Dr Jan Brügger - Kidney Specialist & Dialysis in Zurich (Switzerland)

Dr Jan Brügger
Acting Physician
Specialist in Nephrology
Zurich, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Hemodiafiltration (HDF) and hemodialysis (HD)
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Special apheresis procedures (protein apheresis, lipid apheresis)
  • Work-up of kidney diseases (kidney inflammation (glomerulonephritis), kidney stone disease)
  • Preliminary work-up and follow-up of kidney transplantation
  • Kidney stone treatment and prophylaxis

Medical Range

Diagnostic Range of Services

  • Differentiated nephrological work-up with blood and urine diagnostics
  • Ultrasound of the kidneys
  • Kidney biopsy (tissue sample)
  • Work-up of kidney stone disease
  • Hypertension work-up in the outpatient setting
  • Work-up of electrolyte disorders

Therapeutic Range of Services


  • Hemodiafiltration (HDF)
  • Hemodialysis (HD)
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Protein apheresis
  • Lipid apheresis

Kidney Diseases

  • Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys)
  • Vasculitis consultation
  • Preliminary work-up and follow-up of kidney transplantation

Integrative Nephrology

  • Dietary counseling
  • Coaching and psychological support
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM
  • Medical Qi Gong
  • Aroma care

About Dr Jan Brügger

Dr Jan Brügger is a specialist in nephrology and head physician of the Nephro am See practice and dialysis unit.

The experienced and dedicated medical team around Dr Brügger treats patients with kidney diseases at the highest medical level with maximum patient safety. Appreciation and respectful treatment of patients and their relatives and among the team, are part of our daily routine.

Competence Center for Renal Medicine and Dialysis in Zurich - Focus on the Patient.

"The kidney is often a window to a systemic disease." This memorable quote by the American nephrologist Max Gallo illustrates that a thorough examination of the kidneys often provides insight into a complex systemic disease. Dr Jan Brügger takes this quote to heart because he does not simply treat kidneys in his specialist practice but first and foremost treats people with their kidney diseases.

State-of-the-Art Dialysis Procedures: Hemodiafiltration (HDF), Hemodialysis (HD), and Hemofiltration (HF).

The modern equipment allows Dr Brügger to offer customized therapy for the individual needs of his patients.

In conventional hemodialysis, the blood flows along with a special fluid (dialysate) and is separated from it by a fragile membrane. In this process, all those substances that the organism wants to excrete flow from the blood across the partially penetrable membrane into the dialysis fluid due to differences in concentration. In exchange, minerals and glucose are added to the bloodstream to keep the electrolyte balance and blood glucose levels balanced. This automatic process, which slowly equalizes the concentration differences between blood and dialysate, is called diffusion. Since the blood has to circulate through the machine several times during a dialysis session lasting several hours for this purpose, conventional hemodialysis is the most time-consuming renal replacement procedure.

Hemofiltration is particularly indicated if therapy-resistant high blood pressure occurs during dialysis treatment. In this procedure, the urinary substances are not removed from the patient's blood by diffusion as described above but are forced through a filter by applying high pressure. In this process, the cellular components of the blood (e.g., red/white blood cells) do not pass through the filter membrane and remain in the blood. Small molecules, urinary toxins, and water, on the other hand, are filtered out. An accompanying infusion must compensate for losing these vital substances into the filtrate. The high fluid filtration in this blood washing procedure counteracts the development of high blood pressure.

Hemodiafiltration is a combination of hemofiltration and hemodialysis. It combines the advantages and disadvantages of the two methods described. As a result, the total amount of toxins eliminated from the blood is more significant. Therefore, this procedure is indicated when conventional hemodialysis is no longer sufficient for effective detoxification.

Specialist for Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis uses the biological filtering properties of the peritoneum to save the dialysis machine. This makes this method easy to use at home. This form of renal replacement therapy works on the same principle as hemodialysis. The dialysate enters the abdominal cavity through an inserted catheter. It absorbs urinary toxins from the blood via diffusion through the peritoneum membrane before they can be drained from the abdominal cavity.

Since fluid loss is slower with peritoneal dialysis, this procedure is gentler but more ineffective and must be performed daily at home.

Vacation Dialysis in Switzerland

Since the beautiful region around Lake Zurich attracts travelers from all over the world year after year, Dr Jan Brügger offers an uncomplicated option for vacation dialysis. Thanks to the dialysis center's ideal location in the Seehallen, his dialysis patients don't have to miss out on the view over Lake Zurich even during the four-hour therapy session. In addition innovative multimedia system also provides comfort and entertainment.

High Level of Expertise in the Field of Special Blood Purification Procedures

In addition to conventional renal replacement therapy, Dr Jan Brügger, a nephrology specialist, also has many years of experience in dealing with other blood purification procedures (apheresis). For example, lipid apheresis is used to remove harmful triacylglycerides (esterified fatty acids) from the blood in cases of elevated blood lipid levels to effectively reduce progressive vascular calcification and thus the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Protein apheresis also purifies the blood of fat and cholesterol, which circulate in the blood bound to lipoproteins (proteins). This can effectively lower high levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and alpha lipoprotein that are resistant to therapy.

Diagnosis of Kidney Diseases

In his specialist practice, Dr Jan Brügger has all the necessary equipment to diagnose kidney diseases reliably using high-resolution ultrasound. This makes it possible to describe the extent of inflammations of the kidney tissue (nephritis) to recommend an optimal therapy. A sonographic examination can also clarify painful obstructions of the urinary tract caused by kidney stones. The therapy recommendation here depends on the size and localization of the kidney stone.

Comprehensive Medical Preliminary Work-up and Follow-up Care for Kidney Transplantation

A time-consuming dialysis therapy usually bridges the waiting period until a suitable donor kidney is available. Dr Jan Brügger is of course available to advising his patients in the approach to this groundbreaking therapy decision. After a kidney transplant, Dr Brügger consults and supports his patients on their way to a dialysis-free life.

Please, visit the Nephro am See website for more information.


Curriculum Vitae

As of 04/2020 Acting Physician, Nephro am See Horgen – Practice and Dialysis, Nephrology and General Internal Medicine
2018 – 2020 Acting Physician Nephrology and Dialysis, See-Spital Horgen, Internal Medicine (Dr A. Turk)
2016 – 2017 Representative Head Physician / Acting Physician, Hospital for General Internal Medicine, Sonnenhofspital, Lindenhofgruppe, Bern (Associate Professor Dr M. Mohaupt)
2015 – 2016 Head Physician (ad Interim), Hospital for General Internal Medicine, Sonnenhofspital, Lindenhofgruppe, Bern
2013 – 2015 Representative Head Physician / Acting Physician, Hospital for General Internal Medicine, Sonnenhofspital, Lindenhofgruppe, Bern (Prof. P. Cottagnoud)
2011 – 2017 Consultant Transplantation, Centre Transplantation d’Organes, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne (Prof. M. Pascual)
2011 – 2012 Senior Physician Nephrology, Service Néphrologie, Réseau Santé Valais, Hôpital Sion et Martigny (Associate Professor Dr P. Meier)
2008 – 2011 Assistant Physician Nephrology, Service Néphrologie et Hypertension, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Prof. M. Burnier)
2006 – 2008 Assistant Physician Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Universitätsspital Bern, Inselspital (Prof. U. Bürgi)
2003 – 2006 Assistant Physician Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Spitalzentrum Biel (Prof. A. U. Gerber)
2011 Specialized Physician FMH for General Internal Medicine
2010 Specialized Physician FMH für Nephrology
2003 Clinical State Exam, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
2002 Research Transplantation Surgery and Immunology, University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia
2001 Research Renal Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
1997 – 2000 Research Transplantation Immunology, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland
1996 – 2003 Medical Studies, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Deutschland und Universität Bern, Schweiz

Medical Team

  • Dr Petra Rhyn Dr Petra Rhyn
    Acting Physician, Nephrology and General Internal Medicine FMH



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Nephro am See - Competence Center for Renal Medicine and Dialysis

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Nephro am See is located on Lake Zurich in Switzerland. Dr Brügger treats patients with kidney diseases there.


Horgen Station 400 m
Zürich Main Station 14 km
Zürich Airport 25 km
Wangen-Lachen Airport 28 km
Basel Airport 107 km

Practice-owned, free on-site parking in the parking garage across the street

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Dr Jan Brügger
Acting Physician

Paramecium AG – Nephro am See
Competence Center for Renal Medicine and Dialysis
Seestrasse 85-87, CH-8810 Horgen

T: +41 44 546 57 86
F: +41 44 208 88 02


Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Outside regular office hours by telephone arrangement

Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30 AM - 6 PM
Evening/late dialysis on request

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