Portrait Hans-Christoph Pape

Hans-Christoph Pape
Prof. Dr. med.

Director Department of Traumatology
Manager University Spine Center Zurich


  • Traumatology
  • Polytrauma
  • Pelvis, hip joint


Tel. +41 44 255 27 55

Further Competencies

  • Chairman of the International Committee OTA (Orthopaedic Trauma Association)
  • Chairman of the Polytrauma Section (European Society for Trauma & Emergency Surgery (ESTES))
  • Delegate for Switzerland SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology)
  • Interdisciplinary focus for spine surgery (SIWF / FMH)


Since 2017 Clinic Director of the Department of Traumatology, University Hospital Zurich
2017 Appointment as full professor of traumatology at the Medical Faculty of Zurich
2009 – 2017 Clinic Director, Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery RWTH, Aachen University Hospital
2005 – 2009 Senior attending physician, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pittsburgh
2003 – 2005 Deputy Clinic Director, Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Hanover Medical School
1988 – 2001 Education (Resident, Senior Physician, Research Fellow) Neurosurgery Ulm, Hannover Medical School – Trauma Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Clinic for Abdominal Surgery, Intensive Care Unit -, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, Harvard University, Boston

Additional specialist designation

2008 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons FACS
2007 Specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery
2005 Unrestricted MD license, Pennsylvania
2004 Additional designation physical therapy
1995 Additional designation trauma surgery
1994 Specialist surgery
1994 Additional designation rescue medicine
1995 Habilitation thesis: Systemic effects of femoral medullary nailing in the severely injured patient.


2000 European Board of Surgery Qualification (Europäisches Facharztexamen – FEBS)
1989 FMGEMS (U.S. State Exam) Part I und Part II
1988 State Exam

Most important Memberships

  • European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES)
  • Swiss College of Surgeons (SGC)
  • Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery (SGS)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)
  • International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT)
  • Biomedical Education Programm (BMEP)
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • AO Trauma
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Allgemeinchirurgie und Traumatologie (SGACT)
  • Ärztegesellschaft Kanton Zürich (AGZ)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Unfallchirurgie (DGU)


Expert reviewer

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)

Reviewer for the following medical journals

  • Injury
  • Der Unfallchirurg
  • Der Chirurg
  • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Journal of Trauma, Infection and Critical Care
  • European Journal of Trauma


  • Open Access Emergency Medicine (Senior editor)
  • Injury (Section editor: Pelvis and Spine)


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