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Head of Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery PD Dr. med. François Porchet

PD Dr. med. François Porchet

Position and faculty

Head of Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery

To the department Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery


Lumbar disc herniation / disc hernia lumbar spine

Cervical disc herniation / disc hernia cervical spine

Narrowed lumbar nerve channel / spinal canal (stenosis)

Cervical narrowed spinal canal (stenosis)

Instability of the spinal column / arthrosis

Vertebral fracture in osteoporosis

Spinal cord tumor / cysts / tumors of the spinal cord sheaths

Curvature of the spinal column (scoliosis)







Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery
Phone hours
Mo–Th 08.00–17.00
Fr 08.00–16.00
Sa–Su Closed

Medical specialisation



since 2002

Head of Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, Schulthess Klinik


Médecin adjoint Neurochirurgie, Universitätsklinik Lausanne CHUV


Senior Consultant Neurosurgery, Universitätsklinik Lausanne CHUV
(Prof. N. de Tribolet)


Resident Neurology, Universitätsklinik Lausanne CHUV


Consultant Neurosurgery, Universitätsklinik Lausanne CHUV


Resident Neurosurgery, Universitätsklinik Lausanne CHUV


Resident Orthopaedics, Universitätsklinik Balgrist
Activity at the Paraplegic Centre Balgrist


Resident Neurosurgery, Kantonsspital Aarau


Resident General Surgery, Kantonsspital Chur

Education and training


Habilitation as private lecturer for neurosurgery, University of Lausanne


Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche, MER Faculté de Médecine Lausanne


Spine Fellow, Barrow Neurological Institut, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
(Prof. Volker K.H. Sonntag)


Spezialarzt FMH für Neurochirurgie


Doctor of Medicine, University of Basel


Swiss Federal Medical Diploma, Medical Faculty Basel

Scientific activities

Principal Investigator

Lumbar Stenosis Outcome Study LSOS

Swiss Multicenter Outcome Study,

Conjoint with: Universitätsspital  Zürich; Horton Zentrum Zürich; Universitätsspital Balgrist



Appropriateness of Surgery for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (LDS)

Conjoint with: Departement of Social- and Preventive Medecin, University Lausanne


Scientific focus

Spinal Surgery: Outcome Studies

Appropriateness Criteria in Spinal Surgery

Cervical disc prostheses

Spinal surgery of intradural tumors

Scientific Reviewer

European Spine Journal

Medical Consultant

Medacta Swiss und Medtronic International

Scientific Editorial Board

Neurospine Swiss


ETH student course

Formerly student courses University of Lausanne Neurosurgery

Former student courses University of Zurich Neurosurgery

Teaching: SYNS (Swiss young neurosurgeons)


Swiss Society of Neurosurgery SGNCH

Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery SGS (Founding member and former president)

EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe

World Federation of Neurological Surgeon WFNS (Spine Committee Member)

Association of Senior Hospital Physicians of Switzerland VLSS

Medical Association of the Canton of Zurich AGZ

Societé vaudoise de médecine SVM

Awards and honours

Eurospine Prize



Held U, Burgstaller JM, Wertli MM, Pichierri G, Winklhofer S, Brunner F, Porchet F, Farshad M and Steurer J. Prognostic function to estimate the probability of meaningful clinical improvement after surgery - Results of a prospective multicenter observational cohort study on patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. PLoS One, 2018. 13(11):e0207126.

Ulrich NH, Gravestock I, Held U, Schawkat K, Pichierri G, Wertli MM, Winklhofer S, Farshad M, Porchet F, Steurer J and Burgstaller JM. Does Preoperative Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Influence Outcome in Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? Three-Year Results of a Swiss Prospective Multicenter Cohort Study. World Neurosurg, 2018. 114:e1275-e1283.

Fekete TF, Loibl M, Jeszenszky D, Haschtmann D, Banczerowski P, Kleinstück FS, Becker HJ, Porchet F, and Mannion AF. How does patient-rated outcome change over time following the surgical treatment of degenerative disorders of the thoracolumbar spine? Eur Spine J, 2018. 27(3):700-708.

Sutter, M., Eggspuehler, A., Jeszenszky, D., Kleinstück, F., Fekete, T. F., Haschtmann, D., Porchet, F., Dvorak, J. The impact and value of uni- and multimodal intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) on neurological complications during spine surgery: a prospective study of 2728 patients. Eur Spine J, 2018.