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Wolf-Dieter Heiss, Austrian neurologist. Recipient Eiselsberg prize, 1969, Zulch prize, 1994, Mihara award, 1995, Bergman Plakette 1999, Berson Yalow award, 2002, Von Hevesy medal, 2005, Kuhl Lassen award, 2008, WSO Leadership in Stroke Medicine award, 2008, SVIN Pioneering award, 2008.


Heiss, Wolf-Dieter was born on December 31, 1939 in Zell am See, Austria. Son of Sepp and Hadwig (Lainer) Heiss.


Doctor of Medicine, University Vienna, Austria, 1965. Postdoctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1965.


Postdoctoral fellow Department General Physiology, University Vienna, 1964-1965. Resident department neurology-psychiatry University Klin, Vienna, 1966-1968. Assistant professor department physiology State University of New York, Buffalo, 1968-1969.

Assistant professor, head cerebral circulation lab, department psy./neur. University Clinic, Vienna, 1969-1971. Faculty neurology University Klin., 1971-1974.

Research associate department neurology University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1974. Associate professor neurology University Klin., Vienna, 1974-1978. Director Max-Planck Institute for Neurological Research & Neurological Clinic, Cologne, 1978—1985.

Chairman, director Neurological University Clinic Cologne-Lindenthal, 1985—2005. Director Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, 1985—2005.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Member of Austrian Academy of Sciences, Society Nuclear Medicine, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, European Federal Neurological Society (president 2001-2005), German Neurological Society, American Heart Association (member stroke council), International Stroke Society (president 1992-1996), French Society Neurology (honorary), World Stroke Organization (honorary), Austrian Society Neurologists (honorary), American Neurological Association (honorary).


  • Other Interests

    Skiing, classical music, archaeology.


Married Brigitte Kroiss, August 8, 1965. Children: Susanne, Julian.

Sepp Heiss

Hadwig (Lainer) Heiss

Brigitte Kroiss

Susanne Heiss

Julian Heiss