University Hospital Tuebingen

Tuebingen, Germany

Department of Neurosurgery

Marcos Tatagiba

Prof. Dr. med.

Marcos Tatagiba

Specialized in: neurosurgery

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Medical study

  • University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1980 to 1986
  • Residency Program in Neurosurgery
  • Neurosurgical Training from 1987 to 1993 at the Department of Neurosurgery, Nordstadt Hospital, Hannover, Germany, under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Dr. Madjid Samii.
  • Board of Neurosurgery in March, 1993 (European Certificate)

Doctoral thesis

  • Accomplished in January 1992 at Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany “Significance for postoperative hearing of preserving the labyrinth in vestibular schwannoma surgery”

Post-doctoral thesis

  • Accomplished in February 1998 at Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany “Regeneration of axotomized acoustic nerve of adult rat after intrathecal treatment with the IN-1 antibody against neurite growth inhibitors”.

Major university positions

  • 2000 Vice Director, International Neuroscience Institute, Hannover
  • 2002 Vice Director, Dept. of Neurosurgery, University of Freiburg
  • 2003 Director and Chairman, Dept. of Neurosurgery, University of Tübingen
  • 2006 Appointed as Chairman and Director, Dept. of Neurosurgery, University of Zurich

Scientific publications

  • Journals: 237 peer-reviewed articles
  • Book Chapters: 25 chapters
  • Books (Autor/Editor): 4 books

Areas of special interest

  • Basic Research: Neurooncology, including Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuroregeneration of the Peripheral and the Central Nervous System
  • Clinical Research: Skull Base Tumors, including CP Angle tumors

Membership of scientific and medical societies

  • Member of the German Society of Neurosurgery (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie)
  • Member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS-USA)
  • Member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS-USA)
  • Member of the German Society of Skull Base (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schädelbasischirurgie)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the German Skull Base Society as Treasurer
  • Member of the European Skull Base Society
  • Member of the Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery (Sociedade Brasileira de Neurocirurgia)
  • Member of the German Academy of Neurosurgery (GANS)
  • Member of the Academia Eurasiana
  • President of the German Academy of Neurosurgery (2010-2011)
  • President-elect German-speaking Society of Skull Base (Gesellschaft für Schädelbasischirurgie)

Major prizes

  • 1997 Young Neurosurgeon Award. World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.
  • 2001 Aesculap/EANS Prize. European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
  • 2002 Neurosurgical Research Foundation Prize. German Society of Neurosurgery
  • 2007 Innovation Preis “Medizintechnik” – Federal Ministry of Science (BMBF)

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Tubingen covers the full range of neurosurgical interventions. These include surgery of brain cancer and spinal cord tumor in children and adults, skull base and pituitary surgery, treatment of neurofibromatosis, vascular malformations / aneurysms, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injuries, brachial plexus and nerve surgery, spinal surgery, intervertebral disc and stenosis surgery, functional neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery. The medical Director of the Department is Prof. Dr. Marcos Tatagiba.

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Tubingen is constantly developing and performs over 3,000 operations per year. It also ranks among the largest departments of neurosurgery in Germany. An experienced team of surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nurses and medical staff workers performs operations in five operating rooms, equipped with the most advanced facilities, including the first in Europe intraoperative MRI, which is installed on the ceiling. A very experienced team of intensive neurosurgical medicine under the direction of Prof. Dr. Marcos Tatagiba provides an optimal postoperative care in its own section with 14 beds.

The Department of Neurosurgery offers an extensive list of diagnostic and therapeutic services with due consideration of the results of the latest researches and with the use of the state-of-the-art equipment. The services include microsurgery, endoscopy, intraoperative imaging diagnosis (mobile intraoperative MRI), Doppler sonography, computerized stereotactic system, neuronavigation, surgery without anaesthesia and brain stimulation.

The Department of Neurosurgery maintains an intensive cooperation with the related disciplines at the University Hospital Tubingen, such as anaesthesia, neuroradiology, neurology, otolaryngology, cardiac and thoracic surgery and maxillofacial surgery. 

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