Facharzt für Gastroenterologie und Allgemeine Innere Medizin, Hirslanden
After my school years in very rural Bavaria near Lake Chiemsee, I studied medicine in Erlangen and Munich. I was lucky that the famous surgeon, Professor Siewert, offered me a position in his clinic. However, under the condition that after a short surgical training year with him, I had to go to his gastroenterological friend, Prof Blum in Zurich, for a year. Leaving Munich is not easy for a Bavarian, especially to a country that had the reputation of not being very welcoming to foreigners. To my surprise, life and especially the work in Switzerland was much more pleasant than expected, so that I finally stayed in Switzerland and switched from surgery to gastroenterology. After residencies in Zurich, Lausanne and Liestal, I spent almost 2 years in Baltimore, in a microbiology lab focusing on Helicobacter pylori. Back in Switzerland, I moved from Basel to Zurich to head endoscopy at the University Hospital Zurich for almost 25 years. My focus in this position was and still is interventional endoscopy. For the past 4 years I have been head of the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Stadtspital Triemli in Zurich. For the upcoming years I will continue my work at the Clinic St. Anna in Lucerne.