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Chief of the Division of Orthopedic Trauma In the Department of Orthopedic Surgery
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Associate Professor and Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service
Professor and Vice Chairman of Trauma Surgery
Hannover Medical School
American College of Surgeons
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
German Interdisciplinary ICU Society
North American Shock Society
American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
Editorial Board Member
Hannover Medical School
Dr. Hans-Christoph Pape, 43, is chief of the division of orthopedic trauma in the department of orthopedic surgery at UPMC.
He is a pioneer in "damage control orthopedics," in which seriously injured patients are stabilized, with organ and system functions restored as fully as possible before orthopedic repair begins. Dr. Pape and colleagues have published studies suggesting that the traditional approach of surgically repairing multiple orthopedic injuries simultaneously with severe organ and system traumatic injuries may cause additional unnecessary stress and unfavorable long-term effects. Before joining UPMC, Dr. Pape, a native of Bielefeld, Germany, was professor and vice chairman of trauma surgery at Hannover Medical School in Germany. Dr. Pape has more than 140 peerreviewed articles, nearly half of which he was the lead author. He is living in Squirrel Hill.
UPMC RECRUITS WORLD-RENOWNED PIONEER OF MULTI-TRAUMA CARE AS CHIEF OF ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGERY: HANS-CHRISTOPH PAPE, M.D.PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19, 2005 - An orthopaedic trauma surgeon known as a pioneer of multiple-trauma care and "damage control orthopaedics," Hans-Christoph Pape, M.D., has been recruited by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to be chief of the division of orthopaedic trauma surgery within the department of orthopaedic surgery.Before joining UPMC, Dr. Pape was professor and vice chairman of trauma surgery at Hannover Medical School in Germany, one of Europe's top medical and trauma centers.He is internationally recognized for his research and clinical work in developing optimal treatments for those with multiple serious traumatic injuries.Dr. Pape has been a leading investigator of damage control orthopaedics, a concept which mandates that seriously injured patients be stabilized and organ and system functions restored as fully as possible before surgical repair of orthopaedic injuries is begun. Over the last decade, this staged orthopaedic surgical approach has been instituted in trauma centers around the world, including UPMC, changing the way multiple-trauma patients are treated from admission through discharge and improving their outcomes.Dr. Pape and colleagues have published research findings suggesting that the traditional approach of surgically repairing multiple orthopaedic injuries simultaneously with severe organ and system traumatic injuries immediately upon admission may be unessential and cause additional unnecessary stress."Dr. Pape is an orthopaedic surgeon and clinical scientist of extraordinary ability," said Freddie H. Fu, M.D., professor and chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.Dr. Pape joins orthopaedic trauma surgeon Gary Gruen, M.D., and nearly two dozen other specialized surgeons in UPMC's department of orthopaedic surgery, one of the largest, busiest and most highly ranked clinical and research departments in the country.Dr. Pape's other published research and clinical interests involve the relationship of orthopaedic repair to shock and organ failure, bone fixation and stabilization.He received his medical degree from Hannover in 1988 and completed six years of residency training in surgery and trauma at Hannover in 1995, during which time he completed a traveling fellowship at the University of Nijmegaen in the Netherlands, participated in an exchange program with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and completed a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University.He joined the faculty of medicine and surgery at Hannover in 1996, was appointed professor in 2000, and vice chair of the department of trauma surgery in 2003.Dr. Pape's career contributions to orthopaedic and trauma literature include more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, nearly half as lead author.He has been an invited presenter at more than 150 scientific national and international meetings and is a peer reviewer for numerous leading international journals.Another indication of his peer recognition and the influence of his work is the extensive number of times other scientists have cited his work.He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at El Paso, and has garnered numerous international clinical scientific achievement awards.
Dr. Hans-Christoph Pape completed his residency in trauma surgery at Hannover Medical School, and while an attending orthopedic and trauma surgeon at Hannover he was appointed as Professor of Trauma Surgery.
Between 2003 and 2005 he was also a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, the University of Alabama, and the University of Texas. Between 2005 and 2009 Dr. Pape was Associate Professor in Traumatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, and he is currently W. Pauwels Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic/Trauma Surgery at the University of Aachen Medical Centre, Germany. During his career, Dr. Pape has received many awards of note, including the 2005 Novartis Prize, the 2006 Swiss AO Foundation Annual Award, and the 2008 Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is the Editor in Chief for Open Access Emergency Medicine, a Section Editor for Injury and the European Journal of Trauma, and an editorial board member for Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics, Journal of Trauma, Infection and Critical Care, and Patient Safety in Surgery. Dr. Pape has been the lead author on 78 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and co-author of a further 162. He is also the editor or author of several important books, has written a large number of book chapters and has led many courses on polytrauma management.
Dr Hans-Christoph Pape
Journal of Open Access Emergency Medicine - Dove Medical Press Dr Pape Editor-in-Chief: Dr Hans-Christoph Pape Dr Pape is an Associate Professor and Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr Pape initially qualified at the Hannover Medical School in Germany, which included periods of study at Vanderbilt and Harvard as part of a scholarship. Later, he went on to participate in a combined research program between the Hannover Medical School and Harvard University's Department of Neurology, before completing his residency in trauma surgery at Hannover Medical School. During his time as an attending orthopedic and trauma surgeon at Hannover, he was appointed as a Professor of Trauma Surgery. From 2003 to 2005, he was a visiting professor at Harvard, the University of Alabama, and the University of Texas. Dr Pape has published more than 70 peer reviewed articles as the lead author, and has co-authored over 120 others. He is the recipient of multiple awards from international trauma societies, including the Best Scientific Paper Presentation from the European Trauma Society, and the Best European Paper Presentation from the British Trauma Society, both in 2002. Most recently, he was awarded the 2005 Novartis prize, the 2006 Swiss AO Foundation Annual Award, and the 2008 Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a founding member of several research groups within the German Interdisciplinary ICU Society (DIVI), of which he has been a member since 1998, and has been a member of the North American Shock Society since 1998. In addition, he is also a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr Pape has been with the University of Pittsburgh since 2005.
Editor in Chief Dr Hans-Christoph Pape