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Hacke, Werner (D), MD, PhD

Department of Neurology, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, Germany


Werner Hacke is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Neurological critical care, interventional stroke therapy and stroke prevention are among Dr Hacke’s research interests. He is especially interested in revascularisation therapy of acute stroke and he has assisted in pioneering in intra-arterial thrombolysis for basilar artery thrombosis and aggressive therapies for malignant middle cerebral artery infarcts. He is currently involved in a number of major ongoing clinical trials on thrombolysis, neuroprotective treatment, platelet antagonists and stenting of intracranial arteries. His clinical trial commitments include chairing the ECASS III Steering Committee.

Dr Hacke received his medical degree in 1975 from RWTH Aachen Medical School, and completed his PhD in 1983. He served on the faculty and as a board certified neurologist in the Department of Neurology at RWTH Aachen, beginning in 1983, and became an associate professor there in 1984. From 1986 to 1987 Dr Hacke was a visiting professor at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. He was then appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. From 1989-1991, and again in 1994, Dr Hacke served as Dean of the Medical School at the University of Heidelberg.

Formerly a member of the Executive Committee of the European Stroke Council and a corresponding member of the American Neurological Association, Dr Hacke is currently the president of the German Neurological Society and president elect of the German Interdisciplinary Association of Critical Care Medicine. He is an editor for Nervenarzt, Journal of Neurological Sciences, Intensivmedizin, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Stroke, Neurology and the European Journal of Neurology.

Dr Hacke has authored or co-authored more than 300 papers published in journals such as the Journal of Neurological Sciences, JAMA, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Stroke, Lancet, Neurology, and the European Journal of Neurology, and several textbooks, including NeuroCriticalCare 1995, and Neurologie, 10th and 11th editions.

  • Acute management beyond thrombolysis

  • Stent vs. CEA