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Prof. Dr. med. Markus Melloh

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Melloh

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Melloh
ZHAW School of Health Professions
Institute of Health Sciences
Technikumstrasse 71
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 43 96
markus.melloh@zhaw.ch

Personal profile

Management role

Director of Institute, Director Institute of Health Sciences

Position at the ZHAW

Professor of Public Health, Director Institute of Health Sciences, strategist, researcher, inventor.

http://www.gesundheit.zhaw.ch/de/gesundheit/institute-fachstelle/zgw/ueber-uns.html

Expertise and research interests

Public health, occupational health, health promotion, prevention, diagnostic tests, outcome assessment instruments, prediction instruments, medical registries, clinical epidemiology, spine research.

Educational background

2018 - 2019
CAS Leadership and Governance at Universities, University of Zurich

2014 – 2015
ZHAW intern Leadership Development

2014
CAS University Didactics; Zurich University of Teacher Education

2014
Specialist MBA in Strategic Planning; Edinburgh Business School

2013
Master of Business Administration (MBA); Edinburgh Business School

2012
PhD in Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Otago, Dunedin. Thesis title: Predicting the transition from acute to persistent low back pain in primary care.

2012
Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Professionals; University of Western Australia, Perth

2007
Master of Public Health (MPH); Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+). Thesis title: Intercultural comparison of effect modification and cost-utility of surgical and conservative treatment of chronic low back pain.

2005
German Board Certification Rheumatology; Brandenburg Chamber of Physicians

2004
German Board Certification Orthopaedic Surgery; Brandenburg Chamber of Physicians

2004
Diploma in Radiography; Brandenburg Chamber of Physicians

2003
Medical Research Doctorate (DMedSc) in Sports Medicine; Charité/ Humboldt University of Berlin. Thesis title: Variability of physiological measures during and between constant prolonged cycling exercise.

2001
Diploma in Sports Medicine; Brandenburg Chamber of Physicians

2001
Diploma in Chiropractic; Brandenburg Chamber of Physicians

2000
Diploma in Acupuncture; European Academy for Acupuncture

1997
Approbation in Medicine; Senate Department for Health and Social Work, Berlin

1995
Certificate of Physician Exam (MD); Free University of Berlin

Professional milestones

2016
ISSLS Clinical Prize for Lumbar Spine Research, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine

2016
SAWM-Award "Interprofessionality", Swiss Association of Medical Sciences

Since 2016
Editorial Board Member; Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders

Since 2014
Director Institute for Health Professions; Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Since 2014
Professor ZFH of Public Health, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Since 2014
Adjunct Associate Professor of Workplace & Health; Centre for Medical Research, University of Western Australia, Perth

Since 2013
Adjunct Professor of Medical Education; Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth

Since 2012
Co-Chair International Task Force on Diagnosis and Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis; Switzerland/ Germany/ UK/ USA/ Canada/ Australia/ Korea/ Japan

2012 – 2014
Research Associate Professor in Workplace & Health; Centre for Medical Research, University of Western Australia, Perth

2011
Program Director Spine Research; Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research (CMOR), Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin

Since 2010
Editorial Board Member; Australasian Medical Journals (AMJ)

2010 – 2014
Director of Research; Getparticipants, Auckland

2007 – 2011
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery; Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research (CMOR), Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin

Since 2006
Assistant Editorial Board Member; European Spine Journals (ESJ)

Since 2005
Supervisor of PhD, Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Students; University of Berne, Swiss School of Public Health, University of Greifswald, University of Sydney, University of the Sunshine Coast/ Queensland

2005 – 2007
Postdoc and Coordinator of the International Spine Registry Spine Tango; MEM Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Berne

2004 – 2005
Head of Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic; Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Asklepios Klinikum Uckermark, Schwedt

2004 – 2005
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon; Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Asklepios Klinikum Uckermark, Schwedt

1999 – 2003
Orthopaedic Registrar; Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Asklepios Klinikum Uckermark, Schwedt

1998 – 1999
Senior House Surgeon; Department of Orthopaedics, Rehazentrum Bad Eilsen

1998
House Surgeon; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Annastift, Hanover Medical School (MHH), Hanover

1997 – 1998
House Surgeon; Sophien Clinic and Orthopaedic Practice, Hanover

1996 – 1997
House Surgeon; Department of General Surgery, Juedisches Krankenhaus Berlin

1996
House Surgeon; Department of Visceral Surgery, Krankenhaus Moabit, Berlin

1995
Junior House Surgeon; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Free University Berlin


Projektleitung / Project management

Seit 2013
Workplace-Based Exercise Intervention to Prevent and Reduce the Economic and Personal Burden of Non-Specific Neck Pain in Office Personnel

Seit 2013
Rates and Predictors of Complications in Spinal Surgery: Analysis of an International Spine Registry

Seit 2013
Meta-Analysis of Surgery for Low Back Pain

Seit 2012
International Task Force on Diagnosis and Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Seit 2011
Intraoperative Epidural Pressure in Patients with and without Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and its Association with the Nerve Root Sedimentation Sign

Seit 2011
Disability Foundations: Anxiety and Injury Perceptions after Upper Limb Trauma

Seit 2009
Discogenic Pain Cohort Study

Seit 2008
Nerve Root Sedimentation Sign – Evaluation of a New Radiological Sign in Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Seit 2005
Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Canal Stenosis

Seit 2005
Development and Validation of a Documentation System for the Conservative Treatment of Spinal Disorders

Membership of networks

Projects

Publications

Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed Other publications Oral conference contributions and abstracts Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Beiträge / Articles peer-reviewed

Melloh M, Elfering A, Käser A, Rolli Salathé C, Barz T, Aghayev E, Röder C, Theis JC. Depression impacts the course of recovery in patients with acute low back pain. Behav Med. 2013;39(3):80-89.

Gabel CP, Cuesta-Vargas AI, Osborne J, Melloh M. Letter to the Editor on Article By Swanenburg on the NDI-G. Man Ther; Epub 2013 Nov 11.

Gabel CP, Melloh M, Burkett B, Michener LA. The Spine Functional Index (SFI): development and clinimetric validation of a new whole-spine functional outcome measure. Spine J; Epub 2013 Oct 25.

Melloh M, Elfering A, Stanton TR, Käser A, Rolli Salathé C, Barz T, Röder C, Theis JC. Who is likely to develop persistent low back pain? A longitudinal analysis of prognostic occupational factors. WORK; 2013 Jan 1;46(3):297-311.

Tomkins-Lane CC, Quint D, Gabriel S, Melloh M, Haig AJ. Nerve root sedimentation sign for diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis: reliability, sensitivity and specificity. Spine; 2013 Nov 15;38(24):E1554-60. Epub 2013 Aug 21.

Gabel CP, Osborne JW, Melloh M. Clinimetric re: Badalamente et al. Parts 1 and 2. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Feb;38(2):401-6 and 407-12. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Aug;38(8):1661-2.

Melloh M, Hodgson B, Carstens A, Cornwall C. Vascularized fibula strut graft used in neurofibromatosis type 1-related kyphosis: A case of almost complete reversal of deformity-induced tetraparesis. Evid Based Spine Care J. 2013 Apr;4(1):59-62.

Gabel CP, Osborne JW, Melloh M. Critical assessment of patient-reported outcome measures. J Ortho Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(7):513. Epub 2013 Jun 29.

Aghayev E, Teuscher R, Neukamp M, Lee EJ, Melloh M, Eggli S, Röder C. The course of radiographic loosening, pain and functional outcome around the first revision of a total hip arthroplasty. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013 May 15;14(1):167. Article identified by BMC as Highly Accessed.

Melloh M, Lord SJ, Staub LP, Merk HR, Barz T. Re: Macedo LG, Wang Y, Battié MC. The sedimentation sign for differential diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis. Spine. 2013 May 15;38(11):968.

Rolli Salathé C, Melloh M, Kälin W, Semmer NK, Roth M, Tamcan Ö, Müller U, Elfering A. Comparison of pain-resilient working individuals to population-based case controls with/without momentary low back pain. Eur J Pain. 2013 Oct;17(9):1411-21. Epub 2013 May 3.

Melloh M, Rolli Salathé C, Elfering A, Käser A, Barz T, Aghayev E, Röder C, Theis JC. Occupational, personal and psychosocial resources for preventing persistent low back pain in primary care. Int J Occup Saf Ergonom. 2013;19(1):29-40.

Gabel CP, Burkett B, Melloh M. The shortened Örebro Musculoskeletal Screening Questionnaire: Evaluation in a work-injured population. Man Ther. 2013 Oct;18(5):378-85. Epub 2013 Feb 14.

Barz T, Lange J, Melloh M, Staub LP, Merk HR, Klöting I, Follak N. Histomorphometric and radiographic changes after lumbar implantation of the PEEK-non-fusion interspinous device in the BB.4Sd rat model. Spine. 2013 Mar 1;38(5):E263-9.

Melloh M, Theis JC, Beneke R. Variability of blood lactate during and between given constant prolonged cycling power. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2012 Dec;52(6):575-82.

Gabel CP, Melloh M, Burkett B, Yelland M. The Örebro Musculoskeletal Screening Questionnaire: Validation of a modified primary care musculoskeletal screening tool in an acute work injured population. Man Ther. 2012 Dec;17(6):554-65. Epub 2012 Jun 27.

Melloh M, Barz T. Cervical metastases in pre-existing cervical spondylodesis and disc replacement after two-year symptom-free interval: a case report. Evid Based Spine Care J. 2012;3(3):51-6.

Melloh M *, Rolli Salathé C *, Mannion AF, Tamcan Ö, Müller U, Boos N, Elfering A. Resources for preventing low back pain-related work absenteeism. Occup Med (Lond). 2012 Jun;62(4):273-80.
* joint first authors

Melloh M, Elfering A, Käser A, Rolli Salathé C, Barz T, Röder C, Theis JC. Predictors of sickness absence in patients with a new episode of low back pain in primary care. Ind Health. 2012;50(4):288-98. Epub 2012 May 30.

Rolli Salathé C, Elfering A, Melloh M. Efficacy, utility and cost-effectiveness of multidisciplinary treatment for chronic low back pain. Der Schmerz. 2012 Apr;26(2):131-49.

Melloh M, Elfering A, Chapple CM, Käser A, Rolli Salathé C, Barz T, Röder C, Theis JC. Prognostic occupational factors for persistent low back pain in primary care. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2013 Apr;86(3):261-9. Epub 2012 Mar 21. Article ranked #3 of the most-read articles by US physicians in Apr 2012.

Cornwall J, Melloh M. Do New Zealand nurses claim more lumbar spine injuries than the general population? A retrospective study (1995-2009). N Z Med J. 2012 Jan 20;125(2348):112-5.

Melloh M, Eggli S, Busato A, Röder C. Predictors of early stem loosening after total hip arthoplasty: a case-control study. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2011 Dec;19(3):269-73.

Zweig T, Hemmeler C, Aghayev E, Melloh M, Etter C, Röder C. Influence of preoperative nucleus pulposus status and radiculopathy on outcomes in mono-segmental lumbar total disc replacement: results from a nationwide registry. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2011 Dec 2;12(1):275.

Gabel CP, Melloh M, Michener LA, Burkett B. The Lower Limb Functional Index: development and clinimetric properties. Phys Ther. 2012 Jan;92(1):98-110. Epub 2011 Nov 3.

Wainwright C, Theis JC, Garneti N, Melloh M. Age at hip or knee joint replacement surgery predicts likelihood of revision surgery. JBJS Br. 2011 Oct; 93(10):1411-5.

Gabel CP, Melloh M, Cuesta-Vargas AI. Factor structure of the neck disability index. Spine. 2011;36(21):1815.

Melloh M, Barz T. Structural lumbar segmental instability can occur in the absence of functional lumbar segmental instability. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011;41(7):534-5. Epub 2011 Jul 1. Invited Publication.

Zweig T, Aghayev E, Melloh M, Dietrich D, Röder C, SWISSspine Registry Group. Influence of preoperative leg pain and radiculopathy on outcomes in mono-segmental lumbar total disc replacement: results from a nationwide registry. Eur Spine J. 2012 Aug;21 Suppl 6:729-36. Epub 2011 Jun 10.

Melloh M, Gabel CP, Cuesta-Vargas AI. Factor analysis findings for the QuickDASH. Re: Mehta S, MacDermid JC, Carlesso LC, et al. Concurrent validation of the DASH and the QuickDASH in comparison to neck-specific scales in patients with neck pain. Spine 2010;35:2150-56. Spine. 2011 Jul;36(15):1260.

Staub LP, Barz T, Melloh M, Lord SJ, Chatfield M, Bossuyt PM. Clinical validation study to measure the performance of the nerve root sedimentation sign for the diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis. Contemp Clin Trials. 2011 May;32(3):470-74. Epub 2011 Feb 4.

Melloh M, Röder C, Staub LP, Zweig T, Barz T, Theis JC, Müller U. Randomized controlled trials for surgical implants – Are registries an alternative? Orthopedics. 2011 Mar;34(3):161-63.

Melloh M, Elfering A, Egli Presland C, Röder C, Hendrick P, Darlow B, Theis JC. Predicting the transition from acute to persistent low back pain. Occup Med (Lond). 2011 Mar;61(2):127-131. Epub 2011 Jan 3.

Gabel CP, Melloh M, Yelland M, Burkett B, Roiko A. Predictive ability of a modified örebro musculoskeletal pain questionnaire in an acute low back pain working population. Eur Spine J. 2011 Mar;20(3):449-57. Epub 2010 Jul 15.

Melloh M *, Kessler TJ *, Zweig T, Aghayev E, Röder C. Development of a documentation instrument for the conservative treatment of spinal disorders in the international spine registry Spine Tango. Eur Spine J. 2011 Mar;20(3):369-79. Epub 2010 Jun 9. *joint first authors

Barz T, Staub LP, Melloh M, Lord SJ. Re: Barz T, Melloh M, Staub LP, et al. Nerve root sedimentation sign – evaluation of a new radiological sign in lumbar spinal stenosis. Spine 2010;35:892-7. Spine. 2010 Nov 15;35(24):E1360; author reply.

Aghayev E, Beck A, Staub LP, Dietrich D, Melloh M, Orlanski W, Röder C. Simultaneous bilateral hip replacement reveals superior outcome and fewer complications than two-stage procedures: A post hoc analysis of 1819 patients and 5801 follow-ups from a total joint replacement registry. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2010 Oct 25;11:245.

Melloh M *, Barz T *, Staub LP, Lord SJ, Lange J, Röder C, Theis JC, Merk HR. Nerve root sedimentation sign – evaluation of a new radiological sign in lumbar spinal stenosis. Spine. 2010 Apr 15;35(8):892-897. Invited Publication. *joint first authors

Gabel CP, Michener LA, Melloh M, Burkett B. Modification of the upper limb functional index to a three-point response improves clinimetric properties. J Hand Ther. 2010 Jan-Mar;23(1):41-52. Epub 2009 Dec 5.

Gabel CP, Melloh M, Michener LA, Burkett B. Clinimetric evaluation of measurement tools used in hand therapy to assess activity and participation. J Hand Ther. 2010 Jan-Mar;23(1):83-4. Epub 2009 Nov 27.

Gabel CP, Yelland M, Melloh M, Burkett B. A modified QuickDASH-9 provides a valid outcome instrument for upper limb function. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Dec 18;10:161.

Hendrick P, Milosavljevic S, Bell ML, Hale L, Hurley D, McDonough S, Melloh M, Baxter GD. Does physical activity predict functional recovery in low back pain? Protocol for a prospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Nov 6;10:136. Article identified by BMC as Highly Accessed.

Gabel CP, Melloh M, Burkett B. Factor analysis findings for the NDI. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2009 Nov; 39(11):828-29.

Röder C, Staub LP, Dietrich D, Zweig T, Melloh M, Aebi M. Benchmarking with Spine Tango: potentials and pitfalls. Eur Spine J. 2009 Aug;18 Suppl 3:305-11. Epub 2009 Apr 1.

Zweig T, Mannion AF, Grob D, Melloh M, Munting E, Aebi M, Tuschel A, Röder C. How to Tango – a manual for implementing Spine Tango. Eur Spine J. 2009 Aug;18 Suppl 3:312-20. Epub 2009 Jun 28.

Melloh M, Elfering A, Egli Presland C, Roeder C, Barz T, Rolli Salathé C,Tamcan O, Mueller U, Theis JC. Identification of prognostic factors for chronicity in patients with low back pain: A review of screening instruments.Int Orthop. 2009 Apr;33(2):301-13. Epub 2009 Jan 8.

Melloh M, Aebli N, Elfering A, Roeder C, Zweig T, Barz T, Herbison P,Hendrick P, Bajracharya S, Stout K, Theis JC. Development of a screening tool predicting the transition from acute to chronic low back pain for patients in a GP setting: Protocol of a multinational prospective cohort study.BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2008 Dec 19;9:167. Article identified by BMC as Highly Accessed.

Melloh M, Staub L, Aghayev E, Zweig T, Barz T, Theis JC, Chavanne A, Grob D, Aebi M, Roeder C. The international spine registry SPINE TANGO: status quo and first results. Eur Spine J. 2008 Sept;17(5):1201-1209. Epub 2008 Apr 30.

Melloh M, Roeder C, Elfering A, Theis JC, Mueller U, Staub L, Aghayev E, Zweig T, Barz T, Kohlmann T, Wieser S. Jueni P, Zwahlen M. Differences across health care systems in outcome and cost-utility of surgical and conservative treatment of chronic low back pain: a study protocol. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2008 Jun 6;9:81.

Barz T, Melloh M, Staub L, Roeder C, Lange J, Smiszek FG, Theis JC, Merk HR. The diagnostic value of a treadmill test in predicting lumbar spinal stenosis. Eur Spine J. 2008 May;17(5):686-690. Epub 2008 Feb 8.

Roeder C, Eggli S, Münger P, Melloh M, Busato A. Patient Characteristics differently affect early Cup and Stem Loosening in THA: A case-control Study on 7535 Patients. Int Orthop. 2008 Feb;32(1):33-38. Epub 2007 Feb 15.

Beiträge / Artikel / Articles

Röder C, Neukamp M, Perler G, Melloh M, Zweig T, Munting E, Aebi M. SPINE TANGO Report International 2009. MEM/IEFO press; 2010 Aug.

Zweig T, Aghayev E, Melloh M, Röder C, Aebi M. SPINE TANGO International Report 2008. MEM/IEFO press; 2009 Mar.

Zweig T, Aghayev E, Delank KS, Vieweg U, Melloh M, Röder C, Aebi M. SPINE TANGO Bericht Deutschland 2008. MEM/IEFO press; 2008 Dec.

Melloh M. Predictive factors of physician-based outcomes after posterior lumbar fusion in the SPINE TANGO registry. Spinal News International. 2008 Jul;3(8):14.

Zweig T, Melloh M, Aghayev E, Aebi A, Grob D, Röder C. Spine Tango Report 2008. Congress edition. 2008 May.

Melloh M. Das internationale Wirbelsäulenregister Spine Tango. www.bvou.net; 2007 Oct 16.

Rieger P, Barz T, Melloh M. Internationales Wirbelsäulenregister – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen. Orthopädische Nachrichten. Congress edition 1; 2007 Oct.

Melloh M. Das internationale Wirbelsäulenregister SPINE TANGO. Leading Opinions Orthopädie. 2007 Sept;2(3):54-55.

Melloh M. The European Spine Registry. Spine Daily. 2006 Oct 26.