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Sandro Fucentese
Prof. Dr. med.

Sandro Fucentese

Head of Knee Surgery
Senior Consultant
German, Italian, English, French

Academic position

Clinical Professor, Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich

Honors and awards

  • JEO Best Paper Award 2020–2021
  • ISB Clinical Biomechanics Award: "Tibio-femoral kinematics of natural versus replaced knees – A comparison using dynamic videofluoroscopy", 2021
  • ASG Traveling Fellowship 2011 (UK, Canada, USA)
  • 1st Prize awarded by the German-speaking Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery (AGA): "Trochleoplasty for the treatment of recurring patella luxation", 2006
  • 3rd Marathon prize awarded by the Swiss Society for Orthopaedics (SGO): "Evaluation of Non-operatively Treated Supraspinatus Tears", 2006

University degree

  • 1999 University of Zurich


  • Since January 2014 Team Leader for Knee Surgery, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof C. Gerber)
  • 2011 Deputy Team Leader for Knee Surgery, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof C. Gerber)
  • 2008 Consultant, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof C. Gerber)
  • 2007–2008 Consultant, Orthopaedic and Traumatology Clinic, Cantonal Hospital of Baden (Dr med. R.-P. Meyer / PD Dr med. K. Eid)
  • 2007 Medical specialist for Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the musculoskeletal system
  • 2006–2007 Consultant, Clinic for Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Zurich (Prof O. Trentz)
  • 2006 Deputy Consultant, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof C. Gerber)
  • 2004–2006 Resident, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof C. Gerber)
  • 2003–2004 Resident, Clinic and PolyClinic for Orthopaedic Surgery, Inselspital, Bern (Prof R. Ganz)
  • 2002–2003 Resident, Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich, (Prof C. Gerber)
  • 2001 Resident; Clinic for General Surgery, GZO Wetzikon (Dr R. Stieger)
  • 2000 Research assistant; Biomechanical Laboratory, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich, (Dr H.A.C. Jacob / Prof C. Gerber)


  • Group of experts in the knee, Swiss Orthopaedics
  • European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) & Osteotomy Group (ESSKA)
  • VSAO (Swiss Association of Residents and Consultants)
  • FMH (Swiss Medical Federation)
  • SGOT (Swiss Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology)
  • AJSM Reviewer

Disclosure of outside professional activities and interests

  • Medacta: Consultant
  • Zimmer Biomet: Consultant
  • FA Storz: Consultant

Scientific projects

  • Knee endoprosthetics (knee prosthesis) with movement analyses in collaboration with ETH Zurich
  • Revisions of knee prostheses
  • Instabilities and diseases of the kneecap (patella)
  • Knee joint replacement in patients with hemophilia
  • Joint preserving knee surgery with cartilage surgery, axis corrections and complex reconstructions
  • Treatment of simple to very complex ligament injuries (anterior, posterior cruciate ligament and collateral ligaments)

Other activities

  • 2005 - 2008 Official Tournament Doctor, WTA Zurich Open


Knee surgery

The knee is the largest joint in the human body. Disease or injury to this joint can severely restrict mobility. PD Dr Sandro Fucentese and his team will find the best form of treatment for you, using the very latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, computer-assisted navigation, and arthroscopy.

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