Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Nehrer is an orthopaedic surgeon at Department for Orthopaedic Surgery at the university hospital in Krems, Professor for Tissue Engineering at Center for Regenerative Medicine, and since 2011 he is also Dean of Faculty Health and Medicine. Furthermore, he is head of Department Health Sciences, Medicine and Research since March 2013 at Danube University Krems.
He studied at the Medical University Vienna where he obtained his MD in 1984 and his PhD in 1999. From 1995 to 1996 he was at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, at Prof. Myron Spector where he started his scientific work in cell-based therapies in cartilage regeneration.
From 2000 to 2006 he was head of orthopaedic research at the Medical University Vienna and leading surgeon in sports medicine and paediatric orthopaedic. In 2007 he was appointed Professor for Tissue Engineering at Danube University Krems. Over the years he has continued his research on experimental and clinical applications of chondrocyte transplantation and formed a group for tissue engineering research. Furthermore, his interests focused on mesenchymal cell differentiation and design/implementation of tissue culture bioreactors for automated and controlled manufacturing of cartilage, bone and osteochondral grafts, based on autologous cells and 3D porous scaffolds.
He has published 99 peer reviewed articles and numerous other articles and book chapters in national and international journals. Prof. Nehrer has presented at many national and international meetings and he is member of national and international societies. From June 2016 to May 2018 he was the president of the German-Austrian-Swiss Society for Orthopaedic Traumatologic Sports Medicine (GOTS). In addition, he got in February 2019 the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria awarded by the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen. Besides he is Honorary Fellow of ICRS.