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Dr. Astrid Takacs-Tolnai

Physician with focus on holistic neurosurgery

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Dr. Astrid Takacs-Tolnai

Quoting a famous German surgeon Hans Killian, MD: “The surgeon doesn't attend to the disease but to the patient who suffers from an illness.” As a 15-year-old, while I was reading all of his books, I fell in love with the idea of becoming a surgeon myself. And I promised myself, I would be faithful to his tenets.

Today I am board-certified in neurosurgery, trauma surgery and in emergency medicine. I also hold a degree in systemic coaching since 2015.

I received all my medical training in Austria. I attended medical school at Karl Franzen University in Graz. Waitressing helped me pay my bills. My neurosurgical training I received from Günther Lanner, MD, an outstanding surgeon and human being. In 2003 I started private practice in Salzburg, while simultaneously training as a fellow in spine with Helmut Hirtz, MD.

In 2005, I was asked to work a a neurosurgeon at the trauma center in Salzburg while simultaneously doing a residency in trauma surgery/emergency medicine ( board certified in 2012) at the same institution. Today I work in private practice with Petra Gurtner, MD. We both focus on the care of the elders.

JOY OF LIFE AS THE SUPREME PRINCIPLE OF THE SALZBURG DOCTOR

Ski tours in winter, travelling to the seaside in summer, long walks in nature, hiking and spending time with my family and good friends make me happy. This recipe for life gives me personal stability and support, allows me to recharge my batteries so that I can be there for my patients.