German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery

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The German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC) is a medical society that, as a registered association based in Frankfurt am Main, is dedicated to the promotion of orthopedics from a scientific and professional perspective and represents orthopedics externally. It mainly consists of specialists in orthopedics. The society with its headquarters and office in Berlin has over 3000 members. The current president is Dieter C. Wirtz.


First president

The German Society for Orthopedic Surgery was founded on September 23, 1901 in Berlin. The founders were


“In the following years it became clear that the naming of the scientific society and its definition by no means corresponded to the opinion of most of the orthopedic colleagues. For them, conservative treatment, supplemented by rehabilitation, remained the basis of orthopedic thinking. This notion found its support not least in the fact that surgical therapy was still in its infancy and that conservative treatment was not infrequently superior to surgical treatment, in that it excluded almost any risk.
In the discussion, however, such an outstanding contender as Albert Hoffa, who unfortunately died too early, was missing. So finally the conservative wing, led by Fritz Lange , Hans v. Baeyer and Georg Hohmann . "

- August Rütt

Therefore, on March 23, 1913, the company named itself the German Orthopedic Society (DOG). In doing so, she excluded herself from the claim to traumatology. The most significant advances in war surgery in World War I - the Sauerbruch arm and the Krukenberg plastic - were not due to orthopedic surgeons but to surgeons. Benefiting from the statutory accident insurance , "trauma surgery" took off rapidly.

From 1975 the name was changed to the German Society for Orthopedics and Traumatology (DGOT), based in Frankfurt am Main ; however, she did not find a way out of her “wrong track” (Rütt).

When the specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery was introduced in 2005 , the DGOT named itself the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery .


The annual general meeting takes place at the same time as the annual German Congress for Orthopedics and, since 2005, the German Congress for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery , which have been held permanently in Berlin since the late 1990s and together with the Federal Association of Specialists in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (BVOU) and organized by the German Society for Trauma Surgery (DGU).

The association is led by an annually changing president, who is supported by a managing board, a full board, a senate and an advisory board.

On July 8, 2008, the DGOOC and the German Society for Trauma Surgery are a founding member of the German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (DGOU). She is also a member of the European Association of Orthopedists and Trauma Surgeons EFORT and numerous other international societies.

The DGOOC has several committees available for scientific and professional policy work. Commissions oversee internal tasks and award prizes and grants. Sections cover subspecializations and are partly organized as an association themselves, such as the Pediatric Orthopedics Section as an association for pediatric orthopedics or the Foot Surgery Section as the German Association for Foot and Ankle . Working groups deal with narrowly defined tasks such as psychosomatics , implant allergy , social medicine , new media and expert opinions .

In addition to continuing education and training, the DGOOC also works within the framework of the AWMF on the creation of evidence-based guidelines , sometimes with other specialist societies.

At the initiative of the DGOOC, a system for the certification of endoprosthetic centers was launched in 2012 under the name EndoCert .


The DGOOC annually awards prizes for outstanding scientific, professional and professional-political achievements, as well as grants, mostly as travel grants, to outstanding young scientists. In addition to general prizes such as the Heine Prize, there are also numerous more specific tenders, such as the Themistocles Gluck Prize in the field of endoprosthetics . These prizes are mostly sponsored by the industry. The Hohmann plaque is mostly awarded to non-doctors who have made a special contribution to orthopedics, for example in 2009 to Ms. Dagmar Gail, founder and chairwoman of the Amputee Initiative eV / Vascular Diseases.

Publication organs

  • Orthopedic notices as a predominantly professional-political magazine with numerous internal information
  • The orthopedist as a training magazine with overview articles on a monthly focus topic
  • Journal of orthopedics with scientific publications and original papers

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. a b c d August Rütt (Ed.): History of orthopedics in the German-speaking area . Enke, Stuttgart 1993. ISBN 3-432-25261-7 , p. 36.