Henrik Malchau, MD, PhD graduated at the medical school at the University of Aarhus 1969.
He did his internship and residency shared between Uddevalla and Sahlgren hospital and in 1983 he got a position as attending orthopedic surgeon at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden. With Peter Herberts as mentor he got involved in the Swedish Hip Arthroplasty Register, where he for many years also had a leadership role. He has acted as advisor for setting up registries in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England and USA. Parallel to this he was also engaged in RadioStereoMetric (RSA) analyses of implant stability and polyethylene wear in THA. These research efforts were summarized in his PhD thesis 1995, On the Importance of Stepwise Introduction of New Hip Implant.
Dr. Harris invited him for a sabbatical 2000–2001 at the Harris Lab, at MGH. That subsequently ended up with an invitation to get a position as attending surgeon
at MGH and also as co-director at the Harris Orthopedics Laboratory. During 10 years in these positions he continued his efforts to improve the evidence base for new total joint implants by use of RSA and registries.
He was appointed as full professor at Harvard Medical School and also granted the Alan Gerry chair. He has published 240 peer-reviewed papers, been presidential guest lecturer at the US Hip Society twice, and received three Hip Society awards.
He has been a co-founder of the International Society for Arthroplasty Registries, is president for the International Hip Society and honorary fellow of the British Hip Society, the European Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) and
got The Kappa Delta Award 2017. He has received several other awards.
Since 2017 he again holds the position as chief Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg.