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”.