Neurology in Seesen: Chief Physician Prof. Dr Mark Obermann
- Stroke (certified supra-regional stroke unit)
- Pain and headache disorders
- Neurodegenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease)
- 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
Range of Diagnostic Services
- Laboratory and cerebrospinal fluid tests
- EEG (electroencephalography)
- Evoked potential
- Caloric testing
- Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials
- Doppler duplex sonography
- Autonomic function testing
- Digital subtraction angiography
- Nerve biopsy
- L-dopa testing
Range of Therapeutic Services
- Dementia & other neurological disorders: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, frontotemporal dementia
- 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
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|2005||German Society of Neurology (DGN)|
|2006||American Academy of Neurology (AAN)|
|2007||German Society of Neuro-AIDS and Neuro-Infectiology (DGNANI)
|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|
|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|
- Dr Gregor Herrendorf
Chief Senior Physician
- Dr Lars Anders
- Dr Payam Dibaj
- Dr Thomas Lerch-Riedl
- Margret Schnegelsberg
- Dr Sara Friederike Heunecke
- Dr Friedrich Schöttelndreier
- Dr Randall Thomas
Head Physician, Neurological Early Rehabilitation
- Christoph Herrmann
Head Physician, Neurological Rehabilitation
|Seesen Railway Station||1 km|
|Hannover Airport||92 km|
|Frankfurt/Main Airport||293 km|
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Prof. Dr Mark Obermann
Asklepios Clinics Schildautal Seesen
Centre for Neurology
Karl-Herold-Str. 1, D-38723 Seesen/Harz
Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4 pm
Friday 8 am – 2.30 pm
Private clinic with Prof. Obermann
Friday 10 am – 2 pm