Portrait Oliver Distler

Oliver Distler
Prof. Dr. med.

Director of Department, Department of Rheumatology

Other functions at USZ

  • Center Manager Spine Center


  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Systemic diseases


Tel. +41 44 255 29 70

Research area

Systemic sclerosis, fibrosis, interstitial lung disease in collagenoses.

Expertise: clinical trials, drug development strategies, biomarkers, RNA-omics, animal models, registry analysis, in vitro functional testing for fibrosis.


2016 Director of the Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital Zurich
2015-2017 Visiting Professor University of Florence, Italy
2015 Visiting Professor Stanford University, USA
2013 Professor ad personam, University of Zurich
2012 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Healthcare Management, University of St. Gallen
2012 Visiting Professor University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2009-2016 Senior Attending Physician and Director Scleroderma Program, Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital
2006-2009 Attending Physician, Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital Zurich
2006 Specialist FMH for Rheumatology
2004/2005 Specialist FMH for Internal Medicine
2005 Habilitation as Privatdozent for Rheumatology, University of Zurich
2004-2006 Resident, Department of Immunology and Rheumatology, University Hospital Zurich
1998-2004 Postdoctoral Researcher Center for Experimental Rheumatology, University Hospital Zurich
1997 Doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen
1989-1996 Medical studies, University of Erlangen, Germany

Most important memberships

  • Chair Executive Committee of the FOREUM Foundation (Foundation for Research in Rheumatology)
  • Co-Chair of ERS/EULAR Guidelines (European Respiratory Society)
  • Member scientific evaluation board, Pfizer Research Foundation
  • Member Foundation Board, SCQM (Swiss Clinical Quality Management in Rheumatic Diseases)
  • Member Walter-Siegenthaler-Gesellschaft für Fortschritte in der Inneren Medizin
  • Scientific advisory board of the AbbVie Rheumatology Grant
  • Scientific advisory board GILS (Gruppo Italiano per la Lotta alla Sclerodermia) Foundation
  • Member scientific committee Swiss Society of Rheumatology (SGR)

Research focus

  • Systemic sclerosis


Publication list


  • Head of the Center for Experimental Rheumatology at the University Hospital Zurich

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