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Walter Weder

Walter Weder is Professor of Surgery and former Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Zurich (USZ), Switzerland. Currently he works at Thoracic Surgery Clinic Bethanien, Zuerich. He was educated at the Medical School of the University of Zurich and at Stanford University, graduated in Z├╝rich and became a thoracic surgeon after his surgical training at USZ and a Research Fellowship in Lung Transplantation at Washington University (Joel D. Cooper), St. Louis, U.S.

He is member of many national and international medical societies, including AATS, ESTS, IASLC, EACTS, ESMO, STS, ISHLT and ERS.

Professor Walter Weder is also the founding president of the Swiss Society of Thoracic Surgery, the Lung transplant group of Swisstransplant and the former president of the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS) and board member of ETOP. He was visiting professor of Harvard Boston, MSKCC in NYC and Shanghai chest hospital.

In 1992, Professor Walter Weder performed the first lung transplantation in Switzerland and in 1994 the first thoracoscopic lung volume reduction procedure worldwide. In 2004, he started a robotic surgery program for mediastinal disease and lung cancer. Over the years, his research activity focused on thoracic malignancies, especially malignant mesothelioma and locally advanced lung cancer, as well as emphysema surgery and lung transplantation.

He is an author of over 500 peer-reviewed scientific publications.