Thoracic surgery covers diagnosis, defining indications, and conservative and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and malformations of the lungs, pleura, diaphragm, tracheobronchial system, organs of the mediastinum and the thoracic wall. These include, in particular, lung cancer, thymus tumors, advanced emphysema and pleural changes.
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About Thoracic Surgery at Privatklinik Bethanien
Prof. Walter Weder, FEBTS
Walter Weder is Professor of Surgery and former Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. Currently he works at Thoracic Surgery Clinic Bethanien, Zuerich. He was educated at the Medical School of the University of Zurich and at Stanford University. He graduated in Zürich and became a Thoracic Surgeon after his surgical training
at the University Hospital Zurich and a Research Fellowship in Lung Transplantation at the Washington University (Joel D. Cooper), St. Louis, U.S.
He is member of many national and international medical societies, including AATS, ESTS, IASLC, EACTS, ESMO, STS, ISHLT and ERS.
Professor Walter Weder is also the Founding President of the Swiss Society of Thoracic Surgery, the Lung transplant group of Swisstransplant and the President of the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS). He was a member of the ESMO Guideline Committee, of the Educational Board of the IASLC and of the Editorial Board of international journals.
In 1992, Professor Walter Weder performed the first lung transplantation in Switzerland and in 1994 the first thoracoscopic lung volume reduction procedure worldwide. In 2004, he started a robotic surgery program for mediastinal disease and lung cancer. Over the years, his research activity focused on thoracic malignancies, especially malignant mesothelioma and locally advanced lung cancer, as well as emphysema surgery and lungtransplantation.
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