Kathleen Seidel


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 now attending in the department of neurosurgery of Professor Andreas Raabe at the Inselspital University Hospital Bern Switzerland.

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, University Hospital Bern, 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 York, NY, USA
2014    Written and oral board examination in Neurosurgery (FMH Neurochirurgie) Switzerland
Since 01/2015    Attending
    Department of Neurosurgery, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

Key References
Continuous dynamic mapping of the corticospinal tract during surgery of motor eloquent brain tumors: evaluation of a new method.Raabe A, Beck J, Schucht P, Seidel K. J Neurosurg. 2014 May;120(5):1015-24. doi: 10.3171/2014.1.JNS13909. Epub 2014 Mar 14.

The warning-sign hierarchy between quantitative subcortical motor mapping and continuous motor evoked potential monitoring during resection of supratentorial brain tumors. Seidel K, Beck J, Stieglitz L, Schucht P, Raabe A. J Neurosurg. 2013 Feb;118(2):287-96. doi: 10.3171/2012.10.JNS12895. Epub 2012 Nov 30.

Low-threshold monopolar motor mapping for resection of primary motor cortex tumors.Seidel K, Beck J, Stieglitz L, Schucht P, Raabe A. Neurosurgery. 2012 Sep;71(1 Suppl Operative):104-14; discussion 114-5. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e31824c02a0.

Simultaneous direct cortical motor evoked potential monitoring and subcortical mapping for motor pathway preservation during brain tumor surgery: is it useful? Landazuri P, Eccher M. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Dec;30(6):623-5. doi: 10.1097/01.wnp.0000436891.39727.80