Bernhard Meyer was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1962. He spent two years at the University of Padova Medical School, Italy before completing his medical degree at the University of Erlangen, Germany in 1989. During this time he completed a sub-internship at Northwestern University, Chicago and SUNY at Brooklyn, NY, USA. He completed his neurosurgery internship and residency in Germany at the University of Tübingen and City Hospital of Duisburg, respectively. He was then a visiting neurosurgery resident at the University of Zürich, Switzerland and Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, USA. He received Board Certification as a Neurosurgeon from the Regional Chamber of Physicians of Northrhine-Westfalia, Düsseldorf Germany in 1995. Since then, he has worked at the University of Bonn and then the Technical University of Munich, where he is now a Full Professor. He is Chairman of the Spine Section of EANS, Past-President of the German Academy of Neurosurgery and President of the International Group for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery. He will be President of the German Spine Society in 2019.