The Department of Neurosurgery of the University of Tübingen

Director: Marcos Tatagiba.

Among the more than 30 Postgraduate Training Centers, we would like to enhance this issue of the WFNS Foundation Gazette with the Unit of Neurosurgery of the University of Tübingen. This department is one of the largest and best equipped in Europe, directed by Prof. Marcos tatagiba, a worldwide renowned neurosurgeon. B-Braun Aesculap is supporting the program for fellowship. Young neurosurgeons are invited to apply (visit our network of centers through WFNS.ORG and see the possibilities to spend a fellowship period with food and accommodation provided by the centers).


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The Department of Neurosurgery of the University of Tübingen is a large institution which runs a daily surgical program of 10-15 surgeries, or approximately 3,200 surgeries per year. There are 5 modern operating rooms, one of them equipped with a ceiling-mounted intraoperative 1.5T MRI. A close cooperation with the Departments of Neuroradiology and Neurology enlarges the spectrum of the Department, where all subspecialties of Neurosurgery are performed, such as skull base surgery including vestibular schwannomas and pituitary tumors, vascular neurosurgery including Moyamoya’s disease with bypass surgeries, complex spinal surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and functional neurosurgery. The Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery runs a busy surgical program and various, often interdisciplinary, outpatient clinics. Children are treated in close cooperation with the large University Children's Hospital and its numerous specialties, foremost Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Oncology, Neonatology, Pediatric Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery and Pediatric lntensive Care Medicine.

The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tübingen are pleased to announce this special fellowship program which is exclusively funded by an annual grant from Aesculap. The International Fellows are guided by the assistant Ms. Susanne Efferenn. Each year 8 young neurosurgeons especially from developing countries will have the chance to be trained in the whole field of neurosurgical techniques at the Department of Neurosurgery in Tübingen. The fellowship consists of extensive exposure to the whole spectrum of neurosurgical techniques including complex spine, functional, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, vascular, skull base, pituitary as well as the numerous translational research programs within the Neuroscience Program of the Department of Neurosurgery in combination with the Center of Neurology of the University of Tübingen. The Pediatric Fellowship consists of extensive exposure to the whole spectrum and techniques of pediatric neurosurgery including hydrocephalus, CNS tumors, craniofacial surgery, spinal and cranial malformations, spasticity, epilepsy surgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. Since 2010 the Department of Neurosurgery has received 53 WFNS Fellows from different countries, 36 for the Adult Fellowship Program and 17 for the Pediatric Fellowship Program.