Norbert Pallua, MD, PhD was born in Bruneck in South Tyrol, Italy.
After completing his medical studies and obtaining his doctorate from the University of Vienna, Austria, Professor Pallua took his state exams and received his licence to practice medicine from the University of Bologna in Italy.
He continued his training at the Freie Universität (FU) in Berlin, specializing in general surgery, and then at the Medizinische Hochschule (MHH) in Hannover, where he specialized in plastic and aesthetic surgery, obtaining additional qualifications in hand surgery.
In Hannover, he was also awarded the right to teach plastic surgery academically by the Medizinische Hochschule (Habilitation and venia legendi).
In 1996 he successfully took the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery exams and became a Fellow of EBOPRAS.
Since 1997 Prof. Pallua has been a full Professor at the medical faculty of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen (a member of the Excellence Initiative among German Universities) and the Director of the Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery at the University Hospital.
He is certified by the North-Rhine Medical Association (Ärztekammer Nordrhein) as a fully qualified trainer of plastic surgery and hand surgery.
In 2003 he became Honorary Professor und Honorary Director of the Surgical Department of the Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China and in 2005 he was made Honorary Director for life of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Yixing near Shanghai, China.
In 2008 he was appointed Honorary Professor by the Romanian Association of Plastic Surgeons.
Professor Pallua is the author of a multitude of medical and research publications and a reviewer for many international scientific journals. He is a member of the most important and renowned national and international specialist associations. He is on the board of many of them: the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS), the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS), the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS), the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS), and the European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS).
He is the chairman of the Education Subcommittee of EBOPRAS and was re-elected as President of EASAPS in Paris in January 2011. He is the chairman of the committee for the standardization of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at the Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN) in Berlin und the German representative on the committee for Aesthetic Surgery Services at the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
He specializes particularly in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. He has developed a new method that makes it possible to reconstruct large areas of the face and neck after tumour operations and severe burns.
One of his special concerns is Paulinchen, Initiative für brandverletzte Kinder e.V., an organization for children with burn injuries that he has sponsored and worked for on an honorary basis for years.