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  • February 26, 2018 / New direction! //

    The courses are at the moment not available due to restructuring of The Laparoscopic Training Center Zurich. We are working on a new concept to ease the learning curve not only for manual skills, but for procedural know how too.

  • October 2017 / Jerôme Gapany completes TtT course //

    Our course instructor Jerôme Gapany just successfully passed the Train-the-Trainer course. We congratulate him on this success and are happy to have such a competent instructor in our team!

  • November 2017 / Surgical Mission Saarland e.V. //

    A lapcenter course participant does voluntary work on the philippines operating the poorest oft he poor. Donate today for this great mission!

  • Testimonials from successful courses //

    "The simulator has been totally busy every day for more than 10 hours per day, also on the weekends" (Dr. med. Toomas Ümarik, Tallinn, Estonia)

  • 2017 / "Flying Simulator" //

    Get a simulator for your hospital! For the duration of 3 months, participants can successfully complete a lapcenter basic course on-site, right at your clinic.

  • 2017 / Locations of simulators with lapcenter curriculum //

    You can take simulator courses based on the officially recognized lapcenter curriculum here: lapcenter Zurich, Cantonal Hospitals Lucerne and Zug, University Hospitals Zurich and Basle, CHUV Lausanne. Same as last year, participants receive a certificate over 35 CME (continuous medical education) credits from the Swiss Surgical Society at the end of each course.

  • 2017 / New courses - Register now! //

    Right now the next set of courses starts at the lapcenter. Join today!



Prof Dr. med. Dieter Hahnloser, CHUV, Universitätsspital Lausanne

Prof Dr. med. Dieter Hahnloser studied medicine in Zürich and since 2001 he is consultant surgeon, since 2007 with the special title visceral surgeon. At the Mayo clinic in the USA he specialized in colorectal and laparoscopic surgery. 

From 2003-2001 he worked at the UniversitätsSpitalZürich, heading the colorectal surgery unit where he also first introduced simulator training. He habilitated 2007 in Zürich and published several studies validating surgery simulation. Since 2012 he is Extraordinarius for colorectal surgery at the CHUV UniversitätsSpital Lausanne. Since 2011 he is also the president of the Swiss Association for Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Surgery (SALTC).

Together with Prof. Dr. med. Rachel Rosenthal he is part of the faculty of the AGC Davos Course and responsible for the simulation training; In cooperation they sponsor a Nationalfond project in the area of virtual reality. Dieter Hahnloser together with Rachel Rosenthal and Martina Vitz was a founding member of the Schweizer Arbeitsgemeinschaft für chirurgische Simulation. 

Prof. Dr. med. Rachel Rosenthal, Universitätssiptal Basel

Prof. Dr. med. Rachel Rosenthal finished her medical studies in 1996 with the Swiss and in 1997 with US American degree and received her PhD the same year at the University Basel. After obtaining the title of consultant surgeon she spend 18 months in foundational research and then went back to work as a surgeon. 

Since 2002 she focussed on the application of virtual reality for educational purposes, which lead to several publications, prizes, grants and to her habilitation in 2008 at the University Lausanne. She is part of the core faculty of the AGC Davos Course and responsible for simulation training. She is also founding member of the Schweizer Arbeitsgemeinschaft für chirurgische Simulation together with Prof. Dr. Dieter Hahnloser main proposer of a Nationalfond project in the area of virtual reality. 

Since 2009 she is Martin Allgöwer Professor for Clinical Research at the UniversitätSpital Basel. 

Dr. med. Martin von Websky, Universitätsklinik Bonn, Germany

Dr. med. Martin von Websky studied medicine in Bonn, Germany. After spending a study year in the USA (TE Starl Transplantaion Institute, Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania), he went through a surgical foundational education at the UniversitätsSpital Zürich in the department for visceral and transplantation surgery (Prof. PA Clavien, Zürich, Switzerland). 

To continue his education towards a visceral surgeon, he is back at the Universitätsklinik in Bonn (Prof. JC Kalff) as resident physician. Surgical education, laparoscopy and simulator training are, aside from transplantation medicine, his scientific focus areas.  

PD Dr. med. Michael Bajka, UniversitätsSpital Zürich and Volketswil

PD Dr. med. Michael Bajka finished his medical studies in Zürich in 1990 and received his PhD in the same year. Since 1995 he focuses his research activities on building simulators for surgical training within gynecology. 

As one of the project leaders of the project "Laparoscopic Surgery Simulator“ his team established end of the 1990s an intensive cooperation between several institutes of the University as well as the ETH Zürich. The research fellowship at the Institute for communication technology of the ETH Zürich at the start of the millenium meant also the start for the project „Hysteroscopy Surgery Simulator“, which he lead from 2001-2009 as "Head of Individual Project and Key Researcher“ within the framework of the NCCR "Co-Me" of the Swiss National Fonds. The research was successfully transferred into a spin-off company named "VirtaMed", which Michael Bajka is a founding member of. 

In 2006 he received the Venia legendi for his paper "Virtual Reality Based Hysteroscopy Simulator for Surgical Training”. His clinical and research focus today is on surgical gynecology, i.e. in the development and validation of training programs, in the education of surgeons, as well as in the assessment of surgical skills and competencies. 

Jerôme Gapany

From 2005 on Jérôme Gapany worked for the Skill Center of the UniversitätsSpital and guided young assistant physicians during their simulator training. In this function he worked together with Dr. sc. techn. Martina Vitz and the laparoscopic training center to use synergies. Since 2012 he is responsible at the lapcenter for data management and works as a holiday and absence substitution.