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Head of the Unit

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Krettek, FRACS, FRCSEd, joined the MHH in 1982, after graduating from the LMU Munich and two years' subsequent research work at the LMU's Pharmacological Institute.  At the MHH he passed through a classical broad surgical training under Professors Tscherne, Pichlmayr and Borst in their respective departments. 

Right from the start there was a definite clinical and academic orientation on severe trauma and muscular-sceletal problems. After achieving his doctorate and a professorship, Prof. Krettek was offered tenured professorships in Germany and overseas. In 1999 he accepted the first professorship of its kind as Professor of Traumatology at the Monash University in Melbourne, and rapidly extended the new Trauma Clinic at the Alfred Hospital to become the biggest trauma care distributor of the 5th continent.

His international experiences have influenced Prof. Krettek’s career crucially. Since receiving the call to hold the chair in trauma surgery at the MHH he is also the director of the trauma department. In this position he not only continues to lead the clinic in the sense of its founder but also invigorates it with innovative and international impulses in the fields of navigation, robotics, tissue engineering and the treatment of severely injured patients.

Prof. Krettek has been awarded numerous national and international research prizes. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), the Royal College of Surgeons of Edingburgh (FRCSEd) and honorary member of the Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (HAOST). He is an original member of the International Society Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS International), was a member of the executive committee of the German Society for Traumatology (DGU), the German Society for Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery (DGPW) and the German Society for Computer- and Robot-Assisted Surgery (CURAC). In 2004 he founded the Traumastiftung.

Furthermore Prof. Krettek is a member of the DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich 599 (sustainable bio-absorbable and permanent implants), chairman of the expert group Computer Navigation of AO International, and technical consultant of the DFG, the Humboldtstiftung and numerous other national and international research organisations. He is author respectively co-author of more than 450 MedLine/PubMed listed publications, co-editor of the journal Der Unfallchirurg, and editorial board member of a multitude of leading national and international professional journals. In addition, Prof. Krettek is co-editor of the benchmark publication Skeletal Trauma, the classic English language work covering the treatment of muscular-skeletal injuries. 

Prof. Krettek’s clinical focus is on the treatment strategies and -techniques of fractures of the long hollow bones. It was his creative, innovative and trend-setting research in the early 1990s that has, among others, initiated and crucially influenced the minimally-invasive reposition and osteosynthesis techniques which are part of every trauma surgeon's standard repertoire today.