Obstetrics

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Roland Zimmermann is an internationally renowned expert in prenatal and perinatal medicine. Since 2001 he has been Director of the Department of Obstetrics of University Hospital Zurich.

After completing his medical degree in Zurich in 1983, Prof. Zimmermann undertook specialist training in obstetrics and gynecology in the Bernese Oberland, Winterthur, Wetzikon, Zurich, and Germany. He then trained in fetomaternal medicine in Zurich and London. In 1999 he was awarded a diploma by the Fetal Medicine Foundation of Prof. Kypros H. Nicolaides and in 1998 he was granted FMH certification in the subspecialty of fetomaternal medicine. From 2001 to 2003 he was President of the Academy of Fetomaternal Medicine of the Swiss Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is a member of many international and national societies and an editorial board member of several scientific journals. His special clinical interests are diagnostic ultrasound, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, intraumbilical blood transfusion, and the management of high-risk pregnancies and births. He was awarded a Habilitation in Zurich in 1997. His research laboratory work is focused on the prevention of premature birth and in particular on the repair of ruptured fetal membranes. His research projects are supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the European Union.

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In 2008 Nicole Ochsenbein, together with Margaret Hüsler, established the use of fetal endoscopy in Zurich.

After completing her medical degree in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1998, Dr. Ochsenbein undertook specialist training in Zurich and Belgium and was granted FMH certification in obstetrics and gynecology in 2007. In 2005–2006 she undertook further training in fetal endoscopy in Leuven under Prof. Deprest, one of the pioneers of this technique. In 2008 she and Margaret Hüsler introduced this technique at University Hospital Zurich. She is a member of the Swiss Academy of Fetomaternal Medicine and of other international and national bodies and acts as a reviewer for many scientific journals.

Her principal areas of clinical activity are ultrasound diagnosis, invasive fetal therapy with a particular focus on fetal endoscopy, and the care of twin and higher-order multiple pregnancies and births. In 2007 she was awarded a Habilitation by the University of Zurich on the basis of a dissertation on the treatment of premature rupture of the membranes, a subject that remains her main area of research and for which she receives financial support from the Swiss National Science Foundation and other bodies.

 

Franziska Krähenmann plays a senior role in the clinical care of high-risk pregnancies and in the Maternity Unit.

Her special area of activity is preoperative medical assessment of mothers in close interprofessional collaboration (with midwives, anesthesiologists, etc.). She completed her medical degree in 1984. She has had extensive clinical training in internal medicine and surgery.

She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a special focus on ill mothers. Her professional profile is completed by her activity as a clinical lecturer to doctors, medical students, IBCLCs (certified lactation consultants), and midwives at Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

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Josef Wisser has been a Senior Physician of the Department of Obstetrics of University Hospital Zurich since 1994.

After studying medicine at the University of Munich and the University of Glasgow he did his specialist training at the University of Homburg/Saar, Georgetown University Washington, and LMU Munich, where in 1993 he was awarded a Habilitation and completed his specialist training in perinatal medicine. In 1999 his Habilitation was recognized by the University of Zurich. He is a member of a number of international professional associations and since 1993 has been a Level III member of DEGUM (German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine).

In this capacity he has worked in the standards committees for first and second trimester screening, Doppler sonography, and gynecological ultrasound. Since 2003 he has held a teaching post in medical ethics at the University of Zurich. His special scientific interests include the diagnosis and treatment of fetal diseases and ethical issues in perinatal medicine. In these fields he has performed a large amount of scientific work, has authored a number of textbooks, acts as a reviewer for a number of international scientific journals, and edits a training journal for gynecological ultrasound.

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In 2008 Margaret Hüsler, together with Nicole Ochsenbein, established the use of fetal endoscopy in Zurich.

She has a special interest in fetal diagnosis and therapy. From 2006-2007 she was a fetal fellow at the Children‘s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA, under Prof. Scott Adzick and Prof. Mark Johnson. There she participated in open and endoscopic fetal Surgery.

She was involved in the evaluation and management of fetal malformations and counseling of the affected parents. Since 2008, Dr. Hüsler has been performing fetal endoscopies for complicated monochorial twin pregnancies together with Dr.Prof. N. Ochsenbein and Dr. Krähenmann at University Hospital Zurich.

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Juozas Kurmanavicius has been a Senior Physician of the Department of Obstetrics of University Hospital Zurich since 2000. He studied medicine at the University of Vilnius (Lithuania) and in 1982 was awarded a Habilitation by that university on the basis of a dissertation on fetal respiratory and bodily movements in normal and abnormal pregnancies. In 1987 he joined the Department of Obstetrics of the University of Zurich on a grant from the Swiss Government Grant Commission for Foreign Students.

In 1991 he was a postdoctoral student and later a scientific assistant at the Department of Obstetrics of University Hospital Zurich. In 2000 the University of Zurich recognized his Habilitation on the basis of a dissertation on the feto-fetal transfusion syndrome. He acts as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals. His special clinical interests include ultrasound diagnosis (since 1979), amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, and E-health strategy in obstetrics.

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Tilo Burkhardt has been Senior Physician at the Clinic for Obstetrics at University Hospital Zürich since 2009. After completing his medical degree at the Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin, he continued his medical training in gynaecology, obstetrics and neonatology in Zurich and Berlin. His clinical specialities are invasive and non-invasive diagnostics and treatment of fetal diseases as well as obstetrics. He is a reviewer for international scientific journals and current President of the Gynaecology/Obstetrics Section of the Swiss Society for Ultrasound (SGUM).

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