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Prof. Dr. med. Christian W. A. Pfirrmann

Christian W. A. Pfirrmann
Clinical position
Chief of Radiology
Team
Radiology
Academic position
Extraordinarius ad Personam of the University of Zurich, exec. MBA UZH
Specialisation

Sports injuries of the musculoskeletal system

Imaging of the musculoskeletal system in orthopaedics and rheumatology

Minimally invasive pain therapy of the spine and the musculoskeletal system

Languages
German, English, French, Italian

Honours and awards

  • 2010 President's Medal of the International Skeletal Society (ISS)
  • 2002 1. Swiss Society of Radiology (SGR) Prize for Poster (summa cum laude): Grading of Lumbar Nerve Root Compromise with Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Reliability Study with Surgical Correlation
  • 2001 Second prize of the Swiss Society of Radiology (SGR) for poster presentation (magna cum laude): N.H. Theumann, C.W.A. Pfirrmann, D.J. Trudell, D. Resnick. MRI of the Extrinsic Ligaments of the Wrist: Normal MR-Arthrography Findings in Cadavers
  • 2001 First prize of the Swiss Society of Radiology (SGR) for poster presentation (summa cum laude): C. W. A. Pfirrmann, C: B. Chung, N. H. Theumann, D. J. Trudell, D. Resnick. Greater Trochanter of the Hip: Attachment of the Abductor Mechanism and a Complex of Three Bursae: MR Imaging and MR-Bursography 
  • 2000 First prize of the Swiss Society of Radiology (SGR) for poster presentation: C. W. A. Pfirrmann, M. Zanetti, J. Romero, J. Hodler: Femoral trochlear dysplasia: MR findings
  • 2000 Scholarship of the Swiss Research Foundation: Scholarship for young investigators for the year 2000

University degree

  • 2010 Executive MBA, University of Zurich
  • 1993 Medical Faculty, University of Zurich

Postgraduate

  • Since 2010 Head of Radiology, Balgrist University Hospital
  • Since 2003 - 2010 Clinical Head of Radiology, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof J. Hodler)
  • 2001 - 2002 Consultant Radiology, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof J. Hodler)
  • 2000 Research Fellow, Osteo-radiology, University of California, San Diego (D. Resnick MD)
  • 1999 Junior doctor, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof Ch. Gerber)
  • 2000 Research Fellow, Osteo-radiology, University of California, San Diego (D. Resnick MD)
  • 1999 Junior doctor, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof Ch. Gerber)
  • 1998 Junior doctor, Radiology, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof J. Hodler)
  • 1997 Medical specialist examination in Radiology
  • 1994 - 1997 Junior doctor, Radiology, Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne (Prof Voegeli, Prof Allgayer)

Memberships

  • Swiss Medical Federation (FMH)
  • Swiss Society of Medical Radiology (SGMR)
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • International Skeletal Society (ISS)
  • European Society of Musculo-Skeletal Radiology (ESSR)
  • Swiss Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (SGUMB)
  • Swiss Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology – SSSR (Founding President)

Scientific projects

  • MRI in sports injuries. Imaging in elite athletes
  • MRI in postoperative patients (imaging with implants in situ)
  • MRI in rheumatological diseases
  • Clinical introduction of innovative technology
  • MRT of the hip with impingement

Other activities

  • Lead in Teleradiology and Imaging Communication of the SGR-SSR
  • Specialist Examination Board, SGR-SSR
  • Scientific Subcommittee MSK, ECR

Editorial board activities

Reviewer

  • Radiology
  • Skeletal Radiology
  • AJR
  • European Radiology
  • Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Investigative Radiology

Assistant Editorial Board

  • Investigative Radiology 2001 - 2003

Contact

We would be happy to arrange an appointment with you. If you wish to call us for more information, you can reach us during office hours.

Secretariat
Monday - Friday
08.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
+41 44 386 33 13

Disposition
Monday - Friday
08.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
+41 44 386 12 40
+41 44 386 33 19
EMail

We now have longer MRI operating times, from 7.00 am - 8.00 pm.

Radiology

The radiology team led by Prof. Christian W. A. Pfirrmann and PD Dr. Reto Sutter carries out diagnostic imaging of the musculoskeletal system using a whole range of state-of-the-art X-ray, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, and MRI equipment. The team focusses entirely on the musculoskeletal system, making it uniquely experienced in this field in Switzerland. The radiology services are directly available for all our patients and for referrals from other doctors and hospitals.

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