Professor Lars Engebretsen, MD, PhD.
Lars Engebretsen was born in Asker, Norway. Dr. Engebretsen graduated from high school in South Dakota and then attended Hamar Katedralskole in Norway. He went on to study at the University of Oslo’s Medical School where he completed his Medical Doctorate in 1979. After an internship at Drammen County Hospital, he served as a Lieutenant at Oslo Military Hospital.
While completing his orthopaedic surgery training at Trondheim University Hospital he also worked as the Knee Research Fellow in the Bioengineering Lab, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota.
In 1990, he received his PhD in Orthopaedic Surgery from Trondheim University and then served as a Medical Fellow Specialist and later as an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 90-96. Dr Engebretsen has served on the faculties of the University of Trondheim and the University of Minnesota as Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery. He has been Professor and Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Ullevaal Hospital 96-2000 and 2002-04 and the Orthopaedic University Clinic in Oslo 2000-02. From 2005-07 he was the Divisional Director for Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Med and Rehab in the Division of Musculoskeletal and Neurosciences at the University of Oslo.
Dr. Engebretsen’s current professional affiliations include:
• Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oslo
• Professor and Chief of Research; Division of Surgery and Neurosciences, Oslo University Hospital
• Professor II, Norwegian College of Sports and Physical Education and Co-chair of Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center
• Chief of Sports Medicine, Norwegian Federation of Sports and Olympic Committee and Para-Olympic Committee
• Head of Medical Sciences, the International Olympic Committee
Dr Engebretsen has published over 300 articles and book chapters and continues to be very active in clinical, epidemiological and basic science research in the areas of general sports medicine, knee ligaments, cartilage and prevention of sports injuries and illnesses. He has received research grants and awards from many agencies and associations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Norwegian Council for Research in Science and humanities, the Norwegian Ministry of Health, AOSSM and the IOC.
He and his group has one several research prices around the world. Engebretsen has three research groups:
- Knee ligaments together with May Arna Risberg in Oslo and Robert LaPrade in Minnesota and Vail, Colorado
- Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center coled with professor Roald Bahr and emphasizing prevention of injuries and diseases in sports
- the Oslo Cartilage Group, which encompasses research from the cell to rehab after surgery, and involving molecular biologists, pathologists, radiologists, physioterapists and orthopaedic surgeons.
In 1997, Engebretsens group did the first knee joint chondrocyte transplantation in Norway. Since then, the group has had major emphasize on translational research. The group works very closely with the Stem Cell group led by dr Brinchmann and has optimized chondrocyte and stemcell cultivation while at the same time developing surgical techniques for implantation.
In addition to being the current Past President of The European Society of Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), Dr Engebretsen has been the President of the Norwegian Sports Medicine Society, the Scandinavian Foundation of Sports Medicine and ESSKA.
Dr Engebretsen is or has been a board member of many other societies including, but not limited to the Norwegian Society of Sports Medicine, the Scandinavian Foundation of Medicine & Science in Sports, ISAKOS, the Orthopaedic Research Society and International Knee Society. He is the Editor of the British J Sports Medicine (IPHP edition) and on the editorial board of Am J Sports Med, Scand J Med and Sci in Sports, Knee surg, Arthroscopy and Sports traumatology, and The Knee and is a reviewer for all the major orthopaedic and sports traumatology journals.