Portrait Pietro Giovanoli

Pietro Giovanoli
Prof. Dr. med.

Director of Department, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery


  • Treatment of facial paralysis (facial nerve palsy)
  • Sarcoma surgery (malignant bone and soft tissue tumors)
  • Surgery of the peripheral nerves (incl. plexus surgery)


Tel. +41 44 255 33 39


2018-2022 Medical Co-Director, Medical Directorate, University Hospital Zurich
2016-2018 Head of the Medical Division Trauma, Derma, Rheumatology, Plastic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy TDR, University Hospital Zurich
2010-2019 Medical Director of the Surgical Polyclinic of the University Hospital Zurich
2009-2017 Member of the Faculty Committee of the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich, Head of the Department of Operative Subjects
Since October 2008 National Delegate to the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS) and Examiner
2008 Head ad interim of the Department of Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Zurich
2006 Full Professor of Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Zurich and Director of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Zurich
2005 Appointment as Deputy Head of the Clinical Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vienna General Hospital
2003 Habilitation in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: “Functional improvement of microneurovascular grafts in the context of neuromuscular reconstructions”, Medical University of Vienna
1998-2002 Study visits
Department of Plastic Surgery, Toronto General Hospital
Division of Plastic Surgery, Universitade Estadual Paulista, SaoPaulo, Botucatu
Division of Plastic Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
2002 Specialist FMH Hand Surgery
2000-2002 Attending Physician in charge of the ward
1997-2006 Attending Physician, Division of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Vienna General Hospital
1997 Specialist FMH for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Senior Physician, Clinic for Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Zurich
1993-1997 Resident then Senior Resident at the Department of Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Zurich
1992 Dissertation University of Zurich, “Influence of ozone on physical performance”
1990-1992 Resident Surgeon, University Hospital Zurich
1989 Federal State Examination, University of Zurich
1985-1989 Medical studies in Zurich (3rd propaedeutic course, state examination)
1983-1985 Medical studies in Fribourg (1st and 2nd propaedeutic course)

Most important memberships

  • Swiss Society for Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (1997), board member 2009-2012
  • German-speaking working group for microsurgery (1998), board member 2005-2017, president 2005-2009
  • International Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, later World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (1999)
  • Austrian Society for Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (2000-2007)
  • Deutschsprachige Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Handchirurgie DAH (2001) European Association of Plastic Surgeons EURAPS (2003)
  • Founding Member of the European Microsurgical Research Association (2003)
  • European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery ESPRAS (2003)
  • International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive & Aestethic Surgery IPRAS (2004)
  • Federation for European Societies for Surgery of the Hand FESSH (2005) Österreichische Gesellschaft für Tumororthopädie AMSOS (2005)
  • National Delegate of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS) (2008)
  • Swiss National Sarcoma Advisory Board SwissSARCOS (2013)


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