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Dr. Erich Rutz has recently joined the orthopaedic department and The Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). For the last 15 years he worked as a consultant at the University Children’s Hospital Basel, Switzerland, where he was Head of the Gait Laboratory and Head of Neuromuscular Hip Surgery Programme.
He has a strong interest in all neuromuscular conditions and in particular in cerebral palsy (CP). 10 years ago he worked as a research fellow in the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory at RCH on a major project “Outcomes of Single-event Multilevel Surgery (SEMLS)” in children with CP. Erich focuses on the surgical treatment of disabled, ambulant and non-ambulant, children. His surgical expertise is in both surgery for ambulant children (SEMLS) and one-stage, hip reconstruction.
Dr Rutz has experience in and enjoys the challenges of all areas of paediatric orthopaedics and trauma surgery.
He has written more than 60 scientific papers and 17 book chapters and completed his habilitation thesis (“Venia Docendi”) in 2013 at the medical faculty of the University Basel, which is the highest university degree that can be awarded for orthopaedics and traumatology of the musculoskeletal system. In addition the completion of his PhD thesis in biomechanics is intended by end of 2020.
Dr. Rutz’ academic work has been recognised by eight national and international awards.
In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing the violoncello, and (pre COVID-19) travelling for teaching and holiday.