“My inspiration to become an academic thoracic surgeon stems from the fact that surgery comprises a wide and technically challenging spectrum from robotic minimally invasive surgery to extensive oncological resection, pulmonary endarterectomy and lung transplantation, and that the physiology behind the diseases we treat is equally broad and intellectually challenging. I would recommend all thoracic surgery aspirants not to miss the opportunity to perform surgical science in parallel to clinical training, as it offers a great opportunity to move our field forward–every scientific project, from lab work to quality control studies, counts! Additionally, it adds another dimension to this very fulfilling and interesting job!
My goals for the future are 1. to deliver the best possible care for my patients, 2. to train a strong next generation of thoracic surgeons in Zurich and trainees everywhere in my executive function in scientific societies, 3. to drive innovation in thoracic surgery for our patients, and 4. to support projects to deliver care to underdeveloped countries. Obviously these ambitious aims are only possible with the right partners in my department, research, different societies, and most importantly, my family!”