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Department of neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. med. Marcus Czabanka

About the department

The department of neurosurgery at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University is on the list of top clinics for the surgical and neuro-oncological treatment of brain tumours. It was one of the first clinics in Germany to be certified as a vascular centre by the neurosurgical society and is now recognized as the International Reference Center for the surgical treatment of complex diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and spine. The department treats around 200 intracranial aneurysms per year. A completely redesigned operating room with the latest generation of mobile magnetic resonance tomographs that can be used directly at the operating table has opened entirely new possibilities in brain tumour surgery for doctors. The available state-of-the-art equipment (lasers, visualization devices, intraoperative monitoring devices) and the advanced microsurgical operating technique allow for the safest and most effective results. 

Neurosurgery deals with conservative and operative diagnostics and therapy of all central (brain, spinal cord) and peripheral (nerves, plexes) nervous system diseases. Microneurosurgical techniques are used, as well as endoscopy and deep brain stimulation. In addition, the most modern intraoperative localization and monitoring methods are applied.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Neurosurgical technologies available:

  • Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging, MRI (soft tissue visualization)
  • Endoscopy
  • Neuronavigation (functional imaging (f-MRT), Mercator projection, spectroscopy and tractography)
  • Microneurosurgical Techniques
  • "Robotic Surgery Assistant" (ROSA)
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Intraoperative video angiography
  • Ultrasonic disruption of tissue
  • Laser technology
  • Intraoperative X-ray examinations

Neurosurgical disorders:

  • Brain vessels aneurysms and angiomas
  • Cerebral haemorrhage and vascular occlusion
  • Tumours of the brain
  • Tumours and diseases of the spinal cord and nerve roots
  • Degenerative, inflammatory, tumorous, and traumatic diseases of the spine
  • Chronic back pain
  • Craniocerebral injuries
  • Malformations of the nervous system
  • Hydrocephalus 

Neurosurgical treatment:

  • Treatment of degenerative diseases of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, microsurgical operations on herniated discs
  • Minimally invasive surgery of the brain
  • Interdisciplinary surgery of skull base tumours
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Endoscopic neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic peripheral nerve surgery
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Doctor profile


  • 2013 Habilitation
  • 2012 Board Certification in Neurosurgery
  • 1999 - 2005 Medical School, University of Heidelberg


  • 2006 - 2007 Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Mannheim, Prof. Peter Schmiedek
  • 2007 - 2014 Department of Neurosurgery, Universitätsmedizin Charité Berlin, Prof. Peter Vajkoczy
  • 2015 Senior physician, Department of adult and pediatric neurosurgery, Charité, Berlin
  • 2019 Deputy Head of the Department of adult and pediatric neurosurgery, Charité, Berlin
  • 2021 Head of the Department of adult and pediatric neurosurgery at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Author of 120 publications
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