Vienna Pain Therapist Univ.-Prof. Dr Michael Zimpfer

Univ.-Prof. Dr Michael Zimpfer, M.B.A., FIPP
Founder and Head of the Center
Specialist for Minimal-Invasive & Conservative Pain Therapy
Vienna, Austria

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Treatment Focus

  • Laser therapy for acute and chronic pain from wounds, swellings, and burns
  • SpineMed® – decompression therapy for intervertebral disc problems
  • Catheter treatment for chronic pain in the spine (neck and lumbar region)
  • Cryoanalgesia (cold therapy) for chronic pain in the spine or for joint pain in the knee, leg, and shoulder
  • Radiofrequency therapy for chronic pain conditions
  • Autologous cell therapy and stem cell therapy for irritable joints, osteoarthritis, muscle, and tendon defects
  • Neurostimulation (pain pacemaker) for pain in the spine or due to circulatory disorders

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Laboratory chemistry
  • State-of-the-art ultrasound and image converter technology
  • Functional coagulation analysis
  • All radiological imaging procedures in cooperation with neighboring radiology institutes


Range of Therapeutic Services

Non-invasive therapies:

  • Laser therapy
  • Electro-feedback therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Osteopathic procedures
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dynamic decompression therapy of the cervical & lumbar spine (SpineMed®)
  • Electromyostimulation – direct, electrically induced muscle building using EMS


Minimally invasive therapies (in local and sedoanalgesia):

  • All catheter techniques – cervical, thoracic, and lumbar
  • Imaging techniques using contrast media
  • Nerve and facet blocks
  • Transforaminal blocks
  • Discal ozone therapy
  • Spinal endoscopy, including balloon dilatation
  • Adhesiolysis using molecular quantum resonance (Resaflex®)
  • Infusion therapy

About Univ.-Prof. Dr Michael Zimpfer, M.B.A., FIPP

Univ.-Prof. Dr Michael Zimpfer is a minimally invasive & conservative pain therapy specialist and founder of the Center for Medicine and Health in Vienna.

Univ.-Prof. Dr Michael Zimpfer uses state-of-the-art therapies to treat patients with chronic pain, intending to improve the patient's quality of life. An individual therapy plan is created for each patient following a detailed diagnosis, and good overall care is ensured.

Pain Therapy Vienna: State-of-the-Art Medical Treatment for Acute and Chronic Pain

Acute pain protects against overstrain and injury and can also provide indications of the underlying disease, serving an important function as a warning signal. In addition to generally effective painkillers, targeted treatment of the cause, in particular, is crucial. Whether acute or chronic pain, the burden on sufferers is high, and everyday life and quality of life are often severely restricted.

The causes of pain are complex and can be physical and psychological. Comprehensive interdisciplinary pain management not only aims to eliminate the physical cause but also considers the accompanying circumstances. Prof. Zimpfer knows that therapy with classic analgesics is definitely not sufficient for chronic pain syndrome.

Finally Free of Pain Again: Targeted Treatment Using Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is often the first method of choice to achieve the goal of freedom from symptoms in chronic pain patients. An innovative form of therapy is available to patients through the latest generation of the K-Laser series at the Center for Medicine and Health. This medical laser has four wavelengths and an output of 15 watts, which can be used to treat acute and chronic pain and swelling, burns, and minor wounds.

Delivering laser energy to deep tissue layers stimulates targeted biostimulation in the affected region, inducing cell divisions necessary for healing the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin. As a result, these tissues can be regenerated and repaired more effectively and quickly. Laser treatment stimulates the body's natural healing processes and promotes recovery.

Spinal Decompression: Therapy of Disk Diseases of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine Using SpineMed®

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive procedure used to treat damage to the intervertebral disks. Usually, the intervertebral disks are nourished by alternating axial tension and compression applied to the spine during upright walking. This positive stretching and compression of the spine can be simulated on a stretching device (SpineMed®) by well-dosed traction. This pressure relief allows fluid and nutrients to flow into the intervertebral disc, supporting its natural ability to regenerate.

Effective Pain Catheter Therapy in the Spinal Region

Spinal analgesia using peridural anesthesia is a potent option for treating chronic pain syndromes. It is usually irrelevant whether patients have already had spinal surgery. The pain-conducting nerves are anesthetized with drugs directly at the interface between the spinal cord and the peripheral nerve root, effectively interrupting pain transmission to the brain and, consequently, pain perception.

The catheter must be placed precisely into the so-called epidural space in an outpatient procedure to achieve this. Here, Prof. Dr Zimpfer, as a trained specialist in anesthesiology, benefits from his enormous experience in puncturing the spinal canal. In addition, an innovative imaging technique with the highest precision can accelerate catheter placement.

Spinal Endoscopy

Using highly developed video technology, it is now possible to view the immediate surroundings of the spinal cord with its outgoing nerve root and to search for inflammation sites. Finally, balloon dilatation can release adhesions, and ozone insufflation can remove the fluid. The procedure has also proven successful after open surgery on the spine.

Cold therapy Vienna: Renowned Specialist for Pain Treatment by Cryo-Analgesia

Prof. Dr Zimpfer is considered one of the pioneers in the field of cryo-analgesia. In cooperation with a medical product manufacturer, he developed an individual probe that can be guided to the affected nerve tracts in a catheter-based procedure under X-ray or ultrasound monitoring. The probe can apply an effective cold stimulus that blocks the frozen nerve pathways in the medium term at the target site. The procedure is preferably used for chronic pain syndromes in the spine or long-lasting pain symptoms in the extremities.

Many Years of Experience in Radiofrequency Therapy for Chronic Pain

Prof. Dr Zimpfer uses radiofrequency therapy with good empirical values to treat persistent pain as a further minimally invasive measure. In a catheter-based procedure, an electrode is placed on the nerve root that conducts pain. By applying an electric current, the nerve tissue is sclerosed for a more extended period, interrupting the transmission of the stimulus. This method is also carried out under constant control using imaging procedures to achieve the highest precision.

A special form of cooled, highly effective radiofrequency can be used to inactivate agonizing pain pathways.

Joint Preservation as Far as Possible - Stem Cell Therapy Instead of Artificial Joint Implantation

When suffering from knee, hip, or shoulder pain, the patients are often advised to undergo joint replacement. However, there is a minimally invasive method that makes joint replacement unnecessary or at least delays it for a long time. Stem cells can be isolated in one session and inserted into the affected joint using a completely painless bone marrow puncture. In this way, recovery is initiated. Since the regeneration of the joints takes time, the patient is pain-free by eliminating the relevant nerves.

Pain Therapist Vienna: Univ.-Prof. Dr Zimpfer Focuses on the Person

The experienced specialist for minimally invasive & conservative pain therapy founded the Center for Medicine and Health in Vienna as an essential medical contact point for all health issues.

The greater goal of these efforts is preventive intervention before disease states can manifest. If necessary, external specialists can be called in at any time so that renowned pain therapist patients in Vienna benefit from an extensive and experienced network of physicians from various specialties.

At the Vienna Medical Center, Prof. Zimpfer coordinates critical preventive services, chronic pain management, and perioperative care for his patients, thus offering individualized health advice from a single source.

Please, visit the website of the Center for Medicine and Health for more information.


Curriculum Vitae

Current Functions:

since 2017 Center for Medicine and Health -, founder, and owner
since 2003 Austrian Anesthesiology and Critical Care Foundation, Chairman
since 1993 Generally Sworn and Court Certified Expert
  Professor and Director Emeritus of the Department of Anesthesia, General Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, General Hospital of the City of Vienna

Leading Activities in Professional Societies

2007-2022 Member of the Board of the Austrian Society of Friends of the "Weizmann Institute of Science
1996-2008 Head of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
2001-2008 President of the Rudolfiner-Verein-Rotes Kreuz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rudolfinerhaus-Betriebs Ges.m.b.H.
2003-2007 Chairman of the Research Institute of the Vienna Red Cross
2000-2003 Chairman of the Austrian Society for Health Economics
1995-1996 President of ÖGARI
1994-1995 President Elect of the Austrian Society of Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care - ÖGARI

Medical Career:

2022 FIPP, Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (World Institute of Pain)
1992 Professor (o. University Professor) for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
1990 tit. Ao. University Professor
1983 Habilitation
1982 Specialist Certification: Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
1975 Doctorate at the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna

Non-Medical Training:

2018 Harvard Business School: Accelerating Innovation in Precision Medicine
2017 Harvard Business School: Business Innovation in Global Health Care
2016 Cleveland Clinic: Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit
2015 Harvard Business School: Business Innovation in Global Health Care
2014 Cleveland Clinic: Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit
2013 Cleveland Clinic: Executive Visitors' Program: Achieving Excellence through
System Integration & "Deep Dive" into Patient Experience
2013 Harvard Business School: Emerging Issues in Health Care
2012 Harvard Business School: Value Measurement in Health Care
2010-2011 Harvard Business School: Managing Healthcare Delivery
2010 Harvard Business School: Risk Management for Corporate Leaders
2008 Harvard Business School: Healthcare delivery: achieving organizational excellence
2007 Harvard Business School: Governing for nonprofit excellence: critical issues for board leadership
2006 Harvard Business School: Driving corporate performance: aligning scorecards, systems, and strategy
2005 Harvard Law School:
– Seminar on dealing with difficult people & difficult situations
– Program on negotiation for senior executives
2003 Singapore Management University, Singapore and Wharton University of Pennsylvania: Strategic leadership & change management program
2002 Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge,
Massachusetts: Skills for the new world of health care
1997-1998 Master of Business Administration, Executive Program, The University of
Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, Illinois

Activities Abroad:

2012 Visiting Professorship, Department of Critical Care Medicine, King Faisal Specialist, Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1995-1996 Faculty Member, Duke Medical Center for Outcomes Research and Cost
1989 International Visiting Professorship – Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina – University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
1979-1980 Clinical Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (Prof. S.F. Vatner, MD and Professor E. Braunwald, MD)

Medical Team

  • Dr Stefan Grossauer
    Senior Physician, Specialist for Neurosurgery
    Minimally Invasive Spinal and Intervertebral Disc Interventions
  • Dr Philipp R. Heuberer
    Specialist for Orthopedics
    Joint Preservation Using Stem Cell Therapy


  • Own procedure room, including complete anesthesiologic equipment
  • Image converter and ultrasound
  • Connected monitoring unit, including monitoring
  • Accommodation options in the vicinity of the center


Professor Zimpfer: Treatment Methods

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Professor Zimpfer presents his treatment methods for patients with joint pain in the knee, hip, and shoulder.


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Univ.-Prof. Dr Michael Zimpfer, M.B.A., FIPP
Founder and Head of the Center

Center for Medicine and Health
Pelikangasse 3/101, A-1090 Vienna

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