Portrait Hans-Christoph Pape

Hans-Christoph Pape
Prof. Dr. med.

Director of Department, Department of Traumatology

Other functions at USZ

  • Manager Spine Center


  • Traumatology
  • Polytrauma
  • Pelvis, hip joint


Tel. +41 44 255 27 55

Other competencies

  • Chairman of the International Committee OTA (Orthopaedic Trauma Association)
  • Secretary General of the 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 Director of the Department of Traumatology, University Hospital Zurich
02.2017 Appointment as full professor of traumatology at the Medical Faculty of Zurich. (Full Professor of Traumatology)
2009 – 2017 Director, Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery RWTH Aachen University Hospital
2005 – 2009 Chief of Medicine University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pittsburgh
2003 – 2005 Deputy Director, Department of 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 title physical therapy
1995 Additional title 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 (European Specialty Board Examination – FEBS)
1989 FMGEMS (U.S. State Examination) Part I and Part II.
1988 State Exam

Most important memberships

  • Swiss Society for General Surgery and Traumatology (SGACT)
  • Swiss Society of Surgeons/Swiss College of Surgeons (SGC)
  • Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery, Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery (SGS)
  • Medical Association of the Canton of Zurich (AGZ)
  • German Society for Trauma Surgery (DGU)
  • European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)
  • International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT)
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • AO Trauma
  • Biomedical Education Programm (BMEP)


Expert reviewer

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)

Reviewer for the following medical journals

  • Injury
  • The trauma surgeon
  • The surgeon
  • 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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For patients

To make an appointment for private consultation, contact us as follows:

Tel. +41 44 255 27 55

Monday to Friday:
8.15 – 11.30, 13.30 – 16.00

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Tel. +41 44 255 54 54
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