Overview: About us

  • Inspiration for founding THE IONM ACADEMY 
  • Mission & Vision
  • Values
  • Expertise of the founding members of THE IONM ACADEMY 
  • THE IONM ACADEMY a unit of the IHAG - International Health Academy Ltd



Competence for Safety Safety for Excellence

Inspiration for Founding THE IONM ACADEMY


 THE EXCITED HUMAN Head from to Toe 3.0 

– goes on-line & around the globe…

Idee Gründung Motivation
  1. The D-AUT-CH-Symposium „The Excited Human - Neuro-Stimulation interdisciplinary”, was the 1st international, scientific symposium for surgical disciplines led by Lucia Ucsnik, MD, MAS, FECSM from 14.-15. September 2016, Medical University Vienna and Comprehensive Cancer Center Vienna, Colorectal Cancer Unit
  2. ... and in 2019 the Workshop „The Excited Human 2.0“ of the 11th Congress of the European Federation for ColoRectal Cancer, 27.-29 April 2019, succeeded together with The Excited Human 2.0 Mini-Symposium – Part II Lecture on “Sexual Health, Rehabilitation and the presentation of the Igls-Vienna-SexMed-Survey-Results”,
  3. ...thus, the logical successor in 2020 is the digitalized, inter-national, inter-professional and inter-disciplinary “THE EXCITED HUMAN 3.0 - THE IONM ACADEMY ! 

Scientific Board 
Medical & scientific director: Lucia Ucsnik, MD, MAS, FECSM
Biomedical-technical director: DI(FH) Stefan Wüger, MSc.

Building a fundament since 2015

from raising awareness, spreading a mind-set &

building international and national networks

Passionate Surgeon in Training

Symposium "Sexual Health in Cancer Patients",

D-AUT-CH-Symposium "Der erregte Mensch - Neurostimulation interdisziplinär", 2016

Igsl-Vienna-SexMed-Survey started 2017

European Congress, EFR 2019

"The Excited Human 2.0 - Neurostimulation Interdisziplinary"

Building the path for intraoperative neuromonitoring 

in colorectal surgery in Austria

Mission & Vision

THE IONM ACADEMY  ensures that the knowledge about brain- and nerve-sparing surgical concepts and techniques "from head to toe" is continuously disseminated. Its focus is on neuromonitoring, neurostimulation and neuromapping as a possibility to display and ensure the function of nerves and brain in the during these surgical procedures.

This knowledge serves medical professionals and professionals in medical technology who treat, care for and perform surgical procedures in patients and can thus benefit from the use of nerve-sparing surgical concepts and techniques.

THE IONM ACADEMY  has collected and processed the knowledge required for this from various areas in order to enable holistic learning and knowledge transfer: structured in modules from basic to advanced to expert status from head to toe for surgeons of all disciplines!

We support you in learning when you can open up some time: on-line, on-demand 24h/7d for 3 months, on all five continents.

Enjoy THE IONM ACADEMY  -Universe, which is internationally unique in its form and concept!

Growing together, ensuring safety - for surgeons as well as patients - on the way to surgical excellence!


The values match those of IHAG - International Health Academy Ltd. and have been extended to include the following aspects
  • Competence
  • Safety
  • Excellence 

Competence for Safety Safety for Excellence

With intraoperative neuromonitoring, -stimulation and mapping you'll never walk alone!


The aim is to build up professional competence in the field of nerve-sparing surgery,  intraoperative neuromonitoring, -stimulation and mapping. 

The competence acquired offers security for the surgeons, the surgical team and thus safety for the patients affected by medical interventions of any kind.

This safety gained combined with the necessary application experience and the continuously verified and certified deepening in the specific surgical area ultimately enable the development of outstanding immortal surgical excellence!

Founding Members

Lucia Ucsnik, MD, MAS, FECSM
CEO, Medical Director
Medical Doctor for Preventive Medicine, Performance- and StressMedicine,
Surgeon on the way of training
Scientist and Researcher
Field of Research:
Sexual Medicine
Academic Lecturer

Medical Doctor, Mentor, Reformer, Innovator, Speaker

Health Economist, Hospital Manager



  • General, holistic and preventive medicine, sexual medicine

  • On the training path for surgery with disciplined filing of surgical skills and techniques through numerous international and national skills courses in Davos, Pontressina, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna

  • One of 800 Fellows of the European Society for Sexual Medicine internationally in the field of visceral and aortic/vascular and transplant surgery

  • Research and specialization focus: connecting surgery to sexual medicine, nervesparing surgical techniques

  • Since 2014 dealing with IONM, 2016 establishment of IONM at the Medical University of Vienna

Further development of medical education

  • Since 1997 contributions to the largest reform of medical studies in Austria since the 19th century

  • Since 2001 annual teaching and tutoring at the Medical University of Vienna but also at other national and international training institutions

  • from 2005 - 2012 establishment of mentoring of talents, high potentials and high performer in health and social systems, focus on Austria and SE Europe


  • Since 1997 reform of medical education in Austria

  • Since 2005 founding president of Club Alpbach Medica, an association for the promotion of talents, high potentials and high performers in Austria's health and social systems

  • 2006 - 2012 member of the Council of the European Forum Alpbach

  • Since 2015 board member of the Austrian Society for University Didactics, ÖGHD

  • Since 2016 member of the board of GAMED

  • 2019 Founding President of the International Network for Sexual Health Care

 No children, 2 therapy dogs, 3 therapy cats

References to intraoperative neuromonitoring and nerve- and brain-sparing surgical concepts and techniques:

“Me striving for surgical and nerve-sparing excellence, already started in the early phase of surgical training. Training and improving surgical skills was part from my first year in surgery. By assisting surgical procedures with each surgical procedure you get step by step closer to your goals. The experience and lessons learned influence pre-surgical patients’ information telling, preoperative patients' preparation and diagnostics, intra-operatively the surgical strategies you put into actions, the choice of surgical concepts and postoperatively the concepts for recovery and by this also and patients’ quality of life.

IONM is well established in the field of thyroid gland surgical procedures. In the field of coloptroctology and surgical oncology it is quite new. Here Lucia Ucsnik contributed and spread the important topic thanks to being accepted in international top-expert-working groups but also via symposia organized and her research-grant awarded by the European Society for Sexual Medicine.

In the field of abdominal and thoracic aortic and vascular surgery the implementation of IONM in daily surgical routine is still in an experimental phase but gained high attention via the international symposium organized at European level in 2019.

Holistic concepts and sustainable treatment strategies and approaches integrate all kinds of health care professions and discplines needed throughout the whole process of treatment: from the choice of anesthesia-methods up to the options physical therapy and rehabilitation concepts offer post- surgery."

Lucia Ucsnik, MD, MAS, FECSM started her surgical training at university clinic of the Medical University Vienna in a quite aged phase of life after phases of life working in hospital management at CEO- and medical director level at the age of 27 years and politics at federal level at the age of 31 years. Her vision in surgical research is to build bridges between the disciplines of surgery and sexual medicine

After finishing her medical studies and starting to work in hospital management and politics she built the path for contemporary medical didactic, mentoring and applied sciences.

Organizing international outstanding multidisciplinary and multiprofessional symposia in 2015, 2016 and 2019 she turned to the topics of sexual health following WHO-definition as well as surgical oncology, nerve-sparing surgical procedures and options offered via the support of IONM / IOM.

She is excellently connected with more than 25 national and international medical scientific societies and, thus, excellently connected. She held more than 100 lectures at huge international congresses during her 6 years of training as a junior doctor as well as small closed top-expert-meetings as resident-phase of surgical training.

In 2015 she came across enriching possibilities of intraoperative neuro-monitoring, -stimulation and mapping on the mission to preserve the sexual function as well as the continence of stool and urine and to maintain a high quality of life via nerve-sparing surgical interventions in the pelvis - especially in the rectum area always in sight for patients.

As a co-founder of IHAG - International Health Academy Ltd. and speaker of THE IONM ACADEMY , she gives you insights and shares her wealth of experience in establishing and anchoring the possibilities, opportunities and degrees of freedom that IONM offers you.

In the conception of the academy but also the compilation of the lecture contents, the selection of the lecturers and communication channels, the focus was – and still is - on high-quality and contemporary medical didactics by offering new ways of conveying knowledge from the start.

The goal is always joyful learning with new degrees of freedom despite of a demanding professional life, regardless of the phase of life in which the students of THE IONM ACADEMY find themselves. From people in training to top experts - our fascinating THE IONM ACADEMY -Universe should be entertaining and free of inconvenience!

DI(FH) Stefan Wüger, MSc
starting 30th November 2021
CEO & Chief Biomedical-Technical Officer
IONM -Coach, -Teambuilder and -Consultant

Biomedical Technician and IONM - Monitorist with Passion 

Biomedical Engineering
    • in 2001 in Austria he was one of the first in in the field of intraoperative neuromonitoring in theory and application

    • numerous specializations in Austria, Germany, USA

    • from 2010 on international professional engagement in the field of IONM

Further development of medical-technical trainingTraining of medical technicians and doctors

    • IONM - application specialist with more than 1.500 IONM Applications

    • Greater Europe (Europe, Africa, Middle East, former Soviet Union, South India)


    • Building IONM - teams

Father of two children, 7 and 9 years old

References in intraoperative NeuroMonitoring as well as nerve-sparing surgical concepts and techniques

 „For 20 years I’ve been involved in the field of intraoperative neuromonitoring on four continents.

In 2001 I applied IONM  in surgical procedures in the thyroid gland, but I was not aware of the importance and relevance of this intra-operative method to ensure brain- and nerval function.

I just marginally took notice that IONM was one of the first important possabilities and methods to prevent aphonia in the course of surgical procedures in the thyroid gland and thus ensured patients’ voice. From a biomedical technician’s perspective it was just another interesting method to measure at the beginning.

By enlarging the field my professional activity in the field of orthopedics I more and more realized how important it is to correctly monitor for patients’ further quality of life. Ever since then I developed my passion to share my knowledge and spread it amongst the method’s applicants and make it accessable.” 

DI (FH) Stefan Wüger, MSc. trained biomedical and medical specialists in more than 10.000 hours of training, did presentations and supported surgical procedures within the last 19 years. Thanks to his long-time international professional activity his network reaches from the USA up to New Zealand.

As co-founder of the IHAG - International Health Academy Ltd and lecturing member of the THE IONM ACADEMYhe provides insights in technical aspects of IONM / IOM. He shares his long-term experience in order to provide expertise on how to overcome boundaries before and during surgical procedures in the operating theatre. He’s interested to introduce you the IONM - methods as how to apply and implement them as easy as possible in daily professional surgical.

THE IONM ACADEMY is an unit of the IHAG - International Health Academy Ltd and was founded in October 2020.

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