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Prof. Dr. Michael Schütz

Prof. Dr. Michael Schütz

Professor Michael Schuetz is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon and research leader in the field of trauma care and orthopaedic implant design. Since 2016 he holds the position of Director of the Centre for Musculosceletal Surgery (CMSC) at the Charité Hospital Berlin (Campus Virchow Clinic and Campus Mitte) and is the Chair for Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery at the Humboldt University and Free University Berlin / Germany. From 2004 – 2016 he was the Chair in Trauma at the Queensland University of Technology and is Director of Trauma at the Princess Alexandra Hospital / Brisbane Australia. Prior to relocating to Brisbane in 2004, Professor Schuetz was Associate Professor for Trauma Surgery at Humboldt University of Berlin and a Leading Attending Surgeon at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, one of the largest University hospitals in Europe, where he also did the majority of his surgical training.

Professor Schuetz’s research interests lie in the fields of orthopaedic trauma surgery, trauma system management, traumatology, fracture healing and implant development. He has published 186 peer-reviewed publications in high impact international journals including The lancet, Critical Care, Acta biomaterialia, Biomaterials and Science Translational Medicine. Professor Schuetz has a h-index of 30 and his publications have attracted over 3,395 citations, including 2,009 in the past five years (Google 2016). Professor Schuetz has also presented at 52 national and international research conferences, including numerous invited presentations at prestigious meetings hosted by the Dutch Association for Trauma Surgery and the Japanese Association for The Surgery of Trauma. He has attracted over $7.6 million in funding to support his research from national and international granting organisations, including four Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project Grants, one ARC Discovery Grant, one National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Development Grant and one National and International Research Alliances Program Grant from the Queensland Government.

Professor Schuetz is also a leader in advancing clinical practice in traumatology. He served as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Working Group on Implant Design Modifications form 2006-2011, focusing on the development of world first orthopaedic implants designed specifically for the anatomical characteristics of Asia Pacific populations. Prof Schuetz was a driving force behind the design and implementation of the Queensland Trauma Plan and Chaired the State-wide Clinical Network for Trauma in Queensland from 2007-2010. Furthermore, he was a key contributor to the establishment of the National Critical Care Trauma Centre in Darwin. He has also served as Chair of the AO Research Foundation Institute Advisory Committee (Davos, Switzerland), with an annual budget of CHF 25 million for investment in musculoskeletal research globally, member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association Strategic Research Board, Board Member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association Trauma Association and member of the Australian Trauma Committee of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. He has also advised the Australian Government as member of the Protocol Advisory Sub-Committee, and as member of the Specialist Orthopaedic Clinical Advisory Group, both reporting to the Department of Health and Ageing.