Heinrich Resch, MD, Professor of Medicine

Date of birth
March 2, 1957, Vienna/Austria

University Vienna, School of Medicine
Head, Medical Department II (Osteology/Rheumatology& Gastroenterology)
Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Schwestern (St. Vincent Hospital)
Academic Teaching Hospital of the University Vienna
Stumpergasse 13, 1060 Vienna, Austria
phone: +43 1 599 88-2119, fax: +43 1 599 88-4041
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Academic appointments

1981 M.D. Vienna University, School of Medicine
1983/84 Intern, General Hospital Vienna Department of Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Rheumatology
1984–1991 Resident hospital doctor, KH Barmherzige Brüder (St. John of God)
1992/93 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Loma Linda University, CA, USA
1994 Research Fellow, Vienna University, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pathology
1995Chief, Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern (St. Vincent Hospital, Vienna)

Present Position

Professor of Medicine, Medical University Vienna
Chief, Medical Department II (Rheumatology & Gastroenterology)
Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern (St. Vincent Hospital)
Academic Teaching Hospital, Medical University Vienna
Head, VINforce Study Group
Chair Metabolic Bone Diseases, Medical Faculty, Sigmund Freud University (SFU) Sigmund Freud Platz 1, 1020 Vienna
Head, Center of Rheumatic Diseases, Therme Oberlaa, 1010 Vienna Kurbadstrasse 14

Other professional acitivities

  • Past President of the German Society of Osteology (DGO)
  • President of the Austrian Society of Bone and Mineral Research (AuSBMR)
  • Chairman of the CEE Summit Conferences on Osteoporosis

Professional Organisations

1987 Ludwig Boltzmann-Institution of Advancing Age
1988 Austrian Society of Gastroenterology
1991 Founding Member and Member of the Board of the Austrian Society of Bone and Mineral Research
1992 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
1993 German Society of Endocrinology
1994 German Society of Osteology
1994 Editor in Chief Journal für Mineralstoffwechsel (J Mineral Metabolism)
1995 Member of the Austrian Society of Rheumatology
1998 International Society of Bone Research
2001 Founding Member of the Austrian Bone & Joint Decade
2002 Editorial Board and Co-editor of the journal Osteologie/Osteology
2003 Board Member of the Austrian Society of Rheumatology
2003 Vice-President of the DGO (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteologie – German Society of Osteology
2004 International Scientific Advisor of the University Teheran (Iran)
2005 President of the German Society of Osteology
2006 Chairman of the EU Summit Conferences on Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis
2007 Chief Editor of the Journal of Osteology
Member of the CNS (IOF) and the Osteoporosis Panel of the EU Parliament
Series guest editor Int Journal of Mens Health & Gender
2008 President Elect of the Austrian Society of Bone and Mineral Research (AuSBMR)
2009 Appreciation Award of the Bahrainan Society for Osteoporosis
2010 Honorary Member of the Ukrainian Osteoporosis Society
2010 Honorary Member of the Slovakian Medical Society
2010 President of the Austrian Society of Bone and Mineral Research (AuSBMR)
2011 Chairman of the CEE Summit Conferences
Appreciation Award of the Society for Osteoporosis Philippines
2012 Chairman Medical Advisory Board VINZENZ Holding Austria
2013 Board Member of the Karl Landsteiner Foundation
Member of the ISCD (International Society of Clinical Densitometry)
2014 Head of the Center of Rheumatic Diseases, Oberlaa Vienna
2016 Chair Clinical bone diseases, Medical faculty, Sigmund Freud University Vienna


Basic and clinical research in bone metabolism, approximately 100 publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and book chapters, more than 150 invited lectures, review panel Bone, Eur J Radiology, Int J Mens Health Gender, Maturitas, JBMR, OINT.

Selected recent publications:

Chen P, Miller PD, Recker R, Resch H et al. Increases in Bone Mineral Density Correlate with Improvements in Bone Microarchitecture with Teriparatide Treatment in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis. J Bone Mineral Res 2007; 22 (8): 1173-1180

Resch H, Walliser J, Phillips S et al. Physician and patient perceptions on the use of vitamin D and calcium in osteoporosis treatment: a European and Latin American perspective, Current Medical Research and Opinion 2007; 23 (6): 1227-1237.

Stupphann D, Rauner M, Muschitz Ch, Pietschmann P. Intracellular and surface RANKL are differentially regulated in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Rheumatol Int Volume 2008; 28 (10): 987-993.

Lorenc RS, Resch H, on behalf of the Members of the 2nd Summit on Osteoporosis – Central Eastern Europe (CEE)"Management of osteoporosis in Central Eastern Europe (CEE): Conclusions of the "2nd Summit on Osteoporosis – CEE", 21./22. November 2008, Warsaw, Poland. Arch Osteoporosis 2009; 164: 1084–1091.

Patsch J, Kiefer F, Varga P, Pail P, Rauner M, Stupphann D, Resch H et al. Increased bone resorption and impaired microarchitecture in short-term and extended high-fat diet-induced obesity. Metabolism 2010; Volume 15-16, August 2009.

Dimai HP, Svedbom A, Fahrleitner A, Bieber T, Resch H et al. Epidemology of hip fractures in Austria. Evidence for a change in the secular trend. Osteoporos Int 2011; 22 (2): 685–692.

Eastell R, Christiansen C, Grauer A, Kutilek S, Libanati C, McClung MR, Reid IR, Resch H et al. Effects of Denosumab on Bone Turnover Markers in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis. J Bone Mineral Res 2011; Feb 18. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.251

Eisman J, Bone H, Hosking DJ, McClung MR, Reid I, Rizzoli R, Resch H et al. Odanacatib in the Treatment of Postmenopausal Women with Low Bone Mineral Density: Three-year Continued Therapy and Resolution of Effect. J Bone Mineral Res 2011; 26 (2): 242-251. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.212

Fischer E, Patsch J, Muschitz C, Becker S, Resch H. Severe Osteoporosis with multiple vertebral fractures after gender reassignment therapy – is it male or female osteoporosis. Gynecol Endocrinol 2011; 27 (5): 341–344. [Epub ahead of print]

Sipos W, Kralicek E, Rauner M, Duvigneau, Worliczek H, Schamall D; Hartl R, Sommerfeld-Stur I, Saalmüller A, Dall'Ara E, Varga P, Resch H et al. Bone and cellular immune system of multiparous sows are insensitive to ovariectomy and nutritive calcium shortage. Horm Metab Res 2011; June.

Lakatos P, Balogh A, Czerwinski E, Dimai H, Hans D, Holzer G, Lorenc R, Palicka V, Obermayer-Pietsch B, Stepan J, Takács I, Resch H. New considerations on the management of osteoporosis in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): Summary of the "3rd Summit on Osteoporosis - CEE", November 2009, Budapest, Hungary. Arch Osteoporos 2011; 6 (1-2): 1–12. [Epub 2011 Jan 13]. doi: 10.1007/s11657-010-0048-2.

Patsch J, Kohler T, Berzlanovic A, Muschitz C, Bieglmayr P, Roschger P, Resch H, Pietschmann P. Trabecular bone microstructure and local gene expression in iliac crest biopsies of men with idiopathic osteoporosis. J Bone Miner Res 2011; ;26 (7):1584-1592. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.344.

Fratzl-Zelman N, Roschger P, Misof B, Nawrot-Wawrzyniak K, Pötter-Lang S, Muschitz C, Resch H et al. Fragility fractures in men with idiopathic osteoporosis are associated with undermineralisation of the bone matrix. Calcif Tissue Int. 2011; 88 (5):378-387. doi: 10.1007/s00223-011-9466-4. [Epub 2011 Feb 12]

Schraml E, Wassermann K, Wieser M, Messner P, Schneider K, Micutkova L, Fortschegger K, Maier A, Wolbank S, Edl H, Jansen-Dürr P, Resch H et al. MicroRNA-31 is secreted in exosomes by senescent endothelial cells and inhibits osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells. Aging Cell 2011.

Papapoulos S, Chapurlat R, Libanati C, Brandi ML, Brown JP, Czerwinski E, Kieg M-A, Man Z, Mellstrom D, Radominski S, Reginster J-Y, Resch H et al. Five Years of Denosumab Exposure in Women With Postmenopausal Osteoporosis: Results From the First Two Years of the FREEDOM Extension. J Bone Miner Res 2012; 27 (3): 694-701. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1479

Adami S, Libanati C, Boonen S, Cummings SR, Ho P-R, Wang A, Resch H, Siris E, Lane J. Denosumab Treatment in Postmenopausal Women With Osteoporosis Does Not Interfere With Fracture Healing: Results From the FREEDOM Trial. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2012 Oct 24