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Prof. Dr.
Hagen Schmal

Department Chirurgie

Medical Director
Phone: 0049-761-270-26990


  • 1999 Thesis “Role for alpha- and beta-chemokines in the pathogenesis of pulmonary complications following trauma”
  • 2008 PhD “Role for differentiation and matrix interaction for cellular functionality in cartilage engineering"
  • 2012 Nomination as associate professor at the University of Freiburg Medical Center
  • 2015-2019 Clinical professorship for traumatology at the Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, since 10/2019 adjunct professor for traumatology
  • Seit 2019 W3-Professor für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie und Ärztlicher Direktor der Klinik für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie, Universitätsklinik Freiburg

Focus of research

  • (posttraumatic) osteoarthritis
  • Mesenchymal (stromal) stem cells
  • Health care research in orthopaedic surgery

Selected publications

  • Effectiveness and complications of primary C-clamp stabilization or external fixation for unstable pelvic fractures. Schmal H, Larsen MS, Stuby F, Strohm PC, Reising K, Goodwin Burri K. Injury. 2019 Nov;50(11):1959-1965
  • Evaluation of strategies for the treatment of type B and C pelvic fractures: results from the German Pelvic Injury Register.Schmal H, Froberg L, S Larsen M, Südkamp NP, Pohlemann T, Aghayev E, Goodwin Burri K. Bone Joint J. 2018 Jul;100-B(7):973-983
  • Comparison of Regenerative Tissue Quality following Matrix-Associated Cell Implantation Using Amplified Chondrocytes Compared to Synovium-Derived Stem Cells in a Rabbit Model for Cartilage Lesions. Schmal H, Kowal JM, Kassem M, Seidenstuecker M, Bernstein A, Böttiger K, Xiong T, Südkamp NP, Kubosch EJ. Stem Cells Int. 2018 Apr 19;2018:4142031
  • The Potential for Synovium-derived Stem Cells in Cartilage Repair. Kubosch EJ, Lang G, Furst D, Kubosch D, Izadpanah K, Rolauffs B, Sudkamp NP, Schmal H. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2018 Feb 23;13(3):174-184
  • Prospective Clinical Trial for Septic Arthritis: Cartilage Degradation and Inflammation Are Associated with Upregulation of Cartilage Metabolites. Schmal H, Bernstein A, Feucht MJ, Erdle B, Pestka JM, Pham TM, Kubosch EJ. Mediators Inflamm. 2016;2016:5491971

Research methods

  • activity tracking
  • clinical trials and meta-analyses
  • animal studies