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PD Dr Ralph Kothe
PD Dr Ralph Kothe

PD Dr Ralph Kothe

“He who stops getting better has stopped being good.”

Chief physician - Spinal Surgery

Chief physician -


Specialist in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery


since 2011
Chief physician
​​​​​​​Clinic for Spinal Surgery, Schön Klinik Hamburg Eilbek 
2006 - 2011
Head of the specialist division for spine surgery
​​​​​​​Dortmund Hospital
2002 - 2005
Head of the specialist division for spine surgery
​​​​​​​Clinic for Orthopaedics University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
since 1994
Post-Doc-Fellowship at Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine
1984 - 1990
Study of human medicine
​​​​​​​Hannover Medical School


Zervikale Myelopathie

Kothe R., Schmeiser G., Papavero L.
Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie up2date

Relevanz der spinalen Navigation in der rekonstruktiven Halswirbelsäulenchirurgie

Kothe R., Richter M.
Orthopädie 47

The effect of incidental dural lesions on outcome after decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis: results of a multi-center study with 800 patients.

Kothe R, Quante M, Engler N, Heider F, Kneißl J, Pirchner S, Siepe C
Eur Spine J 26: 2504-2511

Surgery for adult spondylolisthesis: A systematic review of the evidence.

Schulte T, Ringel F, Quante M, Eicker SO, Muche-Burowski C, Kothe R
Eur Spine J 25:2359–2367

Incidental durotomy in spine surgery: first-aid in ten steps.

Papavero L, Engler N, Kothe R
Eur Spine J 24:2077–2084

Impact of low back pain on functional limitations, depressed mood and quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Kothe R, Kohlmann T, Klink T, Rüther W, Klinger R
Spine 22 (16):1836-1842

Multidirectional instability of the thoracic spine due to iatrogenic pedicle injuries during transpedicular fixation.

Kothe R, Panjabi MM, Liu W
Orthopädie 47