Portrait Nicole Ochsenbein-Kölble

Nicole Ochsenbein-Kölble
Prof. Dr. med.

Director of Department, Department of Obstetrics

Other functions at USZ

  • Training managers


  • Specialist in fetomaternal medicine, FMH
  • Specialist title in surgical gynecology and obstetrics, FMH
  • Multiple births, fetal surgery, laser therapy


Tel. +41 44 255 11 11

Other competencies

  • Invasive and non-invasive prenatal diagnostics
  • Certificate of competence in pregnancy ultrasound
  • Leading member of the open fetal surgery group USZ/Kinderspital Zurich
  • Founding member of the “European Club for Fetal Surgery”
  • Obstetric management of the Spina bifida Academy; www.swissfetus.ch
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Breastfeeding
  • Member of the Perinatology Discussion Forum
  • Member of the Swiss Federal Vaccination Commission (EKIF) with development of vaccination recommendations for Switzerland & Working Group for Obstetrics and Perinatal Medicine (AGG) with development of guidelines
  • CAS of the University of Zurich in Medical Leadership & Management Training “Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers”, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
  • Medical expert, Swiss Insurance Medicine (SIM);
  • Teaching at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich


Since 2019 Lecturer at ETH Zurich for the Bachelor in Human Medicine
Since 2014 Titular professor at the University of Zurich
Since 2010 Head Physician, Department of Obstetrics, University Hospital Zurich
2007 – 2010 Attending Physician, Department of Obstetrics, University Hospital Zurich
2007 Venia legendi of the University of Zurich, teaching area: Obstetrics
„Human fetal membranes and new therapeutic strategies for preterm prelabour rupture of the
membranes – from amniotic cells to scaffolds”
2006 – 2007 Assistant physician, Department of Gynecology, University Hospital Zurich (Prof. D. Fink)
2005 – 2006 Fetal Surgery Fellow, Prof. J. Deprest, Catholic University of Leuven
1998 – 2005 Assistant physician in gynecology, USZ & Maternité Inselhof Triemli (Prof. D. Fink, Prof. A. u. R.
Huch & Dr. B. v. Castelberg)
1998 Doctorate and state examination at the Albert-Ludwig-University, Freiburg i. Br.

Most important memberships

  • SGGG – Swiss Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • AFMM – Academy of Feto-Maternal Medicine Switzerland
  • SAPP – Swiss Association of Perinatal Pharmacology
  • SGUM – Swiss Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Gynecological Association of the Canton of Zurich
  • AGZ – Medical Association of the Canton of Zurich
  • FMH – Professional Association of Swiss Physicians
  • VSAO – Association of Swiss Assistant and Senior Physicians
  • Member of the Privatdozentinnen-Vereinigung, UZH
  • SIM – Swiss Insurance Medicine
  • EKIF – Swiss Federal Commission on Immunization
  • DGGG – German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • AGG – Association for Obstetrics and Prenatal Medicine, Germany
  • DGPM – German Society for Perinatal Medicine
  • Romanian Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology (honorary member)
  • IFMSS – International Feto Maternal Surgery Society

Research focus

  • Since 2010, open fetal surgery
  • Since 2008, endoscopic fetal surgery
  • Since 2004, multiples
  • Since 2001, treatment of premature rupture of the bladder with the introduction of animal models (rabbit and sheep) at the USZ
  • 1999 – 2008, Olfactory and gustatory changes during pregnancy


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  • 2016, USZ Quality Award: “IBIS: Reducing the incidence of intraventricular bleeding”
  • 2015, 1st Prize Free Communications, “Fetal MMC repair”, SGGG
  • 2014, honorary member of the Romän. Society for minimally invasive surgery in gynecology
  • 2005, 1st Poster Prize, “Norm curves for the symphysis-fundus distance in twin pregnancies”, SGGG
  • 2003, Research Award German Society for Perinatal Medicine: “Influence of extracellular matrix molecules on the in vitro wound healing of human amnion epithelial and mesenchymal cells”


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