The specialist in neurosurgery PD Dr. Mario Cabraja and head of spine surgery at Vivantes Auguste-Viktoria Hospital since 2013, is now the head physician of the newly established clinic for this purpose. Previously, spine surgery was an integrated independent area of the Clinic for Special Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma Surgery. Now there is on the one hand the Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics under head physician Dr. Oliver Altenkirch and on the other hand the Clinic for Spine Surgery under PD Dr. Cabraja with the just awarded certificate as Spine Center of the German Spine Society (DWG).
The new chief physician previously worked as a senior physician and head of the AG for spinal surgery at the Clinic for Neurosurgery of the Charité.
PD Dr. Mario Cabraja, Chief Physician of the Clinic for Spine Surgery:"I am very excited about the new challenges in the first and "freshly certified" regional spine center. We are currently in the process of establishing the Department for Movement Surgery in the West of Berlin. In it, our clinic will form a supporting pillar."
The new clinic specializes in the surgical and conservative treatment of back pain and diseases of the spine, as well as complex care for deformities. Established minimally invasive techniques are used.
In addition to the cooperation between neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, it is important to the chief physician to further promote networking with the conservative subjects of neurology, radiology and rehabilitation medicine. Since 2014, the interdisciplinary spine conference, certified by the Berlin Medical Association as a continuing education event, has met weekly, where representatives of all specialties make treatment suggestions and critically review surgical indications.
Certification of the regional spine center by the DWG
In addition to the expertise, experience and close cooperation of the specialists, the way the interdisciplinary conference works was highlighted by the certification auditors as a particularly unique selling point. The number and severity of the operations performed also far exceed the requirements for a regional spine center.
The clinical career of PD Dr. Mario Cabraja
PD Dr. Cabraja completed his medical studies in Berlin in 2004. He did his residency at Charité from 2002 to 2008 and habilitated in 2013. As a spine fellow of the European Societies for Neurosurgery (EANS), he completed his training in the Netherlands and France, among other countries. He is a certified spine surgeon in the field of spinal neurosurgery of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC) and has been awarded the Master Certificate of the German Spine Society (DWG).