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PD Dr. med. Michael Betz

Michael Betz
Clinical position
Senior Consultant Spine Surgery
Academic position
Privatdozent, Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich
German, English, French

Honours 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)


  • 2018 Awarded the Venia legendi [highest teaching award] for Orthopaedics, University of Zurich
  • 2013 Specialist in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System (FMH) Fellow of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EBOT Exams 2014)
  • 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)



  • 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)


  • 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)


  • VSAO (Association of Swiss Residents and Registrars)
  • FMH (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum)
  • Swiss Orthopaedics (SGOT)

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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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