Prof. Dr. med. Vladimir Martinek

Prof. Dr. med.

Vladimir Martinek

Specialist for orthopaedics, sport orthopaedics and endoprosthetics

Prof. Dr. med. Vladimir Martinek is a specialist for joint replacement and Sports Orthopaedics. Since the start of the FOCUS Doctor Reviews & Ratings he is constantly mentioned as one the most competent knee surgeon in Germany.


School of Medicine Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

  • 7/1990: ECFMG-Examination
  • 8-9/90: Traumatology, University of Witwatersrand, Baragwanah Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 10-12/90: Surgery, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, UCSF, USA
  • 1-3/91: Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Dep. University Munich
  • 4-5/91: Transplantation Unit, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • 6-10/91: Medicine, Großhadern, University Munich
  • 7.11.1991: Final examination


Professional experience

  • 1/92-12/94: Surgery, University Cologne (Prof. H. Pichlmaier)
  • 1/95-3/96: Orthopaedic Dep., Technical University Munich (Prof. E. Hipp)
  • 4/96-9/97: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, TU Munich (Prof. A.B. Imhoff)
  • 10/97-12/98: Orthopaedic Surgery, Kantonsspital Bruderholz (Prof. W. Müller/ PD Dr. N.F. Friederich)
  • 1/99 – 6/00: Sportsmedicine Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh – Gene therapy-research (Prof. F.H. Fu/ Prof. S. Woo/ Dr. Ch. Evans)
  • 7/00-12/03: Consultant (Oberarzt) Orthopaedic Sports Medicine TU München (Prof. A.B. Imhoff)
  • 12/03-9/06: Vice chairman, Orthopaedic Department University Rostock (Prof. W. Mittelmeier)
  • since 10/06: Chairman Orthopädie Harthausen, Bad Aibling
  • since 2/2011: Chief of Department Schön Klinik Harthausen
  • since 10/2013: Consultant physician ATOS Klinik Munich



1988-1991 Institute for Surgical Research LMU-München (Prof. K. Messmer) „Leukocyte- endothelial-interaktion following protamine and heparine.“



Thesis: „Experimental gene therapy of the knee joint“ at the Technical University Munich


Extraordinary Professor

since 2/2014 University Rostock, Germany


  • The full range of Orthopaedics and Sport Orthopaedics 
  • Key focus: arthroscopic and reconstructive joint surgery, endoprosthetics


Additional specializations

  • Sports medicine since 1996
  • Chirotherapy since 1997
  • AGA-Instructor since 2001


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie (DGOU)
  • Deutschsprachige Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Arthroskopie (AGA)
  • Gesellschaft für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin (GOTS)
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine (ISAKOS)
  • Honorary member of the Czech association for sports traumatology and arthroscopy
  • Honorary member of the Bulgarian Orthopaedic Association
  • Honorary member of the Macedonian Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology



  • Member of the medical teaching staff at the University Rostock since 2006
  • International Editorial Board of Ortopedie (CZ)
  • Reviewer of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (ESSKA)
  • Reviewer of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (CORR)
  • Reviewer of Journal of Physiological Research
  • Reviewer AJSM
  • Active member of AGA Research Kommitee
  • Head of the work group for osteosynthesis of DGOOC


  • Original articles: 40
  • Overviews: 17
  • Book contributions: 14
  • Conference papers: 420


Selected list of own publications

  1. Martinek, V., Öttl, G., Imhoff, A.: Chondrale und osteochondrale Läsionen am oberen Sprunggelenk. Klinik, Diagnostik und Therapie. Unfallchirurg 101: 468-475, 1998 (Eng.: Chondral and osteochondral lesions on the upper ankle)
  2. Martinek, V., Steinbacher, G., Friederich, N.F., Müller, We.: Operative treatment of combined anterior and posterior cruciate ligament injuries in complex knee trauma. Can the cruciate ligaments be preserved? Am J Knee Surg 13: 74-82, 2000
  3. Martinek, V., Lattermann, C., Usas, A., Abramowitch, S., Fu, F.H., Woo, S.L.-Y,, Huard, J.: Enhancement of the tendon-bone integration of ACL tendon grafts with BMP-2 gene transfer: A histological and biomechanical study. J. Bone Joint Surg. 84A (7): 1123-1131, 2002
  4. Martinek, V., Imhoff, A.B.: Revision nach fehlgeschlagener VKB-Plastik. Orthopäde 31:778-784, 2002  (Eng.: Revision after failed plastic surgery of the anterior cruciate ligament)
  5. Martinek, V., Ueblacker, P., Imhoff, A.B.: Current concepts of gene therapy and cartilage repair. Review article. J Bone Joint Surg, 85B:782-8, 2003


  • 2000-2001 Aircast Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • AE Travel Grant 2004



  • GOTS-Posterpreis 1996
  • AFOR Scientific Award 2002
  • AGA Donjoy-Award 2006


FOCUS Doctor Reviews & Ratings

  • Listed under best knee expert in the Focus list since 2006

Ani (13 Jahre)

„Ich hatte mein Arm gebrochen, mein Arzt war Herr Prof Martinek. Er war sehr nett und dank ihm wurde mein Arm schnell wieder heil.“