Prof. Dr. med. Michael Akbar

IN A FEW WORDS.

WHERE I STAND AS A SPINE SPECIALIST.

I was fascinated by the spine very early on – and this has stayed with me. The spine allows us to walk upright, it gives us stability and mobility. In other words: the spine makes us human. It is this fascination that has made me into a passionate doctor and researcher. Because I want to help advance the options for treatment further. As an experienced spine specialist in Heidelberg and Berlin, as a lecturer at the elite university of Heidelberg and also as a member of the German Spine Association.

Values
CV
Awards
Patient Comments

MY VALUES.

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME.

Loyalty.

I am there for my patients and their families, with honesty and commitment. For every moment.

Empathy.

For me, it isn’t about a “case”. It’s about a person. About his or her situation, with his or her history of illness, worries, fears and wishes.

Passion.

Enthusiasm, skill, courage and commitment. I am committed to this combination.

Safety.

A lot is at stake in diseases of the spine. For me, therefore, the safety of my patient is the maxim that underlies my actions.

ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMA SURGERY SPECIALIST.

OVERVIEW OF MY CV:

08/2020

Specialist for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

2020

Founding of EXPERTS FIRST

05/2020

Surgical Medical Director MEOCLINIC Berlin

04/2020

Clinic for Spinal Diseases and Therapies in the MEOCLINIC Berlin

04/2020

Section Complex Spinal and Scoliosis Surgery, Clinic for Neurosurgery and Spinal Therapy, Helios Klinikum Berlin –Buch (Senior Consultant PD Dr. Yu-Mi Ryang)

07/2016

Specialised orthopaedic surgery (additional title)

since 06/2015

Head of the spinal surgery centre in the Klinik für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie (Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery Clinic) of the University of Heidelberg, surgical responsibility for the clinic for paraplegics

01/2015

Foundation and Masters Certificate of the Deutsche Wirbelsäulengesellschaft (DWG, German Spinal Association)

10/2013

Specialised trauma surgery (additional title)

since 10/2008

Senior doctor for the spinal surgery section, centre for orthopaedics, spinal surgery and treatment of paraplegics, Klinik für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie of the University of Heidelberg, (Director Prof. V. Ewerbeck)

10/2008

Specialist for orthopaedic and trauma surgery

2001 – 2008

Assistant doctor in the Stiftung Orthopädische Universitätsklinik (Orthopaedic University Clinic Foundation), Heidelberg, Orthopaedic Departments I+II (Director Prof. V. Ewerbeck; Director Prof. H. J. Gerner)

2001 – 2002

Community service as an assistant doctor in the Stiftung Orthopädische Universitätsklinik, Heidelberg, Orthopaedic Departments I+II (Director Prof. V. Ewerbeck; Director Prof. H. J. Gerner)

03/2000 – 02/2001

Intern in the Chirurgische Klinik und Polyklinik I (Surgical Clinic and Polyclinic I) of the Benjamin Franklin University Clinic of the Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. H. J. Buhr)

10/1993 – 11/1999

Studied medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin Practical year: Kantonsspital Aarau, teaching hospital of the University of Zurich, orthopaedics (Dr. Ruflin) University of California, San Diego (UCSD), surgery and orthopaedics / spinal surgery (Prof. S. Garfin) Inselspital, Clinic of the University of Bern, rheumatology (Prof. M. Seitz)

AWARDS. FOR MY PASSION TO GIVE MY ALL FOR SUCCESSFUL SPINAL THERAPY.

To continue to improve and to contribute to developing both conservative as well as operative therapies to become successful treatments – I commit myself to this with the deepest conviction . That this commitment has also been recognised is for me a sign that I am doing the right thing and will also be helping the progress of research in the future.

01/2020

Member of the advisory board of the Federal self-help association Bundesverband Skoliose-Selbsthilfe e. V.

since 11/2018

Member of the advisory board of the journal “Der Orthopäde”

03/2017

DSQ Research Promotion Prize 2017 from the German paraplegic foundation Deutsche Stiftung Querschnittlähmung

01/2017

Habilitation on the subject of orthopaedics and trauma surgery, University of Heidelberg, topic: On the Pathological Changes to the Shoulder Joints in Long-Term Paraplegics with Complete Wheelchair Dependency

12/2015

3. Poster prize on the occasion of the 10th German Spinal Conference in Frankfurt am Main for the contribution: “The Sagittal Profile of the Cervical Vertebrae in Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis”.

2012/2013

Lautenschläger bursary from the University of Heidelberg with a clinical-scientific stay in a spinal surgery centre in New York in New York (Spinal Deformity Service, Division of Spine Surgery) in the Hospital for Joint Diseases of the New York University School of Medicine, Prof. F. Schwab; V. Lafage)

05/2010

Vernon L. Nickel Award of the American Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association (ORA) for my paper “Prevalence of Rotator Cuff Tear in Paraplegic Patients Compared to Controls. A Case-Control Study”

05/2006

Publication prize 2005 of the Stiftung Orthopädische Universitätsklinik Heidelberg

05/2002

Inaugural dissertation for the award of the medical doctorate of the Department of Medicine of the Freie Universität Berlin: “Molekularbiologische Untersuchungen zur Expression der endothelialen Calcium-aktivierten Kalium-(BKCa)-Kanaluntereinheiten” (Molecular Biological Studies on the Expression of Endothelial Calcium-Activated Potassium (BKCa) Channel Subunits)

04/2000

Award of a research grant from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie ( German Association for Vascular Surgery) and Meadox/Boston Scientific Deutschland

Knowledge gained from science and research and many years of experience as a spinal surgeon, as well as knowledge about the importance of conservative therapies – this is what I can bring as a lecturer at the University of Heidelberg.

OPEN AND HONEST. PATIENTS HAVE THEIR SAY HERE.

Female patient, aged 32

“It began with pain in the upper arm, back and neck area. Lots of people who work on computers are familiar with that. But it didn’t stop even after months of physiotherapy.

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Female patient, aged 80

“I am over 80 years old and had serious problems with scoliosis. I thought I could get a grip on it with plenty of exercises, massage and yoga, as I had always been very

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Mother and daughter aged 11

“When Caroline was 4 years old, the paediatrician diagnosed early onset scoliosis. As she grew, the curvature became more serious and at 11 years old

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