Karin Büttner-Janz, MD, MBA Germany

Karin Büttner-Janz, MD, MBA, Germany

Past President – 2008-2009

1967-1972: Competitive Sports in Gymnastics: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze Olympic Medals; 1 Gold, 2 Silver World Championship Medals; 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze European Championship Medals

1971-1978: Academic studies of medicine (Humboldt University/Charité, Berlin, Germany)

1982: Medical Doctorate (Humboldt University/Charité, Berlin, Germany)

1982: Inventor of first artificial spinal total disc (Humboldt University/Charité, Berlin, Germany – co-inventor Prof. Dr. Kurt Schellnack). 1984 first patents. 1989 habilitation treatise “The functional intervertebral disc prosthesis SB Charité – development of the implant, biomechanics, patient analysis, perspectives” (Humboldt University/Charité, Berlin, Germany). 2004 FDA approval for first motion retaining device of the spine. Labeled finally as “Charité Artificial Disc”

1987: Fellowship in USA (ESKA/AOSSM)

1987-1990: Assistant Medical Director at the Orthopaedic Clinic and Polyclinic of the Charité Hospital, Medical Faculty of the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Since 1992: Permission to teach the field of Orthopaedics at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

1990-2004: Director of the Orthopaedic Clinic of the Hellersdorf Hospital, Berlin, Germany

2004-2012: Director of the Vivantes Orthopaedic Clinic im Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany

Since 2005: Professor of Orthopaedics at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Medical Faculty of the Humboldt University and of the Free University, Berlin, Germany

2008–2009: ISASS President, 2008 President of the Miami/US SAS8 Annual Conference

2008-2012: Director of the Vivantes Orthopaedic Clinic im Friedrichshain and Director of the Vivantes Traumatologic and Orthopaedic Clinic Am Urban, Berlin, Germany

2012: Foundation of the “Büttner-Janz Spinefoundation-Wirbelsäulenstiftung-gGmbH” in Berlin, Germany

2014-2016: Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management at the “Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft” (HTW), Berlin, Germany

Since 2015: Member of DIN Committee 1946-4, Germany (air technology of operating rooms)

Since 2017: Delegate of Germany for European Standard CEN TC 156 WG 18 (air technology of operating rooms

International Memberships

  • Past President of ISASS
  • Honorary member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine


  • Approximately 270 scientific publications, oral presentations, posters, patents (as author or co-author)


  • National Award for science and technology for the development of the Charité Artificial Disc, 1986
  • Award of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for outstanding sporting and academic achievement, 1987
  • Induction into the “International Gymnastics Hall of Fame”, 2003
  • Induction into the “Hall of Fame of German Sport”, 2011
  • Order of the City Berlin, Germany, 2011

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