Rudiger Dohler

Rudiger Dohler

German orthopedist, surgeon and professor of medicine
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Biography of Rüdiger Döhler

Rüdiger Döhler is a German orthopedist, surgeon, and professor of medicine. He was born and raised in Rohlitz and East Berlin until the age of ten. In 1958, his family left East Germany and relocated to Bremerhaven. After completing his education at Wilhelm Raabe School, he served in the reserve officer candidate program in the German Navy.

From 1968 to 1974, Döhler studied medicine at the universities of Kiel, Heidelberg, and Hamburg. In 1969, he became a member of the student corporation Corps Palaiomarchia-Masovia in Kiel. During his time in Mecklenburg, he performed as a pianist in concerts with Christiana Klontz, the Magdeburg University Choir and Orchestra, and the Mecklenburg Trio of Physicians.

Döhler is currently married to Marlo Döhler (formerly Kröpelin) and has two daughters and one son from his previous marriage to Engel von Bülow. He completed his medical dissertation at the surgical department in Kiel under the guidance of Professor G. Zieroth and defended it with a rating of "good" in 1976.

He further pursued his education in pathology under Professor L.-D. Leder in Essen, surgery under Professor G. Heinemann in Minden, and orthopedics under Professor W. Blauth in Kiel. In 1983, he became an orthopedic specialist. He also conducted research in medical foundations at the University of Edinburgh as a fellow of the German Research Foundation under Professor S.P.F. Hughes from 1984 to 1985.

In 1985, Döhler returned to Kiel as the chief physician at the Orthopedic University Clinic. From 1988 to 1990, he worked in spinal surgery at the University Clinic in Münster under the guidance of Professor H.H. Matthiass. In 1992, he also became a surgeon at the Altona Clinic in Hamburg under Assistant Professor F. Henning.

He continued his research work with Professor W. Lierse in neuroanatomy at the Eppendorf University Clinic in Hamburg and defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Hamburg. In 1994, he served as a physician in the reserve at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Virginia, USA. After the reunification of Germany, he became the chief physician of the Orthopedic and Traumatology Department in the newly built hospital in Plau am See in 1995, where he merged the disciplines of orthopedics and surgery for the first time in Germany.

Together with Jacek Kotas, MD, he established the first hand surgery department in Plau am See, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in 1998. Döhler also operated on severely ill children from Africa and Central Asia for the "International Friedensdorf" and former forced labor victims of the National Socialism from Poland and Ukraine for the "Memory, Responsibility, and Future" Foundation.

In 1999, he became the first German to be awarded a scholarship by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh without examination. In 1996, he obtained the right to teach at the Charité in Berlin, and in 2006, he became an honorary professor at the University of Greifswald. In early 2008, he moved to the trauma hospital of the Professional Union in Hamburg. He was dispatched from there to work as the head of the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics at the Elmshorn Hospital for several months. Since July 2010, he has been the medical director of Hospital "La Paz" in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

Döhler served as a medical officer for the Johanniter Aid in Schleswig-Holstein from 1986 to 1990. He was awarded the title of Honorary Knight in 1980 and Knight Commander in 1989 by the Order of St. John. From 2004 to 2007, he was the commander of the medical regiment.

He was a elected member of the Medical Chamber of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. He is an advisor for the publication "Chirurgische Allgemeine" and the Free Workers Community of Osteosynthesis. During his time as a student in Kiel, Döhler was a delegate to the Kösener Convention's Senior Joint Association in 1973. As a member of the student corporation Corps Masovia, which was founded in Königsberg and has been based in Potsdam since 2000, he has been conducting research on the history of Königsberg, East Prussia, and the history of student corporations for many years. In 2009, he was elected chairman of the Association for the Research of Student Corporation History. Since 2010, he has been a permanent guest of the Historical Commission for East and West Prussia.