Episurf Medical has appointed and works closely with an international Clinical Advisory Board as an important core group for the company´s continuous efforts to pioneer the field of patientspecific treatments. The advisory board consists of seven key opinion leaders in the fields of cartilage repair and medical radiology.
MATS BRITTBERG – PROFESSOR
Mats Brittberg is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Kungsbacka Hospital in Kungsbacka, Sweden and Professor at the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Gothenburg. He obtained his medical degree in 1978 and went on to specialise in orthopaedics in 1985, passing the Swedish Orthopaedic Board Exam in 1992. In 1996, he completed his PhD, in 2002 he became Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg and in 2013 he became Professor.
Professor Brittberg’s research focuses on cartilage repair, particularly cartilage regeneration using in vitro expanded autologous chondrocytes. His current main focus is the European Connective Tissue Engineering Centre (ECTEC), a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and the Institute of Polymer Technology, Chalmers Technical University. Other research collaborations include biotribology in cartilage and osteoarthritis with Virginia Tech in the U. S. as well as other collaborations with many other centres in Europe and North America.
He was a member of the board of Tissue Engineering Society International (TESi) and from 2006-2008, he chaired the Cartilage Committee of ESSKA. He was actively involved in the ICRS since 1997, serving first as secretary, then vice-president and president from 2006-2008, and finally as past-president from 2008-2009. He is currently associate editor for the journal Cartilage, associate editor for the ESSKA journal, and serves on the editorial board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. In September 2010, Professor Brittberg received the ICRS Genzyme Lifetime Achievement Award in cartilage research.
KARL ERIKSSON – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Karl Eriksson is senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Stockholm South Hospital and Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He also has a position at the private practise Stockholm Knee Academy at Sophiahemmet, Stockholm. His current clinical practice profile is within open and arthroscopic knee surgery. Karl Eriksson obtained his medical degree in 1988 from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm/ UCLA Medical School, LA, the US. He became specialist in orthopedic surgery in 1994, completed his PhD in 2001 and became Associate Professor in 2010.
Karl Eriksson has the following international committee appointments: ISAKOS knee committee, ISAKOS Sports medicine committee, ESSKA Academy, ESSKA Arthroscopy committee, and ESSKA Scientific committee review board. Within sports medicine, he has been the chief team physician for the Swedish national cross country ski team 1993-2002, Olympic team doctor for the Swedish Olympic team 1994 and 1998 as well as team doctor for professional soccer teams 1990-2012.
JOHANNES HOLZ – DR MED
Johannes Holz is specialist in orthopaedics and trauma surgery at OrthoCentrum in Hamburg and Park-klinik in Manhagen. He was team physician of the 2nd league (1st and 2nd Bundesliga) soccer team FC St. Pauli from 2001 until 2014, team physician of the 1st league field hockey team Club a.d. Alster and Associated Physician of the Olympic Training Center Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein until 2016. He is Associated Faculty of the Department of Sports medicine of the University of Hamburg
Johannes Holz studied medicine at the Medical University of Hamburg and graduated in 1992. After his graduation, he undertook a number of roles including Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at the Medical University Ulm (1997-2001).
His special interests include arthroplasty of the knee and hip, arthroscopic anterior and posterior crucial ligament reconstruction, reconstructive cartilage and tissue repair, reconstructive meniscus repair and transplantation, high tibial osteotomy for varus and valgus leg deformity, arthroscopic surgery repair for anterior, posterior and multidirectional shoulder instability, arthroscopic rotator cuff refixation and reconstruction, arthroscopy of elbow and ankle, foot surgery, sports traumatology and minimally invasive interventional spine therapy, including Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) percutaneous discectomy
Leif Ryd is an orthopaedic surgeon and former Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. His clinical areas of expertise consist of degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) of the hip and knee, as well as traumatic knee injuries. During his extensive clinical research career, he has focused on various aspects of osteoarthritis, mainly in the knee and within areas such as implant fixation, osteoarthritis etiology and early diagnosis. He is the co-founder, Senior Medical Advisor as well as board member of Episurf Medical.
TIM SPALDING – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Tim Spalding is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. He has his degree from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London in 1982 and has specialised in knee surgery ever since then. Dr Spalding holds great interest in a wide range of knee surgeries, ranging from arthroscopic cruciate ligament reconstruction for the unstable knee, meniscal surgery and reconstruction for the torn footballer’s cartilage, surgery for patello-femoral problems, articular cartilage repair such as autologous chondrocyte transplantation, to osteotomy and joint replacement for the worn knee. He has been involved in national and international research and teaching and is instrumental in the formation of the UK National Ligament Registry. He holds a number of orthopaedic society memberships, such as member of the European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) as well as of International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS).
ADAM MITCHELL – CONSULTANT RADIOLOGIST
Adam Mitchell is a radiologist who specialises in musculoskeletal imaging, with particular expertise in sports injury. His practice is focused on the treatment of high calibre athletes at the sports medicine focused Fortius Clinic in London. Dr. Mitchell is also Honary Senior Lecturer at the Imperial Collage, London. He is radiologist to numerous Premier League and Championship football teams, professional cricket clubs and numerous rugby union teams. He also provided radiological imaging services for individual athletes at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. He is a member of Royal College of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons as well as British Society of Musculoskeletal Radiologists.
NIEK VAN DIJK – PROFESSOR
Prof. Dr. C. Niek van Dijk, MD, PhD is a leading authority for arthroscopic surgery of the ankle. He is the founder of the Amsterdam Foot & Ankle School. Currently, he is working in the FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence in Madrid, Clinic Ripol&DePrado&VanDijk and in Porto, Clinica de Dragão. Between 2002-2016 he was head of the Orthopaedic Department of the AMC Hospital (Amsterdam UMC). He is emeritus professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Amsterdam.
In 2000 Niek van Dijk started the first international Amsterdam Foot and Ankle Course. His great interest in teaching and his belief in the techniques of the Amsterdam Foot and Ankle School stimulated him to develop the free-access website AnklePlatform. Today the platform has > 3700 members from more than 115 countries.
Niek van Dijk is founder and former director of the Orthopaedic Research Center Amsterdam. He was president of the Dutch Orthopedic Association, president of the Nordic Orthopedic Association and president of ESSKA and ESSKA-AFAS. He is honorary member of several Societies and Associations. He is the tutor of 50 PhD students who he guided to a successful defense of their PhD-thesis. Niek van Dijk published over 350 scientific indexed publications, wrote over 100 book chapters and is editor of several books. He is founding editor of JISAKOS, the journal of ISAKOS. For more information see Wikipedia.