Welcome to the Poppa Guttmann Trust

Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann CBE OBE FRCP FRCS MD FRS
3rd July 1899 – 18th March 1980


Founder of Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and the Paralympic Games

The recognition of this remarkable pioneer of medical and social treatment of those with a Spinal Cord Injury is long overdue and this project will provide just that by celebrating the legacy of this genius of a man.


A life size bronze statue of “Poppa”, as he was endearingly known, has been installed outside his National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Click here for Statue

A bronze bust from the same mould as the statue was presented to The International Paralympic Committee which was displayed at the 2012 London Paralympic Games and The IPC agreed to take this to all future winter and summer Paralympic Games.

Poppa with his son Dr Dennis Guttmann and daughter Eva Loeffler 


An ARTS PROGRAMME has also been established and will continue to give patients the opportunity to discover their artistic talent in the same way that Poppa used sport to restore confidence, ability and enthusiasm to return to a fulfilling life.

The Poppa Guttmann website is being redeveloped and hopefully will be ready soon.