Neurology in Seesen: Chief Physician Prof. Dr Mark Obermann

Prof. Dr Mark Obermann
Medical Director
Specialist in Neurology
Seesen, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Stroke (certified supra-regional stroke unit)
  • Pain and headache disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease)
  • Epilepsy
  • Diseases of the nerves and muscles (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, compression syndromes, lesions of the brachial plexus and lumbar plexus, muscle diseases, polyneuropathy)
  • Immunological/inflammatory diseases of the nervous system (multiple sclerosis, meningitis, neuroborreliosis)
  • Dizziness and balance disorders

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Laboratory and cerebrospinal fluid tests
  • EEG (electroencephalography)
  • Electromyography
  • Electroneurography
  • Evoked potential
  • Caloric testing
  • Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials
  • Doppler duplex sonography
  • Autonomic function testing
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Digital subtraction angiography
  • X-ray
  • Nerve biopsy
  • L-dopa testing

 

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Dementia & other neurological disorders: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, frontotemporal dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Stroke (Stroke Unit)
  • Muscle and nerve diseases: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, compression syndromes (carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, etc.), brachial plexus and lumbar plexus lesions, polyneuropathies
  • Dizziness and balance disorders: central vestibular dizziness, vestibular neuritis and residual peripheral vestibular deficit, bilateral vestibulopathy, psychosomatic dizziness, Menière's disease, vestibular paroxysmia, vestibular migraine, benign peripheral paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV)
  • Multimodal pain therapy: chronic pain, headaches, back pain, polyneuropathy, neurological diseases
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Neurological early rehabilitation

 


About

Prof. Dr Mark Obermann is a specialist in neurology, neurological intensive care medicine, pain therapy and geriatrics, as well as Director of the Centre for Neurology. In addition, he is Medical Director of the Schildautal Asklepios Clinic in Seesen.

The Centre for Neurology is one of the largest neurology departments in Germany and treats the entire spectrum of neurological diseases under the direction of Prof. Obermann. Patients benefit from the comprehensive experience of the competent team around Prof. Obermann.

Stroke Unit For Apoplectic Fit

A stroke is a sudden event, usually caused by a vascular blockage, leading to a circulatory disorder of the brain. After just a short time, millions of brain cells get lost, thus underlining the importance of sustaining a certified stroke unit specifically designed for cerebrovascular accidents and other neurological diseases. Fast and efficient diagnostics automatically result in less brain cell loss and better chances of symptomatic improvement.

The experienced team around Prof. Obermann decides on the best possible therapy after performing an exact diagnosis using CT. The interdisciplinary team consists of neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons. This therapy can consist of a surgical procedure in which the team applies a catheter attempting to remove the thrombus. Another possibility available is called lysis therapy, in where doctors administer a drug to dissolve the blood clots.

Disease of Nerves and Muscles

If signs of paralysis, muscle atrophy, and blurred speech occur, a systemic disease of the nerves and muscles can be the cause.

With amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the first and second motoneurons are affected by degeneration, and this can lead to the above-mentioned symptoms.

In addition to a comprehensive patient medical history, the diagnostics also include a special neurological examination. This analysis consists of an electroneurographic test, laboratory diagnostics, and, if necessary a cerebrospinal fluid examination. 

Once an exact diagnosis is accomplished, the patient receives thorough support by an interdisciplinary team of experienced doctors led by Prof. Obermann. Along with the patient, this crew discloses in detail all possible therapy options, and plan the further course of treatment.

Compression Syndromes and Lesions

Further muscular diseases can arise as a result of compression syndromes, where defined muscle groups are no longer functional or sensitivity of associated dermatomes is disturbed.

This defect can arise as a result of compression of the radial nerve in the upper arm, for example. It can also be a result of a fracture of the humerus, which leads to failure of the entire extensor musculature of the arm and hand.

In this case, too, interdisciplinary therapy is provided after comprehensive diagnostics to relieve the compression point.

Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System

Multiple sclerosis is the most common inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in Central Europe and is triggered by an attack of the body's own immune cells on the myelin sheaths of the nerves. This disorder damages body cells and can lead to paralysis, spasticity or sensory disturbances. Here, likewise, detailed diagnostics are carried out using state-of-the-art technologies.

Imaging procedures such as CT and MRI can be used to visualise the desired structures in the CNS and thus determine the exact extent of the disease. Based on these results, the optimal therapy can be planned.

Epilepsy Diagnostics and Therapy

During epilepsy, convulsive seizures occur as a result of pathological excitation in the nerve cells of the CNS. After an acute seizure of this kind, precise diagnostics using electroencephalography of the brain action currents are recorded and analysed by doctors.

After completion of the diagnosis is, the patient receives a detailed clarification and, if necessary, medical treatment.

Multimodal Pain Therapy

Chronic pain can be a triggered by a combination of many different factors. These causes need to be analysed in detail in order for the physician to develop a holistic therapy.

At the beginning of the in-patient multimodal pain therapy, a consultation with a psychologist in addition to a medical consultation and a physical examination occurs. Once an exact diagnosis is achieved, treatment is given in the form of physiotherapy, ergotherapy, and balneophysical measures.

The above mentioned offerings take place as part of an individual therapy or as a group therapy. The long-term goal of the treatment is to develop individual training practices that enable the patient to lead a pain-free life.

Dizziness and Balance Disorders

Dizziness and related balance disorders are one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor. It can manifest itself in many different forms, and the path to an accurate diagnosis is often lengthy. A particular problem is posed by chronic dizziness, which, by definition, persists for more than half a year and can be triggered by various causes.

One of these causes may be vestibular neuritis (disturbed organ of equilibrium in the inner ear), which arises as a result of microcirculatory disturbances to this organ, triggered by a viral infection or viral reactivation.

On top of an accurate neurological examination, Dr Obermann and his team carry out an accurate vestibular examination in order to initiate an optimal therapy for the balance disturbance. Often, the state of dizziness is not a result of a single factor, especially in older patients, and cannot be treated with simple drug therapy. In this case, after a precise diagnosis, the experienced team of doctors recommends special physiotherapy exercises, which help reducing many vertigo illnesses.

Neurological Early Rehabilitation

If a patient suffers from stroke, brain haemorrhage or severe head trauma, often neurological consequences appear. For fast and accurate diagnostics, the hospital's neurological team is in possession of over 20 years of experience in the treatment of these malfunctions.

However, neurological early rehabilitation is at least as important as early diagnostics, and Dr Obermann and his team dedicate themselves to the entire spectrum of severe neurological diseases in this regard. The aim of early rehabilitation is to ensure seamless care for patients with severe neurological problems after their stay in an acute care hospital. Patients requiring monitoring and ventilation are cared for by experts directly at the intensive care unit, and early rehabilitation is initiated. This caring process is performed at the highest level, while at the same time, understanding the patient's needs.

Neurological Rehabilitation

Since 1995, the Centre for Neurology has made it its mission not only to treat its patients diagnostically and therapeutically, but also to provide them with interdisciplinary support by means of modern rehabilitation concepts. These concepts are adapted to the individual’s everyday and professional live, and are based on their personal needs and wishes.

The Clinic for Neurological Rehabilitation is part of the Centre for Neurology and, together with the Clinics for Neurology and Early Neurological Rehabilitation, with 300 beds, is one of the largest specialist neurological departments in Germany. It offers its patients interdisciplinary, comprehensive care from early detection and therapy to subsequent rehabilitation and aftercare in the respective specialist clinic.

The comprehensive centre focuses not only on the treatment of stroke, inflammation of the brain, multiple sclerosis or treatment after intervertebral disc surgery, but also on the patient's condition after epilepsy surgery and polyneuropathies.

Further information is available at the Clinic for Neurology's website.

 

Curriculum Vitae

University Education

1996–2002 Study of human medicine at the University of Cologne
2002–2003 Studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
2003 3rd State Examination, University of Cologne

Doctorate

2002–2006 Laboratory for Cognitive Neurophysiology of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Cologne, topic: "Comparison of pre-attentive and attentive event-related potentials in schizophrenics and normal test subjects" – 'magna cum laude'.

Habilitation and Professorship

2010 Habilitation thesis and venia legendi for the subject Neurology
Topic: "Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of the Chronification of Head and Facial Pain"
2016 Award of the title of Adjunct Professor of the University of Duisburg-Essen

Professional Career

2003–2004 Internship at the Clinic for Neurology, Essen University Hospital, Director: Prof. Dr H. C. Diener
2004 Licence to practise as a physician
2004–2007 Assistant Physician at the Clinic for Neurology, Essen University Hospital
2006–2007 Assistant Physician at the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, the Rhine Clinics Essen, Director: Prof. Dr J. Wiltfang
2009 Specialist Physician in Neurology
2009–2010 Specialist at the Clinic for Neurology, Essen University Hospital
2010–2015 Senior Physician at the Clinic for Neurology, Essen University Hospital
2010–2015 Head of the Essen Vertigo Centre
2011–2015 Scientific Head of the West German Headache Centre
2015–present Medical Director of the Centre for Neurology, Clinic for Neurology, Clinic for Neurological Early Rehabilitation, Clinic for Neurological Rehabilitation, Asklepios Clinics Schildautal, Seesen
2017–present Medical Director, Asklepios Clinics Schildautal, Seesen

Specialist Medical Qualifications, Other Qualifications, and Certificates

2008 Plenary Didactics – Learning to Teach
2009 Certificate in Botulinum Toxin Therapy from the Botulinum Toxin Working Group of the German Society of Neurology
2009 Communication and interaction training
2012 Additional specialist qualification in special pain therapy
2013 Certificate of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
2013 Certificate of the Medical Devices Act (MPG)
2014 Additional specialist qualification in special neurological intensive-care medicine
2014 Health Management (Mibeg Institute)
2015 Additional specialist qualification in clinical geriatrics
2016 Certificate of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
2016 Foundation course in social medicine and rehabilitation medicine
2016 Advanced course in social medicine
2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN)

Memberships

2005 German Society of Neurology (DGN)
2006 American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
2007 German Society of Neuro-AIDS and Neuro-Infectiology (DGNANI)
Role: Treasurer
2008 Botulinum Toxin Working Group  of the German Society of Neurology (AkBoNT)
2010 German Migraine and Headache Society (DMKG)
2010 International Headache Society (IHS)
2011 European Headache Federation (EHF)
2011 Faculty of 1000

Scholarships, Honours

2006 Scientific Grant Migraine Trust
2006 European Neurological Society Young Neurologist in Training Award
2006 European Neurological Society research grant
2007 European Neurological Society Young Neurologist in Training Award
2007 European Neurological Society research grant
2007 "Topic Highlight" Award of the 59th Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Boston, USA
2008 Research Grant, American Academy of Neurology
2008 "Scientific Highlight" Award of the 60th Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Chicago, IL, USA
2008 Poster Award of the European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress EHMTIC, London, UK
2009 Wolff Graham Award, American Academy of Neurology
2009 Poster Award of the International Headache Society, Philadelphia, USA
2010 European Neurological Society research grant
2010 Poster Award of the DGN
2011 European Neurological Society Young Neurologist grant
2011 Poster Award of the DGKN and DGN
2013 Enrico-Greppi Award of the European Headache Society

Roles as Editor

2012 Associate Editor, BMC Neurology
2013 Frontiers in Neurology Host Editor
2013 Editor, Aktuelle Neurologie, Neuro-Quiz
2014 Editorial Board Member, Neurology and Therapy

Medical Team

  • Dr Gregor Herrendorf
    Chief Senior Physician
  • Dr Lars Anders
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Payam Dibaj
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Thomas Lerch-Riedl
    Senior Physician
  • Margret Schnegelsberg
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Sara Friederike Heunecke  
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Friedrich Schöttelndreier  
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Randall Thomas
    Head Physician, Neurological Early Rehabilitation
  • Christoph Herrmann
    Head Physician, Neurological Rehabilitation

 


Location

Seesen Railway Station 1 km
Hannover Airport 92 km
Frankfurt/Main Airport 293 km

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Prof. Dr Mark Obermann
Medical Director

Asklepios Clinics Schildautal Seesen
Centre for Neurology
Karl-Herold-Str. 1, D-38723 Seesen/Harz

T: +49 5381 74 4803
F: +49 5381 74 4804
E: obermann@primomedico.com

Clinic:

Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4 pm
Friday 8 am – 2.30 pm

Private clinic with Prof. Obermann
Friday 10 am – 2 pm

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