University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
9.8/10 from 70 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery (114019)

Bernhard Meyer

Prof. Dr. med.

Bernhard Meyer

Specialized in: adult and pediatric neurosurgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich offers the full range of services in this field and specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases of the brain and spine. Also, the important clinical focuses of the department include neuro-oncology, vascular neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery. Treatment is provided in four state-of-the-art operating rooms fitted out with all the necessary technical equipment. The department annually treats about 2,700 inpatients and 4,100 outpatients. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med.
Bernhard Meyer.

A highly qualified medical team, consisting of 7 senior doctors, 3 medical specialists and 17 assistant physicians, takes care of the health of patients. Neuro-oncology (certification of the German Cancer Society as the Neuro-Oncology Center) is of special interest for the doctors of the department, within the framework of which complex brain tumors, such as gliomas, metastatic brain lesions, skull base tumors and pituitary tumors are treated. To this end, the department uses the very latest neurosurgical techniques, partially developed by the own research group of the medical facility. In addition, it widely uses the methods of computerized surgery that can accurately detect the localization of brain and spinal tumors and remove them as effectively as possible.

In the field of spinal surgery, the department’s service range varies from sparing minimally invasive interventions to operations to preserve spinal mobility, reconstructive interventions with the help of the very latest technologies and implants. It should be noted that in 2016 the Department of Neurosurgery in cooperation with the Department of Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics was certified by the German Society for Spinal Surgery as the Level I Spinal Surgery Center.

The main clinical focuses of the department include:

  • Skull base surgery
    • Meningiomas
    • Clival chordomas
    • Vestibular schwannomas
    • Pituitary tumors (pituitary adenomas, including those leading to the development of acromegaly and Cushing's disease, craniopharyngiomas, parasellar meningiomas)
    • Other neoplasms
  • Neuro-oncology
    • Removal of brain tumors, such as glioma, meningioma and brain metastases
    • Functionally controlled microsurgery with the use of SEP/MEP intraoperative monitoring
    • Preoperative mapping with the use of navigation transcranial magnetic stimulation
    • Wakeful surgery
    • Neuronavigation with nerve fiber imaging in combination with PET with the labeled amino acids
    • ALA induced fluorescence-guided glioma removal (Gliolan®)
    • Certified Neuro-Oncology Center of the Technical University of Munich
    • Neuro-oncological boards
    • Other services
  • Spinal surgery
    • Dynamic stabilization of the lumbar spine
    • Minimally invasive implantation of dorsal ("rear") stabilization systems
    • Fusion (360 degrees) in degenerative, traumatic, infectious and oncological diseases
    • Stabilizing interventions in the cranial region (between the skull and the cervical spine)
    • Microsurgical removal of intraspinal (inside the spinal canal) tumors with the use of functional monitoring
    • Minimally invasive, reconstructive thoracic spinal surgery (thoracoscopy)
    • Minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of herniated intervertebral discs and stenosis of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
    • Cervical artificial disc replacement surgery
    • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty (minimally invasive treatments for vertebral fractures), for example, in osteoporosis or neoplastic lesions
    • Other services
  • Vascular neurosurgery (surgical treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord, for example, aneurysms, vascular malformations)
    • Intraoperative indocyanine green angiography and dopplerography
    • Combined endovascular and surgical interventions for complex developmental malformations
    • Intraoperative neuromonitoring of motor and sensory evoked potentials in all interventions
    • Other services
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
    • Brain and spinal cord tumors
    • Developmental defects
    • Injuries
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Seizures
    • Other diseases
  • Treatment of severe pain
    • Ablative techniques
    • Neuromodulation (change or suppression of pain in the brain or spinal cord)
    • Intrathecal administration of medications (into cerebrospinal fluid)
    • Other treatments
  • Functional neurosurgery (the use of neuroimplants)
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Meyer studied Medicine at the University of Padua (Italy), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, as well as had training abroad at the Northwestern University, Chicago, and at the State University of New York in Brooklyn. In 1989, the professor passed the state examination and received his doctorate at the Institute of Human Genetics of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Then he underwent training in neurosurgery in Tübingen, Duisburg, Bonn, Zurich and the USA. In 1995, Prof. Mayer was recognized as a Medical Specialist in Neurosurgery and appointed a Senior Physician of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Bonn, where in 1999 he had his habilitation, and in 2001 became the Professor in Neurosurgery. Since 2006, Prof. Meyer has been heading the Department of Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich.

Main Research Focuses

  • Vascular neurosurgery.
  • Oncological neurosurgery.
  • Spinal neurosurgery.


  • 2010 President of the Section for Spinal Diseases of the European Association of Neurological Societies.
  • 2009 Board Member of the German Academy of Neurosurgery.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München

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