Portrait Sascha David

Sascha David
Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Institute of Intensive Care Medicine

Other functions at USZ

  • Head of department HOER D, specializing in internal medicine Institute of Intensive Care Medicine


  • Extracorporeal blood purification procedures in sepsis
  • Plasmaexchange in intensive setting


Tel. +41 44 255 23 76


Since 2020 Head of Internal Medicine (D HOER), Institute of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Zurich
2020 Adjunct Professor, Hannover Medical School (MHH)
2015 – 2020 Attending Physician in Internal Intensive Care Medicine, Hannover Medical School (MHH)
2013 Venia Legendi (private lecturer)
2006 – 2015 Specialist training as an internist, nephrologist and intensive care physician Prof. Hermann Haller and Tobias Welte, Germany
2009 – 2011 DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA (USA)
2006 Doctorate, Experimental Surgery at the University of Heidelberg
1999 – 2006 Studied human medicine, Homburg/Saar, Heidelberg, Valencia – Spain, and Stellenbosch – South Africa

Research focus

  • Molecular mechanisms of capillary leakage syndrome and translational approaches to therapy
  • Regulation of the endothelial angiopoietin/Tie2 system in sepsis
  • Plasma exchange in septic shock

Most important memberships

  • CIS-Alpinum (Organizing Committee)
  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)
  • German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DGIIN) – Scientific Advisory Board
  • German Society for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI)
  • German Sepsis Society (DSG)
  • German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM)
  • Swiss Society for Intensive Care Medicine (SGI)

Other competencies

His research work has been awarded numerous national and international prizes by the DGIIN, DIVI and ANZICS. He has published over 150 articles (cumulative IF: >1000, H-factor: 35). In the area of teaching, the 5th year students have repeatedly awarded his lecture on sepsis with a teaching prize. He is also an active mentor in 4 mentoring programs for junior doctors in further training.


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  • Editorial Board Member “Intensive Care Med experimental”
  • Reviewer for international journals and funding organizations (Welcome Trust, SNF)
  • Co-founder BonHanZa