Professor Helmut Bertalanffy

Helmut Bertalanffy

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 honors 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. The Friedrich-Wilhelm Foundation of the Technical University of Aachen honoured Dr. Bertalanffy with the “Friedrich-Wilhelm” Prize in 1994 given annually for outstanding scientific work.

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 the Center for Vascular Neurosurgery at the prestigious International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany.

Dr. Bertalanffy is frequently invited to meetings or congresses as guest speaker or to visiting professorships worldwide and has made significant contributions to developments in skull base surgery and microsurgery of vascular lesions of the brain and spinal cord.

Dr. Bertalanffy is a member of the German and Swiss Societies of Neurosurgery, the German Academy of Neurosurgery, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery (corresponding member), the World Academy of Neurosurgery, the Skull Base and the Nominating Committees of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (former Chairman of the Nominating Committee), the International Advisory Board of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Academia Eurasiana, and an honorary member of the Romanian Society of Neurosurgery.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Neurosurgical Review and lends his expertise to the Editorial Boards of Neurosurgery, Acta Neurochirurgica, Techniques in Neurosurgery, Neurologia Medico-chirurgicaand Zentralblatt für Neurochirurgie.

Dr. Bertalanffy has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals, contributed over 50 book chapters or other articles to medical texts, and presented more than 300 lectures as visiting professor or at various congresses and symposia worldwide. He is married and has 2 daughters.