Michael Betz
PD Dr. med.

Michael Betz

Senior Consultant Spine Surgery
Languages
German, English, French

Academic position

Privatdozent, Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich

Specialisation

Spine Surgery

Honors and awards

  • 2014 Best Paper Award in Clinical Research for Orthopaedics at Balgrist 
  • 2011 3rd prize for ’My first communication’, yearly congress of the Swiss Society for Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SGOT)

Graduate

  • 2021 Interdisciplinary Specialty Title Spine Surgery (SIWF)
  • 2021 Master Certificate of the German Spine Society (DWG)
  • 2018 Awarded the Venia legendi [highest teaching award] for Orthopaedics, University of Zurich
  • 2018 European Spine Diploma / Basic Certificate of the DWG
  • 2016 Certified Surveyor SIM
  • 2014 Fellow of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • 2013 Specialist in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System (FMH)
  • 2007 State examinations and awarded degree of Doctor of Medicine, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • 2000 – 2007 Medical School, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), Rennes (France) and Geneva (Switzerland)

Professional career

  • Since 2018 Senior Consultant Spine Surgery, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof. Farshad)
  • 2014 - 2018 Consultant Spine Surgery, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof. Gerber / Prof. Farshad)
  • 2014 Consultant Orthopedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof. Gerber)
  • 2013 - 2014 Consultant, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Geneva University Hospital (Prof. Hoffmeyer)
  • 2011 - 2013 Resident in Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Geneva (Prof. Hoffmeyer)
  • 2009 - 2011 Resident in Orthopedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof. Gerber)
  • 2008 - 2009 Research Assistant, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof. Fuchs)
  • 2007 - 2008 Resident in General Surgery and Traumatology, Montreux Hospital (Dr. Martinet, Dr. Stutz)

Postgraduate

Consultant

  • 2014 Staff member, Department of Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof. Christian Gerber)
  • 2013 – 2014 Staff member, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Geneva University Hospital (Prof. Pierre Hoffmeyer)

Resident

  • 2011 – 2013 Resident, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Geneva University Hospital (Prof. Pierre Hoffmeyer)
  • 2009 – 2011 Resident, Department of Orthopaedics, Balgrist University Hospital (Prof. Christian Gerber)
  • 2008 – 2009 Research assistant, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Prof. Bruno Fuchs)
  • 2007 – 2008 Resident, Department of General Surgery and Traumatology, Montreux Hospital (Dr. Olivier Martinet, Dr. Peter Stutz)

Teaching posts

  • Lecturer at the University of Zurich
  • Lecturer Bachelor Course Human Medicine ETH Zurich
  • Lecturer Careum Education Center

Memberships

  • FMH (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum) 
  • Swiss Orthopaedics (SGOT)
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für spinale Chirurgie (SGS)
  • Deutsche Wirbelsäulengesellschaft (DWG)
  • Eurospine

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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