Thierry P. Carrel

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital and University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

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 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 and of 25 scientific societies, mainly in the field of Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery. 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 to promote surgery for newborns and children in this region of Russia. Since 2001, he is visiting the Heart Institute in Perm in the Ural region and helped develop a programm for congenital cardiac surgery. In 2013 he received the Da Vinci award of the EACTS as best teacher of Europe. In 2015 he received the Doctor honoris cause from the University of Freiburg.