IN MEMORY OF PROF. DR. JÜRGEN KRÄMER

portraitfoto_prof_kraemerIt is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of one of our Past Presidents,Professor Dr. Jürgen Krämer, on October 7, 2011. Professor Krämer was an acknowledged expert in the international lumbar spine community, a leading clinician and researcher in his home country of Germany, and a leader within ISSLS and other scientific societies. His research activities spanned a wide range throughout his distinguished career including biomechanics and pathoanatomy, the diagnosis and treatment of lumbar spine disorders, and pain management. ISSLS extends our deepest condolences to his family.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Krämer, emeritus chairman of the University Clinic of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery of the Ruhr Universität Bochum died October 7, 2011 in Bochum, Germany. In 1939 he was born and raised in Berlin and he studied medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin. Immediately after earning his professional license he started his surgical education in Berlin, Hilden and Düsseldorf from 1967 to 1981, and completed the orthopaedic training at the Heinrich Heine Universität in Düsseldorf lead by Prof. Dr. Idelberger. In this time he habilitated with a scientific research into the “Biomechanical changes of the lumbar spine”. The specific diagnosis and management of spinal disorders remained in his specific scientific interest for the rest of his life. In 1981 he was appointed the founder and head of the Orthopaedic University Hospital in Bochum. In this position, which he held from 1981 until 2007, he established a modern orthopaedic hospital focusing on the broad field of this specialty. As gifted teacher he educated his students enthusiastically and trained many orthopaedic surgeons in medicine and research. His scientific work was characterized by many publications of spinal disorders and spine surgery. His excellent books about “Intervertebral disk diseases” and “Orthopaedic Pain Management” were awarded the Carl Rabl Preis. In 2003 he was granted the renowned Erich Lexer Preis for merits in spine surgery. The international reputation of Prof. Krämer was seen through his leadership as the congress president of the European Spine Society, the 1994 president of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine in 1994 and the president of the European Spine Society from 1996 until 1998. He was also the president of the German Society for Orthopedics and Traumatology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Traumatologie) from 1994 to 1996 along with many other awards and honors. He worked as editor for many journals. In 2007 he founded the Spine Research Institute and served as its president until 2011.

Prof. Krämer is survived by his wife and two children.