Walter Stummer trained with Hans-Jürgen Reulen and Jörg Tonn at the Ludwig-Maximilian’s-University in Munich. He is presently serving as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Münster and Director of the University of Münster Brain Tumor Center. After serving 2 terms as Speaker the of Section Neurooncology of the German Society of Neurosurgery and two terms as Speaker of the Neuro-Oncological Working Group (NOA) of the German Cancer Society, he has recently been elected as Vice-President of the German Society of Neurosurgery. He was implemental in organizing structured neuro-oncological care in Germany in a commission appointed by the German Cancer Society.
His main scientific interests are in the field of neuro-oncology and he is pioneer of fluorescence-guided resections with 5-ALA. His first publication of this method in clincial practice was in 1998 and he was PI on a randomized study for EMA approval of this method. He has received a number of prizes for this work, for instance the AANS/CNS Young Investigators Award and the AANS/CNS Joint Tumor Section's Young Clinical Investigators Award. Other scientific interests are in vascular and skull base surgery.
Walter Stummer is presently serving on the editorial boards of several neurosurgical and neuro-oncological journals.