Wirbelsäulenchirurgie Privat-Praxis PD Dr. med. Hansjörg F. Leu, Zürich

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November 1979

Eidg.Staatsexamen, Zürich

April 1980

Doktorat Medizinische Fakultät Zürich

Oktober 1993

Habilitation Medizinische Fakultät Zürich

September 2002

Ehrendoktorat der Universität Charkov, auf Antrag des Sitenko-Instituts für Orthop.& Traumatol.


President ISMISS
(International Society for Minimal Invasive Spinal Surgery / affiliated to SICOT since 1989)


Nomination zum Honorarprofessor der National University Donetzk "Maxim Gorki"

Mitgliedschaften und öffentliche Ämter

Professional Activities

1980/1982 Department for General Surgery and Traumatology,
Aargovian Cantonal Hospital, Aarau/Switzerland.
Chairman: Prof.Dr.F.Deucher
1982/1984 Section for Orthopaedics, Thurgovian Cantonal
Hospital, Frauenfeld/Switzerland. Chief: Dr.U.Romer
1984 Department for Anaesthesiology, Thurgovian Cantonal
Hospital, Frauenfeld/Switzerland.
Chairman: Dr. G. Kreienbühl
1984/85 Department for General Surgery and Traumatology,
Thurgovian Cantonal Hospital, Frauenfeld/Switzerland
Chairman: Dr. R. Gonzenbach
1.7.1985 - 31.3.1995 Department for Orthopaedic Surgery Balgrist, Medical
School, University of Zurich/Switzerland
Chairman: Prof. Dr. A.Schreiber
1988 Speciality Degree in Orthopaedic Surgery FMH (Foederatio
Medicorum Helveticorum)
1989 - 1992 Clinical Lecturer and Senior Clinician, Balgrist Clinic
since 1993 Private Docent in Orthopaedics with instructional duties
1994-2000 PD-Representative for Orthopaedics, Faculty Group of
Surgical Disciplines, University of Zurich/Switzerland
1992 - 31.3.1995 Senior Surgeon for Spinal Surgery, Balgrist Clinic
4.1995 – 10.2004 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Neumunster Hospital
Prisma Spine Unit, Zollikerberg/Zurich, Switzerland
since 1999 Instructional exchange activities with eastern european
countries, in particular with Ukraine / Charkov
since 10/2004 Accreditation as in-house Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bethania Hospital, Bethania Spine Base, Zurich, Switzerland
11/10: Accreditation as external Consultant also at Klinik Hirslanden, Zurich, Switzerland
04/13: Transfer from Bethania to Klinik Hirslanden in Zurich as partner-MD in the WSC-Clinic for spinal Diseases


Grants & merits

1988 Research Grant by the Stipendiary Found of the Swiss
Orthopaedic Association (PTFE-Nucleoplasty in sheep)
1991 ASG-Fellowship of the Austro/Swiss/German Orthopaedic
Societies (ASG Travelling Studies GB/USA 1992)
1992 Georg Schmorl Award by the German Society for Spine
Research, Frankfurt/Germany for the paper "Percutaneous
Disc Surgery with Discoscopy" (Theme of Habilitation)
2002 Doctor honoris causa, Sytenko Institute, Medical Faculty,
University of Charkov, Ukraine, in recognition for teaching activities
2009 Honorary Professor, Donetzk National Medical University "M.Gorky", Donetzk/Ukraine

Main fields of orthopaedic interests

1982 1987 General Orthopaedics, in particular endoprothetic hip surgery
since 1987 Spinal surgery elective/traumatology, with special interest
in the field of minimal invasive techniques. Developments
in percutaneous nucleotomy, percutaneous interbody
fusion (1988), percutaneous nucleoplasty (1988/94), laser
under discoscopy (since 1989), foraminoscopy (1991),
peridural endoscopy since 1992. non-rigid restabilisation
of the lumbar spine since 1999
organization of international instructional COURSES FOR PERCUTA-
TECHNIQUES since 1988 Next: 30th Jubilee Course, January 26/27, 2012, Zurich

Scientific society affiliations

International Medical Society of Paraplegia (IMSOP, since 1988)
Gr.Int. d'étude des approches des disques intervertébraux (GIEDA, since 1989)
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Orthopädie (SGO, since 1989)
Société Int. de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT, since 1990)
International Society for Minimal Intervention in Spinal Surgery (ISMISS, since 1990) President 2008/2011.
Dt. Gesellschaft für Endoskopie und bildgebende Verfahren e.V. (DGE, since 1990)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Traumatologie (DGOT, since 1991)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wirbelsäulenforschung (DGWSF, since 1992)
Grp de Recherche Interdiscipl. sur les Biomat. Osseux Injectables (GRIBOI, since 1995)
Schweiz. Gesellschaft für Spinale Chirurgie (SGS, since 1994), Secretary 1995-2000
Associazione Italo-Tedesca per scambio culturale in ortopedia e traumatologia (ASSITOT, since 2008)