The German Society of Skull Base Surgery awards a medal, named in honour of Horst Scheunemann, for special services to the promotion of scientific skull base surgery.
Horst Scheunemann, who was born in Berlin on 21 May 1927 and died in Mainz on 15 October 1990, was one of the truly great oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Scheunemann’s academic career was crucially influenced by scientific work he carried out at the University of Hamburg’s Pharmacological Institute, and his professional career was given direction by his teacher Alfred Rehrmann, under whom he began his advanced training as a specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Düsseldorf University’s Westdeutsche Kieferklinik (West German Jaw Clinic) in 1954 and where he obtained his Habilitation (post-doctoral lecturing qualification) in 1964 with a thesis on the chemotherapy of malignant tumours of the maxillofacial region. In 1969 he was appointed to the Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, a post to which he remained loyal despite having had the honour of being called to a position at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and – a particularly prestigious accolade – to the University of Düsseldorf, where he would have succeeded his teacher Alfred Rehrmann. On the strength of his seminal and award-winning work on the experimental and clinical basis of intra-arterial chemotherapy of malignant tumours in the maxillofacial region, he can truly be described as a chemotherapy pioneer in his field, an achievement which received international recognition in 1968 by virtue of his election as a corresponding member of the American Association of Head and Neck Surgeons. As a founding member of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, he was instrumental in the international development of his discipline. His clinical work was, throughout, marked by his strong support for technical advances and in particular by the notion of interdisciplinary collaboration with adjoining medical fields. He was among the founding members of the Skull Base Study Group, which later gave rise to the German Society of Skull Base Surgery.
The following statutes apply to the awarding of the Horst Scheunemann Medal:
- The Horst Scheunemann Medal is awarded for special services in the promotion of scientific skull base surgery.
- The medal is conferred on individuals who are not members of the German Society of Skull Base Surgery (the Society) and who do not belong to a medical discipline represented within the Society.
- All members of the Society are eligible for nomination.
- The Society’s Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Council shall decide on the awarding of the Horst Scheunemann Medal by a unanimous vote.
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2005 M. Kaschke, Fa. Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen
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