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University Hospital Jena

location_on Jena, Germany
8.9/10 from 69 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery (274448)

Rolf Kalff

Prof. Dr. med.

Rolf Kalff

Specialized in: adult and pediatric neurosurgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Jena offers the full range of modern services in this medical field. The high level of technical equipment in the department allows for the performance of all highly specialized surgical interventions to treat pathologies of the central and peripheral nervous system. The clinical practice mainly focuses on the diagnostics and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries of the brain, spine, spinal cord, intervertebral discs, nerve plexuses, functional neurosurgery and the treatment of neurosurgical pathologies in children. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Rolf Kalff.

All operations are performed after a thorough examination of the patient and an accurate diagnostics. As a university medical facility and part of the Neuro-Oncology Center Jena, the Spine Center Thuringia, the department provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment of various diseases based on the use of the very latest medical advances. In addition, the department has implemented a quality management system certified in accordance with the DIN EN ISO: 2008 requirements.

One of the priorities of the department is the treatment of brain tumors. The main purpose of the department's team of doctors is to offer patients the highest possible safety during surgery and to provide the most effective surgical treatment. The treatment programs are discussed at the department’s tumor boards in collaboration with the colleagues in the field of oncology and radiation therapy. The treatment of tumor metastases is carried out in cooperation with the specialists from the departments, which deal with the treatment of primary tumors.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and surgical treatment of brain diseases
    • Brain tumors
      • Glioma (astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, ependymoma, glioblastoma)
      • Meningioma
      • Pituitary tumor (pituitary adenoma)
      • Acoustic neuroma
      • Lymphoma
      • Brain tumors in children
      • Brain metastases
      • Other brain neoplasms
        • Surgical treatment using neuronavigation and neuromonitoring
        • Radiation therapy
        • Chemotherapy
        • Follow-up examinations
    • Cerebrovascular pathologies
      • Cerebral hemorrhages
        • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
        • Intracerebral hemorrhage
        • Epidural hematoma
        • Subdural hematoma (subdural hemorrhage)
      • Vascular malformations
        • Cerebral aneurysm
        • Cerebral arteriovenous malformations (angiomas)
        • Cavernous hemangiomas (cavernoma)
    • Hydrocephalus
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the spine, spinal cord and intervertebral discs
    • Degenerative spinal diseases
      • Herniated disk
      • Spinal stenosis
      • Degenerative instability and displacement of the vertebrae (spondylolisthesis)
      • Degenerative and rheumatic diseases (for example, spondylosis, spondyloarthritis)
    • Spinal injuries
    • Spinal cord tumors
      • Extradural tumors
        • Metastatic tumors
        • Chordomas
      • Intradural tumors
        • Extramedullary tumors (for example, meningiomas, schwannomas)
        • Intramedullary tumors (mainly gliomas (astrocytoma, ependymoma, glioblastoma))
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
    • Peripheral nerve tumors
    • Nerve compression syndromes
    • Nerve lesions
  • Functional neurosurgery
    • Neurosurgical pain therapy
    • Deep brain stimulation (in Parkinson's disease)
    • Spastic syndrome
    • Epilepsy
  • Other diseases, therapeutic options

The department specializes in the use of the following surgical techniques:

  • Microneurosurgery (minimally invasive interventions using a microscope)
  • Endoscopic minimally invasive neurosurgery
    • Endoscopic treatment of cysts, hemorrhages and abscesses in the brain
    • Endoscopic treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Intervertebral disc endoprosthetics
  • Stereotactic neurosurgery
    • Diagnostics of neoplasms in hard-to-reach-areas
    • Treatment of brain tumors and vascular malformations (oncologic stereotactic surgery)
    • Treatment of motor disorders and some types of chronic pain (functional stereotactic surgery)
  • Neurosurgical laser techniques
    • Brain surgery
    • Spinal cord surgery
    • Percutaneous intervention in spinal disc herniation
  • Fluorescent resection of tumors
  • Photodynamic laser therapy
  • Pituitary surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery
  • Other surgical techniques

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career

  • 1972 - 1978 Study of Medicine at the Free University of Berlin and the Rhine-Westphalian Technical Aachen University.
  • 1978 - 1981 Neurosurgical training at the University Hospital Wuppertal.
  • 1981 - 1984 Internship in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Essen.
  • 1983 PhD thesis defense in Neurosurgery, University of Hamburg.
  • 1984 Board certification in Neurosurgery.
  • 1984 - 1994 Senior Physician in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Essen.
  • 1988 Doctoral thesis defense in Neurosurgery and Venia Legendi at the Medical Faculty of the University of Essen.
  • 1994 Extraordinary Professor at the University of Essen.
  • 1994 Special Neurosurgical Intensive Care.
  • Since 1994 Head of the Department of Neurosurgery and Head of the Chair.
  • 1998 - 2003 Initially the Second and then the First Chairman of the German Society for Spine Surgery.

Memberships

  • Chairman of the Neurosurgical Research Foundation of the German Society of Neurosurgery.
  • Member of the German Society of Neurosurgery.
  • Member of the German Society for Spine Surgery.
  • Member of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS).
  • Member of the German Society of Surgery.
  • Member of the Thuringian Society of Surgery.
  • Member of the Association of Lower Rhine-West Westphalian Surgeons.
  • Member of the German Cancer Society.
  • Member of the Thuringian Cancer Society.
  • Member of the German Union of Sports Physicians.
  • Member of the German Neurological Society of Neurological Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DGNI).

Awards and Certificates

  • 1989 Von Haberer Prize of the Association of Lower Rhine-West Westphalian Surgeons.
  • 2006 Abul-Kassis Medal of the Pan Arab Neurosurgical Society.
  • 2009 Certificate in Spinal Neurosurgery of the German Society of Neurosurgery of the Professional Union of Neurosurgeons.

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