Maurice E. Müller M.D., an Orthopaedic Surgeon in St. Gallen, Switzerland, following on the pioneering work of Sir John Charnley of Manchester England, began to develop implants for prosthetic replacement of arthritic hip joints. Based on his earlier work with AO/ASIF, he believed that a close collaboration between surgeons, scientists and industrialists was indispensable for successful development of surgical devices and implants. Maurice E. Müller’s work with Robert Mathys and the Sulzer organizations in the early 1960’s resulted in the first manufactured stainless steel and later chrome-cobalt prosthetic hip implants.
Moving from St. Gallen to the Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Berne, Professor Müller and his associates founded Protek AG, a company dedicated to the sales of prostheses and instruments manufactured by Sulzer and Mathys. The royalties and profits of Protek were given for research, education and documentation through a foundation called the Protek Foundation.
In 1974, this foundation was renamed the Maurice E. Müller Foundation for Continuing Education, Research And Documentation in Orthopaedic Surgery.
The M.E. Müller Foundation of North America (MEMF-NA) was established in 1983, to foster post graduate education, research and documentation among American and Canadian Orthopaedic Surgery graduates. The foundation has funded advanced postgraduate education of qualified candidates through fellowships at approved centres in Europe and North America.
The Foundation has also sponsored a number of Hip Symposia held in various North American cities, including a symposium on Documentation and Evaluation held in 1986 in Boston, and Digital Imaging in Orthopaedic Surgery held in St. Petersburg Florida in 1990.
The Foundation has collaborated with the American Hip Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the SICOT Commission on Documentation and Evaluation in reaching a consensus on terminology and clinical and radiological evaluation.
In its twenty six year history, MEMF-NA has funded continuing education grants for more than 40 North American orthopaedic surgeons who have become leaders in their respective institutions.