Ratschow Memorial Medal

Since 1969, the Ratschow Memorial Medal has been awarded annually by the CURATORIUM ANGIOLOGIAE INTERNATIONALIS to particularly deserving scientists from the field of vascular medicine and related disciplines. The Curatorium (see the "Curatorium" tab) is responsible for organizing the selection process and presenting the award. Membership is restricted to scientists from the international field of vascular medicine.

The award is intended to honor Prof. Max Ratschow (see the "Max Ratschow" tab), who is considered to have established angiology as a discipline. It was his commendable pupil, Prof. Norbert Klüken, who came up with the idea for this foundation.

The scientists awarded the medal give a presentation on one of the major aspects of their work during a session at the annual conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phlebologie (German Phlebology Society - DGP). These are duly published in the "Documenta Angiologorum" by the Schattauer Verlag publishing house.

As Prof. Eberhard Rabe (President of the Curatorium) explains:

"The Documenta Angiologorum, one of various periodicals dedicated to angiology, has a particular objective. It is intended to give scientists and their work the recognition they deserve. In view of this, the articles printed in this publication are those that outline key developments in angiology and, for the most part, showcase the life's work of an internationally renowned researcher honored by the Ratschow Memorial Medal."

Bauerfeind has been a patron of this foundation for a number of years. It supports the work of the Curatorium, helps arrange the award ceremony, and covers all the associated costs.

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Thomä 

2013 laureate Dr. Michel R. Perrin
Dr. Michel R. Perrin

2013 laureate

The 39th Ratschow Memorial Medal was awarded during the 55th annual conference of the German Society of Phlebology in Hamburg to Dr. Michel R. Perrin from Lyon in France. Dr. Perrin has more than 50 years' experience in the specialist area of phlebology. He has also been deservedly appointed President of the French Society of Phlebology (Société Francaise de Phlebologie) and Vice-President of the International Union of Phlebology (IUP).

Dr. Michel R. Perrin studied medicine from 1949 to 1957 at the University of Lyon. He obtained his certificate as a surgeon from the French Board of Surgery in 1966. He successfully obtained his qualification as a vascular surgeon in 1995.

From 1962 to 1998, Dr. Michel R. Perrin worked as a vascular surgeon in Lyon and lectured as a professor at Grenoble University Clinic.

More than 400 publications as well as numerous memberships of scientific associations, societies and colleges speak volumes for his scientific and practical commitment to vascular surgery.

2012 laureate - Prof. Waldemar L. Olszewski
Prof. Dr. med. Waldemar L. Olszewski

2012 laureate

The 38th Ratschow Memorial Medal was awarded to Prof. Waldemar L. Olszewski from Warsaw during the 54th annual conference in Lübeck. With his work over the decades, Prof. Olszewski has made a significant contribution to the field of lymphology.

Prof. Olszewski studied at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Warsaw between 1949 and 1954. He was awarded a doctorate in the field of surgery in 1962, and has been a professor at the Medical Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw since 1978.

As well as vascular surgery, he has a particular interest in the human lymphatic system and everything associated with it. He even conducted enthusiastic lymphology research during the early days of his medical studies, and has since made physiology and surgery of the lymphatic system one of his main areas of scientific and clinical interest. Numerous groundbreaking discoveries in lymphology can be traced back to him. For example, he made the discovery that the human lymphatic system is subject to spontaneous, rhythmic contractions. Prof. Olszewski also developed the procedure for lymphovenous anastomosis and conducted research into both the chemistry of human lymph and the hydraulic contractility of subcutaneous tissue. Even the method of administering low-dose penicillin over long periods, now practiced with great success and not just in Asian countries, to help prevent recurrent bacterial inflammation in patients with lymphedema was inspired by him and his work on the bacteriology of human lymph.

His scientific work has seen him give many lectures and publish over 600 articles on vascular surgery, transplantation, physiology, and surgery of the lymphatic system.

2011 laureate - Prof. H.A. Martino Neumann
Prof. H.A. Martino Neumann

2011 laureate

The 37th Ratschow Memorial Medal was awarded to Prof. H.A. Martino Neumann from Rotterdam during the 53rd annual conference in Berlin.

Martino Neumann is an internationally renowned dermatologist and phlebologist, who has continuously proclaimed the evidence for compression therapy. His ideas and concepts have helped standardize phlebological therapy and promote its practical application.

Neumann studied at the University of Leiden between 1968 and 1976. From 1976 to 1980 he trained as a dermatologist and venereologist at the University of Amsterdam.

He was awarded a doctorate in 1983 for his thesis entitled "Relevance of fluorescence techniques in immunological mediated skin disease."

From 1980 to 1991 he worked at St. Lambert Ziekenhuis in Helmond and Willibrordus Ziekenhuis in Deurne, from 1992 to 1997 as a dermatologist/phlebologist at Academic Ziekenhuis in Maastricht, and from 1997 to 2001 at the University of Maastricht. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Dermatology and Venereology at Erasmus MC, Universitair Medish Centrum Rotterdam.

His scientific work has seen him give many lectures and publish widely. Martino Neumann is a member of numerous scientific societies and associations and holds various positions within the world of medicine at both national and international level.

Previous laureates
Previous Ratschow Medial laureates

M. COMEL. Betrachtungen über die Angiologie der Gegenwart und der Zukunft (Reflections on angiology, present and future). 1968.

W H. HAUSS. Die Rolle der Mesenchymzellen in der Pathogenese der Arteriosklerose (The role of mesenchymal cells in the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis). 1969.

F. MARTORELL. Ulcus hypertonicum (Hypertensive ulcer). 1970.

E. WOLLHEIM. Kapillaricreislauf und Blutvolumen (Capillary circulation and blood volume). 1971.

R. FONTAINE. Die chirurgische Behandlung der arteriosklerotischen Verschlüsse der unteren Extremitäten (Surgical treatment of arteriosclerotic occlusions of the lower extremities). 1972.

G. OTTAVIANI. Allgemeine biologische Aussagen über das Lymphsystem (General biological reflections on the lymphatic system). 1973.

L. LASZT. Die Biochemie und Pharmakologie der Venenwand (Biochemistry and pharmacology of the venous wall). 1974.

0. OLSSON. Angiographie als Grundlagenuntersuchung in der klinischen Medizin (Angiography as a fundamental investigation technique in clinical medicine). 1975.

W. REDISCH. Von William Harvey zu Otfried Müller (From William Harvey to Otfried Müller).1976.

R. TOURNAY, H. R. VAN DER MOLEN. Die Entwicklung der Phlebologie in den letzten 30 Jahren (The development of phlebology during the last 30 years) (1948-1978). 1977.

R. C. MAYALL. Das Hyperstomie-Syndrom, eine klinische Entität, verursacht durch einen arteriolovenulären Shunt, unter diagnostischen und therapeutischen Aspekten (Hyperstomy syndrome, a clinical entity caused by an arteriovenular shunt, in terms of its diagnostic and therapeutic aspects). 1978.

G. V R. BORN. Der Einfluß hämodynamischer Bedingungen auf die Hämostasefunktion der Thrombozyten (The influence of hemodynamic conditions on the hemostatic function of thrombocytes). 1979.

ROBERT W. WISSLER. Neueste Studien über die Pathogenese und Rückbildung der Atherosklerose (Latest studies on the pathogenesis and regression of atherosclerosis). 1980.

MICHAEL FÖLDI. Insuffizienz des Lymphgefäßsystems (Insufficiency of the lymph vessel system). 1981.

EDUARDO C. PALMA. Das postphlebitische Syndrom - operative Therapie (Postphlebitic syndrome - surgical therapy). 1982.

DIETRICH WERNER LÜBBERS. Die Sauerstoffversorgung der Warmblüterorgane (The oxygen supply of hematothermal organs). 1983.

JEAN FRANCOIS MERLEN. Die Akrozyanosen - klinische, pathogenetische und therapeutische Paradoxien (Acrocyanoses - clinical, pathogenetic, and therapeutic paradoxes). 1985.

R. J. A. M. VAN DONGEN. Heutiger Stand und Bedeutung der vaskulären Chirurgie (Current status and significance of vascular surgery). 1986.

GERD ASSMANN. Diagnostik und Therapie von Fettstoffwechselstörungen (Diagnosis and therapy of metabolic disorders). 1987.

F. COCKETT. Der Einfluß anatomischer Varietäten auf das Venensystem und seine Behandlung (The influence of anatomical variations on the venous system and its treatment).1988.

W. DOERR. Grundsätzliches zur Pathogenese der Gefäßkrankheiten (Fundamentals of the pathogenesis of vascular diseases). 1989.

E. BETZ. Experimentelle Studien zur Rolle von Gefäßwandmuskelzellen bei der arteriellen Verschlußkrankheit (Experimental studies on the role of vascular wall muscle cells in arterial occlusive disease). 1991.

CHR. M. PAPENDIECK. Zur Behandlung der Hypertension des Venensystems im Kindesalter (The treatment of hypertension of the venous system in childhood). 1992.

H. JELLINEK. Die Wirkung von Magnesiumorotat auf die Herzmuskulatur und die Koronarien bei verschiedenen Tierarten in Modellexperimenten (The impact of magnesium orotate on cardiac musculature and coronary vessels in various animal species during model experiments). 1996.

ST. KUBIK. Die Entwicklung und Bedeutung des Lymphgefäßsystems bei der Verhütung der Ödembildung unter Berücksichtigung der Struktureigenschaften (The development and significance of lymph vessel systems in the prevention of edema formation based on structural properties). 1997.

G. W. SCHMID-SCHÖNBEIN. Mechanismen und Konsequenzen der Zellaktivierung in der Mikrozirkulation (Mechanisms and consequences of cell activation in the microcirculation). 1999.

N. KLÜKEN. Vaskuläre Dys- und Hyperplasien bei Kindern (Vascular dysplasias and hyperplasias in children).  2000.

T. J. RYAN. The blood supply and lymphatic drainage of the skin. 2001.

H. PARTSCH. Die Antistase, ein vernachlässigtes Therapiekonzpet bei der tiefen Beinvenenthrombose (Antistasis, a neglected therapy concept for deep vein thrombosis of the leg). 2002.

H. K. BREDDIN. Tiefe Beinvenenthrombose: Pathogenese, Diagnostik und Therapie Was ist gesichert? Welche Fragen bleiben offen? (Deep vein thrombosis of the leg: pathogenesis, diagnostics, and therapy. What is known for certain? What questions are unresolved?) 2004.

ETELKA FÖLDI. Die Brücke vom Experiment zur Klinik: Das Lymphödem (From the laboratory to the clinic: lymphedema). 2005.

R. V. CLUZAN. Peripheral lymphoedema treatment. 2006.

Sir N. BROWSE. 50 years of phlebology. Advance or standstill? 2007.

U. SCHULTZ-EHRENBURG. Prospective epidemiological study on the beginning of varicose veins. Bochum study I-IV. 2008.


W. HACH. 2010

Prof. Dr. N. Klüken (1969-1999)    
Prof. Dr. K.U. Tiedjen (1999-2006)   u.tiedjen@t-online.de
Prof. Dr. E. Rabe (since 2006)

Scientific Council

R. Bauersachs Darmstadt gefaesszentrum@klinikum-darmstadt.de
E. Betz Tübingen  
J.M. Coget Lille  
M. Comel Pisa  
U. Dembowski Wiesbaden
E. Földi Hinterzarten foeldi@foeldiklinik.de
R. Fontain Strassburg  
W. H. Hauss Münster  
M. Jacquet Paris  
H. Jellinek Budapest  
M. Jünger Greifswald dermatologie@uni-greifswald.de
J. Kuiper Nijmwegen  
P. Langeron Lille  
M. Müller Santiago de Chile   
R.C. Mayall Rio de Janeiro  
J. Merlen Lille  
E. Mian Pisa  
M. Neumann Rotterdam h.neumann@erasmusmc.nl
C.M. Papendieck Buenos Aires cmpapendieck@angiopediatria.com.ar
H. Partsch Wien hugo.partsch@meduniwien.ac.at
T.J. Ryan Oxford  
G.W. Schmid-Schönbein  San Diego  
M. Stücker Bochum m.stuecker@derma.de
L. Widmer Basel  
M. Zabel Recklinghausen zabel@hautzentrum-re.de

activ / deceased

Max Ratschow
Max Ratschow
Max Ratschow

(* August 7, 1904 - † †November 8, 1963)

Prof. Max Ratschow is considered to have established the specialist discipline of angiology, the youngest branch of internal medicine, which is concerned with diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. Having studied medicine at Rostock, Freiburg, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, and Breslau between 1924 and 1929, he qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1930 at the University of Breslau, before being awarded his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in 1936 at the Kiel University Institute of Physiology. From 1939 to 1952 Max Ratschow worked at the University Hospital of Halle, where he was a full Professor of Pathological Physiology from 1948. He settled in the former West Germany in 1952 with a view to setting up a research clinic for vascular diseases. From 1953 to his death in 1963, Max Ratschow was Director of the Medizinische Klinik Darmstadt and Professor of Internal Medicine. While in this role, he set up the first research center for angiology (opened in May 1963). This was later named after him, becoming the Max-Ratschow-Klinik für Angiologie am Klinikum Darmstadt.  

The rapid development of the new specialist discipline can be attributed to Max Ratschow's special commitment to the scientific investigation and treatment of vascular diseases and circulation disorders. Angiology was finally recognized as a branch of internal medicine at the German Medical Assembly in Cologne in 1992. Two scientific prizes bearing his name are testament to his work in establishing the discipline. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Angiologie (German Angiology Society) has been awarding the Max Ratschow Prize for outstanding work in the field of vascular medicine since 1968. The Curatorium Angiologiae Internationalis has been awarding the Ratschow Memorial Medal to scientists for their life's work in the field of vascular medicine since 1969. The foundation for the Memorial Medal was started up by Ratschow's pupil, Prof. Norbert Klüken.