Portrait Markus Johannes Wilhelm

Markus Johannes Wilhelm
Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiac Surgery

Other functions at USZ

  • Representative: Heart


  • Mechanical circulatory support (ECLS/ECMO, LVAD, BVAD)
  • Heart transplantation
  • Postoperative treatment after cardiac surgery


Tel. +41 43 253 95 02


Since 01/2021 Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiac Surgery
06/2019 Rehabilitation at the University of Zurich and award of the titular professorship of the University of Zurich
08/2016 – 12/2020 Attending Physician with extended responsibility, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery (Prof. Maisano), University Hospital Zurich, Head of the Cardiac Surgery Department, Head of Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Since 07/2015 Adjunct Professor (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
05/2003 – 07/2016 Attending Physician, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery (Prof. Turina, Prof. Genoni, Prof. Falk, Prof. Maisano), University Hospital Zurich
03/2003 Specialist for heart surgery (D)
07/2002 Venia legendi in Experimental Thoracic, Cardiovascular Surgery, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Prof. Scheld): “The brain death of the donor and its immunological effects on the organ transplant”
07/1999 – 04/2003 Resident in Thoracic, Cardiovascular Surgery, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Prof. Scheld)
07/1997 – 07/1999 Research Fellowship at the Surgical Research Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA (Prof. Dr. N.L. Tilney) (Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG))
11/1994 – 07/1997 Resident in Thoracic, Cardiovascular Surgery, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Prof. Scheld)
07/1993 – 10/1994 Resident, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Zurich (Prof. Largiadèr)
11/1991 – 06/1993 Resident in Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Zurich (Prof. Turina)
08/1991 License to practice medicine
10/1990 – 10/1991 Physician in internship and assistant physician, thoracic, cardiac and vascular surgery (Prof. Hetzer, German Heart Center Berlin)
02/1990 – 09/1990 Doctor in internship, Cardiology (Prof. Strauer, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
02/1990 Dissertation (“magna cum laude”), Prof. Ganten, Institute of Pharmacology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg: “The intracardiac renin-angiotensin system – evidence for its existence and studies on regulation”
12/1989 State examination in “Human Medicine” at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
11/1988 – 06/1989 “Practical year” (6th year of study) at Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, USA (scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD))
1985 – 1988 Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
10/1981 – 12/1989 Studied human medicine at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
06/1981 Abitur (humanistic) at Bismarck-Gymnasium Karlsruhe (average grade: 1.0, special prize for Latin and Greek from the “Humanism Today” foundation of the state of Baden-Württemberg)

Most important memberships


Since 12/2017 President of the “Comité Medical” of Swisstransplant
Since 2015 Member of the “Comité Medical” of Swisstransplant
2015-2020 President of the “Heart Working Group” of “Swisstransplant”
Since 2005 Member of the “Heart Working Group” of “Swisstransplant”

Swisstrassplant Cohort Study

Since 2013 Representative of the Transplant Center Zurich on the “Board of Representatives” of the “Swiss Transplant Cohort Study (STCS)”

Professional societies

Since 2017 Working Group Heart Failure of the Swiss Society of Cardiology
Since 2008 Swiss Transplantation Society
Since 2005 Swiss Society for Cardiac and Thoracic Vascular Surgery
Since 1998 The Transplantation Society
Since 1997 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

Research focus

  • Mechanical circulatory support (ECLS/ECMO, VAD)
  • Heart transplantation
  • Postoperative management after cardiac surgery


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