Prof. Dr. med. Walter Weder


Thoracic Surgeon, director of Department of Thoracic Surgery

Work experience

since 2019 Private practice at Privatklinik Bethanien
2019 Visiting Professor Shanghai Chest Hospital, Shanghai, China
2019 Visiting Professor Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA
2011-2019 Medical Co-Director USZ
2011-2019 Head of the Lung and Thoracic Oncology Center of the University Hospital Zurich (USZ)
1999-2019 Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Zurich
1995-1999 Head Physician Visceral Surgery/Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Zurich 
1992-2019 Head of Lung Transplant Programme at USZ


1999 Professor of Surgery, specifically thoracic surgery at the University of Zurich
1993 Habilitation, associate professor (Privatdozent) at the University of Zurich
1990 Qualified as Specialist in Surgery
1988-1989 Research fellowship in Lung Transplantation, Washington University, St. Louis/MO, USA 
1984 Doctor of Medicine, University of Zurich
1981 State Examination, University of Zurich, medical studies at Stanford University, Palo Alto and University of Zurich


Swiss Society of Thoracic Surgery (founding president)
Swisstransplant (founding president lung transplant group, Boardmember)
European Respiratory Society, ERS
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, IASLC
European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, EACTS
European Society for Thoracic Surgeons, ESTS, Past President
European Society of Medical Oncology, ESMO, Educational Committee
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, STS
American Association for Thoracic Surgery, AATS
International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, ISHLT
International Mesothelioma lnterest Group, lMlG / Boardmember

All areas of thoracic surgery, in particular:

  • Lung cancer surgery and complex resections at locally advanced stages, mesothelioma
  • Thymus surgery and mediastinal tumours
  • Minimally invasive surgery VATS and RATS (first VATS lobectomy in Switzerland, 1993, and first robotic thymectomy (Da Vinci), 2004)
  • Emphysema surgery (first thoracoscopic LVRS in the world)

Prof. Walter Weder is the author of over 500 scientific articles in renowned journals. 

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First mediastinal tumor resection & lobectomy by Da Vinci Robot

Since 1995 
Multiple studies for extended resection for NSCLC after neo-adjuvant Therapy

Since 1998
Multiple studies on EPP/PD for mesothelioma after neoadjuvant therapy

First VATS LVRS worldwide, since then more than 1000 surgical interventions 

First VATS Lobectomy

First Lung Transplantation in Switzerland, since then, more than 500 Lung Transplantations have been performed

Fachfortbildung: DaVinci Robotik Day - Erfahrungen und Workshops mit Robotik-Experten
Am Donnerstag, 05. März 2020 fand der DaVinci Day in der Privatklinik Bethanien statt.

Portrait Prof. Dr. med. Walter Weder


Privatklinik Bethanien
Toblerstrasse 61
8044 Zürich

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