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Profile: Dr. Georg Sprinzl – Cochlear Implantation Knowledge

Profile: Dr. Georg Sprinzl

sprinzl2We are looking forward to the forum discussion with Prof. Sprinzl on March 22 2015!

Dr Georg M. Sprinzl is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and leads the Implant team of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in St. Pölten, Lower Austria, which is the largest department in Austria for ORL. Simultaneously, he is the Head of the Department. He focuses on stapes surgery, surgery of active middle ear implants and cochlear implantation as well as on neurotologic and oncologic skull base surgery. Sprinzl was trained in oncologic surgery by Prof. Werner in Marburg/Germany and was responsible for the cochlear implantation program.

He developed an ongoing educational program for surgeons with interest in Cochlear implantation and Vibrant Sound Bridge Surgery. Sprinzl is PI of several clinical trials in the field hearing implants. He has a special interest for sound localization and speech perception in bilateral users of Vibrant Sound Bridge. Additionally he has established a novel animal cochlear implant model in sheep together with the Inner Ear Laboratory (Prof. Dr. A. Schrott-Fischer), University of Innsbruck, Austria. His main research interests are the development of new atraumatic cochlear implant electrodes for the restoration of residual hearing and the development of new bone anchored hearing aids.

He was the first to implant the new bone conduction device Bonebridge worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Sprinzl has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He regularly publishes articles in various areas of otolaryngology and head and neck oncology. Due to the development of the educational program he is heavily involved in clinical teaching in over 30 countries in the field of otology.


Ph.D. in Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria 2001

Venia legendi for Otorhinolaryngology

Thesis: Bone density measurements of the paranasal sinuses on plastinated whole organ sections: anatomical data to prevent complications in endoscopic sinus surgery

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Walter F. Thumfart

Board Certification for general Otorhinolaryngology,

Austrian and German Medical Society since 1998

M.D. in Medicine, Medical University Cologne, Germany, 1992

Thesis: Bone density measurements on the temporal bone

Advisor: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Juergen Koebke

Master of Health Service Administration, Fachhochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2004

Thesis: Gesundheitswirtschaft in Tirol (Health economics in Tirol)

Advisor: Ulrich Wagner MPH, Dr. Juergen Ahrens MPH


– Fluent in English, German and Hungarian

– Can read and speak some Italian and Russian


Head, since January 2013

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Landesklinikum St. Pölten, Austria

Vice Head and Vice Director, since 2008

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University Innsbruck , Austria

Leader of Hearing Implant Team (Cochlear Implants, active middle ear implants)

Vice Head and Vice Director, 2007-2008

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Leader of Cochlear Implant Team

Associate Professor, 2001-2006

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University Innsbruck , Austria

Advisor for residents in training in the field of general otorhinolaryngology
Special Training in H&N oncology, Participation in various studies with TKIs and targeted drugs

Chief resident, 1998-2001

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University Innsbruck , Austria

Special Training in Otology and Head and Neck Surgery

Resident, 1993-1998

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria

Special Training in Rhinology, Education in pediatric and general otorhinolaryngology

Research Assistant, March-June 1998

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University of Cologne, Germany,

Assisted Prof. Dr. Hans E. Eckel in his Laryngology Laboratory

– Collected and analyzed survey data using the SPSS program multiple publications in the field of laryngology

Medical Student 1992-1997

Medical University of Cologne, Germany

1 thought on “Profile: Dr. Georg Sprinzl”

  1. A posterior-based musculoperiosteal flap for housing the receiver of cochlear implant on skull was then created by entering the subperiosteal space from the incision at a distance of about 2 cm away from the posterior wall of external ear canal.

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