Vascular Surgery Specialist in Bern, Switzerland

Prof Dr Jürg Schmidli
Clinic Director ai and Head Physician in Vascular Surgery
Specialist in Vascular Surgery
Bern, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Aortic aneurysm (enlarged aorta)
  • Carotid endarterectomy (curettage of blocked carotid arteries)
  • Vascular bypass surgery (improvement of insufficient blood supply to the legs )
  • Fistula surgery (creation of temporary connections between arteries and veins)
  • Treatment of varicose veins

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  •  Ultrasound examinations of the carotid, thoracic and abdominal arteries, pelvic vessels and leg vessels
  • Magnetic resonance imaging scans
  • Computer tomography with contrast agents (CT angiography)
  • Ankle brachial pressure index (ABI)
  • Combined examinations with CT and positron emission tomography (PET-CT)


Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Carotid artery disease (carotid stenosis)
  • Abdominal artery aneurysm
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic dissections
  • Peripheral aneurysms
  • Intermittent claudication (PAVK)
  • Acute circulatory disorders of the leg (leg ischemia)
  • Diabetic foot disorders
  • Balloon dilatation
  • Vascular bypass surgery
  • Vascular injury
  • Vascular inflammation and infection
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Pelvic vein thrombosis
  • Varicose veins
  • Implantation of carotid stimulator

About Prof Dr Jürg Schmidli

Prof. Dr. med. Jürg Schmidli specializes in vascular surgery. He is the Senior Physician for vascular surgery and the Deputy Clinic Director of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Bern University Hospital (Inselspital Bern).

Patients with vascular disease often display highly complex diseases, and these are treated by the competence team headed by Prof. Schmidli with expertise and technical skills to the highest possible standards of excellence. Research, interdisciplinary collaboration and continuous training and education of the specialists around Prof. Schmidli all form part of a careful plan to deliver the best possible service to the patient. In addition, we cultivate an international professional exchange with specialists as part of the National and European Society for Vascular Surgery.

Prof. Schmidli maintains a good and close communication structure within his team to enable close and individual treatment of patients, and the treatment processes are defined for the physicians based on evidence. These definitions are essential if physicians are to involve patients as much as possible in the process and provide them with as much information as possible along the way.

The range of treatments offered by the team around Prof. Schmidli includes most vascular surgery procedures and the corresponding diagnostic services. The five most important of these procedures are the treatment of enlargement of the aorta (aortic aneurysm), curettage of blocked carotid arteries (carotid endarterectomy), improvement of insufficient blood supply to the legs (vascular bypass surgery), creation of temporary connections between arteries and veins in the arms of patients requiring dialysis (fistula surgery) and the treatment of varicose veins.

The vascular surgery department at Bern University Hospital is the largest vascular surgery center in Switzerland. Since the department forms part of Bern University Hospital, patients can be offered exceptionally high standards of interdisciplinary care – after all, patients suffering from vascular disease increasingly require interdisciplinary treatment by the vascular surgeon and various experts from other specialist disciplines.

Thanks to the close cooperation within the team, expert knowledge, technical skills and expertise can all be brought together into a single treatment approach that offers the patient and physician alike a clear guide even in extremely complicated cases. Patients also benefit from the excellent treatment options guaranteed by the state-of-the-art medical facilities. 

 You can view the website of Prof. Schmidli here.


Curriculum Vitae

1982 State examination
1984 - 1985 Research stay as Postdoc Fellow, Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Pasadena, California (USA)
1987 Doctorate
1994 FMH specialist in general surgery in Lucerne, Sarnen and Zuric
1999 Specialist in cardiac and thoracic vascular surgery in Zurich
1999 Fellow of the European Board of Vascular Surgery (FEBVS)
Since 1999 Head of Vascular Surgery
2003 Specialist in vascular surgery
2005 Post-doctoral qualification (habilitation), University of Bern
Since 2008 Senior Physician for vascular surgery and Deputy Clinic Director of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Bern University Hospital
2010 Associate Professor, University of Bern
2015 Appointed Extraordinary Professor, University of Bern

Medical Team

  • PD Dr. Matthias K. Widmer, MME
    Medical Director, Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Roman Bühlmann
    Hospital Specialist I, Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Corinne Jane Geppert
    Senior Physician, Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Pascal Kissling
    Senior Physician, Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Vladimir Makaloski 
    Senior Physician, Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Georg Meier-Fiorese 
    Senior Physician, Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Thomas Wyss
    Senior Physician, Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. Daniel Becker
    Senior Physician, Vascular Surgery


  • Insel International Center (IIC): administrative and organizational support for international patients, individual support by our Patient Managers for cost inquiries and treatment inquiries, interpreters, arrivals, visas, hotel accommodation for accompanying family members, tourist attractions
  • 1-bed and 2-bed rooms with TV, telephone, radio and WLAN connection
  • Hairdressing salon, kiosk, ATM, Catholic and Reformed chapel and meditation rooms are also available at the Inselspital, as well as several restaurants


Bern railway station 1 km
Bern Belp Airport 10 km
Basel airport 106 km
Zurich airport 129 km
Geneva Airport 152 km

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Prof Dr Jürg Schmidli
Clinic Director ai and Head Physician in Vascular Surgery

Inselspital – University Hospital, Bern
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Freiburgstrasse 18, CH-3010 Bern

T: +41 31 511 45 28
F: +41 31 632 29 19


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