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PD Dr. med. José Aguirre, MSc

José Aguirre, MSc
Clinical position
Senior Consultant
Head of Education and Research Aanaesthesia
Head of Scientific Coordination UCAR (Unit for Clinical and Applied Research)
Team
Anaesthesia
Academic position
Privatdozent, Lecturer at the University of Zurich, Faculty of Medicine
Specialisation

Anaesthesiologist FMH
Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA)
Master of Science (MSc) in Interdisciplinary Pain Therapy
Swiss Practical Doctor Board Certification (FMH)
Swiss Emergency Medicine Board Certification (SGNOR)

Languages
German, Spanish, German, Italian, English, French

Honours and awards

  • 2016 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Maastricht) 3rd Free Paper Presentation – Award: The impact of continuous femoral nerve block on postoperative neural functions for total knee arthroplasty: a prospective blinded, randomized study.
  • 2014 Swiss Association for Anesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR-Congress Interlaken): 1st Poster Award for the project: "Are laryngoscopy skills acquired during training with the Ambu KingVision® transferrable to laryngoscopic intubation with Macintosh blades and vice versa?". Presenter: L. Wolf; Co-Authors: C Keller, J. Aguirre, C. Vogt, A. Borgeat, H. Bruppacher
  • 2014 Swiss Institute for Medical Continuing Education (SIWF): Award for Exceptional Commitment to Continuing Education. 2014 18th International Congress of the Polish Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy: Best of Meeting Abstract and Presentation for the project “Can lidocaine block morphine induced Src kinase?” in collaboration with the University of Illinois Chicago UIC, USA 2014 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Sevilla): 2nd Free Paper Presentation – Award for the project: “Effect of local anesthetics on opioid-induced angiogenesis.” In collaboration with the University of Illinois Chicago UIC, USA
  • 2014 American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine (ASRA-Congress, Chicago): Best of Meeting Abstract Award for the project: “The impact of local anesthetics on opioid-induced angiogenesis.” in collaboration with the University of Illinois Chicago UIC, USA
  • 2013 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Glasgow): 1st Free Paper Presentation – Award for the project: “Keeping the endothelial barrier tight: Ropivacaine blocks TNF-Alpha-induced endothelial cell SRC activation via inhibition of PI3-Kinase/Akt/ENOS signalling.” in collaboration with the University of Illinois Chicago UIC, USA
  • 2013 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Glasgow): BBraun – Award
  • 2013: EDRA Board awarded (Prize received by Prof. A. Borgeat)
  • 2012 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Bordeaux): 1st Free Paper Presentation Award for project "Amide-linked local anesthetics exhibit anti-metastatic potential via inhibition of Src and ICAM-1 signaling independently of sodium channel blockade" in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA
  • 2012 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Bordeaux): 3rd Free Paper Presentation Award for project "Cerebral oxygenation using near infrared spectroscopy for shoulder surgery n beach chair position: regional anesthesia with sedation compared to general anesthesia for neurobehavioral outcome."
  • 2011 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy – Spain (ESRA-España): 1st Free Paper Presentation (Becton Dickinson - Award) for project "Cerebral oxygenation using near infrared spectroscopy for shoulder surgery: preliminary data for hemodynamics after general and regional anesthesia in beach chair position."
  • 2010 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Porto), 1st Poster Prize for "In vitro exposure of human fibroblasts and osteoblasts to diclofenac and ketorolac is cytotoxic"
  • 2010 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Porto), 2nd free paper presentation-award for the lecture: "Ropivacaine protects against ventilator-induced pulmonary capillary leakage"
  • 2009 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Salzburg), 1st free paper presentation-award for the lecture: "ICAM-1 independent anti-inflammatory effect of ropivacaine in the double-hit mouse model of acute inflammation" (Collaboration with the University of Illinois, Chicago: Prof. Votta-Velis G.)
  • 2009 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Salzburg), 2nd Poster Prize for "In vitro exposure of human fibroblasts and osteoblasts to diclofenac is cytotoxic at clinically used concentrations"
  • 2009 Clinical Trials Centre University Hospital Zürich; 8th Day of Clinical Research, 1st Prize category clinical research for "Continuous epicapsular ropivacaine 0.3% infusion after minimal invasive hip replacement. A prospective, randomised, double-blinded study comparing the PAINfusor with the morphine-PCA"
  • 2008 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Genova), 1st free paper presentation-award for the lecture: "In vitro exposure of human fibroblasts to local anesthetics is cytotoxic"
  • 2007 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA-Congress Valencia), 3rd free paper presentation-award for the lecture: "Improved success rate of interscalene catheter with deltoid / proximal triceps response."

Graduate

  • 2018 Venia legendi for Anaesthesiology awarded by the University of Zurich
  • 2013 Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Update, Zurich
  • 2010 Basic Didactic Course, University of Zurich
  • 2009 Principal Investigator according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Modules 1-3
  • 2009-2011 Master's Degree Program, University of Vienna: Master of Science (MSc) in interdisciplinary pain therapy. Master thesis: "In vitro exposition of human fibroblasts and osteoblasts to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (diclofenac/ketorolac) and morphine. Cytotoxicity at clinically used plasma concentrations?"
  • 2009 Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (VBS) / Coordinated Medical Services (KSD) / Swiss Society for Emergency Medicine (SGNOR), Bern (CH): Swiss Certification Board on Emergency Medicine for major events and catastrophes (SFG)
  • 2008 Swiss association for the study of pain (SGSS) Zurich, pain therapy course: Provider’s certificate
  • 2008 Swiss Society for Anesthesiology (SGAR), Bern (CH), Swiss Certification Board on Anesthesiology
  • 2008 European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA), European Certification Board for Regional Anesthesia, Genova (IT)
  • 2005 Swiss Medical Federation (FMH), Bern (CH), Swiss Certification Board on EU-General Medicine (Practical Doctor)
  • 2005 Swiss Society for Emergency Medicine (SGNOR), Bern (CH), Swiss Certification Board on Emergency Medicine
  • 2002 University of Basel, Faculty of Medicine, Basel (CH), Medical Doctor Thesis on "Parent’s information: efficiency? Interviews with parents of children with congenital heart disease" 

Management and leadership:

  • Advanced leadership skills; Workshop from the Royal College of Physicians in partnership with the SIWF
  • Leadership and Management for Doctors; H+ Seminar(FMH/SIWF)
  • Leadership is the key! Hospital-Forum seminar
  • Basic leadership skills; Workshop from the Royal College of Physicians in partnership with the SIWF
  • Medicine and Economics; H+ (FMH/SIWF)
  • Principles in Health Economics (HealthKey, ETH Zürich)

Postgraduate

  • May 2018 Senior Consultant Anaesthetist Head of Teaching and Research Aanaesthesia Head of Scientific Coordination UCAR (Unit for Clinical and Applied Research)
  • April - September 2008, Consultant Anaesthesia, responsible for teaching and clinical research of the division of Anaesthesia at the Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich
  • 2006 - 2008 University Hospital Zürich, Department of Anesthesiology, Senior Resident
  • 2003 - 2005 Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Department of Anesthesiology, Resident * Cardiocentro Ticino Lugano, Department of Anesthesiology, Resident in cardiac Anesthesiology * Cardiocentro Ticino Lugano, Department of Anesthesiology, Resident in cardiac intensive care medicine * Croce verde Lugano, Ambulance Service Lugano, Consultant Emergency Doctor/substitute of the Medical Director * REGA TICINO, Locarno, Swiss Air Rescue (Helicopter), Senior Emergency Doctor
  • 2003 Rehabilitation Clinic Rheinfelden, Clinic for rehabilitation and chronic pain medicine, Resident
  • 2001 - 2003 Triemli Hospital Zurich, Department of Surgery, Junior Resident in General and Cardiac Surgery

Member of the Board

  • Since 2016 Chairman of EDRA
  • Since 2015 Board Member of the European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA)
  • Since 2013 Board Member of the European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management (EDRA)  
  • Since 2008 Board Member of the Swiss Society of Regional Anaesthesia (SARA)

Fellowships

  • 2016 Guest Fellow in Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, Asepeyo Hospital Coslada, University of Madrid
  • 2016 Guest Fellow in Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), University of Lausanne
  • 2010 Guest Fellow in Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • 2010 Guest Fellow in Interventional / Chronic Pain Medicine, Center for Pain Medicine, Swiss Paraplegics Center, Nottwil
  • 2009 Guest Fellow in Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • 2008 Fellow in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, University Children’s Hospital, Zurich
  • 2006 - 2007 Fellow in Regional Anaesthesia, Acute and Chronic Pain Management, Department of Anaesthesia, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich
  • 2004 Guest Fellow in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Children’s Hospital, Lausanne

Grants and stipends

  • 2017 Balgrist Foundation Research Grant for the project: Near-infrared spectroscopy for high risk patients: The impact of NIRS Monitoring in the prevention of postoperative Delirium
  • 2016 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA): ESRA Educational Support Grant 2016 (3 grants)
  • 2015 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA): ESRA Educational Support Grant 2015 (2 grants)
  • 2014 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA): ESRA Educational Support Grant 2014 (2 grants)
  • 2013 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA): ESRA Educational Support Grant 2013 (3 grants)
  • 2013 European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA): Grant for the project: “Do local anesthetics (e.g. lidocaine) attenuate opioid (morphine)-induced angiogenesis? If so, what is the mechanism?” Institutional grant in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA
  • 2012 European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA): Grant for the project: “Anti-inflammatory effects of ropivacaine in lung cancer recurrence and metastasis – Is it a Src inhibitor?” Institutional grant in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA): Grant for the project: “Comparison of different local Anaesthetics on Src inhibition in lung cancer recurrence and metastasis.” Institutional grant in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA
  • 2012 European Society of Regional Anesthesie & Pain Therapy (ESRA): ESRA Educational Support Grant (2 grants) 2011 European Society of Regional Anesthesie & Pain Therapy (ESRA): ESRA Educational Support Grant (2 grants)
  • 2011 Swiss Association for Anesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR) - Grant for the project: "Cerebral oxygenation using near infrared spectroscopy for shoulder surgery in beach chair position: the effects of regional anesthesia compared to general anesthesia
  • 2010 Swiss Association for Anesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR) - Grant for the project: "The effect of sevoflurane versus propofol, remifentanil, levobupivacaine, simvastatin and celecoxib on endothelial function after ischemia-reperfusion injury in a human model".
  • 2009 European Society of Regional Aaesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA) – Grant for the project: "Continuous ropivacaine 0.3% infusion with the PAINfusor after anterior and posterior thoracic scoliosis surgery. A prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-centre study."
  • 2009 Swiss Association for Anesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR) – Grant for the project: "The effect of sevoflurane versus propofol sedation on endothelial function after ischaemia-reperfusion injury in young healthy and elderly at-risk patients."
  • 2008 Swiss Association for Anesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR) – Grant for the project: "Continuous ropivacaine 0.3% infusion with the PAINfusor after anterior and posterior thoracic, scoliosis surgery. A prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-centre study."
  • 2007 Swiss Association for Anesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR) – Grant for the project: "The protective effect of low dose sevoflurane in anoxia-reoxygenation-injury in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes and the implication of the Jak-STAT-signaling pathway."

Memberships

  • 2008 Board Member of the Swiss Society of Regional Anaesthesia (SARA)
  • 2008 Member of the Swiss Society of Pain Medicine (SGSS)
  • 2006 Member of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA)
  • 2004 Member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)
  • 2004 Member of the Swiss Medical Association of Emergency and Rescue Medicine (SGNOR)
  • 2004 Member of the Swiss Association for Anaesthesiology and Reanimation (SGAR)
  • 2000 Member of the Swiss Medical Association (FMH)

Scientific projects

Pharmacological endothelial protection after ischemia-reperfusion injury

  • Effects of different anaesthetics and analgesics on the human endothelium

Patient monitoring & safety

  • CO2-monitoring for beach chair position
  • Delirium and neurocognitive outcome after different surgeries in controlled hypotension
  • The impact of near-infrared spectroscopy for the cerebral perfusion in orthopedic surgery
  • The impact of regional anaesthesia on the outcome of high-risk patients

Ambulatory anaesthesia and perioperative pain therapy

  • Postoperative pain therapy for ambulant surgery and its influence on economic variables
  • Ultrasound-guided Regional Anaesthesia
  • Development of new techniques / treatment concepts
  • The impact of local anesthetic concentrations on block quality

Other activities

  • Since 2018 Member of the Examination Team for the Swiss Anesthesiology Board Certification FMH
  • Since 2017 Chairman of the Clinical Workshops at the Annual ESRA Meetings
  • Since 2012 Member of the ESRA Scientific Committee

Editorial board activities

  • 2017 Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
  • 2017 PLOS One
  • 2015 Orthopedic Research and Reviews
  • 2013 British Journal of Anaesthesiology
  • 2013 BMC Anesthesiology
  • 2012 Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
  • 2010 Faculty of 1000 Medicine
  • 2010 Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
  • 2009 Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (RAPM)

Appointments

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Secretariat
Claudia Gasser
+41 44 386 38 32
+41 44 386 38 39
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Anaesthesia

Dr Urs Eichenberger and his team use the latest anaesthetic techniques for patients of all ages, including children, to provide optimal conditions for smooth and pain-free surgery, as well as recovery from the operation with no complications and minimal pain. Once patients have left the operating theatre, the team continues their care in the recovery room, on the intensive care unit, on the ward, and in subsequent anaesthetic and pain clinics.

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