Council Member of HNODIS (Jul 14 - Jul 16)
Deputy Head of Department
Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic and Head and Neck Surgery
RWTH Aachen University
Plastic Surgery of the Head and Neck
Dr. Ilgner currently focuses on reconstructive and prosthetic microsurgery of the middle and inner ear. He has been in practice in an academic institution for 20 years. His current focus involves the analysis of hearing disorders with a broad range of neurootologic tools to differentiate between conductive and sensory / neural hearing loss, advising patients about suitable ways of reestablishing hearing, which involves the use of passive middle ear prosthesis, bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA), implantable hearing aids for the middle ear as well as cochlear implants. In addition, he has been working on the treatment of recurrent chronic rhinosinusitis using a combined conservative and minimally invasive approach with Nd:YAG lasers. He is involved in the department’s scope of tumor surgery, plastic reconstruction of the head and neck and salivary gland surgery.
His research interests comprise imaging modalities of the middle ear, especially optical coherence tomography, functional outcome of middle ear prosthetic reconstruction, pathogenetic factors for failure of middle ear prosthesis. He is currently working on ways to modify the interface between middle ear prosthesis and adjacent ossicles, reducing the number of extrusions following middle ear reconstruction. He is also conducting a project in promoting visual and spatial education of undergraduate medical students using stereoscopic video transmission of middle ear and endonasal surgery.
Following his medical education at RWTH Aachen University and Manchester (UK) University, he graduated from RWTH Aachen and joined the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic and Head and Neck Surgery in December 1992. Following his medical doctorate degree in July 1994, he became a board certified Otorhinolaryngologist in July 1997 and a Registrar at the same department in November 1998. He received his board certification in Plastic Surgery of the Head and Neck in 2007 and advanced to become a board certified trainer in the same sub-specialty in 2010. In 2006 he became Deputy Head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic and Head and Neck Surgery at RWTH Aachen University.
Memberships / Fellowships
American Society of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (ASLMS)
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Head and Neck Optical Diagnostic Society (HNODS)
European Rhinologic Society (ERS)
German Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (DGHNO)
German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM)
German Society for Biomedical Technology (DGBMT)
Medical Society Aachen