Privatklinik Bethanien

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Messmer

Specialist in surgery, member of the FMH
specialising in general surgery and traumatology

Areas of specialisation (1)

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Swiss Arthros Clinic Zürich
Zollikerstrasse 37
8008 Zürich

Work Experience

since 2019

Practice in Zurich

2016 - 2019

Attending physician with trauma surgery practice at Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna, Lucerne Attending physician with trauma surgery practice at Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna, Lucerne


Chief Medical Director, Swiss Middle Eastern Alliance (Lebanon) s.a.r.l., Beirut, Lebanon

2014 - 2016

Head of Traumatology, Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna, Lucerne


Chief Medical Director Swiss Middle Eastern Alliance GmbH "SwissMEA", Zug, Switzerland


Chief Physician, Trauma Centre, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

2012 - 2013

Consultant and Director of Orthopaedic Trauma and Research, Orthopaedic Department (Dr A. Al Suwaidi), Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2008 - 2011

Consultant Trauma Surgeon, Emergency and Trauma Center, Ortho Trauma Department (Prof. B. Claudi, Dr J. Al Mulla), Rashid Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2003 - 2007

Senior Physician and Deputy Clinic Director, Department of Trauma Surgery (Prof. O. Trentz), University Hospital Zurich; Jun.- Oct. 2005: Visiting Lecturer Harvard University, Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

1993 - 2003

Surgery Cantonal Hospital / University Hospital (Prof. F. Harder), Basel
Since 1997 as 1st Senior Physician (Senior Consultant) Traumatology Department and Deputy to Prof. P. Regazzoni (Head of Traumatology), since 1995 as regular Senior Physician, from 1.1.95, 2000 as Senior Physician Surgical Intensive Care Unit (PD Dr. H. Pargger I ProÍ. D. Scheidegger), 1996 as Senior Physician Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Prof. K. Frede/Prof. D. Scheidegger), 1994 as Assistant Physician Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Prof. K. Frede/Prof. D. Scheidegger)

1992 - 1993

Registrar General and Vascular Surgery (Mr M.C. Pietroni, Consultant Surgeon FRCS and Mr S. Brearly, M. Chir. FRCS, Consultant Surgeon), Whipps Cross Hospital, London, United Kingdom

1991 - 1992

Resident in Surgery, Davos Hospital (Prof. P. Matter), Davos

1990 - 1991

Resident in Surgery, Cantonal Hospital Basel (Prof. F. Harder), Basel

1988 - 1990

Resident in Surgery, St. Claraspital (Prof. P. Tondelli), Basel

1987 - 1988

Resident in internal medicine, (Prof. H. Kummer), Bruderholz Cantonal Hospital, BL

1986 - 1987

Resident at the Institute of Pathology (Prof. W. Wegmann), Liestal

1985 - 1986

Surgery resident, St. Claraspital (Prof. P. Tondelli), Basel


Practice replacements in 2 general practices


  • Musculoskeletal traumatology, especially complex joint, pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Age-related traumatology, insufficiency fractures
  • Management of post-traumatic conditions: Pseudarthrosis, mishealed fractures, defects
  • Pathological fractures
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Computer-assisted surgery (navigation)
  • Polytrauma management



ATLS instructor, since then active as an instructor


ATLS Provider


Titular professorship: "Professor of Surgery", University of Basel


Rehabilitation, University of Zurich, specialising in general surgery and trauma surgery


Habilitation: "Computer-aided three-dimensional osteosynthesis planning and simulation on the basis of two-dimensional X-ray images and their significance for training", University of Basel


Specialist in surgery


Dissertation "Relationship between the course of multiple sclerosis and gamma globulins in the cerebrospinal fluid" with Prof. R. Wüthrich, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel

1977 - 1983

Studied human medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel


  • Foederatio Medicorum Chirurgicorum Helvetica, FMCH
  • Association of Swiss Assistant and Senior Physicians, VSAO
  • Medical Society of the Canton of Lucerne
  • Orde van Geneesheren van Brabant met het Nederlands als voertaal (2013)
  • Zurich Society of Physicians, AGZ (2003 - 2007)
  • Chief Physicians Society of the University Hospitals of the Canton of Zurich (until 200S)
  • Basel Medical Society, MedGes (1995 - 2003)
  • Swiss Society for Surgery, SGC
  • Swiss Society for Traumatology and Insurance Medicine, SGTV
  • Swiss Society for General and Trauma Surgery, SGAUC
  • ESTES (European Society for Traumatology and Emergency Surgery)
  • German Society for Trauma Surgery, DGU
  • Working Group for Osteosynthesis Issues (AOTrauma)
  • AO Switzerland (past)
  • AO AlumniSwiss Chapter (past)
  • Past President Swiss Chapter AO Alumni
  • Past Secretary AO AlumniAssociation (international)
  • Member AO Spine (past)
  • lnternational Society of Computer Assisted Surgery - CAOS - lnternational (past)
  • Advisory Board AMIGO (Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operation Room), Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School (past)
  • Alumni Association University of Basel
  • Swiss Business Council Dubai
  • Trustee Emirati-Swiss Friendship Platform

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