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Jürgen Harms, MD
Medical Director, Orthopaedics and Spinal Column Surgery
Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach

About Jürgen Harms, MD

Dr. Harms is Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Saarland, Homburg/Saar in Germany. In addition, Professor Harms is the Medical Director of Orthopaedics and Spinal Column Surgery at Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach in Karlsbad, Germany. At the University of Homburg/Saar, Professor Harms is a scientific researcher for new surgical techniques, materials and instruments for use in spine and hip surgeries.

Professor Harms studied medicine in Frankfurt and Saarbrücken and received special training in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in Neurburg/Donau. His areas of spinal surgery specialization include spinal fracture, tumor, scoliosis, deformity, degenerative disease, cervical spine surgery, and transoral surgery of the occipito-cervical junction.

Professor Harms is a chairman and lecturer at many international spine congresses and is a visiting professor and guest surgeon worldwide including Asia/ Pacific, Europe, North America, and South Africa. Scientifically, he works with other spine specialists in the Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States. In addition, Professor Harms is an Honorary member of the Scoliosis Research Society, editor of orthopaedic journals, and has published a multitude of research about advanced techniques in spinal surgery.


1. Ynek HJ, Riedeberger J, Harms J. Surgical or conservative therapy of severe calcaneal fractures. Zentralbl Chir. 1972;97(19):625-30.

2. Harms J, Arens W. Surgical management of humeral shaft pseudarthrosis. Monatsschr Unfallheilkd Versicher Voersorg Verkehrsmed 1973;76(1):40-6.

3. Biehl G, Harms J, Hanser U. Experimental studies on heat development in bone during polymerization of bone cement. Intraoperative measurement of temperature in normal blood circulation and in bloodlessness. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1974;78(1):62-9.

4. Harms J, van de Berg PA, Mertz C. Revascularisation of bone following implantation of bone cement. An experimental study at the dog tibia. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1974;80(1):71-8.

5. Harms J, Hess H. Proceedings: Indications, surgical problems and results of repeat nucleotomies. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1974;112(4):824-5.

6. Biehl G, Harms J, Mausle E. Researches by experiments on animals and histopathological researches about the proceedings: adaptation on the bone after implantation of self suspending prostheses with endented shaft. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1975;82(2):105-18.

7. Harms J, van de Berg PA. The venous drainage of the long bone after reaming and intra medullary nailing. An experimental study of the dog tibia. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1975;82(2):93-9.

8. Harms J, Mausle E, Biehl G. Tissue adaptability processes involving self-supporting endoprostheses with rib anchors. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1975;113(4):741-4.

9. Diehl K, Harms J. Animal experiments on the prevention of spongiosa formation during plate osteosynthesis using silicone partition disks. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1975;113(4):768-70.

10. Diehl K, Harms J Hort W, Mittelmeier H. Biomechanical investigations of osteosynthesis at metaphys area of tibia and femur with selfcuring angle plates. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1975;83(1):29-35.

11. Diehl K, Harms J. About the proposition of strength of animal-experimental results with hip endoprosthesis. A comparative analysis of the stress of the upper thigh of man and of four leg. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1976;114(1):17-25.

12. Harms J, van de Berg PA. The vessel behaviour of the bone following plate osteosynthesis and subsequent osteomyelitis. An experimental study at the dog tibia. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1976;84(1):57-65.

13. Diehl K, Harms J. Stresses and functional adaptation of alloarthroplasty of the proximal femur in dogs using a selfcuring rippled prosthesis. A comparative biomechanical and morphological study. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1976;84(1):89-104.

14. Harms J, Biehl G. Initially treated fractures and dislocations of the elbow joint. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1976;114(4):656-8.

15. Biehl G, Harms J. Operative treatment of paratenonitis achilleae in athletes. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1977;87(3):309-15.

16. Harms J, Biehl G, von Hohbach G. Pathology of paratenonitis achilleae in athletes. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1977;88(1):65-74.

17. Baumann F, Harms J. The extension nail. A new method for lengthening of the femur and tibia. Arch Orthop Unfallchir. 1977;90(2):139-46. 18. Harms J, Groh P. Results of resection, analogous bone grafting and osteosynthesis of juvenile bone cysts. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 1978;92(4):285-90.

19. Harms J, Mausle E. Tissue reaction to ceramic implant material. J biomed Mater Res. 1979;13(1)67-87.

20. Mittelmeier H, Harms J. Treatment of post-traumatic hip joint disease by total replacement with a ceramic endoprosthesis. Unfallheilkunde 1979;82(2):67-75.

21. Diehl K, Harms J, Hanser U, Mittelmeier H. Experimental research into the stability of bone plate osteosynthesis as a function of the initial stress in animals. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1979;117(4):710-2.

22. Harms J, Mausle E. Biocompatibility of implants in orthopedics. Hefte Unfallheilkd. 1980;144:1-119.

23. Harms J, Schwaiger C, Biel G, Schmitt J. Spinal traction syndrome. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1980;118(2):246-50.

24. Mittelmeier H, Nizard M, Harms J. An original surgical procedure for the treatment of valgus flat foot in children. Rev chir Orthop Reparatice Appar Mot. 1980;66(5):335-7.

25. Stoltze D, Harms J, Böttger E, Heckl RW. Pain in the knee as a first symptom of retroperitoneal space-occupying processes. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1982;120(1):10-3.

26. Harms J, Rolinger H. A one-stager procedure in operative treatment of spondylolistheses: dorsal traction-reposition and anterior fusion. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1982;120(3):343-7.

27. Zielke, K Hack, H.P., Harms,J., Bradford, D.S., Hensinger R.M. Spinal Instrumentation. The Pediatric Spine, Thieme, pp. 491, 1985.

28. Schmitt E, Hassinger M, Mittelmeier H, Harms J, Schmalenbach HW, Heisel J. Animal experiment histologic and biomechanical studies of tissue tolerance and adhesiveness bone cement containing carbon fibers and apatite. Aktuelle Probl Chir Orthop. 1987;31:400-3.

29. Schmelzle R, Harms J. Craniocervical junction- diseases, diagnostic application of imaging procedures, surgical techniques. Fortschr Kiefer Gesichtschir. 1987;32:206-8.

30. Harms J. Classification of fractures of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. Fortsch Med. 1987;105(28):545-8.

31. Ch Hopf, H.H. Matthiass and J. Heine. Comments on the contribution: Initial results of surgical treatment of scoliosis with the Cotrel Dubousset CD instruments. Z. Orthop.1987;125.

32. Böhm H, Harms J, Donk R, Zielke K. Correction and stabilization of angular kyphosis. Clin. Orthop. 1990;258:56-61.

33. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Die operative Therapie der Spondylitis. Forum Orthopädie, Essex Pharma GmbH, pp. 4-18, 1990.

34. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Zielke pedical screw system for thoracic and lumbar spine fractures - anatomic and biomechanical fundamentals of the spinal column, classification of spinal column injuries, instrumentation systems. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery. Bridwell K.H., DeWald R.L. (eds.) J.B. Lippincott, vol 2, pp.991-1000,1991.

35. J. Harms, H. Boehm, K. Zielke.Surgical Treatment of Spondylolisthesis: The Harms Technique. Classification, Treatment, Operative Technique: Summary. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery Bridwell K.H., DeWald, R.L (eds.) J.B. Lippincott Vol. 1 pp, 593-602,1991.

36. von Gumppenberg S, Vieweg J, Claudi B, Harms J. Primary management of fresh injuries of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. Aktuelle Traumatol. 1991;21(6):265-73.

37. von Gumppenberg S, Harms J. Indications and technique of osteosynthesis in injuries of the cervical vertebrae. Chirurg. 1992;63(11):849-55.

38. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Die Reposition der Hinterkantenfragmente durch den ventralen Zugang Indikation, Technik und Ergebnisse. Neue Aspekte der Marknagelung Akutversorgung von Wirbelsäulenverletzungen Wenda, Hrsg.) 97-101 Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York-London-Paris-Tokyo-Hong Kong-Barcelona-Budapest 1992.

39. H. Böhm. J. Harms, D. Stoltze. Posttraumatische Fehlstellung der Wirbelsäule. Fortschritte in der Unfallchirurgie. Prophylaxe und Therapie (Rahmanzadeh und Meißner, Hrsg.) Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg 1992.

40. D. Stoltze, J. Harms, A. Nanassy. Wertigkeit der Stabilität bei der Indikation zur operativen Behandlung von Verletzungen der Brust- und Lendenwirbelsäule. Rehabilitation beginnt am Unfallort (A.G. Zäch, Hrsg.) 115-121. Springer Verlag, Berlin - Heidelberg (1992).

41. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Transpedikuläre Schraubensysteme bei der Behandlung der Spondylolisthese. Die Instabliltät des lumbosakralen Scharniers (A. v. Strempel, Hrsg.) 170-176 Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart- New York (1992),

42. H. Böhm, J. Harms, D. Stoltze. Spätfolgen nach Verletzungen der Wirbelsäule Fortschritte in der Unfallchirurgie (Rahmanzadeh und Meißner, Hrsg.), Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg (1992).

43. D. Stoltze, H. Böhm, J. Harms. Operative Behandlung bei bakterieller Spondylitis und Spondylodiszitis. Fortschritte in der Unfallchirurgie (Rahmanzadeh und Meißner, Hrsg.), Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg (1992),

44. J. Harms. Screw-Threaded Rod System in Spinal Fusion Surgery. SPINE: State of the Art Reviews, Vol. 6, No. 3 (1992).

45. J. Harms, D. Stoltze. The Indications and Principles of Correction of Post-Traumatic Deformities. European Spine Journal, Vol. 1 pp. 142-151, 1992.

46. W. Matthis, L. Biedermann, J. Harms. The Use of F.E.A. (Finite Element Analysis) in the Evaluation of Spinal Constructs. Poster presented at Pedicle Fixation of the Lumbar Spine Phoenix, April 30 - May 02, 1992,

47. D. Stoltze, J. Harms, H. Böhm. Chirurgische Therapie von Tumoren der Halswirbelsäule ie operative Behandlung der Halswirbelsäule (K.A. Matzen, Hrsg.), W. Zuckschwerdt Verlag, München-Bern-Wien-New York (1993),

48. H. Böhm, D. Stoltze, R. Jensen, J. Harms. Operative Therapie bei mehrsegmentaler zervikaler Spinalkanalstenose. Die operative Behandlung der Halswirbelsäule (K.A. Matzen, Hrsg.) 195-200, W. Zuckschwerdt Verlag, München-Bern-Wien-New York (1993).

49. H. Shufflebarger, J. Harms. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Moss Miami Spinal Instrumentation. Lo Scalpello Vol. 7, fascicolo 1, 1993.

50. H. Böhm, D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Therapie kindlicherm Halswirbelsäulenverletzungen. Die operative Behandlung der Halswirbelsäule (K.A. Matzen, Hrsg.) 221-230, W. Zuckschwerdt Verlag, München-Bern -Wien-New York (1993).

51. Böhm H, Stoltze D, Harms J. Operative Möglichkeiten bei kraniozervikaler Instabilität und Stenose durch rheumatoide Arthritis. Die operative Behandlung der Halswirbelsäule (K.A. Matzen, Hrsg.) 65-72 W. W. Zuckschwerdt Verlag, München-Bern-Wien-New York (1993).

52. C. Formica, J. Harms., R. Baschiera, D. Gavino, G. Tabasso, E. Indemini, G. Stella. Indicazioni della Chirurgia Anteriore nel Trattamento della. Scoloisi Idiopatica dell'Adolescente. Orientamenti Attuali. Lo Scalpellos Vol. 7: 95-104, Aulo Gaggi Editore Bologna (1993).

53. J. Harms, G. Tabasso, Moss Surgical Technique, Karlsbad-Langensteinbach, 1993.

54. F. Magerl, M. Aebi, S.D. Gertzbein, J. Harms, S. Nazarian. A Comprehensive Classification of Thoracic and Lumbar Injuries. Eur Spine J. 1994, 3(4):184-201.

55. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Operative Behandlung der Spondyloptose. Wirbelsäulenerkrankungen, Wirbelsäulenverletzungen (U. Weber u. G. Schwetlick, Hrsg.) 112-118 Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart-New York (1994).

56. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. The Use of Fibrin Adhesive in der Surgical Treatment of Spinal Lesions Orthopedic Surgery Maxillofacial Surgery (G. Schlag, P. Bösch, H. Matras, Hrsg.), 112-120 Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York-London-Paris-Tokyo-Hong Kong-Barcelona- Budapest (1994).

57. J. Harms, D. Jeszenszky, D. Stoltze. Die operative Behandlung der degenerativen Lumbalskoliose. Sonderdruck W. Zuckschwerdt Verlag München-Bern-Wien-New York (1996).

58. J. Harms. B. Beele, H. Böhm, D. Jeszenszky, D. Stoltze. Lumbosacral Fusion with Harms Instrumentation. Lumbosacral and Spinopelvic Fixation, edited by Joseph Y. Margulies, et al. Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia (1996).

59. G. Lowery, J. Harms. Titanium Surgical Mesh for Vertebral Defect Replacement and Intervertebral Spacers. Manual of Internal Fixation of the Spine. Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, 1996.

60. J. Harms, D. Jeszenszky, B. Beele. Ventral Correction of Thoracic Scoliosis. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery Second Edition Vol. 1 Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia-New York 1997.

61. J. Harms, D. Jeszenszky, D. Stoltze, H. Böhm. True Spondylolisthesis Reduction and Monosegmental Fusion in Spondylolisthesis. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery Second Edition Vol. 1, Lippincott-Raven Philadelphia-New York 1997.

62. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Surgical Treatment of Thoracic and Lumbar Spinal Injuries with the Moss System. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery Second Edition Vol. 1, Lippincott-Raven Philadelphia-New York 1997.

63. J. Harms. Classification and Treatment of Thoracolumbar Spinal Injuries. Journal Bone and Joint Surgery EFORT Instructional Course Lecture, Book No. 3 (1997).

64. L. Latta, H. Böhm, E. Milne, J. Harms, H. Shufflebarger. The Mechanical Effects of Anterior Fixation and Bone Graft an Compliant Posterior Instruments in an Unstable Burst Fracture Model. Given at Orthop. Research Society (1997).

65. L. Lenke, R. Betz, K. Bridwell, D. Clements, J. Harms, T. Lowe, H. Shufflebarger. Intraobserver and Intraobserver Reliability of the Classification of Thoracic Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. JBJS Vol 80-A No. 8, August 1998.

66. D. Stoltze, J. Harms. Kombinierte Stabilisationsverfahren an der thorako-lumbalen Wirbelsäule. Osteosynthese International (1998) 6: 157-171.

67. U. Berlemann, D. Jeszenszky, W. Bühler, J. Harms, Facet joint remodelling in degenerative spondylolisthesis: an investigation of joint orientation and tropism. Eur Spine J (1998) 7: 376-380.

68. J. Harms, G. Tabasso, R. Cinanni. Instrumented Spinal Surgery - Principles and Technique. Thieme Verlag Stuttgart New York (1999).

69. R. Betz, L. Lenke, D. Clements, T Lowe, Merola, T Haher, J. Harms, Huss, Blanke et al. Do Radiographic Parameters Correlate with Clinical Outcomes in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? Spine 1999.

70. U. Berlemann, D. Jeszenszky, R. Willms, J. Harms. Facettengelenkremodellierung bei degenerativer Spondylolisthese. Orthopädische Praxis 34, 11 (1998) 755-758.

71. Harms, J., Stoltze, D. Tumorosteolysen der Wirbelsäule. Jahrbuch der Chirurgie 1998.

72. Stoltze, D., Harms, J. Korrekturen posttraumatischer Fehlstellungen Prinzipien und Techniken. Orthopäde 1999, 28 Springer-Verlag 1999.

73. J. Harms. Spondylolisthesis: Reposition und Fusion durch Posterior-only approach Severe Spondylolisthesis. Pathology-Diagnosis-Therapy Eds. J. Harms + H. Stürz. Steinkopff-Verlag, Darmstadt 2000.

74. Andrea, L., Betz, R., Lenke, L., Harms, J. Clements, D., Lowe, Th. The Effect of continued posterior spinal growth an sagittal acontour in patients treated by anterior instrumentation for idiopathic scoliosis. Spine 2000;25(7): 813-818.

75. Lenke L., Betz R., Harms J., Bridwell K., Clements D., Lowe Th., Blanke K. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis - A new classification to determine extent of spinal arthrodesis. JBJS 2001;83A No 8 2001: 1169-1194.

76. Harms J, Melcher RP. Posterior C1-C2 fusion with polyaxial screw and rod fixation. Spine 2001;26(22):2467-71.

77. Ruf M, Harms J. Pedicle screws in 1- and 2-year-old children: technique, complications, and effect on further growth. Spine 2002;.27(21):E460-6.

78. Melcher RP, Puttlitz CM, Kleinstueck FS, Lotz JC, Harms J, Bradford DS. Biomechanical testing of posterior atlantoaxial fixation technique. Spine 2002;27(22):2435-40.

79. Ruf M, Harms J. Hemivertebra resection by a posterior approach: innovative operative technique and first results. Spine 2002;27(10):1116-23.

80. Ruf M, Harms J. Posterior hemivertebra resection with transpedicular instrumentation: early correction in children aged 1 to 6 years. Spine 2003;28(18):2132-8.

81. Puttlitz CM, Melcher RP, Kleinstueck FS, Harms J, Bradford DS, Lotz JC. Stability analysis of craniovertebral junction fixation techniques. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004;86-A(3):561-8.

82. Weisskopf M, Naeve D, Ruf M, Harms J, Jeszenszky D. Therapeutic options and results following fixed atlantoaxial rotatory dislocations. Spine 2004;29(7):823-827.

83. Lenke L, Betz R, Harms J. The Lenke Treatment-Directed Classification System for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery - Quality Medical Publishing Inc., St. Louis, Missouri 2004;20, 271-285.

84. Ruf M, Melcher R, Harms J. Transoral reduction and osteosynthesis C1 as a function-preserving option in the treatment of unstable Jefferson fractures. Spine 2004;29(7):823-7.

85. Puttlitz CM, Melcher RP, Kleinstueck FS, Harms J, Bradford DS, Lotz JC. Stability analysis of craniovertebral junction fixation techniques. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004;86-A(3):561-8.

86. Ruf M, Harms J. Anterior Hemivertebra Resection Through a Posterior Approach. Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery - Quality Medical Publishing Inc., St. Louis, Missouri 2004;20, 271-285.

87. Letko L, Harms J. Adult Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis. Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery - Quality Medical Publishing Inc., St. Louis, Missouri 2004;46, 673-689.

88. Melcher R, Harms J. Harms Titanium Mesh Spinal Instrumentation: Surgical Techniques, Thieme New York 2005; 551-558 (in press).

89. Melcher R, Harms J. Summit System Spinal Instrumentation: Surgical Techniques, Thieme New York 2005; 324-331(in press).

90. Melcher R, Harms J. Posterior C1 and C2 Screw Fixation. Spinal Instrumentation: Surgical Techniques, Thieme New York 2005; 292-298 (in press).

91. Melcher R, Ruf M, Harms J. Harms Cage. Spinal Instrumentation: Surgical Techniques,Thieme New York 2005; 738-744 (in press).

92. Stoltze D, Harms J. The Use of Fibrin Sealants in Spinal Surgery. Haemostasis in Spine Surgery Eds. Szpalski et al. Springer Verlag. 9

93. Ruf M, Jensen R, Harms J. Hemivertebra Resection in the Cervical Spine, submitted to Spine.

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