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Frédéric Cornaz
Dr. med., MAS MP

Frédéric Cornaz

Consultant i.V., Spine Fellow
German, English, French


  • Spine
  • Biomechanical research
  • Medical Physics

Honors and awards

  • Venel Prize 2022 with the paper "Biomechanical Contributions of Spinal Structures with Different Degrees of Disc Degeneration"
  • Nomination for the Maurice E. Müller Best Paper Award 2022 with the article "Where does the pedicle screw get its hold?"
  • Science Award of Balgrist University Hospital 2022 with the paper "Hydrostatic integrity of the intervertebral disc assessed by MRI"
  • Nomination for the Balgrist University Hospital Science Award 2021 with the article "Biomechanical contribution of spinal structures to stability of the lumbar spine-novel biomechanical insights"


  • 2020–2022 Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Medical Physics, ETH Zurich 
  • 2010–2016 Study of Human Medicine, University of Zurich (UZH)

Professional career

  • 2022–2023 Assistant physician, Clinic for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Cantonal Hospital Winterthur (PD Dr. E. Benninger, Prof. Dr. C. Meier)
  • 2019–2022 Resident, Department of Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof. Dr. M. Farshad), Physician Scientist Program from 2020 and studies in Medical Physics, ETH Zurich, from 2020
  • 201–2019 Scientific activity, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof. Dr. M. Farshad), Department of Orthopaedics, University of Zurich and Institute for Biomechanics, ETH Zurich (Prof. Dr. J. Snedeker)
  • 2017–2018 Assistant physician, Clinic for Surgery, Zollikerberg Hospital (Dr. S. Müller)
  • 2016–2017 Dissertation in human medicine under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dominik Meyer, EMPA Dübendorf

Degrees / Diplomas

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Zurich
  • Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Medical Physics, ETH Zurich



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