December Featured Editorial Board Member

Lena Hirtler, MA, MD, PhD
Medical Specialist for Anatomy
Division of Anatomy of the Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology

Medical University of Vienna (Austria)

Prof. Lena Hirtler, MA, MD, PhD, is a medical specialist for Anatomy at the Division of Anatomy of the Center of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University of Vienna (Austria). There she is currently deputy head of the Division of Anatomy.

Additionally, she is group-leader with a scientific focus on “Anatomy in Health and Diseases” (Central Nervous, Cardiovascular and Locomotor) and leads the Bio-Implant-Lab at said institution. Apart from national and international lectures for pre and postgraduate education, she has authored several scientific publications in the field of clinical anatomy with a broad range of interest from orthopaedics, medical imaging, and biomechanics to ENT and neurosurgery. Her primary focus lies in the applied anatomy of the musculoskeletal system with multimodal approaches.

Selected Published Work

Czerny K, Schuh R, Hirtler L, Willegger M. Arthroscopic accessibility of the first metatarsophalangeal joint for osteochondral defects of the metatarsal head by two-portal technique – comparing joint distraction and plantarflexion. Foot Ankle Surg. 2022 Jul 19:S1268-7731(22)00140-0. doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2022.07.008.

Benca E, Zderic I, van Knegsel KP, Caspar J, Hirtler L, Fuchssteiner C, Strassl A, Gueorguiev B, Widhalm H, Windhager R, Varga P. Biomechanical Determination of Fracture Loads and Patterns of the Odontoid Process. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2022 Jul 14. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000004369.

Kasparek MF, Benca E, Hirtler L, Willegger M, Boettner F, Zandieh S, Holinka J, Windhager R, Schuh R. Biomechanical evaluation of the proximal chevron osteotomy in comparison to the Lapidus arthrodesis for the correction of hallux valgus deformities. Int Orthop. 2022 Jul 18. doi: 10.1007/s00264-022-05514-x.

Farr S, Augustin J, Röhrich S, Felbermeier M, Hirtler L. Autologous replacement of the head of the radius—proximal fibula versus second metatarsal base: an anatomic feasibility study. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg (2022).

Böhler C, Benca E, Hirtler L, Kolarik F, Zalaudek M, Mayr W, Windhager R. A biomechanical in-vitro study on an alternative fixation technique of the pubic symphysis for open book injuries of the pelvis. Injury. 2021 Dec 3:S0020-1383(21)00971-2. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.11.050.

Benca E, Zderic I, Caspar J, Knegsel KV, Hirtler L, Gueorguiev B, Widhalm H, Windhager R, Varga P. On Measuring Implant Fixation Stability in ACL Reconstruction. Sensors (Basel). 2021 Oct 6;21(19):6632. doi: 10.3390/s21196632.

Hirtler, L.; Tschematschar, K.; Kainberger, F.; Röhrich, S. Applicability of Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of the Intercondylar Notch. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5921.

Willegger M, Hirtler L, Schwarz GM, Windhager RH, Chiari C. [Peroneal tendon pathologies : From the diagnosis to treatment]. Orthopade. 2021 Jul;50(7):589-604. doi: 10.1007/s00132-021-04116-6. Epub 2021 Jun 23.

Hirtler L, Rath C, Kügler P, Reissig L, Willegger M. Maximum Ankle Plantarflexion and Dorsiflexion Allow for Optimal Arthroscopic Access to the Talar Dome: An Anatomic 3-Dimensional Radiography Study. Arthroscopy. 2021 Apr;37(4):1245-1257. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.12.207. Epub 2020 Dec 25.

Schwarz GM, Zak L, Hirtler L, Wozasek GE. Anatomical Considerations of Intramedullary Humeral Nailing and Lengthening. J Clin Med. 2020 Mar 16;9(3):806. doi: 10.3390/jcm9030806.

Evaluation of Two Types of Intramedullary Jones Fracture Fixation in a Cyclic and Ultimate Load Model. Willegger M, Benca E, Hirtler L, Kasparek MF, Bauer G, Zandieh S, Windhager R, Schuh R. J Orthop Res. 2020 Apr;38(4):911-917. doi: 10.1002/jor.24530. Epub 2019 Nov 27.

Hirtler L, Schellander K, Schuh R. Accessibility to Talar Dome in Neutral Position, Dorsiflexion, or Noninvasive Distraction in Posterior Ankle Arthroscopy. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Aug;40(8):978-986. doi: 10.1177/1071100719847134. Epub 2019 May 12.

Benca E, Willegger M, Wenzel F, Hirtler L, Zandieh S, Windhager R, Schuh R. Biomechanical evaluation of two methods of fixation of a flexor hallucis longus tendon graft. Bone Joint J. 2018 Sep;100-B(9):1175-1181. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.100B9.BJJ-2018-0100.R2.

Hirtler L, Schuh R. Accessibility of the Talar Dome – Anatomical Comparison of Plantarflexion vs. Non-Invasive Distraction in Arthroscopy. Arthroscopy. 2018 Feb;34(2):573-580. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2017.07.036. Epub 2017 Nov 1.

Willegger W, Seyidova N, Schuh R, Windhager R, Hirtler L.  Anatomical Footprint of the Tibialis Anterior Muscle – Surgical Implications for Foot and Ankle Reconstructions. Biomed Res Int. 2017;2017:9542125. doi: 10.1155/2017/9542125. Epub 2017 Jun 4.

Benca E, Reisinger A, Patsch JM, Hirtler L, Synek A, Stenicka S, Windhager R, Mayr W, Pahr DH. The effect of simulated metastatic lesions on the biomechanical behavior of the proximal femur. J Orthop Res. 2017 Nov;35(11):2407-2414.

Hirtler L, Röhrich S, Kainberger F.  The Femoral Intercondylar Notch During Life: An Anatomic Redefinition With Patterns Predisposing to Cruciate Ligament Impingement. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Oct;207(4):836-845. doi: 10.2214/AJR.16.16015. Epub 2016 Aug 4.

Willegger M, Benca E, Hirtler L, Hradecky K, Holinka J, Windhager R, Schuh R. Biomechanical stability of tape augmentation for anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) repair compared to the native ATFL. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Apr;24(4):1015-21. doi: 10.1007/s00167-016-4048-7. Epub 2016 Feb 15.

Schuh R, Benca E, Willegger M, Hirtler L, Zandieh S, Holinka J, Windhager R.  Comparison of Broström technique, suture anchor repair, and tape augmentation for reconstruction of the anterior talofibular ligament. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Apr;24(4):1101-7. doi: 10.1007/s00167-015-3631-7. Epub 2015 May 10.


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