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  • 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!

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The experienced team of the laparoscopic training center in Zurich

Dr. sc. techn. Martina Vitz, laparoscopic training center, Zurich

After finishing her masters in physics in 1989 at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen, Germany, Dr. sc. techn. Martina Vitz received a scholarship from the ERASMUS foundation and finished post-grad studies in biomedical technology in Patras, Greece. In 1996 she concluded her studies with a Ph.D in applied physics from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Lausanne and afterwords worked as a consultant for several medical technology companies. 

On recommendation from Dr. med. Jan F. Kukleta, Martina Vitz was asked to build up the laparoscopic training center in Zurich, after Dr. Kukleta had inspired the Frieda Locher Hofmann Foundation with this idea. 

Since 2004 Martina Vitz leads the laparoscopic training center and is responsible for the planning, organization and operations of a variety of virtual reality training programs. Apart from the trainings in the lapcenter she also offers simulator and simulation training guidance to a number of hospitals.

Since 2007 she shares responsibility for planning and execution of international training curricula in cooperation with a number of companies in the medical technology area (Simbionix, Surgical Science, VirtaMed, JnJ ProfEd).

Together with Prof. Dr. med Rachel Rosenthal and PD Dr. med Dieter Hahnloser she guides the virtual reality trainings at the AGC Davos course and is a founding member of the Schweizer Arbeitsgemeinschaft für chirurgische Simulation (Swiss workgroup for surgical simulation). 

Dr. med. Jan F. Kukleta, FMH Chirurgie, Zürich

Dr. med. Jan F. Kukleta finished medical school with a Ph.D. in 1975. Under Prof. Dr. med A. Akovibiantz he was an awarded his FMH degree in 1983. 

He opened a private praxis a the Grossmünsterplatz in Zürich in 1984 and practices since then with a focus on visceral and minimal invasive surgery. He operates in a number of hospitals in Zürich, among them hospitals for the Hirslanden group and he is also a member of the doctoral board at the Klinik im Park.

Dr. Kukleta is very active in the education and training for surgeons. Since 1993 he taught a number of courses in laparoscopy as well as visceral and hernia surgery at the Ethicon European Surgical Institute in Hamburg, Germany and the Covidien training center in Elancourt, France. 

As an early adopter of a range of technologies in the operating room, for a long time he had the idea to use recent advances in technology to improve the education of laparascopic surgery. He was able to convince the Frieda Locher Hofmann Foundation to start the laparoscopic training center and in this way laid the foundation for this successful institution.

Jan Kukleta is also member in a number of surgical organizations, founding member and president of the Schweizer Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hernienchirurgie (Swiss workgroup for hernia surgery), as well as a member of the World Innovation Council of the European Surgical Panel. 

Jerôme Gapany

Since 2005, Jérôme Gapany has been working for the Skill Center at the university hospital Zurich. He instructed and supported young Residents there during their training on the simulator. In this function, he worked together with Dr. sc. techn. Martina Vitz and the laparoscopic training center in order to take advantage of synergies. Since the beginning of 2012, Jérôme Gapany takes care of the data management at the lapcenter and takes over holiday replacements and conducts courses when Martina Vitz is not there.