Ralph Schär, MD

Associate Professor and Senior Attending, Head of Spine Surgery

PD Ralph Schär, MD, is a specialist in neurosurgery and Head Physician at the University Department of Neurosurgery at the Inselspital in Bern. Ralph Schär is Head of Spine Surgery and specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal diseases.

After…

PD Ralph Schär, MD, is a specialist in neurosurgery and Head Physician at the University Department of Neurosurgery at the Inselspital in Bern. Ralph Schär is Head of Spine Surgery and specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal diseases.

After studying medicine at the University of Bern, he completed his basic neurosurgical training at Inselspital. As part of his specialization in spine surgery, he completed a year at the Schulthess Clinic in Zurich and a fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

His research focuses on patient safety in neurosurgery with a focus on patient selection, surgical procedures and infection prevention.


Languages: German, French, English

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Specialities

  • Spinal surgery, especially minimally invasive or open surgery for disc hernias, spinal stenosis, spinal instabilities produced by degenerative, tumors or infectious spinal diseases.
  • Navigated instrumentation and stabilization of the spine
  • Intraoperative ultrasound for spinal procedures.
  • Clarification and surgical treatment of spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid loss syndrome.
  • Intervention pain therapy of the spine (infiltrations)
  • General cranial neurosurgery (intracranial hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, tumors, hydrocephalus)
  • Clinical research of patient safety in spine surgery and cranial neurosurgery.

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Memberships

Awards

2022

Appointment as Neurosurgery Officer of the AO Spine Switzerland Council

2019

1st Research Prize awarded by the Swiss Society of Neurosurgery with the paper "Reoperation Rate After Microsurgical Uni- or Bilateral Laminotomy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with and Without Low-Grade Spondylolisthesis: What do Preoperative Radiographic Parameters Tell Us?"

2008

Best Original Paper in Clinical Neuroradiology with the paper "Vascular Dynamics of Cerebral Gliomas Investigated with Selective Catheter Angiography, Perfusion CT and MRI".

Vocational Stages

Seit 2021

Head Physician and Head of Spine Surgery, University Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Andreas Raabe)

2020

Senior Physician I and Head of Spine Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Andreas Raabe)

2019

Senior Physician I and Deputy Head of Spine Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Andreas Raabe)

2014–2019

Senior physician II and deputy head of spine surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Andreas Raabe)

2013–2014

Resident, Neurosurgery/Spine Surgery, Schulthess Clinic Zurich (PD Dr. François Porchet, PD Dr. Dezsö Jeszenszky)

2013

Deputy Senior Physician, University Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Andreas Raabe)

2011

Resident, University Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Andreas Raabe)

2010

Resident in rotation (non-specialist year), University Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Jukka Takala)

2008–2009

Resident in rotation, University Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern (Prof. Rolf Seiler, Prof. Andreas Raabe)

Education

2019

EUROSPINE Advanced Diploma

2017–2018

Clinical Fellowship in Spine Surgery/Spinal Neurosurgery (Complex Spine Surgery), St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada (Prof. Howard Ginsberg)

2018

DWG Master Certificate

2016

Certificate of Competence Interventional Pain Therapy SSIPM

2001–2007

Study of human medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern with stays in Oxford (UK) and Brazil