Hans-Christoph Pape graduated in 1988 from Hannover Medical School, where he then completed a residency in trauma surgery. He was appointed Full Professor of Trauma Surgery at the School in 2000. Between 2003 and 2005 Dr. Pape was also a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, the University of Alabama, and the University of Texas. In 2005 he was appointed Associate Professor in Traumatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, and he is currently W. Pauwels Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic/Trauma Surgery at the University of Aachen Medical Center, Germany. During his career, Dr. Pape has received many awards of note, including the Novartis Prize (2005), the Swiss AO Foundation Annual Award (2006), and the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2008). He is the Editor in Chief for Open Access Emergency Medicine and a Section Editor for Injury and the European Journal of Trauma. Dr. Pape has been the lead author on 81 publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-author of a further 220. He is also the editor or author of several important books and has led many courses on polytrauma management.