December Featured Author

Lukas Ernstbrunner, MD, PhD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville, Victoria, Australia

From the December issue: Biomechanical Analysis of Posterior Open-Wedge Osteotomy and Glenoid Concavity Reconstruction Using an Implant-Free, J-Shaped Iliac Crest Bone Graft

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Ernstbrunner discuss his article in the December issue.


Associate Professor Lukas Ernstbrunner is a fellowship-trained major trauma and limb reconstruction, shoulder, elbow and hand surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Ernstbrunner graduated from the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria, where he also completed a PhD with special interest in upper limb biomechanics. He obtained fellowship from the Swiss Orthopaedics Association, where he trained under Prof. Christian Gerber. He worked as a Junior Consultant at the Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, before moving to Australia to spend a further three years of subspecialist fellowship training. This included a fellowship in major trauma and limb reconstruction at the Royal Melbourne Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Oppy and Dr. Tom Treseder. He also completed a fellowship in upper limb surgery with Prof. Eugene Ek and A/Prof. Greg Hoy at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group. This was followed by a six month fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane under the supervision of Prof. Mark Ross.

Dr. Ernstbrunner continues to be active in clinical and basic research and has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters. He has established a close collaboration with Associate Professor David Ackland from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, where he continues to pursue his passion for biomechanical research.

Selected Other Published Work

Biomechanical Analysis of the Posterior Open-wedge Osteotomy and Glenoid Concavity Reconstruction Using an Implant-free, J-shaped Iliac Crest Bone Graft. L. Ernstbrunner, P. Borbas, A. Ker, F. Imhoff, E. Bachmann, J. Snedeker, K. Wieser, S. Bouaicha 

Salvage Iliac Crest Bone Grafting for a Failed Latarjet Procedure: Analysis of Failed and Successful Procedures. L. Ernstbrunner, T. Pastor, M. Waltenspül, C. Gerber, K. Wieser 

Primary Open Latarjet Procedure Results in Functional Differences but No Structural Changes in Subscapularis Muscle Quality vs the Healthy Contralateral Shoulder at Long-Term Follow-up. L. Ernstbrunner, M. Waltenspül, C. Suter, R. El-Nashar, J. Scherr, K. Wieser

Long-term Results of the Arthroscopic Bankart Repair for Recurrent Anterior Shoulder Instability in Patients Older Than 40 Years: A Comparison With the Open Latarjet Procedure. L. Ernstbrunner, B. De Nard, M. Olthof, S. Beeler, S. Bouaicha, C. Gerber, K. Wieser 

Long-term Results of the Open Latarjet Procedure for Recurrent Anterior Shoulder Instability in Patients Older than 40 Years. L. Ernstbrunner, L. Wartmann, S.M. Zimmermann, P. Schenk, C. Gerber, K. Wieser 

Chronic Pseudoparalysis Needs to Be Distinguished from Pseudoparesis: A Structural and Biomechanical Analysis. L. Ernstbrunner, R. El Nashar, P. Favre, S. Bouaicha, K. Wieser, C. Gerber 

Scapular Morphologic Characteristics and Rotator Cuff Tear Pattern Are Independently Associated With Chronic Pseudoparalyis: A Matched-Pair Analysis of Patients With Massive Rotator Cuff Tears. L. Ernstbrunner, R. El Nashar, S. Bouaicha, K. Wieser, C. Gerber 

A Systematic Review of Long-term Clinical and Radiological Outcomes of Arthroscopic and Open/Mini-open Rotator Cuff Repairs.  F. Plachel, O. Jo, K. Rüttershoff, O. Andronic, L. Ernstbrunner.

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