Your specialist for the spine, back, and pain

Covering every age group, from infants to the elderly, and for every kind of condition, ranging from “simple” degeneration to complex deformities.

Hello, I’m delighted to welcome you to these pages!

Very early in my medical career, I decided to dedicate my professional life to the spine and back, and to the treatment of pain. So these topics have been the central theme running through my entire life as a surgeon who provides advice and treatment for patients and families, as well as through my scientific career and activities in teaching and educating young doctors, students, and therapists.

During my own education and training, I was fortunate to be able to learn from very experienced, outstanding teachers and surgeons who were distinguished both professionally and personally. They taught me to appreciate and understand the complexity of the spine and back, and how to diagnose and treat pain, whether conservatively or surgically. I was trained in the fields of neurosurgery, orthopedics, trauma surgery, and pain medicine. In my current position as Head and Director of the Orthopedic University Hospital at the Katholisches Klinikum Bochum (Bochum Catholic Hospital) in Germany, it is now a privilege for me to be able to apply this knowledge and skill in advising and treating patients and families and in educating and training students, colleagues, and therapists.

I would like to explain in these pages what I am personally able to do for you, along with my team of orthopedic and trauma spine surgeons, neurosurgical spine surgeons, pain specialists, anesthesiologists, specialists in spinal bracing, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapy specialists, and staff. We work in close cooperation here with the departments of pediatrics, medicine, vascular surgery, radiology, radiation therapy, microbiology, intensive-care medicine and anesthesiology.

My curriculum vitae is available here.

I look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Tobias L. Schulte, M.D.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tobias L. Schulte


Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie

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Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery
Orthopedic University Hospital of the Ruhr University of Bochum
Katholisches Klinikum Bochum

Board-Certified Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeon
Board-Certified Pain Specialist
Board-Certified Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon
Board-Certified Chiropractor
Board Certified Specialist for Physical Therapy
Board Certified Specialist for Sports Medicine

Head of the Ruhr Scoliosis Center

Medical Director of RuhrSportReha

Head of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery TO GO (OU TO GO)


Head of Rückenvisite Ruhr (live online teaching on spine and back problems)


Focus magazine List of Top Physicians in spinal surgery in 2019 / 2020 / 2021 / 2022 / 2023

Focus magazine List of Top Physicians in Pain Medicine in 2023

Stern magazine List of Top Physicians in spinal surgery in 2022 / 2023


Where I work

I am Head and Director of the Orthopedic University Hospital (Ruhr University of Bochum) at Bochum Catholic Hospital (Katholisches Klinikum Bochum) in Germany. Bochum Catholic Hospital, as the umbrella organization, comprises several different hospitals. My team and I treat patients in the field of orthopedics, trauma surgery, and pain medicine in three of the organization’s hospitals:

  • St. Josef Hospital, in Bochum
  • Blankenstein Clinic, in Hattingen
  • Martin Luther Hospital, in Wattenscheid

We perform spinal operations at the St. Josef Hospital in Bochum, and conservative pain treatment at the Blankenstein Clinic in Hattingen and St. Josef Hospital in Bochum.