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Christof Birkenmaier

MD

Associate Professor, Orthopedic, Trauma & General Surgeon Head of Spine Team
ISMISS Turkey International Faculty

Clinical Positions

2006 - cont. Faculty, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Großhadern Medical Center, University of Munich
Head of Spine Team, Head of Osteology Clinics
2004 - 2006 Junior Faculty, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Großhadern Medical Center, University of Munich
2001 - 2004 Resident, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Großhadern Medical Center, University of Munich
1999 - 2004 Resident, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Medical Center rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich
1995 - 1998 Resident, Dept. of Surgery, Medical Center rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich
1993 - 1995 Resident, Dept. of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
1989 - 1990 House Officer, Departments of Orthopedics and General Surgery, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
   

Research

2013 – ongoing Experimental Study on Stiffness Modification in PMMA Vertebroplasty Bone Cements (supported by a grant from the German Spine Society)
2012 – ongoing Prospective Cohort Study on Emergency Spinal Imaging
2012 - 2014 Biomechanical Study on the Mechanical Properties of Spinal Rods
2006 - 2009 Study of Epidural Pain Medications in a Fibroblast Cell Culture Modell (supported by a grant from the B. Braun Foundation)
2006 - 2010

Characterization of Cryolesions Used in Interventional Pain Therapy

2004 - 2006 Randomized Placebo-Controlled Multicenter Trial on the Efficacy of the Racz Epidural Catheter Therapy
2002 - 2006 Prospective Clinical Trial on Percutaneous Cryodenervation of Lumbar Facet Joints
1990 - 1993

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA (supported by a postdoctoral grant from the German Research Society)
Topic: ”Immunological Consequences of Trauma”

   

Medical School

1982 - 1989 University of the Saarland, Homburg, Germany
   

International Electives

1986, Aug. - Oct. Pediatrics, University Department of Child Health at Mater Children's Hospital, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
1988, Feb. - May General Surgery and Orthopedics, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland
   

Professional Licences

2008, October Orthopedic Traumatology Board Certfication – M. Board of Bavaria
2004, February Orthopedic Board Certification - Medical Board of Bavaria
2000, May Surgical Board Certification - Medical Board of Bavaria
1994, October

California Medical License (currently inactive)

1993, June FLEX (Score 84)
1992 German Medical License
1989, January FMGEMS
   

Professional Societies

SICOT International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, member since 2011
SSE Spine Society of Europe, member since 2010
DWG

German Spine Society, member since 2009

DGOOC

German Society for Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery, member since 2006

AOSPINE Member since 2005, German delegate since 2009
ISMISS

International Society for Minimal Intervention in Spinal Surgery, member since 2004, German National Representative since 2008

WFMISS World Federation of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Techniques, founding member
   

Fellowships

June 2009

AO Spine Fellow at the Centre For Spinal Studies & Surgery, University Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

January 2012 Visiting Fellow at the Spine Center, Department of Orthopaedics, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
   

AO Training

2004 Interactive Spine Course I, Davos
2003 Advances in Operative Fracture Treatment, Davos
2002 Principles of Operative Fracture Treatment, Davos
   

Teaching Credentials

2005 – ongoing Musculoskeletal Tutor for the revised Medical Curriculum at the University of Munich (MECUM)
2002 – 2004 Tutor of the Musculoskeletal Course, Munich – Harvard International Alliance for Medical Education
   

Languages

German mother tongue
English excellent (speech & writing)
French

good (speech & writing)

Portuguese

good (speech)

Spanish

basics (speech)

   
Publications/Abstracts/Scientific Contributions/Lectures

Numerous publications/abstracts/lectures in national and international periodicals/courses/congresses

   

Address

Department of Orthopaedics

University of Munich

Grosshadern Campus. Marchioninistr. 15. D - 81377 Munich