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Thorsten Jentzsch
PD Dr. med., M.Sc.

Thorsten Jentzsch

Consultant Spine Surgery, Head of Site UWZH at Schaffhausen Canton Hospital
German, English

Academic position

Specialist in Orthopedic Surgery, Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System (CH and D) and lecturer at the University of Zurich


Spine Surgery

Honors and awards

  • 2020 Chief Clinical Spine Fellow, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada
  • 2018 Paper of the month of Balgrist University Hospital with the contribution "Radiological and Clinical Outcome After Reversed L-Shaped Osteotomy: A Large Retrospective Swiss Cohort Study".
  • 2015 Nomination for the Science Award of Balgrist University Hospital with the paper "Expression of MSH2 and MSH6 on a tissue microarray in patients with osteosarcoma".


  • 2021 Interdisciplinary Specialty Title Spine Surgery (SIWF)

University degree

  • 2016 Distance learning Master of Science in Epidemiology, University of London and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.
  • 2013 Doctorate in Medicine at Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zurich.
  • 2010 Study of human medicine and license to practice medicine, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

Continuing professional development

  • United States medical licensing examination (USMLE) steps 1 and 2 clinical knowledge (CK) and clinical skills (CS), educational commission for foreign medical graduates (ECFMG) certificate, USMLE Step 3, America
  • Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL), America
  • Various clinical and research-oriented training courses
  • Study abroad (e.g. elective year) during medical studies
    • Hematology and Oncology, University of Otago at Wellington, New Zealand
    • Emergency Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
    • Orthopedics and Traumatology, University of Texas at San Antonio, America
    • Orthopedics and Traumatology, University of Cincinnati, America
    • Orthopedics and Traumatology, Emergency Medicine and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
    • Orthopedics, Balgrist University Hospital Orthopedics, Fleetinsel Clinic, Hamburg, Germany
    • Orthopedics, König-Ludwig-Haus, Würzburg, Germany
    • Radiology, University Hospital Würzburg, Germany
    • Orthopedics, Traumatology and Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, America

Professional career

  • Since 2021 Consultant, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics (Prof. Dr. M. Farshad, MPH), Balgrist University Hospital
  • 2018–2019 Consultant, Orthopedics (Prof. Dr. M. Farshad, MPH), Balgrist University Hospital
    • Spine Surgery
    • Hip and pelvic surgery


  • 2017–2018 Residency and Physician Fast Track, Orthopedics (Prof. Dr. M. Farshad, MPH), Balgrist University Hospital
  • 2017 Specialist examination and grant for Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System (CH), Muttenz
  • 2017 Specialist examination and granting for orthopedics and trauma surgery (D), Hamburg, Germany
  • 2017 Resident, Orthopedics and Traumatology (PD Dr. K. Eid), Kantonsspital Baden, Germany
  • 2015–2017 Resident, Physician Fast Track and Resident Spokesperson, Orthopedics (Prof. Dr. C. Gerber), Balgrist University Hospital
  • 2014–2015 Research Associate, Trauma Surgery (Prof. Dr. H.-P. Simmen), University Hospital Zurich and University of Zurich
  • 2010–2014 Resident, Trauma Surgery (Prof. Dr. H.-P. Simmen) including Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine (Dr. P. Steiger), University Hospital Zurich

Teaching posts

  • 2018 Sports Medicine Mantle Study.
  • Since 2015 Repetitorium for medical students
  • Since 2011 Supervision of dissertations and master theses, University of Zurich.
  • Since 2009 Clinical examination course of the musculoskeletal system, repetitorium for medical students, suture and knot course, University of Zurich
  • Until 2009 Biochemistry and physiology lecture and tutor, Bavarian Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany


  • 2019–2020 Fellowship in complex spine surgery, neurosurgery (M. G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, E. Massicotte, MD, M.Sc, MBA, FRCSC) and orthopedics (S. J. Lewis, MD, M.Sc, FRCSC, Y. R. Rampersaud, MD, FRCSC), Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada, accredited by the Association for Osteosynthesis (AO) Spine
    • Focus on adult and pediatric deformity correction, minimally invasive techniques and tumors
    • Seconded from Balgrist University Hospital


Fellowship in Spine Surgery

  • 2019–2020 Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich

Distance learning MSc Epidemiology

  • 2014 CHF 14 189, University Hospital Zurich
  • 2014 CHF 3547, Swiss Trauma Foundation, Dietlikon 


  • Swiss Orthopaedics, Bourg-en-Lavaux
  • Association of Swiss Physicians (FMH), Bern
  • AOSpine, Davos
  • Association of Swiss Assistant and Senior Physicians (VSAO), Bern

Scientific projects

  • Various projects with focus on spine surgery and epidemiology in orthopedics
  • Statistical consulting and analysis in various projects
  • Supervision of master theses and dissertations

Other activities

  • Until 2000 handball team squad of the Hamburg selection, northeast German selection and youth national team until the end of his career due to a patella tendinitis syndrome

Reviewer and editorial board activities

  • Reviewer European Radiology
  • Reviewer Injury
  • Reviewer Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
  • Reviewer PLOSONE
  • Reviewer BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Reviewer European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery



The go-to place for back problems

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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