Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital
Thierry Carrel was born in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1960. He studied medicine at the University of Berne and graduated in 1984. Between 1984 and 1989, he trained as a general surgeon in Basel and Berne and obtained the Swiss Medical Board in General Surgery in 1990. Subsequently he underwent training in Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital in Zürich and received the Swiss Board in this speciality in 1994. After post-graduate periods in Hannover, Paris, Helsinki and Baltimore (Public Health Institute), he returned to Switzerland and was appointed in 1999 as Full Professor at the University of Berne and Chairman of the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital. Between 1999 and 2005, he refused several nominations at Swiss and foreign medical universities. Between July 2006 and June 2008, he was Chairman of the Clinic for Cardiac Surgery at the University of Basle. In 2014 he helped at the realization of the first private-pubiic partnership for cardiac surgery between the University Hospital in Bern and the well-known swiss private health care group Hirslanden (MediClinic); together with colleagues he runs this satellite institution with great success.
In the last 30 years, Thierry Carrel has performed around 10’000 procedures as operator, teacher or assistant. He is author of more than 650 peer-reviewed publications (PubMed), and member of the Editorial Board of several international journals. The clinical and experimental research group of his institution has received several grants from the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research and from other sponsors and was honoured by 40 prizes. Special clinical interests are surgery on the thoracic aorta, congenital surgery as well as surgical heart failure strategies. Since 2001, he is visiting the Heart Institute in Perm in the Ural region and helped develop a programm for congenital cardiac surgery. In 2014 he constituted the foundation Corelina for children hearts and support cardiological and surgical activities in Rabat (Marocco). In 2013 he received the Da Vinci award of the EACTS as best teacher of Europe. In 2015 he received the title of a honorary doctor from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Freiburg.