University Hospital Jena

Jena, Germany

Treatment of herniated disc (4 segments) with endoscopic nucleotomy (program ID: 277521)

Rolf Kalff

Prof. Dr. med.

Rolf Kalff

Department of Neurosurgery

Specialized in: neurosurgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down


  • 1952 in Aachen geboren
  • 1972 - 1978 Medizinstudium an der FU Berlin und der RWTH Aachen
  • 1978 - 1981 Ausbildung zum Neurochirurgen in Wuppertal (Prof. W. Braun)
  • 1981 - 1984 Ausbildung an der Neurochirurgischen Klinik der Universität Essen (Prof. W. Grote)
  • 1983 Promotion in der Neurochirurgie der Universität Hamburg
  • 1984 Facharztanerkennung als Neurochirurg
  • 1984 - 1994 Oberarzt der Neurochirurgischen Klinik der Universität Essen
  • 1988 Habilitation für das Fachgebiet Neurochirurgie und Verleihung der Venia legendi an der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Essen
  • 1994 Verleihung des Titels "Außerplanmäßiger Professor" durch die Universität Essen
  • 1994 Spezielle Neurochirurgische Intensivmedizin
  • seit 01.04.1994 Direktor der Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurochirurgie und Lehrstuhlinhaber
  • 1998 - 2003 zunächst zweiter, dann erster Vorsitzender der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Wirbelsäulenchirurgie (DGW)


  • Vorsitzender der Stiftung Neurochirurgische Forschung der DGNC
  • Mitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie
  • Mitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Wirbelsäulenchirurgie
  • Mitglied der European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
  • Mitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie
  • Mitglied der Thüringischen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie
  • Mitglied der Vereinigung Niederrheinisch-Westfälischer Chirurgen
  • Mitglied der Deutschen Krebsgesellschaft
  • Mitglied der Thüringischen Krebsgesellschaft
  • Mitglied des Deutschen Sportärztebundes
  • Mitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurointensiv- und Notfallmedizin (DGNI)

Auszeichnungen/ Zertifikate

  • 1989 Von-Haberer-Preis der Vereinigung Niederrheinisch-Westfälischer Chirurgen
  • 2006 Abul-Kassis-Medaille der Pan Arab Neurosurgical Society
  • 2009 Zertifikat Spinale Neurochirurgie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie und des Berufsverbandes Neurochirurgen


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184 Publikationen und Buchbeiträge, 229 wissenschaftliche Vorträge, 21 Auszeichnungen und Preise u. a. Award Best Paper 2000 im Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg und Deutscher Millerpreis 2002; Fellow of the European Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (EBOMFS); TQM-EFQM-Assessor /QKB; 2002 Dipl. oec. med. (Betriebswirtschaft / Krankenhausmanagement), Mitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Mund-, Kiefer-, Gesichtschirurgie (DGMKG), International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS), Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kieferchirurgie (AgKi), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Implantologie im Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferbereich (DGI), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zahn-, Mund-, Kieferheilkunde (DGZMK), Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt Implantologie; Forschungsgebiete: Implantologie, Einsatz von Zytokinen in der rekonstruktiven Chirurgie, Einheilvorgänge nach Hart- und Weichgewebetransplantaten, Tissue Engineering von Weichgeweben, Modulation der Wundheilung.

About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Jena, under the lead of Prof. Dr. med. Rolf Kalff, has the latest technical equipment, which allows to perform all highly qualified operations associated with neurosurgery.

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Jena, under the lead of Prof. Dr. med. Rolf Kalff, offers diagnosis and operative treatment options of the following diseases:

  • Brain (brain tumor, aneurysm, traumatic brain injury)
  • Spine (spinal stenosis, vertebral fracture), spinal cord, intervertebral disc (herniated disc, intervertebral disc prosthesis, endoscopic surgeries on the disc)
  • Nerves (carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, plexus damage)
  • Functional neurosurgery (pain therapy, spinal cord stimulation, trigeminal nerve neuralgia, deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease)
  • Pediatric (children's) neurosurgery

The expert team of the department performs all operations after a precise patient examination and exact diagnosis with the use of the latest operation techniques. Being the University Hospital and member of the Center for Brain Tumors as well as of the Spinal Cord Center Thuringia the department provides patients with interdisciplinary treatment, ensuring the most optimal treatment possible.

The patient is accommodated in a modern building, accompanied by a friendly staff in bright single or double bed rooms. The medical team of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Jena, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Rolf Kalff, offers extensive experience, individual therapy planning and conscientious aftercare for outpatients instead of a simple "conveyer surgery."

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Jena is subject to a strict quality management and is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.

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)
  • preoperative care
  • endoscopic nucleotomy
  • postoperative MRI control
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • developing of further guidance 
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