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Norwegian surgeon, Lars Engebretsen, M.D., Ph.D., inducted into AOSSM Hall of Fame

Grant and Award Announcement

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Engebretsen, Oslo University Hospital

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Credit: Oslo University Hospital

ORLANDO, FL - Internationally known, knee ligament researcher, Lars Engebretsen, MD, PhD, will be inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame on Friday, July 10th, during the Society's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. AOSSM Hall of Famers are individuals in the sports medicine community who have contributed immensely and set themselves apart from others in the field.

Dr. Lars Engebretsen has served on the faculties of the University of Trondheim and the University of Minnesota as Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery. He was the Professor and Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Ullevaal Hospital from 1996-2000 and from 2002-04 and the Orthopaedic University Clinic in Oslo from 2000-2002. From 2005-2007, he served as the Divisional Director for Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Division of Musculoskeletal and Neurosciences at the University of Oslo. He is currently Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Oslo University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine University of Oslo, along with Co-chair of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center. Since 2007, he has also served as the Head of Medical Sciences for the International Olympic Committee.

Dr. Engebretsen completed his undergraduate degree at Hamar Katedralskole in Norway and then received his medical degree from the University of Oslo in 1979. He then went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at Trondheim University Hospital and his fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He received a PhD in orthopaedic surgery in 1990 from Trondheim University.

He has published more than 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 International Olympic Committee. He is also involved in three different research groups in Norway and in the US which are studying knee ligament, sports injury prevention and knee joint chondrocyte transplantation.

Dr. Engebretsen is also a Past President of The European Society of Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) and has been the President of the Norwegian Sports Medicine Society and the Scandinavian Foundation of Sports Medicine. Dr. Engebretsen is or has been a board member of 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 an editor of the British Journal Sports Medicine (IPHP edition), a Deputy Editor for JBJS and on the editorial board of AJSM, Scandanavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology, and The Knee and is a reviewer for multiple other orthopaedic and sports traumatology journals.


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit or

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