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PD Dr. med. Nils H. Ulrich

Nils H. Ulrich
Clinical position
Consultant Spine Surgery, Head of Site UWZH at Schaffhausen Canton Hospital
Academic position
Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich

Degenerative spine surgery
Cervical spine surgery
Endoscopic and minimally invasive spine surgery

German, English

Honors and awards

  • 2016 Award for Best Poster, German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC), Frankfurt
  • 2015 Nominated for the German Spine Society (DWG) award for promising young talent, Frankfurt
  • 2015 Vontobel Prize for age/aging research, University of Zürich, Gerontology Meeting, University of Zürich
  • 2013 Annual Poster Prize, Swiss Neuroradiology Society (SFCNS), Montreux
  • 2012 Synthes Cerebrovascular Award, Vascular Neurosurgery Section, AANS, Miami


  • Since 2021 Head of Site UWZH at SChaffhausen Canton Hospital and Senior Consultant Spine Surgery at Schaffhausen Canton Hospital 
  • 2020 Consultant Spine Surgery, University Spine Center, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof. Mazda Farshad)
  • 2017 – 2019 Consultant, Spine surgery, PRISMA Spine Unit, Zollikerberg Hospital (Dr. Beat Wälchli)
  • 2015 – 2017 Specialist training in the Department of Spine Surgery, Shulthess Hospital, Zurich (PD Dr. Francois Porchet & PD Dr.  Dezsö Jeszenszky)
  • 2014 – 2015, Locum Consultant at the Center for minimally invasive skull base surgery, Hirslanden Hospital, Zurich (Prof. Robert Reisch)
  • 2013 – 2014 Locum Consultant, Spine Surgery Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof. Kan Min)
  • 2012 – 2013 Resident, Department of Neuroradiology, Zurich University Hospital (Prof. Anton Valavanis)
  • 2009 – 2012 Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Zurich University Hospital (Prof. Helmut Bertalanffy & Prof. René Bernays)

Academic career

  • Lecturer, University of Zurich
  • Scientific worker at the Horten Center, Zurich University Hospital
  • 2016 Member of the Lumbar Stenosis Outcome Study (LSOS) Working Group
  • 2015 Tutor/Speaker Aesculap Basic Course for Intracranial Neuroendoscopy, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2013 – 2015 Scientific worker, Department of Neuroradiology, Zurich University Hospital


  • Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf

Continuing professional development

  • 2017 Certification for interventional pain management (SSIPM)


  • 2016 Specialist in Neurosurgery (FMH)

Teaching posts

  • University of Zürich, elective study: carrying out scientific research


  • Swiss Neurosurgery Society (SGNC)
  • Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery (SGS)
  • North American Society of Spinal Surgery (NASS)
  • European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
  • Swiss Association of Residents and Consultants (VSAO)
  • Swiss Medical Association (FMH, Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum)

Scientific projects

  • Member of the Lumbar Stenosis Outcome Study (LSOS) Working Group

Reviewer and editorial board activities

  • Reviewer Zentralblatt für Neurochirurgie
  • Reviewer Neurosurgical Review
  • Reviewer BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Reviewer Journal of Spine Surgery

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Spine surgery

The spine is a key component of the human body and spine surgery is correspondingly important at Balgrist University Hospital. The experienced surgical team led by Prof. Mazda Farshad specialise in the entire spectrum of treatment for diseases and injuries of the spinal column, providing patients with optimal support.

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