Dr. Kretschmer

Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Kretschmer, MD, PHD, IFAANS, FEBNS

Director Dept. of Neurosurgery Klinikum Klagenfurt
Neurosurgeon & Neurosurgical Care Intensivist

My profession

Is quite diverse, requires accuracy, a lot of training & manual skill as well as empathy and intuition...
...and has been my passion already for a long time.

Thomas Kretschmer- Overview
  • University Professor, Neurosurgeon and Neurosurgical care Intensivist
  • Director Dept of Neurosurgery Klinikum Klagenfurt, Austria, Center of Maximum Care
  • Head neurosurgical intensive care, Klinikum Klagenfurt, AUT
  • Head neurooncology center Klinikum Klagenfurt (cert according to German cancer society/DKG), AUT
  • Head skull base center Klinikum Klagenfurt (cert GSB), AUT
  • Head Paralysis Center Klinikum Klagenfurt, AUT
  • former & founding Dir Dept of Neurosurgery, University of Oldenburg, GER
  • Residency training in South Africa, Germany, USA
  • several years of specialized neurosurgical training in the USA & Canada (cerebrovascular, skullbase & nerve)
  • scientifically active
  • 66 Book chapters
  • over 79 articles in scientific journals
  • 2 comprehensive textbooks on nerve and cerebrovascular surgery
  • research on nerve regeneration and surgical techniques
  • active member of multiple ntl & intl neurosurgical societies and committees (e.g. WFNS, EANS, DGNC, ÖGNC, AANS, CNS, BDNC, DGCH, SNSS)
  • European Association of Neurosurgical Societies Peripheral Nerve Section Board vice-chair
  • World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Peripheral Nerve Surgery Committee Continental vice-chair until 2020
  • Delegate of Austrian Neurosurgical Society for the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) since 2019
  • extensive teaching activity and regular invitations as speaker on ntl & intl level
  • recognized expertise for nerve- and plexus surgery, brain tumor and skullbase surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, nerve tumor and spine surgery
  • Reviewer for intl scientific journal
  • Editorial Board Journal of Brachial Plexus & Peripheral Nerve Injury (open access - link)
Current publications TK

topic selection

  • Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (nTOS) (Journal: Neurosurgery 2/23  & 6/22, 4/22; Deutsches Ärzteblatt 10/22)
  • Trends & results non-elective neurosurgical treatment in Central Europe during Covid-19 pandemic (Journal: Scientific Reports 8/22)
  • Women in Neurosurgery (Journal: Frontiers in Surgery 6/22)
  • Surgery of brachial plexus tumors 5/22
  • Reconstructive nerve surgery for pain 5/20
  • Association of brain infarct volume to operative result after decompressive craniectomy  (Journal: Neurology 6/21)
  • Fast isolation & increase of endothelial cells from human peripheral nerve (Journal: Scientific reports 2021- basic science)
  • Strategies for surgery of retroperitoneal nerve associated tumors (Journal: Neurosurgery 2020)
  • Ultrasound in validation of nerve regeneration - "fascicular ratio" (Journal: Neurosurgery 2019 - basic science)
  • Nerve regeneration: analysis of regeneration- and myelination associated proteins of injured nerves(Journal: Acta Neurochirurgica 2019 - basic science)
  • Clipping  A3 azygos aneurysm - technique and rationale (Springer online book 2019)
  • Surgery of anterior choroidal a. aneurysms (in Neurovascular Surgery, Springer open access book 2019)
  • Retractorless neurosurgery of vascular brain lesions (in Neurovascular Surgery, Springer open access book 2019)
  • Overview decompressive craniectomie after stroke (2018 - clinical)
  • Hydrocephalus and subarachnoid hemorrhage (2018 - clinical)
  • Nimodipine and hearing preservation after vestibular schwannoma surgery - "acoustic neuroma" (Journal of Neurosurgery 2017 - clinical)

link - nTOS Part II, consensus statement EANS/PNS on Management, Neurosurgery 2/23)

link - Neurogenes-Thoracic-Outlet-Syndrom, Präsentation, Diagnostik & Therapie, DÄB 10/22

link - Rationale and design of the peripheral nerve tu registry, Neurological Research 10/22

link - nTOS Part I consensus on anatomy, diagnosis & classification EANS/PNS, Neurosurgery 6/22

link - Commentary on ICG for surgery of nTOS, Operative Neurosurgery 4/22

link - Rekonstruktive Nervenchirurgie gegen neuropathische Schmerzen (in german)

link - Women in Neurosurgery, path & integrated future

link - Management von Armplexusverletzungen

link - Rapid and efficient immunomagnetic isolation of endothelial cells from human peripheral nerves

link - Decision Making in Retroperitoneal Nerve Sheath and Nerve-Associated Tumors: A Modular Approach

link - Fascicular Ratio Pilot Study: High-Resolution Neurosonography—A Possible Tool for Quantitative Assessment of Traumatic Peripheral Nerve Lesions Before and After Nerve Surgery

link - Analysis of regeneration- and myelination-associated proteins in human neuroma in continuity and discontinuity

link - Surgery of IC-Anterior Choroidal Aneurysms

link - Retractorless Surgery of Vascular Lesions

link - Aktueller Stand der Kraniektomie nach Schlaganfall (in german)

link - Anterior Cerebral Artery Aneurysm: Ruptured Distal Azygos Anterior Cerebral Artery Aneurysm; Interhemispheric Approach,Positioning of Head, Rationale Interhemispheric Approach, Positioning of Head, Rationale for Open Surgery

link - Prophylactic nimodipine treatment and improvement in hearing outcome after vestibular schwannoma surgery: a combined analysis of a randomized, multicenter, Phase III trial and its pilot study