Portrait Harald Essig

Harald Essig
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent.

Director of Department ad interim, Department of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery

Other functions at USZ

  • Center Management ICFC Center for Interdisciplinary Craniofacial Surgery


  • Facial traumatology
  • Craniofacial malformations (especially cleft lip and palate treatment)
  • Orthodontic operations


Tel. +41 44 255 50 31

Other competencies

  • Head and neck tumor surgery
  • Oral surgery


since 07/2020 Director a.i. of the Department of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery, University Hospital Zurich
2014 – 2020 Senior Attending Physician and Vice Director, University Hospital Zurich
2021 Titular professor at the University of Zurich
2016 Rehabilitated at the University of Zurich
2014 Habilitation Venia legendi for “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery”
2013 Recognition as a specialist dentist for oral surgery
2012 European recognition as a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery (Fellow of the European Board of Oro-Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, FEBOMFS)
2012 Recognition of the additional qualification in plastic and aesthetic surgery in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery
2009 Recognition as a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery
Dental Studies (Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel)
Medical Studies (Technical University of Munich)
Medical Studies (Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald)

Most important memberships

  • DGMKG – German Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • EACMFS – European Association for cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
  • FMH (AGZ) – Association of Swiss Physicians
  • SGLKG – Swiss Society for Cleft LKG and Craniofacial Anomalies
  • SGMKG – Swiss Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • SSO Switzerland – Swiss Dental Association
  • SSO Zurich – Swiss Dental Association Zurich Section
  • SSOS – Swiss Society for Oral Surgery and Stomatology


  • Medical Leadership and Management Competence I +II, Hannover School of Health Management (HSHM)
  • St. Gallen Seminar for Systemic-Integrative Management in Healthcare (2015 / 2016)
  • Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) (2015 – 2016)
  • Zurich Intensive Bioethics Couse (Harvard Medical School) (2016)
  • Basic, advanced and final course in head and neck sonography
  • Digital volume tomography” (DVT) specialist knowledge
  • Laser safety officer” certificate