PD Dr. Kathleen Seidel - Inselspital Bern - Neurochirurgie

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PD Dr. Kathleen Seidel

Attending Physician

Phone: +41 31 632 24 09
E-Mail: Kathleen.Seidel@insel.ch

Main Focus

  • Supervisor of the Devision of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring
  • Research Focus: Intraoperative Monitoring and mapping techniques in supra- and infratentorial tumors
  • Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Coordinator of the Neuro-Oncology Center

Education and Training

11/2007 - 05/2008 Residency in Neurology and Neuro-Oncology
Fédération Neurologie-Mazarin, Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Université Pierre et Marie Curie of Paris, France
07/2008 - 12/2014 Residency in Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, Switzerland; Main Focus: Establishment and Supervision of the Unit of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring
2012 - 2013 Fellowship
Department of Intraoperative Neurophysiology and Neurosurgery, St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital, New Your, NY, USA
2014 Written and oral board examination in Neurosurgery (FMH Neurochirurgie) Switzerland
2015 Attending
Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, Switzerland
Since 2017   International Projects to improve Intraoperative Neurophysiology in India, Myanmar and other countries
Since 01/2018 Attending Physician I, Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, Switzerland
Main focus: Intraoperative Neurophysiology and Neurooncological Surgery
05/2018 Research Prize of the Swiss Society of Neurosurgery, 2nd place
12/2018   Winner of  the Theodor Kocher Prize of the University of Bern which honors its best young academics across its faculties for their exceptional and promising scientific achievement
04/2019   Habilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern

Short Profile

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring has been an important part in the training as well as in the clinical and academic performance of Kathleen Seidel. She has done several international observerships (e.g. with Prof Andrea Szelényi at the University of Frankfurt Germany, with Michel S. Berger at University of California in San Francisco USA and with Hugue Duffau at CHU in Montpellier France) and a clinical and research fellowship in the department of intraoperative neurophysiology of Professor Vedran Deletis and Sedat Ulkathan at St. Lukes/ Roosevelt Hospital in New York, USA.

Kathleen has established the unit of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring at the department of neurosurgery and orthopaedics at the University Hospital Bern Switzerland. Nowadays, the IOM unit in Bern is hosting national and international observers and the Kathleen Seidel is a routinely invited speaker in intraoperative neuromonitoring courses and in national and international congresses. She started to be active part in the society of intraoperative neurophysiology ISIN.

The future perspective is to strengthen IOM and to provide more training to technicians and physicians as well as to focus on improvement in IOM modalities to improve patient safety in technical advanced high risk surgeries. Her main research focus is monitoring and mapping techniques in supra- and infratentorial brain surgery as well as awake surgeries. 

Kathleen Seidel completed her residency in neurosurgery and is since 2015 attending in the department of neurosurgery of Professor Andreas Raabe at the Inselspital University Hospital Bern Switzerland. 2018 she receives the Theodor Kocher Prize of the University Bern.

Clinical and scientific publications

The newest list of publications can be found under  Publications of Dr. med. Kathleen Seidel in Medicine/PubMed (a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health)

  1. Seidel K, Häni L, Lutz K, Zbinden C, Redmann A, Consuegra A, Raabe A, Schucht P. Postoperative navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation to predict motor recovery after surgery of tumors in motor eloquent areas. Clin Neurophysiol. 2019 Jun;130(6):952-959. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2019.03.015. Epub 2019 Apr 5.
  2. Skinner SA, Aydinlar EI, Borges LF, Carter BS, Currier BL, Deletis V, Dong C, Dormans JP, Drost G, Fernandez-Conejero I, Hoffman EM, Holdefer RN, Kimaid PAT, Koht A, Kothbauer KF, MacDonald DB, McAuliffe JJ 3rd, Morledge DE, Morris SH, Norton J, Novak K, Park KS, Perra JH, Prell J, Rippe DM, Sala F, Schwartz DM, Segura MJ, Seidel K, Seubert C, Simon MV, Soto F, Strommen JA, Szelenyi A, Tello A, Ulkatan S, Urriza J, Wilkinson M. Is the new ASNM intraoperative neuromonitoring supervision "guideline" a trustworthy guideline? A commentary. J Clin Monit Comput. 2019 Jan 5. doi: 10.1007/s10877-018-00242-3.
  3. Seidel K, Biner MS, Zubak I, Rychen J, Beck J, Raabe A. Continuous dynamic mapping to avoid accidental injury of the facial nerve during surgery for large vestibular schwannomas. Neurosurg Rev. 2018 Oct 26. doi: 10.1007/s10143-018-1044-z.
  4. Moiyadi A, Velayutham P, Shetty P, Seidel K, Janu A, Madhugiri V, Singh V, Patil A, John R. Combined motor evoked potential monitoring and subcortical dynamic mapping in motor eloquent tumors allows safer and extended resections. World Neurosurg. 2018 Aug 20. pii: S1878-8750(18)31829-1. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.08.046.
  5. Beck J, Raabe A, Schievink WI, Fung C, Gralla J, Piechowiak E, Seidel K, Ulrich CT. Posterior Approach and Spinal Cord Release for 360° Repair of Dural Defects in Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension. Neurosurgery. 2018 Jul 25. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyy312.
  6. Deletis V, Seidel K, Sala F, Raabe A, Chudy D, Beck J, Kothbauer KF. Intraoperative identification of the corticospinal tract and dorsal column of the spinal cord by electrical Stimulation. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 7. pii: jnnp-2017-317172. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2017-317172.
  7. Tinkhauser G, Pogosyan A, Debove I, Nowacki A, Shah SA, Seidel K, Tan H, Brittain JS, Petermann K, di Biase L, Oertel M, Pollo C, Brown P, Schuepbach M. Directional local field potentials: A tool to optimize deep brain stimulation. Mov Disord. 2018 Jan;33(1):159-164. doi: 10.1002/mds.27215. Epub 2017 Nov 18.
  8. Schucht P, Seidel K, Jilch A, Beck J, Raabe A. A review of monopolar motor mapping and a comprehensive guide to continuous dynamic motor mapping for resection of motor eloquent brain Tumors. Neurochirurgie. 2017 Jun;63(3):175-180. doi: 10.1016/j.neuchi.2017.01.007. Epub 2017 May 13.
  9. Krieg SM, Lioumis P, Mäkelä JP, Wilenius J, Karhu J, Hannula H, Savolainen P, Lucas CW, Seidel K, Laakso A, Islam M, Vaalto S, Lehtinen H, Vitikainen AM, Tarapore PE, Picht T. Protocol for motor and language mapping by navigated TMS in patients and healthy volunteers; workshop Report. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2017 Jul;159(7):1187-1195. doi: 10.1007/s00701-017-3187-z. Epub 2017 Apr 29. Review.
  10. Deletis V, Kothbauer KF, Sala F, Seidel K. Letter to the Editor: Electrical activity in limb muscles after spinal cord stimulation is not specific for the corticospinal tract. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Feb;26(2):267-269. doi: 10.3171/2016.6.SPINE16591. Epub 2016 Sep 30. No abstract available.
  11. Beck J, Ulrich CT, Fung C, Fichtner J, Seidel K, Fiechter M, Hsieh K, Murek M, Bervini D, Meier N, Mono ML, Mordasini P, Hewer E, Z'Graggen WJ, Gralla J, Raabe A. Diskogenic microspurs as a major cause of intractable spontaneous intracranial Hypotension.Neurology. 2016 Sep 20;87(12):1220-6. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003122. Epub 2016 Aug 26.
  12. Spena G, Schucht P, Seidel K, Rutten GJ, Freyschlag CF, D'Agata F, Costi E, Zappa F, Fontanella M, Fontaine D, Almairac F, Cavallo M, De Bonis P, Conesa G, Foroglou N, Gil-Robles S, Mandonnet E, Martino J, Picht T, Viegas C, Wager M, Pallud J. Brain tumors in eloquent areas: A European multicenter survey of intraoperative mapping techniques, intraoperative seizures occurrence, and antiepileptic drug prophylaxis. Neurosurg Rev. 2017 Apr;40(2):287-298. doi: 10.1007/s10143-016-0771-2. Epub 2016 Aug 1.
  13. Ulkatan S, Jaramillo AM, Téllez MJ, Kim J, Deletis V, Seidel K. Incidence of intraoperative seizures during motor evoked potential monitoring in a large cohort of patients undergoing different surgical procedures. J Neurosurg. 2017 Apr;126(4):1296-1302. doi: 10.3171/2016.4.JNS151264. Epub 2016 Jun 24.
  14. Raabe A, Seidel K. Prevention of ischemic complications during aneurysm surgery. J Neurosurg Sci. 2016 Mar;60(1):95-103. Epub 2015 Nov 24. Review.
  15. Nowacki A, Seidel K, Schucht P, Schindler K, Abela E, Heinemann D, Gutbrod K, Wiest R, Raabe A, Pollo C. Induction of Fear by Intraoperative Stimulation During Awake Craniotomy: Case Presentation and Systematic Review of the Literature. World Neurosurg. 2015 Aug;84(2):470-4. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.03.056. Epub 2015 Apr 8. Review.
  16. Schucht P, Beck J, Seidel K, Raabe A. Extending resection and preserving function: modern concepts of glioma surgery. Swiss Med Wkly. 2015 Feb 4;145:w14082. doi: 10.4414/smw.2015.14082. eCollection 2015. Review.
  17. Schucht P, Seidel K, Beck J, Murek M, Jilch A, Wiest R, Fung C, Raabe A. Intraoperative monopolar mapping during 5-ALA-guided resections of glioblastomas adjacent to motor eloquent areas: evaluation of resection rates and neurological outcome.Neurosurg Focus. 2014 Dec;37(6):E16. doi: 10.3171/2014.10.FOCUS14524.
  18. Schucht P, Seidel K, Murek M, Stieglitz LH, Urwyler N, Wiest R, Steinlin M, Leibundgut K, Raabe A, Beck J. Low-threshold monopolar motor mapping for resection of lesions in motor eloquent areas in children and adolescents. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 May;13(5):572-8. doi: 10.3171/2014.1.PEDS13369. Epub 2014 Mar 17.
  19. Raabe A, Beck J, Schucht P, Seidel K. Continuous dynamic mapping of the corticospinal tract during surgery of motor eloquent brain tumors: evaluation of a new method. J Neurosurg. 2014 May;120(5):1015-24. doi: 10.3171/2014.1.JNS13909. Epub 2014 Mar 14.
  20. Schucht P, Knittel S, Slotboom J, Seidel K, Murek M, Jilch A, Raabe A, Beck J. 5-ALA complete resections go beyond MR contrast enhancement: shift corrected volumetric analysis of the extent of resection in surgery for glioblastoma. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2014 Feb;156(2):305-12; discussion 312. doi: 10.1007/s00701-013-1906-7. Epub 2013 Oct 25.
  21. Schucht P, Murek M, Jilch A, Seidel K, Hewer E, Wiest R, Raabe A, Beck J. Early re-do surgery for glioblastoma is a feasible and safe strategy to achieve complete resection of enhancing Tumor. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 13;8(11):e79846. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079846. eCollection 2013.
  22. Seidel K, Beck J, Stieglitz L, Schucht P, Raabe A. The warning-sign hierarchy between quantitative subcortical motor mapping and continuous motor evoked potential monitoring during resection of supratentorial brain Tumors. J Neurosurg. 2013 Feb;118(2):287-96. doi: 10.3171/2012.10.JNS12895. Epub 2012 Nov 30.
  23. Schucht P, Beck J, Abu-Isa J, Andereggen L, Murek M, Seidel K, Stieglitz L, Raabe A. Gross total resection rates in contemporary glioblastoma surgery: results of an institutional protocol combining 5-aminolevulinic acid intraoperative fluorescence imaging and brain mapping. Neurosurgery. 2012 Nov;71(5):927-35; discussion 935-6. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e31826d1e6b.
  24. Seidel K, Beck J, Stieglitz L, Schucht P, Raabe A. Low-threshold monopolar motor mapping for resection of primary motor cortex tumors. Neurosurgery. 2012 Sep;71(1 Suppl Operative):104-14; discussion 114-5. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e31824c02a0.
  25. Henning Stieglitz L, Seidel K, Wiest R, Beck J, Raabe A. Localization of primary language areas by arcuate fascicle fiber tracking. Neurosurgery. 2012 Jan;70(1):56-64; discussion 64-5. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e31822cb882.

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