for example, carpal tunnel syndrome)

The Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery of the Neurosurgery Center under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Veerle Visser-Vandewalle offers to You a wide range of services in the fields of stereotaxy and functional neurosurgery. The goal of stereotactic surgery is the diagnosis of deep hotbeds of diseases as well as the treatment of movement disorders and certain forms of chronic pain (functional stereotaxy). Functional neurosurgery deals with the operations of the peripheral nervous system, i.e. beyond the brain. Spasticity and pain are also subject to the treatment. Therefore, for example, the stimulation systems can be implanted into the spinal cord or peripheral nerves.

The focuses of the Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, include:

  • Treatment of benign and malignant tumors
  • Radiation, where the radiation source is embedded into the cancerous tumor
  • Radiosurgical procedures such as LINAC- and CyberKnife radiosurgery
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • CT-guided nerve root blocks.

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
    • TSH-basal
    • tumor markers
    • inflammation indicators
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • CT/MRI scan of the head 
  • preparation of pre-operational standard
  • resection of chordoma
  • histologically and immunohistochemically examination
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bed shared room
  • explanation of future recommendations


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About hospital

The University Hospital Cologne in Germany offers patients medical care at the always current state of knowledge and skills. The Department constantly looks for new methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients. As a hospital of excellence at the University Cologne („Exzellenz-Universität “), the Department continuously do research for new knowledge in all fields of human health. Due to the active, committed teaching, even recent graduates can provide excellent treatment quality.  The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients.

In the University Hospital Cologne You will receive a good care. The team of doctors and the medical staff will support You during the recovery process from the first appointment and up to the outpatient treatment after the hospitalization. During your hospital stay many employees work day after day, hand in hand in order to make Your hospital stay as nice as possible.

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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Standard rooms include:






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.