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Thierry Carrel

Thierry Carrel, M.D., Professor of Surgery
University Hospital Bern
Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery
Bern  3010
+41 31 632 23 75
+41 31 632 21 11 (alternative)
+41 31 632 44 43 (fax)
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Adult Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Practice area(s)

Cardiac Guidelines
Left-handed Surgery
Endocarditis and Inflammatory Diseases
Heart Failure
Mechanical Circulatory Assistance
Professional Affairs
Mechanical Circulatory Assistance
Valve Disease
Coronary Disease


Medical School Freiburg and Berne, CH (MD 1984)
General Surgery Residency Basle and Berne CH (1984-1988)
Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital of Zürich (1989-1995)
Fellowship in Congenital Surgery in Le Plessis Robinson, Paris, France, 1994
Fellowship in Aortic Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Germany, 1994
Fellowship in Congenital Surgery, Children Hospital Helsinki, Finland 1995
Fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery and Hospital Management, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA 1999
Swiss Board of General Surgery 1990
Swiss Board of Cardiovascular Surgery 1993
Professor of Surgery 1997
Chairman, Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Bern. Switzerland, 1999


Thierry Carrel 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. Later, 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 Bern 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 ad interim of the Clinic for Cardiac Surgery at the University of Basel.
Thierry Carrel is author of more than 650 peer-reviewed publications, and member of the Editorial Board of several international journals (EJCTS, JTCVS) Special clinical interests are surgery on the thoracic aorta, congenital surgery as well as surgical heart failure strategies. Since 2000, he is visiting the Heart Institute in Perm in the Ural region (Russia) and helped to promote congenital surgery. In 2013 he received the Da Vinci award of the EACTS as best teacher of Europe.