Albert Hoffa

Albert Hoffa (1859-1907) was a German orthopedic surgeon.

Hoffa defined in this work the scope and methodology of orthopaedics in his Textbook of Orthopaedic surgery in 1891. He defined both operative and conservative forms of treatment; and allowed orthopaedics to gain acceptance as a special area by many physicians within German-speaking countries.

Hoffa is eponymously affiliated with a distal femur fracture (1888); an operation for congenital hip dislocations (1890); the development of a system of massage therapy, the Hoffa system (1893); and the Hoffa fat pad

  • Born 31 March 1859 Richmond, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa the son of a German physician
  • Medical studies at Marburg and Freiburg
  • 1886 – Founded the first private orthopedic clinic in Germany, in Würzburg, Bavaria.
  • 1892 – Founded Zeitschrift Für Orthopädische Chirurgie Einschließlich Der Heilgymnastik Und Massage.
  • 1895 – Associated professor in orthopaedics at Würzburg University
  • 1902 – Succeeded Julius Wolff (1836-1902) as Professor in orthopaedics in Berlin
  • Died 1907

Medical Eponyms
Hoffa fracture [Busch-Hoffa fracture] (1888)

Unicondylar coronal fracture of the lateral femoral condyle. Rare intra-articular distal femur injury. Axial compression to the knee with transmission of the ground reaction force through the tibial plateau to the femoral condyles.

Hoffa fracture: Although Hoffa did describe this fracture, he was neither the first to do so, nor did he publish this description in 1904.

Other eponyms

Major Publications


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