Professor Michael Schuetz

PhD Doctor in Medicine

Professor and Chair in Traumatology


About me

Prof Michael Schuetz was recruited from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany where he trained in Orthopaedics and Trauma and in 2001 became Associate Professor of Trauma.  In 2004 he was jointly appointed the first Chair for Trauma in Queensland through QUT/Qld Health whilst commencing a clinical position at Princess Alexandra Hospital, becoming the Director of Trauma.  Following participation on the Working Party to finalise a Trauma System concept for Queensland, and subsequent State government funding, he became the first Chair of the Queensland Statewide Trauma Clinical Network in 2007.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association with special clinical interest in Orthopaedic Trauma including complex joint reconstruction.  He is the current theme co-ordinator for the Diamantina Health Partners flagship theme; Integrated Trauma Centre.

His research group is located at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT and the Translational Research Institute on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus.  This research focuses on; fracture healing including mathematical modelling, CT/MRI Imaging and modelling, soft tissue trauma, and research that reviews and assess processes in trauma management.  His research group currently holds several ARC grants along with further competitive research grants in these fields. In addition he is CI on a collaborative NHMRC grant on regeneration of large bone defects awarded $450,000.

Prof Schuetz has close international research collaborations with Kitasato University Tokyo, Humboldt University Berlin, the Institute for Biomechanics in Ulm Germany and the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland.

Prof Schuetz is a current member and past Chair of the AO Asian Trauma Working Group with surgeons from China, Japan, India and Korea assessing fracture treatment options, and in 2011 he was appointed Chair of the AO Exploratory Research Board that advances development of solutions for large bone defect healing and treatment of annulus fibrosis rupture, and assesses problems of acute cartilage injury. 

Michael Schuetz is a reviewer for several journals and holds positions on national and international research and development boards.