Portrait Jorn Fierstra, Ph.D.

Jorn Fierstra, Ph.D.
PD Dr. med.

Attending Physician with extended responsibilites, Department of Neurosurgery


  • Vascular neurosurgery with special interest in brain revascularization (brain bypass surgery for ischemia, moyamoya disease, complex aneurysms & carotid endarterectomy) (aneurysm surgery, AVM, dAVF)
  • Microsurgery of brain tumors and skull base surgery (incl. awake operations)


Tel. +41 44 255 31 69


Since 01/2024 Attending Physician with extenden responsibilities Clinic for Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zurich
Since 07/2021 Attending Physician, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zurich
01/2020 – 06/2021 Fellowship cerebrovascular microsurgery University of Toronto, Canada
12/2019 Venia Legendi (private lecturer) University of Zurich
Since 07/2018 – 12/2023 Attending Physician, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zurich
04/2017 – 06/2018 Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zurich
04/2016 – 03/2017 Resident (senior) Department of Neurosurgery, Aarau Cantonal Hospital
06/2013 – April 2016 Resident (junior) Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zurich
05/2013 MD (Dr. med.) University of Utrecht, Netherlands
03/2012 PhD (Dr. sc. nat.) Utrecht University, Netherlands, University of Toronto, Canada

Research focus

  • Senior group leader translational neurovascular imaging team(www.astranlab.com), Clinical Neurocenter, USZ; Center for Neurosciences (ZNZ), UZH

Research focus:

  1. Hemodynamic BOLD-MRI cerebrovascular reactivity for recurrent ischemic stroke risk prediction; reperfusion failure in acute ischemic stroke; brain blood flow control in chronic ischemia
  2. Tumor tissue hypoxia and perfusion mapping to enhance personalized treatment of brain glioma

Prizes, awards, third-party funding

  • Swiss Cancer League 2024-2028 (KFS-5983-08-2023)
  • Swiss Cancer League 2016-2021 (KFS-3975-08-2016-R)
  • UZH Research Credit: Postdoc 2016-2018 (FK-16-040)
  • Career promotion for high-potential surgeon-scientists, USZ (start 2014), incl. personal mentoring program.
  • UZH Filling the Gap 2014-2015 (FDG-1415-16)
  • KNZ clinical research prize 2019
  • SYNS Award Science Slam 2017
  • Massimo Collice Award 2012
  • L.A. Buma Foundation, Netherlands, 2007 (research scholarship Prof. T. Kawase, Neurosurgery KEIO University Hospital, Tokyo Japan)


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