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Professor Helmut Bertalanffy

Helmut Bertalanffy,

Hannover, Germany


Dr. Bertalanffy is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Center for Vascular Neurosurgery at the International Neuroscience Institute, Hannover, Germany. He received his neurosurgical training from the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, where he completed with honours a Medical Doctorate in 1986 and obtained the qualification as board certified neurosurgeon in 1990.


Dr. Bertalanffy spent more than 2 years from 1990 to 1992 at the Department of Neurosurgery of the Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, as a Scientific Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan, working in the fields of cerebral and spinal microcirculation and skull base surgery.


He served as vice chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery of the Technical University of Aachen, Germany from 1992 to 1997. In 1997 Dr. Bertalanffy was appointed to Professor on a permanent basis by the State of Hessen, Germany, and served as Professor and Chairman of the Depart­ment of Neurosurgery of the Philipps University of Marburg for 10 years. In July 2007 he was appointed to Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he served three and a half years in that position. In November 2010 he accepted the new position of Director of Vascular Neurosurgery at the prestigious International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany.


Dr. Bertalanffy is a member of the German Society of Neurosurgery, the German Academy of Neurosurgery, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery (corresponding member), the World Academy of Neurosurgery, the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Skull Base Committee, Co-Chairman of the WFNS Education Committee, the International Advisory Board of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Academia Eurasiana, and an honorary member of the Italian and the Romanian Societies of Neurosurgery.


He served for 12 years as Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Neurosurgical Review (2004-2016) and lends his expertise to the Editorial Boards of various international neurosurgical journals.