Professor Reinhold Ganz was born in Karlsruhe, Germany on August 20, 1939. He studied medicine in Kiel (Germany) and Innsbruck (Austria) (1958-1964), and completed residencies in Germany and Switzerland. He joined the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in the University of Bern in the early 1970’s and became Professor and Chair of the Department from 1981 to 2004. He is currently Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in the University of Bern and Consultant for Joint Preserving Hip Surgery in Bern and the University of Torino, Italy.
Professor Ganz is one of the most accomplished orthopedics and hip surgeons in the world. He has influenced a whole generation of orthopedic surgeons through his research, surgical innovations and teaching. He led the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Bern University for nearly a quarter of a century during which he initiated and led studies into the hip conditions known to culminate in the development of osteoarthritis. He investigated the problem of hip dysplasia, performed pioneering research into the vascular supply of the femoral head and devised a new surgical strategy – now known as the Bernese Periacetabular Ostectomy – that allowed correction of the majority of acetabular deficiencies with accuracy, predictability and acceptable morbidity, and trained hundreds of hip surgeons to safely carry out the procedure. He also recognized the phenomenon of hip impingement as a cause of osteoarthritis and devised surgical strategies to treat the prearthritic hip, either preventing or delaying the progression of frank osteoarthritis. His systemic pursuit of an understanding of these conditions established him as a leader of conservative hip surgery that is non-arthroplasty surgery.
Professor Ganz authored nearly 460 publications and held many visiting professorships and guest lectureships in different universities and institutions. In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine, his contributions were recognized by many other awards and prizes, including the Prix Mondial Nessim HABIF de Chirurgie of the University of Geneva, the Arthur Steinder Award of the Orthopedic Research Society, the Pauwels Medal of the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC) and the Medal of Honor of the German Pediatric Orthopedic Association. He is a Member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Hononary Trustee of the Osteoarthritis/ASIF Foundation, Honorary Member of the American Hip Society, the French Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (S.O.F.C.O.T.) and the USA Southern Orthopedic Association and Honorary Founding Member of the Mexican Hip Society. He is also a member of the International Society for Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, the Orthopedic Trauma Association and the European Hip Society. He led the Foundation for the Advancement of Orthopaedic Surgery (Synos) for 11 years and the AO/ASIF Foundation for 10 years, and has been recently elected President of the International Hip Society. He is a member of editorial boards and reviewer of major medical journals in his field.
Prof. Ganz dedicated his career to the study and treatment of diseases of the hip joint. He has carried out seminal anatomical research that contributed substantially to the understanding of the blood supply to the acetabulum and femoral head. He also devised a new surgical strategy for treatment of the prearthritic hip. These achievements have led to his recognition as a leading authority on conservative hip surgery.