Diversity in Neurosurgery Task Force

Diversity in Neurosurgery Task Force

Welcome to Diversity in Neurosurgery Task Force page

The Diversity in Neurosurgery Task Force was created in September 2019 to address the prevailing glass ceiling in European Neurosurgery and foster an inclusive environment in which neurosurgeons from all genders, religions, sexual orientations, and backgrounds can thrive. Our goal is to identify the barriers holding individuals back in their career advancement and tackle them systematically.

The Diversity Task Force has its doors open to all individuals who wish to join and contribute to the progress of our challenging profession in an equitable way.
All are welcome in our team! Download the form, fill it and contact us to join in!

Join us to exchange ideas and get inspired by top-notch leaders from diversity backgrounds!

    Aneela Darbar, one of the first female neurosurgeons in Pakistan, championing global neurosurgery


    Claire Karekezi, the first female neurosurgeon in Rwanda, launching the country´s first neuro-oncological center


    Thomas Kapapa, a neurosurgeon with Malawi roots practicing in Germany, inspiring both patients and colleagues by operating in his wheelchair.




Diversity in Neurosurgery Task Force Members :

  • Silvia Hernández Durán, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Germany, Leader
  • Dorothee Mielke, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Germany, Co-Leader
  • Ellie Edlmann, University of Cambridge, England
  • Doortje Engel, Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia
  • Danica Grujicic, Klinicki centar Srbije, Serbia
  • Anke Hoellig, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Thomas Kapapa, Universitätsklinikum Ulm, Germany
  • Katrin Rabiei, NU sjukvarden, Sweden
  • Yu-Mi Ryang, Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch, Germany
  • Idoya Zazpe, Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra, Spain



  • Our Projects

    Diverse Leaders in Neurosurgery


    Female Glass Ceiling


    Parenthood and Neurosurgery