Petra Klinge, MD, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Petra Klinge

Dr. Petra M. Klinge received her medical degree (MD) at the University in Kiel, Germany in 1993. After completing her neurosurgical residency at Hannover Medical School, Germany in 2002, Dr. Klinge held the position of Senior Physician and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany, where she joined Madjid Samii, M.D., a world-renowned and internationally acknowledged neurosurgeon. At that time, Dr. Klinge was appointed a teaching professor and in 2008 was awarded the full academic rank of an Associate Professor at the Hannover Medical School.

Dr. Klinge joined the Neurosurgery Foundation and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University as an attending neurosurgeon in May 2009. She will continue her research activities within the department. Her clinical research will focus on the unifying concept of dementias, particularly Alzheimer-related pathology in hydrocephalus of aging patients. As a novel approach, she aims at establishing surgical therapies, e.g. stem-cell treatment, for treatment of stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases associated with dementia.

Dr. Klinge is an internationally renowned clinician for the diagnosis and neurosurgical treatment of patients with hydrocephalus and Alzheimer’s disease. Pediatric hydrocephalus disorders also comprise another large part of her clinical practice. From her clinical work at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, she has developed outstanding expertise in the diagnosis and management of the most difficult and rare diseases of the nervous system and the spine .In addition to complex adult and pediatric hydrocephalus, her practice also includes patients with associated developmental Cerebrospinal fluid disorders, such as spina bifida, Chiari malformation as well as both benign and malignant tumors of the brain, and skull base surgery.

Dr. Klinge  has hosted the international conference “Hydrocephalus 2008” in Hannover, Germany and she was recently elected President of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders.  Dr. Klinge is also reviewer of various peer-reviewed journals in the field of clinical and experimental neurosurgery and neurology , and was recently appointed “Associated Editor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery”.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Papers

  • Traumatic orbital roof fractures: interdisciplinary evaluation and management. Cossman JP, Morrison CS, Taylor HO, Salter AB, Klinge PM, Sullivan SR. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar;133(3):335e-343e.
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak masquerading as a decubitus ulcer in a patient with spina bifida. Taylor EM, Klinge PM, Sullivan SR, Taylor HO. Eplasty. 2013 Nov 11;13:ic62.
  • Piezoelectric technology for pediatric autologous cranioplasty.

    Phillips BZ, Taylor HO, Klinge PM, Sullivan SR. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2014 May;51(3):361-4.

  • Prenatal MRI characterization of brainstem glioma. Swenson DW, Nickel BJ, Boxerman JL, Klinge PM, Rogg JM. Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Oct;43(10):1404-7.
  • The European iNPH Multicentre Study on the predictive values of resistance to CSF outflow and the CSF Tap Test in patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus. Wikkelsø C, Hellström P, Klinge PM, Tans JT; European iNPH Multicentre Study Group. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2013 May;84(5):562-8.
  • Technology to minimize the morbidity of Le Fort III osteotomies. Karian LS, Phillips BZ, Morrison CS, Klinge PM, Sullivan SR, Taylor HO. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jul;130(1):210e-212e.
  • MRI safety of a programmable shunt assistant at 3 and 7 Tesla. Mirzayan MJ, Klinge PM, Samii M, Goetz F, Krauss JK. Br J Neurosurg. 2012 Jun;26(3):397-400.

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