Volker Schöffl, MD, PhD, MHBA, FAWM is the senior physician of the Department of Sports Medicine and Sports Orthopedics in Bamberg, Germany. He is Adjunct Professor of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and Adjoint Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is also a Visiting Professor to the Leeds Becket University in the UK. His scientific focus is on climbing and ski mountaineering injuries and biomechanics of the hand. He is the team doctor to the German Climbing Team, the German Skimountainering Team and a Member of MedCom UIAA and IFSC. He also serves as a consultant doctor to the Adidas Terrex International Outdoor team.

Volker climbs since 35 years and did more than 100 first ascents up to french 8b, mostly in Laos, Thailand, South East Asia and the Frankenjura, Germany. He is a pioneer to Rock climbing in Thailand and was amongst the first group of people climbing in Krabi 1990. He left his tracks – climbing routes all over South East Asia, Borneo, Laos etc. He establsihed rock climbing in Laos and did over 100 first ascents there. He also boulders, ice climbs and does mounatineering , exspecially skimountaineering. Last year, age 52, he could do his hardest boulder problem, “North Star” fb 8a+;V12 in the Frankenjura.

He combines his enthusiasm for climbing and medicien with his medical aid project in Laos, where he and his wife work as volunteer doctors anually.