Philipp Lobenhoffer was born 1956 in Rosenheim/Bavaria. He visited elementary school in Ireland and Germany, higher school and university in Göttingen and Vienna. His thesis was focused on high altitude medicine and the result of a three months research in Nepal. He started his training in surgery in 1981 at Hannover Medical School and had two years of orthopedic training at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. Working as consultant in the Trauma Department of Hannover Medical School (MHH), he got board certification as musculoskeletal surgeon in 1989 and academic professor in 1996. His scientific work focused on the knee joint and he was awarded with several prices as the GOTS-Beiersdorf award and the Michael-Jäger-Award.
Since 1998 he was chief of a department for trauma and orthopedic surgery in a teaching hospital in Hannover (Henriettenstiftung). This department expanded continuously up to 75 hospital beds and 4000 surgical procedures per year.
In 2009 he founded a new institution in Hannover, Sports Clinic Germany, focused on high-quality surgical treatment of injuries and degenerative diseases of shoulder, hip, knee and foot joints. This institution was reorganized in 2014 with the new name of Gelenkchirurgie Orthopädie Hannover (go:h) and reached wide acceptance and reputation on national and international level for joint surgery. 75 international fellows were welcomed at go:h for periods up to one year.
Ph. Lobenhoffer acted as president of AGA (Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery) from 2003 to 2007 and as secretary of this society with presently over 4000 members until 2012. He was German President of GOTS (Orthopedic Sports Medicine Society) from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he is chairman of the Knee Expert Group of the AO Foundation, acting as medical expert for the development of knee implants.
Ph. Lobenhoffer is corresponding member of OTA (Orthopedic Trauma Association) and the Austrian Trauma Society and honorary board member of GOTS. In 2012 he was elected the tenth honorary member of AGA. He is member of ISAKOS, AAOS and ACL study Group. He is editor of Arthroscopy and member of the editorial board of KSSTA, OOT and Unfallchirurg. His main scientific interest is the knee joint and he has worked on anterior and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, knee dislocation, arthrolysis, unilateral knee replacement and osteotomy around the knee, especially with internal plate fixator systems (Tomofix). He has published over 200 scientific papers and acted as chief editor of two books on knee osteotomy and one book on shoulder arthroscopy.