invitations as a lecturer and as a surgeon
in sports injuries for the Austrian Ministry of Health
1984 - 1990
Human Medicine Studies at the Medizinische Universität Wien [Medical University of Vienna]
1991 - 1998
Specialist Training at the Univ. Klinik für Unfallchirurgie Wien [University Hospital for Trauma Surgery in Vienna]
1998 - 1999
Research Trips to the USA and UK
Post Doctoral Qualification
Founding of Sportordination Vienna
2001 - 2007
Management and set-up of the Sport Outpatient Department at the Univ. Klinik für Unfallchirurgie Wien [University Hospital for Trauma Surgery in Vienna]
2004 - 2009
Member of the Wiener Medizinische Akademie [Vienna Medical Academy] Board of Directors
2005 - 2007
Acting Head of the Univ. Klinik für Unfallchirurgie Wien [University Hospital for Trauma Surgery in Vienna]
Chief Medical Officer (Austria) for the European Football Championship EURO 2008
Team Doctor for the GTM Trophy
Medical Centre Manager for the Vienna City Marathon
Medical Director Vienna City Marathon
Team Doctor for Raiffeisen Vikings (American Football Club)
Founding of the Joint Centre Vienna
Chief Medical Officer for the American Football World Championship
Chief Medical Officer for the American Football European Championship
Manager of the Centre for Sport and Joint Surgery at the Josefstadt PK [Josefstadt Private Hospital]
Gründung Zentrum für Orthopädie und Sportchirurgie (ZOS)
Associate University Professor Dr. Christian Gäbler was born in Tamsweg (Salzburg) on 21.11.1964. He spent his childhood with his three brothers in Carinthia and Styria and his adolescent and school years in Villach, Carinthia.
During this time, Dr. Gäbler discovered his interest in both mountains (skiing, climbing, ice climbing, ski touring) and water and sun (primarily thanks to his summer job as a surfing and sailing instructor at Lake Ossiach).
He passed his general qualification for university entrance in 1983 in Villach. Following the end of his military service in his home state of Carinthia, cand. med. Gäbler moved to Vienna to study at the Medical University. During this time, he mountaineered and climbed intensively on crags and ice.
Following completion of his studies at the end of 1990, a doctorate at the start of 1991 and extensive celebrations, fledgling Dr. Gäbler took a 6-month break for a long-planned trip through India and to mountaineer in Nepal.
In mid 1991, Dr. Gäbler began his medical work at the I. Universitätsklinik für Unfallchirurgie [I. University Hospital for Trauma Surgery] in Vienna. While working here, he commenced intensive academic research, primarily in the field of spinal surgery and the treatment of open and closed fractures of the lower leg.
1998 Specialist in Trauma Surgery. Then research and work trips to the USA and UK. 1999 saw his return to the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery in Vienna. Intensified research work.
Postdoctorate in 2001. From 2002 to 2008, Assoc. Univ. Prof. Dr. Gäbler organised the Vienna Future Symposium (Main topic in 2003: New methods and techniques in sport traumatology)
Dr. Gäbler was the Acting Head of the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery in Vienna from May 2005 to March 2007.
He was entrusted with the management and creation of the Sport Outpatient Department of the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery in Vienna in 2001. In the years that followed, the Sport Outpatient Department of the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery became one of the most frequented outpatient departments in Trauma Surgery under his management. Between 1500 and 2000 patients were treated every year, having been referred mainly by doctors and orthopaedists in practice.
The Sport Outpatient Department was temporarily closed in 2007 under the guise of cost-cutting measures. As a result, Dr. Gäbler lost significant motivation to continue to be committed to the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery and used the opportunity of EURO 2008 to take a sabbatical and establish Sportordination Vienna in its current form. "In hindsight, that was the most fortunate and best decision that I could have made under the conditions at the time," explains Gäbler today. "We currently see over 4000 patients a year in Sportordination, people with a vast range of problems, from injuries to elderly people who require a knee prosthesis to enable them to be active again."
Due to his organisational and surgical experience, Assoc. Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian Gäbler was appointed by UEFA as Chief Medical Officer in Austria for EURO 2008; thanks to a comprehensive plan for the whole of Austria that was developed by Dr. Gäbler, the medical treatment of all athletes present in Austria was guaranteed round the clock. The quality of the medical treatment was demonstrated in the optimal healing progress of the Italian national team captain, world champion Fabio Cannavaro, who was operated on shortly after a serious ankle injury by the Italian Team Doctor Andrea Feretti, together with Dr. Gäbler in the Vienna Private Hospital, as well as top player Andrea Barzagli one week later, who had suffered a severe knee injury.
The medical plan for the 2011 American Football World Championship and the 2014 American Football European Championship was also developed by Dr. Gäbler, who oversaw these events as Chief Medical Officer.
As a sports doctor, Dr. Gäbler is primarily concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries. He specialises in knee and shoulder surgery and carries out over 600 operations per year. For him, prevention and treatment are most important, so that operations can often be avoided. Due to his experience of over 25 years as a trauma surgeon at the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery in Vienna, as Senior Consultant for EURO 2008, as Medical Director of the Vienna City Marathon, as Team Doctor for the Austrian national American Football team, and as the doctor for many recreational and high-performance athletes, he is familiar with all acute injuries and over-exertion problems that often plague athletes. This experience is naturally beneficial to all patients who have joint problems, without them being extremely sporty.
Dr. Christian Gäbler remains actively sporty and therefore not only possesses a theoretical but also a very practical link to sports injuries and symptoms in sport. As he currently misses out on mountaineering due to geographical conditions, Dr. Gäbler is training for marathons, both on his mountain bike (Recreational Trophy, Centurion MTB Challenge) and for classic running events.
In his personal life, Christian Gäbler is married to Dr. Susanne Gäbler and daughter Analena was born on 04.12.2004.