Prof. Dr. med. Ralf A. Kockro

Mitglied im zertifizierten Neuro-Onkologischen Zentrum Hirslanden (DKG), Mitglied im zertifizierten HSM-Zentrum für komplexe Behandlung von Hirnschlägen, Mitglied eines zertifizierten Tumor-Zentrums

Specialist in
German, English, French

Core competencies

  • Minimally-invasive and endoscope-assisted microsurgical techniques 
  • Surgery for tumors of the brain and spinal cord with intra-operative imaging (MRI, CT, ultrasound, tissue fluorescence), electrophysiology (electric current radar) and 3D navigation
  • Neurovascular surgery including aneurysms and vascular malformations utilizing intraoperative angiography and ICG fluorescence
  • Microvascular decompression of cranial nerves
  • Endoscope-assisted transnasal surgery of the pituitary gland and skull base
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow diversion procedures for the treatment of hydrocephalus, including shunt operations and endoscopic third ventriculostomy
  • Endoscopic surgery for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow diversion for the treatment of hydrocephalus and for resection of ventricular tumors
  • VP-Shunt implantation with endoscopic abdominal catheter placement
  • Surgery for traumatic brain and skull injury, individualized skull reconstructions
  • Minimally-invasive Microsurgery for lumbar and cervical disc herniations 
  • Minimally-invasive microsurgical stability-preserving decompression of the spinal canal
  • Planning of complex operations in a Virtual Reality simulation environment

Professional career

2015 - to date
Director of the Center for Micro-Neurosurgery
Hirslanden Hospital, Zurich
2015 - to date
Visiting Consultant neurosurgeon,
Triemli City Hospital, Zurich
2012 - 2014
Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Klinik Hirslanden, Switzerland
2009 - 2012
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland
2008 - 2009
Associate Consultant Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Mainz, Germany
Associate Consultant Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, The Royal London Hospital, London, UK
Resident Neurosurgeon, Departement of Neurosurgery, Mainz, Germany

German Medical Specialist Board Certification for Neurosurgery
1999 - 2005
Resident Neurosurgeon, National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore
1997 - 1998
Research Fellow, Virtual Reality Imaging Laboratory, National University of Singapore
1995 - 1996
Junior resident, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Schools, university & degrees and diplomas

Professorship of Neurosurgery
University Hospital Mainz, Germany
Associate Professorship (Venia, legendi, Habilitation)
University Hospital Mainz, Germany
German Specialst Board certification for Neurosurgery
Dissertation – doctoral thesis
University of Heidelberg, Germany
1987 - 1994
Medical School
University of Heidelberg, Germany

Further information

Academic Activities
Scientific reviewer of the journals: Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Review, Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Central European Neurosurgery
Member of the Editorial Board of ISRN Endoscopy
Senior Lecturer at the University of Zurich
Senior Lecturer at the University of Mainz, Germany
Development of Virtual Reality technology for patient specific neurosurgical planning and simulation