Prof. Dr. med. Ralf A. Kockro

Specialist in
German, English, French


Core competencies

  • Surgery for tumors of the brain and spinal cord safeguarded by intraoperative MRI, CT and ultrasound, electrophysiological monitoring, tissue fluorescence and 3D navigation systems
  • 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
  • Surgery for traumatic brain and skull injury
  • Microsurgery for lumbar and cervical disc herniations and degenerative spine disease
  • Severe head injury and reconstructive neurosurgery
  • Planning of complex operations in a Virtual Reality simulation environment

Professional career

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

Schools, university & degrees and diplomas

1987 - 1994
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