Markus Melloh

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M509), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 944 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
20072019
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Personal profile

Biography

Assoc/Prof Markus Melloh, MD, DMedSc, MPH, PhD, MBA

Professor Markus Melloh is an orthopaedic surgeon and rheumatologist (equivalent to FRACS and FRACP) with more than ten years’ working experience in the operating theatre, originally trained at the Free University Berlin, Germany. In 2003 he completed his Medical Research Doctorate (DMedSc) in Sports Medicine at the Charité / Humboldt University Berlin on the “Variability of Physiological Values During Constant Prolonged Workloads”.

After his doctorate Markus was head of an interdisciplinary pain clinic before taking up a position as Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Spine Society of Europe and being appointed International Coordinator of the Spine Tango Spine Registry at the MEM Research Center, University of Berne, Switzerland. In 2007 he accomplished a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the Swiss School of Public Health, University of Zurich focussing on “Prognostic Factors of Low Back Pain”.

From 2007-2011, Markus held appointments as Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Program Director of Spine Research at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand where he also accomplished a PhD in Orthopaedic Surgery.

In 2013, Markus completed his Master of Business Administration at the Edinburgh School of Business, UK where he continues his studies towards a Specialist MBA in Strategic Planning. He has still an appointment as Director of Research with Getparticipants, an international internet based portal that connects participants and researchers. Furthermore, Markus acts as Co-Chair of the International Task Force on Diagnosis and Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.

Roles and responsibilities

Research Associate Professor in Workplace & Health

Supervisor of PhD, Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Students (University of Sydney; University of the Sunshine Coast; University of Berne, Switzerland; Swiss School of Public Health, Zurich, Switzerland; University of Greifswald, Germany)

Examiner of PhD and Master Students (University of Western Australia; Monash University; University of Otago, New Zealand)

Reviewer for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Canberra, Australia

Reviewer for Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Berne, Switzerland

Reviewer for National Innovation Award in Quality Management, Switzerland

Orthopaedic Surgeon (FRACS equivalent)

Rheumatologist (FRACP equivalent)

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Edinburgh Business School

PhD in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Otago

Medical Research Doctorate (DMedSc), Charité / Humboldt University Berlin

Master of Public Health (MPH), Swiss School of Public Health

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

Diploma in Radiography, German Medical Association

Diploma in Sports Medicine, German Medical Association

Diploma in Chiropractic, German Medical Association

Diploma in Acupuncture, European Academy for Acupuncture

Funding overview

2012 NHMRC Project Grant #1042508. Project: “A workplace-based exercise intervention to prevent and reduce the economic and personal burden of non-specific neck pain in the office personnel”. Participation as Chief Investigator. Funding: AUD 660,000. Duration 4 years (2013-2016).

2012 Raine Priming Grant #0176074301007. Project: “Rates and predictors of complications in spinal surgery: Analysis of an international spine registry”. Participation as Chief Investigator. Funding: AUD 100,000. Duration 2 years (2013-2014).

Previous positions

2011 Program Director, Spine Research, Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

2010 – 2011 Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

2008 – 2009 Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

2007 – 2011 Principal Investigator of Dunedin Acute Back Pain Study, Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

2005 – 2007 Lecturer in Evaluative Research in Orthopaedic Surgery, MEM Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Berne, Switzerland

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

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

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

1999 – 2003 Orthopaedic Registrar, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Asklepios Klinikum Uckermark, Schwedt, Germany

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

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

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

1996 – 1997 House Surgeon, Department of General Surgery, Juedisches Krankenahsu Berlin, Germany

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

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

Current projects

Since 2013 Rates and predictors of complications in spinal surgery: Analysis of an international spine registry. University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, University of Greifswald, University of Berne

Since 2013 Workplace Interventions to Reduce the Cost of Neck Problems in Office Personnel. University of Western Australia, University of Queensland, Curtin University, Griffith University, University of Southern Denkmark

Since 2012 International Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis Task Force. University of Western Australia, University of Sydney, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Leeds, University of Greifswald, University of Berne

Since 2011 Intraoperative epidural pressure in patients with and without lumbar spinal stenosis and its association with the nerve root Sedimentation Sign. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, University of Greifswald, Germany

Since 2011 Disability foundations: Anxiety and injury perceptions after upper limb trauma. Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Since 2010 Randomised controlled trial of percutaneus k-wiring and casting vs. open reduction and internal fixation with a volar plate in patients with distal radius fracture. Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Since 2010 Randomised controlled trial of diastasis screw fixation vs. tightrope suture endobutton technique in patients with Weber C ankle fracture. Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Since 2009 Associations between physical activity and functional recovery in low back pain. School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Since 2009 Femoral nerve infusion following total knee replacement. Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Since 2009 Discogenic pain cohort study. Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, USA and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Service, Inselspital, University of Berne, Switzerland

Since 2009 Prevention of persistently disabling occupational low back pain. Institute of Psychology, University of Berne, Switzerland

Since 2009 Experimental animal model of an interspinous dynamic stabilization system. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, University of Greifswald, Germany

Since 2009 Clinical testing and application data of antibiotic-impregnated bone cement in kyphoplasty. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, University of Greifswald, Germany

Since 2008 Nerve root Sedimentation Sign – evaluation of a new radiological sign in lumbar spinal stenosis. NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney, Australia; The Screening and Test Evaluation Program, University of Sydney, Australia; and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, University of Greifswald, Germany

Since 2008 Methods for diagnostic test evaluation: impact of test results on patient management. Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney, Australia and The Screening and Test Evaluation Program, University of Sydney, Australia

Since 2007 Sacro-iliac joint arthritis after long-segment lumbar fusion. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, University of Greifswald, Germany

Since 2007 Mid-term results of cervical disc replacement combined with fusion in multi-level degenerative disc disease. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, University of Greifswald, Germany

Since 2005 Diagnosis and treatment of spinal canal stenosis. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, University of Greifswald, Germany

Since 2005 Development and validation of a documentation system for the conservative treatment of spinal disorders. MEM Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Berne, Switzerland

Research

Surgery
-Rates and Predictors of Complications in Spinal Surgery
-Treatment Options for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
-Mid-Term Results of Cervical Disc Replacement Combined with Fusion
-Sacro-Iliac Joint Arthritis after Long-Segment Lumbar Fusion
-Prognostic Factors for Outcome after Hip Arthroplasty
-Patient Survival after Knee and Hip Arthroplasty and after Neck of Femur Fractures
-K-Wiring vs. Volar Plate Fixation in Patients with Distal Radius Fracture

Diagnostic Tests
-New Diagnostic Tests for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
-Variability of Physiological Measures During Constant Cycling Exercise

Outcome Assessment Instruments
-Spine Functional Index
-Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Neck Disability Index
-Upper Limb Functional Index
-QuickDASH-9
-Lower Limb Functional Index

Prediction Instruments
-Acute Low Back Pain Study
-Conceptual Model of Compensation and Decompensation for Spinal Disorders
-Örebro Musculoskeletal Screening Questionnaire

Documentation Systems
-International Spine Registry Spine Tango
-SWISSspine
-Spine Tango Conservative Form – Development and Reliability and Feasibility Study

Outcomes Research
-Mid-Term Results of Cervical Disc Replacement Combined with Fusion
-Sacro-Iliac Joint Arthritis after Long-Segment Lumbar Fusion
-Attitudes and Beliefs About Low Back Pain
-Discogenic Pain Cohort Study

Prognostic Studies
-Personal Resources for Preventing Low Back Pain-Related Work Absenteeism
-Why Do Some People Never Have Low Back Pain
-Physical Activity and Low Back Pain
-Prognostic Factors for Outcome after Hip Arthroplasty

Clinical Epidemiology
-Patient Survival after Knee and Hip Arthroplasty and after Neck of Femur Fractures
-Prognostic Factors for Outcome after Hip Arthroplasty

Occupational Health
-Workplace Interventions to Reduce the Cost of Neck Problems in Office Personnel
-Acute Low Back Pain Study
-Why Do Some People Never Have Low Back Pain

Basic Science
-Epidural Pressure and Nerve Root Sedimentation in Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
-Fibre Types and Mitochondrial Levels in Transversospinal Muscles

Pathobiology
-Animal Model of Interspinous Dynamic Stabilization System

Imaging
-New Diagnostic Tests for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Spine Research
-Conceptual Model of Compensation and Decompensation for Spinal Disorders
-Spine Functional Index
-Örebro Musculoskeletal Screening Questionnaire
-International Spine Registry Spine Tango
-SWISSspine
-Spine Tango Conservative Form – Development and Reliability and Feasibility Study
-Workplace Interventions to Reduce the Cost of Neck Problems in Office Personnel
-Mid-Term Results of Cervical Disc Replacement Combined with Fusion
-Epidural Pressure and Nerve Root Sedimentation in Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
-Fibre Types and Mitochondrial Levels in Transversospinal Muscles
-Animal Model of Interspinous Dynamic Stabilization System

Low Back Pain
-Acute Low Back Pain Study
-Personal Resources for Preventing Low Back Pain-Related Work Absenteeism
-Why Do Some People Never Have Low Back Pain
-Physical Activity and Low Back Pain
-Attitudes and Beliefs About Low Back Pain
-Discogenic Pain Cohort Study
-Psychosocial Predictors of Chronic Low Back Pain
-Low Back Pain in Nursing Personnel in New Zealand

Neck pain
-Workplace Interventions to Reduce the Cost of Neck Problems in Office Personnel

Arthroplasty
-Femoral Nerve Infusion Following Total Knee Joint Replacement
-Patient Survival after Knee and Hip Arthroplasty and after Neck of Femur Fractures
-Prognostic Factors for Outcome after Hip Arthroplasty
-Mid-Term Results of Cervical Disc Replacement Combined with Fusion

Trauma
-K-Wiring vs. Volar Plate Fixation in Patients with Distal Radius Fracture
-Stress, Anxiety and Injury Perceptions after Upper Limb Trauma
-Patient Survival after Knee and Hip Arthroplasty and after Neck of Femur Fractures

Keywords

  • Spine
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Nerve root sedimentation sign (SedSign)
  • Epidural pressure
  • Spinal disorders
  • Interventional spine
  • Complications in spinal surgery
  • Back pain
  • Low back pain
  • Occupational back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Spine research
  • Outcomes research
  • Musculoskeletal outcomes research
  • Outcome assessment
  • Outcome assessment instruments
  • Medical registries
  • Spine registries
  • Spine tango

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 944 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
  • 50 Article
  • 12 Letter
  • 6 Review article
4 Citations (Scopus)

The Impact of Social Isolation on Pain Interference: A Longitudinal Study

Karayannis, N. V., Baumann, I., Sturgeon, J. A., Melloh, M. & Mackey, S. C., Jan 2019, In : Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 53, 1, p. 65-74 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Isolation
Longitudinal Studies
Pain
Referral and Consultation
Propensity Score
2 Citations (Scopus)

The impact of workplace ergonomics and neck-specific exercise versus ergonomics and health promotion interventions on office worker productivity: A cluster-randomized trial

Pereira, M., Comans, T., Sjøgaard, G., Straker, L., Melloh, M., O’leary, S., Chen, X. & Johnston, V., 1 Jan 2019, In : Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 45, 1, p. 42-52 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Human Engineering
Health Promotion
Workplace
Absenteeism
Neck Pain
2 Citations (Scopus)

The Spine Functional Index: development and clinimetric validation of a new whole-spine functional outcome measure

Gabel, C. P., Melloh, M., Burkett, B. & Michener, L. A., Feb 2019, In : Spine Journal. 19, 2, p. E19-E27 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Does the performance of five back-associated exercises relate to the presence of low back pain? A cross-sectional observational investigation in regional Australian council workers

Gabel, C. P., Mokhtarinia, H. R., Hoffman, J., Osborne, J., Laakso, E. L. & Melloh, M., 1 Aug 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 8, e020946.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Low Back Pain
Exercise Test
Maintenance
Flatfoot
Child Care
1 Citation (Scopus)

Treatment Efficacy, Clinical Utility, and Cost-Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation Treatments for Persistent Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review

Salathé, C. R., Melloh, M., Crawford, R., Scherrer, S., Boos, N. & Elfering, A., 1 Dec 2018, In : Global Spine Journal. 8, 8, p. 872-886 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Low Back Pain
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Rehabilitation
Sick Leave
Aptitude