Helmut Bertalanffy


Dr. Bertalanffy is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of 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 Depart¬ment 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 frequently invited to meetings or congresses as guest speaker or to visiting professorships worldwide, including live surgery demonstrations. He has made significant contributions to developments in brainstem and skull base surgery, among others.

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 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.

Dr. Bertalanffy has published more than 190 articles in peer reviewed journals, contributed over 60 book chapters or other articles to medical texts, and presented about 400 lectures as visiting professor or at various congresses and symposia worldwide. He is married and has two daughters and one grandchild.