A passion for the spine

Tribute to Jürgen Harms on his 75th birthday
  • Tobias PitzenEmail author
  • Dezsö Jeszenszky
  • Klaus Dieter Stoltze
  • Gregor Ostrowski
  • Michael Ruf

Jürgen Harms was born in February 1944 in Darmstadt, Germany and is one of the most well-known and influential spine surgeons worldwide ever. Having studied human medicine at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and at the University of Saarland, Homburg, Germany, he went on to specialize in the field of orthopedic surgery and completed his training in 1974. He became professor at the University of Saarland in 1978 and in 1980 he started to work in the field of spine surgery in Karlsbad-Langensteinbach. Here, in a small village in the region of the rural northern Black Forest, he founded one of the most important spine centers worldwide, supported for more than 25 years by his first senior consultant Klaus Dieter. During his professional career, he has made an invaluable contribution to spine surgery. This article is dedicated to Jürgen Harms on his 75th birthday. The authors, who were honored to work with him during his career in Langensteinbach, will attempt to illuminate the...

Leidenschaft für die Wirbelsäule

Würdigung von Jürgen Harms zu seinem 75. Geburtstag



The authors would like to thank PD Dr. Rita Huber, vascular surgeon, Klinikum Karlsbad and Dr. Christiane Pöckler-Schöninger, radiologist, Klinikum Karlsbad, who worked with Jürgen Harms for a long time who gave the initial “spark” to this paper. The authors would like to thank Prof. Dr. Christoph Heyde for his contribution during the submission process and Prof. Dr. Jiri Dvorak for his valuable contribution in checking and improving the first draft of this manuscript. Finally, the authors would like to thank PD Dr. Anne Mannion for language editing the second draft of this manuscript. Thanks a lot, Anne.

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Conflict of interest

T. Pitzen: Fees for lectures and hospitant care by BBraun Aesculap, DePuy Synthes, Medtronic, Nuvasive, and Heel Pharma. D. Jeszensky: Fees for lectures and consultation by DePuy Synthes, Medacta. M. Ruf: Lecture fees by DePuy Synthes, Medtronic, Nuvasive. K.D. Stoltze and G. Ostrowski declare that they have no competing interests.

For this article no studies with human participants or animals were performed by any of the authors. All studies performed were in accordance with the ethical standards indicated in each case.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Pitzen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dezsö Jeszenszky
    • 2
  • Klaus Dieter Stoltze
    • 3
  • Gregor Ostrowski
    • 1
  • Michael Ruf
    • 1
  1. 1.Spine SurgerySRH Klinikum KarlsbadKarlsbad LangensteinbachGermany
  2. 2.Spine SurgerySchulthess KlinikZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.EttlingenGermany

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