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Frank Hertel

Head of the National Department of Neurosurgery at the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL)

Dr. Frank Hertel is the head of the national department of neurosurgery at the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL). Besides his medical training as a specialist in neurosurgery, he has a background in electrical engineering, which enables extraordinary close collaborations with engineers and computer scientists. After his university studies in medicine, he trained in Neuropathology at the University Clinic of Mainz, Germany (Prof. H.H. Goebel) from 1994 to 1995, followed by a residency in Neurosurgery in Mainz (Prof. A. Perneczky) and Trier (Prof. K. Faulhauer). He specialised in Neurosurgery in 2001. He was the head of the neurosurgical department at the SHG Hospital Idar-Oberstein (Germany) from 2007 to 2008, before he became head of the national department in Luxembourg. He has close to fifteen years of experience in deep brain stimulation, with over 500 implantations performed so far. In 2003, he initiated a still ongoing collaboration with Prof. P. Gemmar from the Department of computer science at Trier University of Applied Sciences (Germany). The focus of this collaboration is research and development in the field of computer aided neurosurgery with a “close to the operating room” focus. Results of this successful collaboration have been licenced to leading companies in the field (Medtronic, Inomed).