PD Dr. med. univ. Patrick Vavken

Specialist in
Orthopaedic surgery and traumatology
Interdisciplinary focuses
Sports medicine (SGSM)
Interventional Pain Management (SSIPM)
German, English
Dr. Vavken is an internationally trained specialist in orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery with a special interest in the elbow and shoulder. He also has many years of experience in treating adolescent athletes and sports injuries during growth. Born and raised in Austria, he studied medicine in Vienna and epidemiology in London. Specialty training in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic trauma in Austria, the US, and Switzerland followed. Subsequently, he completed further training and fellowships in orthopedic sports medicine and shoulder and elbow surgery and elbow arthroscopy.

Core competencies

Before joining alphaclinic, Dr. Vavken worked as an attending orthopedic surgeon in shoulder and elbow surgery as well as upper extremity traumatology at the University Hospital Basel and the University Children’s Hospital Basel. Dr. Vavken also gathered experience working as an orthopedic sports medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital for a number of years. He treated numerous athletes with shoulder problems and unstable joints and covered multiple sports teams and events, including the Boston Ballet and the Boston Marathon.


  • Arthroscopic and open interventions as well as conservative treatments for tendon injuries (Tennis / golfer’s elbow /biceps tendon)
  • Instabilities and ligament reconstruction
  • Stiff elbows or movement restrictions
  • Treatment of cartilage defects
  • Treatment of nerve entrapments
  • Treatment of fractures and corrective interventions in posttraumatic states
  • Treatment of joint osteoarthritis
  • Joint replacement


  • Arthroscopic and open interventions as well as conservative treatments for tendon defects, ruptures and calcifications
  • Instability or movement restrictions /shoulder stiffness
  • Cartilage defects
  • Treatment of fractures and corrective interventions in posttraumatic states
  • Treatment of joint osteoarthritis
  • Joint replacement

Sports Medicine of Growing Children

  • Osteochondritis dissecans / cartilage defects of adolescents
  • Joint instabilities during growth
  • Fractures and tendon injuries of children and adolescents
  • Problems with hypermobility

Professional career

2015 - to date
Shoulder and elbow surgery, alphaclinic Zurich
2014 - 2015
Senior physician for shoulder and elbow surgery / traumatology of upper extremity, University clinic for Orthopedics, University Hospital of Basel and University Children Hospital of Basel
2005 - 2013
Assistant of Orthopedics and Traumatology, specializing doctor in Australia, the USA and Switzerland
2010 - 2012
Instructor in Orthopedic surgery, Harvard Medical School, Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital
2008 - 2009
Fellowship, Department of Orthopedic surgery, Boston Children's Hospital

Schools, university & degrees and diplomas

Specialist in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System FMH
Habilitation in Orthopedic Surgery, Medical University Graz, Austria
2006 - 2008
Master's program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
1999 - 2005
Doctoral Program in Human Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
ECFMG Certification

Further information

2015 AGA Elbow Fellowship
2013 Finalist Michael-Jäger Prize, GOTS
2011 Swiss Foundation for Excellence and Talent in Biomedical Research
2010 Excellence in Tutoring Award, Harvard Medical School
2005 Science Prize of the Austrian Society of Orthopedics, Vienna, Austria

Practices at

Memberships and partnerships

  • Doctors Association of Canton Zurich
  • FMH
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Orthopedic Research Society
  • German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Austrian Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery

Publications & videos

Events & lectures