Simon Görtz received his medical degree from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany, before completing a post-graduate research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, under the auspices of William Bugbee, David Amiel, and Robert Sah, collaborating with them to win the prestigious AAOS Kappa Delta Award in 2015. Simon served as the Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the 6th ICRS World Congress in San Diego in 2006. In 2008, he was awarded the ICRS Lars Peterson Traveling Fellowship. Simon serves on the ICRS Education and Meeting Committee and as an abstract and journal reviewer, and is a past president of the ICRS Young Scientists and Orthopaedic Surgeons group. He has published twelve book chapters and has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts related to articular cartilage repair. He currently is a Chief Resident in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. His clinical and research interests include lower extremity reconstruction and sports medicine, with a focus on cartilage repair and joint preservation.