Information About Prof Dr Michael Tamm

Prof Dr Michael Tamm
Head of Lung Centre / Pneumology Chief Physician
Specialist in Pulmonology
Basel, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)
  • Lung transplantation
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Bronchial carcinoma (lung cancer)
  • Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction

Medical Range

Range of diagnostic services

  • Special consultation: All conditions of the airways and lung tissues
    Focus: COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), PAH (pulmonary arterial hypertension), sarcoidosis, ILD (interstitial lung disease), CF (cystic fibrosis), lung transplantation, OSAS (sleep apnoea syndrome), ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Lung Function Laboratory:
    Spirometry, whole body plethysmography, respiratory mechanics, bronchoprovocation test, arterial blood gas analysis, oxygen titration, home oxygen therapy and monitoring, spiroergometry
  • Sleep Laboratory:
    Nocturnal pulse oximetry, polygraphy, polysomnography, tests to objectify the patient’s liability to fall asleep, transcutaneous carbon dioxide measurement
  • Endoscopy:
    Flexible bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, fine needle puncture, trephine biopsy, endobronchial ultrasound, argon therapy, stent implantation, removal of foreign bodies, placement of probes for brachytherapy, thermoplasty, valve implantation, coil implantation
  • Examination of the pleura:
    Thoracoscopy, sonography, pleurocentesis, pleural drainage, pleural biopsy, talc pleurodesis


Range of therapeutic services

  • Treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)
  • Treatment of all stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Treatment for sarcoidosis
  • Treatment of airways disorders with neuromuscular conditions: in particular, for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Lung transplantation
  • Treatment of interstitial lung disease
  • Treatment of pulmonary complications in immunosuppressed patients
  • Opportunity to participate in the most advanced clinical studies

About Prof Dr Michael Tamm

Prof. Dr. Michael Tamm is a specialist pneumologist and is Head of the Lung Centre at the University Hospital, Basle.

This is the largest specialist lung centre in all of Switzerland and is set apart by the most up-to-date diagnostics and outstanding treatment. At the same time, Prof. Tamm and his team conducting intense research in the area of the causes of and therapeutic options for various lung conditions. Their achievements produce the latest most advanced studies, as well as an outstanding national and international reputation in the field of pneumology.

Prof. Tamm and his renowned team provide diagnostics and treatment for the entire range of pulmonology at the highest university standard. Here, Prof. Tamm’s team works in a state of the art lung centre, equipped with a sleep laboratory, a lung function laboratory and its own endoscopy department. For Prof. Tamm, it is essential to provide medicine, which is personal and, at the same time, gentle to the patient's body.

Prof. Tamm has been the Senior Pneumonology Consultant at the University Hospital, Basle for some years. Following his doctorate, his practice as a consultant and his research activities, both at home and overseas, he was appointed a Reader at the University of Basle in 2002.

One of Prof. Tamm’s special fields is the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This condition, often due to the consumption of tobacco, involves the consecutive destruction of the lung tissue. Patients affected complain of dyspnoea and a deterioration in capacity. As the disease progresses, the lungs can no longer absorb sufficient oxygen. An early diagnosis is important in this situation. Special clinical diagnostics are available for this in the Lung Function Laboratory in Prof. Tamm’s Lung Centre. Here, a variety of breathing tests and investigations can be performed on an in-patient or an out-patient basis. Various lung volumes can be measured in the body plethysmograph. Respiratory volumes can also be measured at rest (spirometry) and under physical stress (spiroergometry). The gas exchange function of the lungs can also be measured. If oxygen therapy is necessary, Prof. Tamm’s team will accompany you and will support you here at the highest standard.

Prof. Tamm also investigates and treats lung conditions caused by a dysfunction or the destruction of the musculature or the nerves (for example, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Together with the clinical investigation, laboratory, X-ray images and respiratory function tests, inspecting the airways (bronchoscopy) and the rib cage (thoracoscopy) also play a crucial role in Prof. Tamm’s clinical routine. Prof. Tamm performs the inspection techniques (viewing inside bodily cavities using a flexible tube with a camera) particularly gently and, thanks to his years of experience, particularly skilfully. Using these techniques, Prof. Tamm can obtain a precise view of your lungs, can take samples of suspect tissues, can remove foreign bodies and, if necessary, can introduce a small metal tube (stent) to keep the airways open. Using ultrasound (endosonography), he can also obtain outstanding views of the airways.

A further treatment emphasis of Prof. Tamm is cystic fibrosis (mucoviscidosis). This genetic condition is associated with an excessive production of viscous mucus in the airways. This leads to a chronic cough and frequently to severe inflammation of the lung. Over time, the lungs can no longer fulfil their function (pulmonary insufficiency) and the patient suffers from a severe lack of oxygen. The treatment is lifelong and includes respiratory exercises, inhalation, hormones, the administration of antibiotics and oxygen therapy. In some cases, a lung transplantation is the only helpful treatment option. Here, too, Prof. Tamm is able to support you sensitively and professionally.

Other emphases of Prof. Tamm and his team are the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, sarcoidosis and the diagnosis of lung-induced sleep disorders.

Many cases are discussed in the interdisciplinary (multidisciplinary) team in order to guarantee you the best possible treatment.

Particularly for international patients, the University Hospital, Basle provides a patient service, which, inter alia, looks after the organisation of rehabilitation admissions, translators and hotel stays for the family.

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Medical studies at the University of Basle until 1982
  • 1984 doctoral thesis submitted
  • Registrar and Consultant in the field of internal medicine, medical intensive care and pneumology
  • 1991 – 1992 Research Fellow, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
  • 1993 Specialist in internal medicine
  • 1995 Specialisation in pneumology
  • 1999 Postdoctoral qualification on the topic, “Pulmonary Complications in Immunosuppressed Patients.”
  • 1999 – 2000 Visiting Professor, University of Sydney (Australia)
  • 2002 Reader in Pneumology at the University of Basle
  • 2002 Head of the Department of Pneumology and Head of the Pneumology Research Laboratory, University Hospital, Basle

Medical Team

  • Prof. Daiana Stolz
    Consultant Physician
  • Dr Werner Strobel
    Head of the Sleep Laboratory
  • Prof. Michael Roth
    Head of Foundational Research
  • Eric Pflimlin
    Medical Diagnostics Ward Manager


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  • International Service for overseas patients


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Prof Dr Michael Tamm
Head of Lung Centre / Pneumology Chief Physician

University Hospital Basel
Lung Centre / Pneumology Clinic
Petersgraben 4, CH-4031 Basel

T: +41 61 511 74 52
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