Short CV/Education and training

Clinical and Academic Appointments

  • 2015
    Clinical Visiting Professor, University of Illinois Chicago, Anesthesiology

  • Since 2005
    Leitende Ärztin (Senior/Chief Anesthesiologist, Institute of Anesthesiology – University Hospital Zurich

  • Since 1997
    Senior Investigator and Group Leader, Institute of Physiology and Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology, University of Zurich; Institute of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Zurich

Funding

  •  
    Approx. 8 Mio CHF

Trainings

  • 1994 – 1996
    Research Fellow – The University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (Prof. P. Ward) and Parke-Davis/WarnerLambert, Pharmaceutical Research Division, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Department of Immunopathology (Dr. D. Schrier)

  • 1988 – 1993
    Residency (Department of Surgery, Solothurn General Hospital; Institute of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Zurich; Department of Internal Medicine, Waedenswil Hospital; Senior Emergency Anesthesiologist – REGA)

Certifications

  • 2001
    Academician of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology

  • 1996
    USA – Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates ECFMG

  • 1996
    Switzerland – Board examination and certification in Anaesthesiology

  • 1994
    Europe – Diploma of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology (D.E.A.A.)

  • 1992
    Switzerland – Emergency Medicine Association of the Swiss Emergency Physicians

  • 1988
    Switzerland – Swiss Confederation Diploma, Federal Office of Public Health

Degrees

  • 2016
    Nomination Endowment Professor of Anesthesiology Medical Faculty (Ordinariat ad personam), University of Zurich

  • 2009
    Nomination Full Professor of Anesthesiology Medical Faculty (Extraordinariat ad personam), University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2003
    Habilitation (PD Dr. med.)

  • 1988
    Doctor of Medicine (Dr. med.), University of Bern

  • 1988
    Medical Degree – Staatsexamen (med., M.D.), University of Bern, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Schadde E, Tsatsaris C, Swiderska-Syn M, Breitenstein S, Urner M, Schimmer R, Booy C, Roth Z’graggen B, Wenger RH, Spahn DR, Hertl M, Knechtle S, Diehl AM, Schläpfer M*, Beck-Schimmer B* * shared last authorship Hypoxia of the growing liver accelerates regeneration Surgery, 2017;162:666-79

  • Kellner P, Müller M, Piegeler T, Eugster P, Booy C, Schläpfer M*, Beck-Schimmer B* * shared senior authorship Sevoflurane abolishes oxygenation impairment in a long-term rat model of acute lung injury Anesth Analg, 2017; 124(1):194-203

  • Beck-Schimmer B*, Bonvini J*, Braun J, Seeberger M, Neff TA, Risch TJ, Stüber F, Vogt A, Weder W, Schneiter D, Filipovic M, Puhan M * shared first authorship Which anesthesia regimen is best to reduce morbidity and mortality in lung surgery? Anesthesiology, 2016; 125(2):313-21

  • Schläpfer M, Piegeler T, Dull RO, Schwartz DE, Mao M, Bonini MG, Roth Z’Graggen B, Beck-Schimmer B*, Minshall, RD* * shared senior authorship Propofol increases morbidity and mortality in a rat model of sepsis Crit Care, 2015, 19:45

  • Beck-Schimmer B*, Bonvini JM*, Schadde E, Dutkowski P, Oberkofler CE, Lesurtel M, DeOliveira ML, Figueira E, Rocha Filho JA, Costa Auler JO Jr, D'Albuquerque LA, Reyntjens K, Wouters P, Rogiers X, Debaerdemaeker L, Ganter MT, Weber A, Puhan MA, Clavien PA, Breitenstein S * shared first authorship Conditioning with sevoflurane in liver transplantation. Results of a multicenter randomized controlled trial Transplantation, 2015; 99:1606-12

  • Müller-Edenborn B, Frick R, Piegeler T, Schläpfer M, Roth-Z'graggen B, Schlicker A, Beck-Schimmer B Volatile anaesthetics reduce neutrophil inflammatory response by interfering with CXC receptor 2 signalling Br J Anaesth, 2015; 114(1):143-9

  • Herrmann IK, Castellon M, Schwartz DE, Hasler M, Urner M, Hu G, Minshall RD, Beck-Schimmer B Volatile anesthetics improve survival following cecal ligation and puncture Anesthesiology, 2013; 119:901-6 (article with editorial)

  • Steurer MP, Steurer MA, Baulig W, Piegeler T, Schläpfer M, Spahn DR, Falk V, Dreessen P, Theusinger OM, Schmid ER, Schwartz D, Neff TA*, Beck-Schimmer B* * shared senior authorship Late pharmacologic conditioning with volatile anesthetics after cardiac surgery Crit Care, 2012; 16:R191

  • Müller-Edenborn B, Z’graggen B, Bartnicka K, Borgeat A, Hoos A, Borsig L, Beck-Schimmer B Volatile anesthetics reduce invasion of colorectal cancer cells through downregulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 Anesthesiology, 2012; 117:293-301

  • Beck-Schimmer B*, Breitenstein S*, Bonvini J, Lesurtel M, Ganter M, Weber A, Puhan M, Clavien PA * shared first authorship Protection of pharmacological postconditioning in liver surgery. Results of a prospective randomized controlled trial Ann Surg, 2012; 256:837-44



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Organ Protection

  • Mechanisms of organ protection in sepsis and/or acute lung injury.

    Collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. D. Schwartz, Prof. Dr. R. Minshall, Prof. Dr. R. Dull. Funding: University of Zurich, Switzerland, Transfer Office. 04/2011 – 12/2014, 10/2015-02/2016. Beck-Schimmer PI.

  • Anesthesia and circulating tumor cells (CTC). Collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. D. Schwartz, Prof. Dr. R. Minshall, Prof. Dr. R. Dull. Collaboration with the Functional Material Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Prof. Dr. W. Stark. Funding: Swiss National Research Foundation. Grant Nr. 320030_160283. Beck-Schimmer PI.

  • Impairment of the blood-brain barrier: Evaluation of the effect of pharmacological postconditioning. A study from in vitro to in vivo to the patient. Collaboration within the University Research Priority Program Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP). Funding through ZIPH. Beck-Schimmer PI.

  • Evaluation of ischemia-reperfusion injury in liver surgery; Organ protection in liver surgery. Collaboration with the Department of Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Prof. Dr. PA. Clavien. Funding: Swiss National Research Foundation Grant. 04/2011 – 06/2015. Beck-Schimmer Co-Investigator.

  • Immunomodulatory effects of trifluorinated small molecules: new therapeutic opportunities for ischemia-reperfusion injury. Collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. D. Schwartz, Prof. Dr. R. Minshall. Funding: Swiss National Research Foundation. Grant Nr. 320030_141216. 04/2012 – 03/2015. Transfer Office, University of Zurich 10/2015-02/2016. Beck-Schimmer PI.

  • Perioperative repair mechanisms: Liver regeneration under hypoxia. Recently established collaboration with a team of surgeons and hepatologists at Rush University, Chicago. Funding: Jubliläumsstiftung Mobiliar 10/2017-09/2019. Beck-Schimmer Co-PI.

Nanomedicine

  • Nanotechnology: Chances and risks of nanomaterials: From magnetic micro- to nanoparticles. Collaboration with the Functional Material Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Prof. Dr. W. Stark. Funding: Swiss National Research Foundation, National Research Program Grant Nr. 406440-131268. 01/2011 – 12/2013 and prolongation 01/2014 – 12/2015. Beck-Schimmer PI.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Other Responsibilities (most important ones)

  • Vice Dean Academic Career Development and Equal Opportunities, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, since 2017

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – Member of the National Research Council, Biology and Medicine division, start April 2012; Member of the Specialized Committee Careers; Chair of the Professorship Committee, Biology and Medicine; President of the Committee Careers; Member of the Executive Board of the SNSF, since 2016

  • Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), Drexel University – fellow of the 2015/2016 program, 2015 – 2016

  • Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMW) – Member and Executive Board member, http://www.samw.ch/en/Portrait/Excecutive-Board.html, 2014

  • Anesthesiology – Associate Editor http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/public/EditorialBoard.aspx, since 2013

  • Mentoring Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich – Mentoring program for young researchers (career planning, special focus on females); Program Director, since 2011

  • Gender Equality Action Plan, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich – Responsible member of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich (program director) for the project ‘Filling the gap’

    http://www.med.uzh.ch/Nachwuchsfoerderung/fillingthegap_en.html

Additional qualifications

  • Clinical Visiting Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, since 07/2011


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