Prof. Dr. med. Frank Hildebrand, MHBA

Contact: Administrative Office, Alina Ossenkopp
Phone: +49 (0)241 80-89350 / Fax: +49 (0)241 80-82415


Department of
Orthopaedic Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Services


  • Fractures of the spine and pelvis
  • Advanced polytrauma management
  • Post-traumatic arthropathy
  • Post-traumatic spinal disorders (minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery of the spine)
  • Post-traumatic malunions and nonunions
  • Post-traumatic articular damage
  • Osteoporotic and periprosthetic fractures
  • Post-traumatic changes following injuries to major joints in the upper and lower extremities
  • Technical orthopaedics including arthroscopic repair of knee and shoulder injuries
  • Trauma and malformation surgery of children
  •  Traumatology of the aged

Research Focus


  • Deformity correction
  • Spinal deformities after trauma
  • Post-traumatic inflammatory changes

Professor Hans-Christoph Pape, FACS, is Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery. He was trained at Hanover Medical School until 1989. Pape has been a visiting professor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Birmingham, El Paso and Dallas as well as in Nijmegen. He became Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) in 2005 and kept the position until he was appointed as Chairman in Aachen in the spring of 2009.

His expertise includes care of acute fractures of the pelvis, acetabulum, spine and extremities. Moreover, he specialises in reconstructive surgery of the spine, the pelvis and for bone loss in the extremities. He uses special techniques for regeneration of bone for bone and soft tissue loss. The Department is an accredited fellowship location for numerous international universities and has been accepted by the AO foundation as a receiving centre.