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Department of shoulder and elbow orthopaedic surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Habermeyer
shoulder and elbow orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, trauma surgery

About the department

The department of shoulder and elbow orthopaedic surgery at ATOS Orthopedic Clinic Munich provides university-level medical services. The high level of patient satisfaction and the high success rate results from many years of clinical experience and consistent scientific work by the doctors. The patients benefit from this expertise and are provided with individually tailored treatment plans. As specialists in shoulder and elbow surgery, three professors working in the department regularly publish scientific papers about their research activities. Furthermore, the doctors are regularly invited as speakers to national and international specialist congresses. The close cooperation between the German Shoulder Center and the department offers patients many advantages. For example, short distances and close coordination between the facilities guarantee smooth processes. In addition, thanks to the special ambience, the stay at the department gives the impression less of being in a hospital and more of being a guest in a first-class hotel.

Both conservative (non-surgical) and surgical methods are utilized. If pain and restricted mobility impair the quality of life despite all conservative treatment methods, an operation is often unavoidable. The most modern, minimally invasive surgical techniques enable the successful treatment of the entire spectrum of shoulder and elbow pathologies with the shortest possible inpatient stays.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Treatment priorities:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Impingement syndrome (pinching of the tendons in the shoulder joint)
  • Hemarthrosis/ painful destruction of the shoulder joint 
  • Calcified shoulder (the tendons become calcified) 
  • Shoulder dislocation/Acromioclavicular Injury (instability in the shoulder due to stretched ligaments between the shoulder and ligament) 
  • Tennis elbow (tendons in elbow are overstrained and painful due to incorrect playing technique)

Diagnostic methods used:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI 
  • Joint visualization (arthroscopy)
  • Laboratory examination

Types of treatment provided:

  • ​Conservative therapy (does not include any operations): pain relief with medication, local injections with active ingredients, physiotherapy, acupuncture, or special cold therapy (cryotherapy), electrotherapy
  • Reduction of shoulder dislocation (Hippocrates technique / Arit technique)
  • Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery (using endoscopes) 
  • Joint replacement surgery with endoprostheses (shoulder TEP/total shoulder endoprosthesis)
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Doctor profile


  • 1972-1974 Study of human medicine, preclinical, Ludwigs Maximilians University Munich
  • 1975-1978 Study of human medicine, University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich, Technical University of Munich
  • 1981 Promotion to Dr. medical with distinction, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • 1987 Specialist in surgery
  • 1987 Habilitation in the field of surgery
  • 1992 Specialist in trauma surgery
  • 1994 Additional qualification in sports medicine


  • 1978-1982 Surgical University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich (Prof. Dr. G. Maurer)
  • 1982-1992 Surgical Clinic, Ludwigs Maximilians University Munich (Prof. Dr. L. Schweiberer)
  • 1984 Founded Germany's first specialized outpatient department for shoulder surgery at the Surgical University Hospital Munich
  • 1992-1996 Sports Clinic Stuttgart, Chief Physician
  • 1996 Appointment as Professor Dr. medical habil. LMU Munich
  • 1997 Opening of the ATOS Klinik Heidelberg center for shoulder and elbow surgery
  • 2008 Visiting Professor Harvard University Boston
  • 2009 Specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery
  • 2012 Founding of the German Shoulder Center ATOS Clinic Munich
  • 2020 Founding of the Shoulder Center Prof. Habermeyer in Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1990 Publication of authorship of the first textbook on shoulder surgery
  • Included in the list of the most famous surgeons in Germany specializing in the treatment of shoulder joint pathology, published by the FOCUS magazine
  • President of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow
  • Member of the German Association for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Member of the German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery
  • Member of the German-speaking working group for arthroscopy
  • Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Honorary Member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America 
  • Honorary Member of the German Association of Orthopedic Sports Medicine 
  • Honorary Member of the Austrian Society for Trauma Surgery
  • Georg Rabl Prize for the best orthopedic textbook
  • Author of 300 publications
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