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Univ.-Prof. Marko Turina, MD

Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Intensive Care

Marko Turina is cardiovascular surgeon with strong research interests. He trained in Switzerland and in USA, and in 1984 was elected to the prestigious chair of cardiovascular surgery at the University Hospital in Zurich, at those times considered to be one of the premier posts in Europe.

He has performed more than 10.000 cardiovascular operations and trained a school of young surgeons who advanced to prominent positions in the field. He was one of the founders of European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, its first General Secretary, Editor of European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and its President. Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich elected him as Dean, an office in which he served for 6 years. In 2002 he created the first internet-based educational journal, Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

  • 1961 MD, University of Zagreb

  • 1974 Specialist in surgery

  • 1976 Director of Experimental Surgery at University Hospital

  • 1977 Assistant Professor of Clinical and Experimental Cardiac Surgery

  • 1982 Associate Professor of surgery

  • 1985 Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

  • 1990 Head of cardiac surgery at City Hospital Triemli

Professional Specialization

  • Surgery

  • Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Intensive Care


  • Dean of the Medical School, University of Zurich

  • Secretary General, European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

  • Editor, European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

  • Editor, Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery


  • Swiss Medical Association

  • Swiss Society for Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

  • German Surgical Association

  • German Society for Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

  • International Society for Heart Transplantation


Honorary member:

  • American Surgical Association

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

  • Austrian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

  • Greek Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Societé de Chirurgie Thoracique et Cardiovasculaire de Langue Française

  • Swiss Society for Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

  • Swiss Society for Vascular Surgery

  • Croatian Surgical Society

  • Croatian Society for Cardiac Surgery

Professorships / lectureships
Honorary Guest Lecturer:

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

  • Indian Association for Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

  • Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Asian Society for Cardiovascular Surgery


Visiting Professorship:

  • Harvard University School of Medicine Boston


  • 1978 Götz Prize, University of Zurich

  • 2000 MD Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK

More than 800 publications in the field of surgery, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, intensive care, arrhythmia research, surgical education and history of surgery.

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