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Department of neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. med. Jorg-Christian Tonn

About the department

The department of neurosurgery at University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich is one of the largest neurosurgical departments in Germany. The department specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with central and peripheral nervous system diseases that require surgical intervention. More than 2,600 patients are treated here every year. The department includes 84 beds, 10 of which are in the intensive care unit and 5 in the emergency care unit. It is actively engaged in clinical research to provide patients with the most modern methods and treatment of neurosurgical diseases. The department adheres to an individual approach to each patient, following high medical and technical standards and relying on various modern techniques. A unique neuronavigation system is available to make more precise actions during neurosurgical interventions. The Department of Neurosurgery is part of the Glioma Network of Excellence of the German Cancer Society, which confirms the high professionalism of the doctors.

The main focus of the department of neurosurgery is in the treatment of neurovascular diseases, neurooncology, neurological diseases arising after trauma. Medical assistance is provided to both adults and children.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Brain and spinal cord tumours
  • Aneurysms
  • Cavernoma
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral haemorrhage
  • Chronic pain syndrome (including headache)
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Supinator tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome


  • Direct Roentgenogram (the first diagnostic method, especially in patients with head trauma)
  • Computerized Tomography (CT) (for all intracranial pathologies)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) (examination of the spontaneous electrical activity of the brain)
  • Electromyography / Nerve Conduction Study (ENCS) (the needle records the electrical activity occurring in the muscle)
  • Ultrasonography (USG) (identify hydrocephalus in the pediatric population)
  • Biopsy

Treatment options:

  • Stereotactic neurosurgery
  • Awake brain surgery
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Vascular neurosurgery
  • Other services 
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Doctor profile


  • 1977-1983 Medical School Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen, Germany
  • 1983-1990 Residency in Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Gießen
  • 1990 Board Certification Neurosurgery, Landesärztekammer Hessen, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 1993 Habilitation, University of Würzburg, Medical School


  • 1990 Appointment as staff and attending neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, University-Hospital of Gießen, Germany
  • 1991 Attending neurosurgeon, University-Hospital of Würzburg, Germany, Program Director: Prof. K. Roosen
  • 1996 Appointment as Vice-Director of Department, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Würzburg, Germany
  • 1997 Appointment as C3 Professor of Neurosurgery at the Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg, Germany
  • since 2001 Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Germany

Awards, memberships, publications

  • DGNC (German Association of Neurosurgery)
  • EANS (European Association of Neurosurgical Societies)
  • EANO (European Association of Neurooncology)
  • AANS (American Association of Neurological Surgeons)
  • CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons USA)
  • Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica
  • ASCO (American Society for Clinical Oncology)
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  • Scientific consultant German Medical Association
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