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Urs Eichenberger
Prof. Dr. med.

Urs Eichenberger

Head Physician Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy
German, English, French


Pain therapy

Honors and awards

  • 2019 ESRA Spain – Distinguished service award (in recognition for outstanding clinical, educational and scientific achievemnts in anesthesiology, and for contributions to the increased knowledge and practice of Regional Anesthesia) 
  • 2013 Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern: award for supervising the dissertation in second place ‘Placement of coiled catheters into the paravertebral space’
  • 2009 Swiss Society of Anaesthetics and Resuscitation (SGAR) Annual Congress: research prize for the work on ‘Ultrasound-guided, selective block of the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves: a volunteer study’
  • 2003 Swiss Society of Anaesthetics and Resuscitation (SGAR) Annual Congress: First prize for the best presentation, entitled ‘The 3rd occipital nerve can be visualized by ultrasound: prospective for developing a new method for the diagnosis of C2-3 zygapophysial joint pain’

Academic career

  • 2018 Professor Anesthesiology Medical University of Zurich
  • 2009 Privatdozent [assistant professor] in Anaesthetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern
  • 2004 Visiting research and clinical work at the Medical University of Vienna (ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia and interventional pain management)
  • 1997 Doctorate, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern (high altitude medicine)
  • 1991 State final examinations, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern
  • 1984 - 1991 Studied Medicine, Universities of Freiburg and Bern


Senior Consultant, Anaesthesia

  • Since September 2016, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich

Head of Department 2011 – 2016

  • Department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care Medicine, and Pain Management, St Anna Clinic, Hirslanden Group, Lucerne

Lead Consultant in Anaesthetics 2009 – 2011

  • Responsible for anaesthesia for surgery of the musculoskeletal system, head of medical human resources department and operating theatre coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Emergency Centre (INO), Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Inselspital, University of Bern

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine 2000 – 2009

  • Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Inselspital, University of Bern • Clinical Department of Anaesthesia and General Intensive Care Medicine B, Vienna City Hospital, University of Vienna

Specialty Trainee 1992 - 2000

  • General Internal Medicine (17 months), Cantonal Hospital, Wolhusen
  • Surgery (16 months), Cantonal Hospital, Wolhusen
  • Diagnostic Radiology (12 months), Inselspital, University of Bern
  • Anaesthetics (44 months), Inselspital, University of Bern

Member of the Board

  • Member of the Board, Member of the Congress Committee and of the Pain Commission of the Swiss Society of Anaesthetics and Resuscitation (SGAR)
  • Member of the Board of the ICAN [APICE] section of the Swiss Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (SGUM)
  • Founding Member and Member of the Board (until 2014) of the Swiss Association of Regional Anaesthesia (SARA)
  • Member of the Board of the Society of Doctors affiliated to the St Anna Clinic, Lucerne (GAL) 2012 - 2016

Degrees / Diplomas

  • Professor of Anaesthesiology, Uni Zürich (2018)
  • Diploma Point of Care Ultrasound and Course Director, Swiss Society for Ultrasound in Medicine SGUM (2018)
  • Privatdozent (PD), Lecturer, Uni Bern (2009)
  • Diploma Interventional Pain Medicine SSIPM (2008)
  • Diploma Dose Intensive X-Ray (2004)
  • Diploma of the Swiss Medical Association FMH; Speciality Anaesthesiology (2000)
  • Diploma of the European Academy of Anesthesiology, D.E.A.A (1999)
  • Thesis: Nocturnal Periodic Breathing and Development of Acute High Altitude Illness (Uni Bern 1997)
  • Diploma of the Swiss Confederation as Physician (1991)


  • 1993 Research, High Altitude Medicine, Departement of Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine, Universität Heidelberg (D)


  • 2014 Vetsuisse, Faculty of Veterinary Surgery, University of Bern (PhD project of Dr Helene Rohrbach, veterinary surgeon)
  • 2011 - 2015 3R Research Foundation Project No 122/10 (PhD project of Dr Helene Rohrbach, veterinary surgeon)
  • 2011 SonoSite and Siemens Schweiz AG, unrestricted research grant
  • 2006 - 2007 Research grant from the Swiss Society of Anaesthetics and Resuscitation (SGAR)
  • 1989 – 1996 Contributed to generating funding for high altitude medicine studies (NF 32-33729.92; NF 3200-40710.94; NF 3200-045453.95; DFG Ba 1368/2-1)


  • Since 11/2020 Co-President SGAR (Swiss Society for Anesthesia and Resuscitation) 
  • Since 2017 Board Member of the Education Committee POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound) 
  • Since 2017 Board Member PK Immo AG
  • Since 2010 Board Member of the ICAN (Intensive Care, Surgery, Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine) Division of the SGUM
  • Member of the Continuing Professional Development Committee of the Swiss Society for Interventional Pain Management (SSIPM)
  • European Society for Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA)
  • European Society for Anaesthesia (ESA)
  • Bern Association of Anaesthetists (VBA)
  • Vice President, Member of the Foundation Board and of the Investment Committee of the Pension Fund (VSAO) (since 1997)

Reviewer and editorial board activities

  • Anesthesiology, British Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Editor Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine since January 2020
  • Clinical Journal of Pain
  • Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
  • Anesthesia & Analgesia
  • Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Journal of Pharmacology
  • Anesthesiology Journal for Clinical Anatomy 
  • European Journal of Anaesthesiology 
  • Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine


We would be happy to arrange an appointment with you.

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


Prof Dr Urs Eichenberger and his team use the latest anesthetic 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 anesthetic and pain clinics.

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