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Consultant Dr. med. Robert Vachenauer

Dr. med. Robert Vachenauer Spezialist Fusschirurgie

Position and faculty

Consultant Foot Surgery

To the department Foot Surgery


Foot Surgery
Phone hours
Mo–Th 8:00–17:00
Fr 8:00–16:00
Sa–Su Geschlossen

Medical specialisation

Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System



Even before I started my studies in 1998, it was clear to me that I’d end up doing something surgical, preferably accident surgery/orthopaedics.

Although I gained insights into almost all areas of medicine during my studies at the LMU Munich, I stayed in surgery and started working as an assistant physician in the cardiovascular surgery department of the University Hospital Zurich in 2005. Since accident surgery never really left me, I transferred to the traumatology department of the University Hospital Zurich, managed by Prof. Dr. med. O. Trentz in 2007. The subsequent years only confirmed my decision and I continued to pursue a career as an accident surgeon. I therefore continued my training as a general surgeon and my journey led me to Uster, and then to Bülach, where I became a consultant in surgery, obtaining my specialist qualification in general surgery in 2013. I mainly devoted myself to traumatology, focusing on the musculoskeletal system. As a result, I decided to work towards qualifying as an orthopaedic specialist too and transferred to a position as a consultant in the orthopaedic department of Spital Bülach. My interest in foot and ankle surgery was sparked at an early stage.  As I progressed, trauma surgery increasingly took a back seat to orthopaedics. I was able to gain further insight when I moved to the Schulthess Klinik. Up until my specialist examination in orthopaedics and traumatology of the musculoskeletal system, certified by the Swiss Medical Association (FMH) in 2017, I knew I wanted to devote myself entirely to orthopaedics. When the opportunity arose to move to the Foot and Ankle Surgery department in March 2018, I just had to seize it.

Since June 2018, I have been a consultant in Foot and Ankle Surgery with no less enthusiasm than I had previously for accident surgery.

seit 06/2018

Consultant Foot Surgery, Schulthess Klinik
(Dr. med. P. Rippstein)

seit 04/2015

Orthopaedics, Schulthess Klinik
(Prof. Dr. med. M. Leunig)


Consultant Orthopaedics, Spital Bülach
(Dr. med. M. Els)


Consultant Surgery, Spital Bülach
(KD Dr. med. B. Muff)


Resident Surgery, Spital Uster
(Prof. Dr. med. G. A. Melcher)


Resident Trauma Surgery, Universitätsspital Zürich
(Prof. Dr. med. O. Trentz)


Resident Cardiovascular Surgery, Universitätsspital Zürich
(Prof. Dr. med. M. Genoni)

Education and training


Specialist in General Surgery FMH


Doctorate "Reduction of myocardial reperfusion damage by retrograde VEGF 165 transfection" on the model of the German Landschwein Abteilung experimentelle Kardiologie des Klinikums Grosshadern, München


Study of Human Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich


Vachenauer R, Grünenfelder J, Plass A, Slankamenak K, Pantic L, Kisner D, Genoni M. Changing lifestyle habits as secondary prophylaxis after coronary artery bypass grafting. Heart Surg Forum. 2008;11(4):E243-7.

Leschka S, Keopfli P, Husmann L, Plass A, Vachenauer R, Gaemperli O, Schepis T, Genoni M, Marincek B, Eberli FR, Kaufmann PA, Alkadhi H. Myocardial bridging: depiction rate and morphology at CT coronary angiography--comparison with conventional coronary angiography. Radiology. 2008 Mar;246(3):754-62. Epub 2008 Jan 25

Alkadhi H, Desbiolles L, Husmann L, Plass A, Leschka S, Scheffel H, Vachenauer R, Schepis T, Gaemperli O, Flohr TG, Genoni M, Marincek B, Jenni R, Kaufmann PA, Frauenfelder T. Aortic regurgitation: assessment with 64-section CT. Radiology. 2007 Oct;245(1):111-21. Epub 2007 Aug 23

Scheffel H, Leschka S, Plass A, Vachenauer R, Gaemperli O, Garzoli E, Genoni M, Marincek B, Kaufmann P, Alkadhi H. Accuracy of 64-slice computed tomography for the preoperative detection of coronary artery disease in patients with chronic aortic regurgitation. Am J Cardiol. 2007 Aug 15;100(4):701-6. Epub 2007 Jun 21

Plass A, Grünenfelder J, Reuthebuch O, Vachenauer R, Gauer JM, Zünd G, Genoni M. New transverse plate fixation system for complicated sternal wound infection after median sternotomy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Mar;83(3):1210-2

Scheffel H, Alkadhi H, Plass A, Vachenauer R, Desbiolles L, Gaemperli O, Schepis T, Frauenfelder T, Schertler T, Husmann L, Grünenfelder J, Genoni M, Kaufmann P A, Marincek B, Leschka S. Accuracy of dual-source CT coronary angiography: first experience in a high pre-test probability population without heart rate control. Eur Radiol. 2006 Sep 21

Raake P, von Degenfeld G, Hinkel R, Vachenauer R, Sandner T, Beller S, Andrees M, Kupatt C, Schuler G, Boekstegers P. Myocardial gene transfer by selective pressure-regulated retroinfusion of coronary veins: comparison with surgical and percutaneous intramyocardial gene delivery. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2004 Sep 1;44(5):1124-9

Kupatt C, Hinkel R, Vachenauer R, Horstkotte J, Raake P, Sandner T, Kreuzpointner R, Muller F, Dimmeler S, Feron O, Boekstegers P. VEGF165 transfection decreases postischemic NF-kappa B-dependent myocardial reperfusion injury in vivo: role of eNOS phosphorylation. FASEB J. 2003 Apr;17(6):705-7. Epub 2003 Feb 05