Prof. Dr. med. Clément M. L. Werner

Specialist in
Orthopaedic surgery and traumatology
Line of action
Spine Surgery
German, French, English, Spanish


Core competencies

EBSQ Traumatology

  • Clinical
  • Surgery on the axial skeleton (spine, pelvis, acetabulum, hip)
  • Osteoporotic fractures of the spine and pelvis
  • Surgery on metastasis of the spine and pelvis regions
  • Hip joint surgery (joint-preserving, endoprosthetics, revision endoprosthetics)
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques on the spine and hip
  • Interventional pain therapy
  • Second opinions and expert assessments

Professional career

2016 - to date
Ortho Clinic Zurich
Deputy Clinical Director
Member of the supervision commission of USZ purchases and former deputy head of the subcommission implants
Leader of a total of 3 research groups (osteology, biomechanics and clinical research)
Assessment expertise: Certificate of medical officer SSGV-SSMC, member of the advisory committee of the USZ directorate-general
2008 - 2016
Senior Physician of spine, pelvic, hip surgery, clinic of trauma surgery, Zurich University Hospital
Senior Physician
Clinic of Orthopedics (2 years), Uniklinik Balgrist (Prof. C. Gerber)
2005 - 2008


8/2005-7/2006 Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology
Dept. of Orthopaedic Traumatology
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
(Dir: A.Pollak, MD; C.Turen, MD)

8/2006-1/2007 Fellowship in Spine Surgery
Dept. of Orthopaedics
University of Maryland Medical system
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
(Dir: D. Gelb, MD)

2/2007-7/2008 Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology
Orthopaedic Trauma Service
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, New York, U.S.A.
(Dir: D.L.Helfet, MD)

2000 - 2003

Residency and boards certification (Facharzt FMH für Orthopädische Chirurgie und Traumatologie des Bewegungsapparates)

1-12/2000: resident, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Tiefenauspital Bern, Dr. S. Birrer, Prof. Dr. H.U. Stäubli
1-12/2001:research resident in Biomechanics lab, Uniklinik Balgrist, Zurich, Dr. H.A.C. Jacob / Prof. C. Gerber
1-12/2002: resident (private resident 6-12/2002), Traumatology, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Prof. O. Trentz
1/2003-9/2008: consultant, Orthopaedics, Uniklinik Balgrist, Prof. C. Gerber
10/2008: senior consultant, Traumatology, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Prof. H.-P. Simmen

Schools, university & degrees and diplomas

Right to award doctorates Medical faculty, University Zurich
European Specialization Exams EBSQ Traumatology (October 2015, Recognition of medical specialization in general and trauma surgery in Switzerland)
Nominated for the sponsored award of the forum managed care (FMC) 2014
Executive MBA
Professorship in Economics University of Zurich (2014) with the thesis "Reversed" or "Bottom-up"-HMO. A possible managed care alternative to the reduction of health costs.
Nominated for the forum managed care (FMC) sponsorship award 2015
Invitation to the second national conference of Health 2010 by Federal Councilor Alain Berset to discuss the results
Executive MBA University of Zurich
Professorship Medical Faculty University of Zurich, 2012
Habilitation (Venia legendi) Medical Fyculty of Zurich

Facharztprüfungen Orthopädie FMH (Swiss boards examinations for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Trauma)
1. part (MC) passed July 2005
2. part (oral and operative) passed November 2005

Price Harold Vasey-Price for best national oral board exam (Swiss national boards SGO 2005)

Basisexamen Chirurgie (general surgery exam)
Promotion (Medical thesis) Zurich 2000, Rekonstruktion posttraumatischer Knochendefekte an den unteren Extremitäten:
Kallusdistraktion oder mikrovaskularisierte Knochentransplantation? (Prof. O. Trentz)
Graduation Zurich
1992 - 1999
Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Memberships and partnerships

Professional societies:
  • Swiss Medical Association FMH (2000)
  • Doctors of Zurich (2014)
  • Swiss Orthopedics (2007)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons AAOS (2006)
  • Orthopedic Trauma Association OTA (2006)
  • Swiss Working Group for Osteosynthesis Questions AO (2000)
  • Swiss Working Gorup for Osteosynthesis Questions AO Spine (2007)
  • Association of the leading Swiss hospital administrators VLSS (2015)
  • Swiss Society of medical Examiners (2007)

Memberships in specialist committees:
  • Expert group Trauma of Swiss Orthopedics
  • Member of the Rheumaplattform Schweiz
  • Key Opinion Leader (KOL) Expert Group Bayer Xarelto
  • KOL Medtronic Spine Trauma
  • KOL Medtronic Spine Tumors
  • KOL Kyphon vertebral augmentation techniques
  • KOL SIBone ISG arthropathies
Editorial Board:
  • BMC surgery (Editorial Board BMC surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American volume)
  • Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Publications & videos

Events & lectures