Prof. h.c. PD Dr. med. Matthias Reinhard Steinwachs

Steinwachs Dr Lehmann Athletikum GroupSpecialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology Prof. Steinwachs; additional qualification in sports medicine

Born in Tübingen on June 13, 1958



Studied Jurisprudence, University of Constance



Studied Human Medicine, University of Heidelberg & Göttingen



Research and doctorate in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Göttingen



3rd State Examination in Human Medicine and Licence to Practice Medicine, University of Göttingen



Intern & research activity in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Göttingen



Internship in the Department of Traumatology in the Surgical Unit of the St. Bernward Hospital in Hildesheim, a teaching hospital of the University of Göttingen



Research in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Göttingen



MD/PhD dissertation, University of Göttingen



Specialist training in Orthopaedics, University of Freiburg



Experimental research in cell cultivation and tissue engineering, University Hospital of Freiburg



Training under Prof. L. Peterson, GMC Gothenburg, Sweden



Specialist training in Orthopaedics, University of Freiburg



Research project leader: “Cartilage Engineering”, Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg



Consultant in the Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital Freiburg, with further training in the field of arthroscopic knee surgery & cartilage regeneration



Member of the founding committee of the Valley Tissue Engineering Centre at the University Hospital of Freiburg


1998 bis heute:

Head of the “Cartilage Research Group”, Valley Tissue Engineering Centre, University Hospital Freiburg



Clinical Leader of the Section for Cartilage Transplantation at the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Freiburg



Habilitation entitled: “Tissue Engineering in Orthopaedics”, Prof. Reichelt, University of Freiburg



Awarded “Venia legendi” for the specialism of Orthopaedics, and entitlement to bear the title “Associate Professor”, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg



Additional qualification in sports medicine, Baden-Württemberg State Medical Board, Freiburg



Conferred the title of “Honorable Professor” by the Institute of Sports Medicine at the University of Beijing and entitlement to bear the title: “Prof. h.c.”, ceremony at the University of Freiburg



Senior Consultant in Orthobiology and Cartilage Regeneration, Schulthess Hospital, Zürich



Recognition as “Doctor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology”, Baden-Württemberg State Medical Board, Freiburg



Prof. h.c. PD Dr. Steinwachs's specialist fields

Thanks to many years of research and development work in the field of cartilage and meniscus regeneration and tissue engineering, Prof. h.c. PD Dr. Steinwachs is one of few international specialists in the field of ORTHOBIOLOGY, in which cartilage damage is repaired with the body's own cells, allowing the implantation of prostheses to be dispensed with. Cartilage cell transplants (ACT), osteochondral transplants or stem cell methods are used for this, for example. Professor Steinwachs' other fields of specialism include the surgical treatment of cruciate ligament injuries, meniscal damage and bone diseases. Cutting-edge conservative and operative treatment methods are used in combination with tried-and-tested techniques:

  • Cartilage: Cartilage cell transplantation (ACT), osteochondral transplantation, periosteal flap plasty, membrane or periosteal chondroplasty, stem cell methods, micro-fracturing, K-wire bore holes
  • Bones: Bone smoothing, bone abrasion, bone curettage, bone transplantation, spongiosaplasty, cartilage-bone transplantation, bone bore holes, bone cyst curettage & filling
  • Bone deformities: Corrective osteotomies of the femur and lower limb with osteosynthesis
  • Meniscus: Meniscal suturing, partial resections, meniscal stimulation (needling, abrasion, fibrin patch), meniscus transplantation (CMI® collagen meniscus implant, ACTIFIT®)
  • Cruciate ligament injuries: Ligamentoplasties of the anterior cruciate ligament with patellar tendon or semitendinosus / gracilis-plasty, joint fixation with resorbable interference screws; surgical treatment of loosened, partially torn or elongated cruciate ligaments, Steadman soft healing response technique



Consultancy activities

2001 to date

Consultancy and project work for various companies: Baxter, Geistlich, Ormed, Storz, Zimmer, Stryker, CellGenix, Tigenix etc.


2003 to date

Expert on the ACI Methods Committee of the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) in Siegburg, Germany



Sports medicine adviser, USC Münster Volleyball Federal League Club


2oo5 to date

Member of the “Regenerative Medicine” Expert Committee of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Berlin, Germany


2005 to date

Tutor in orthopaedics at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Freiburg, Germany


2005 to date

Member of the Advisory Board of Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine at the international journal “Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery”


2005 to date

Expert assessor of various international journals and organisations, e.g. Tissue Engineering Biomechanics, Arthroscopy and many more, ICRS, GOTS, EFORT


2006 to date

Consultancy and tutor in sports medicine at Beijing University, China


2007 to date

Member of the Editorial Group “Leading Opinions”


2007 to date

Consultant to the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Medical Biotechnology Division, Langen, Germany


2008 to date

Expert at the “MEuropean Medicines Agency” (EMEA), London, England, and the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PET, Langen)




  • Board Member of the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS), Chair of the Outcome Committee
  • “ACT and Tissue Replacement” working group of the German Association of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC & DGU)
  • Member of the German Society of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC)
  • German-Speaking Arthroscopy Society (AGA), Member of the Cartilage Committee
  • European Tissue Engineering Society (ETES)
  • Osteoarthritic Research Society (OARSI)
  • German Society of Orthopaedics and Sports Traumatology (DVOST)
  • Expert Group on Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation, Federal Committee of the German Government




  • “Who is Who in Germany”
  • “Marquis Who is Who in the World”
  • “Marquis Who is Who in Science and Engineering (World)”
  • “Marquis Who is Who in Medicine and Healthcare (World)”
  • “Knee Joint Specialist” Stern No. 41 10/2002
  • “The 66 best doctors and clinical institutes in Germany” Fit For Fun 4/2003
  • “The 63 best specialists for joints in Germany”, FOCUS No. 42 10/2003
  • “The 80 experts for the knee in Germany”, FOCUS No: 46, 13. 11.2006

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