SHD International Fellowship

Since 2018, the “Swiss Hernia Days” offer an annual international “Visiting Fellowship”. The aim is to intensify surgical training, gain impressions and improve networking and learning from each other. The fellowship is aimed at young surgeons who have a special interest in hernia surgery.


The 2024 Swiss Hernia Days Visiting Fellowship will be hosted by Dr. Hector Valenzuela from Guadalajara (Mexico).

Dr. Valenzuela is one of Americas leading hernia surgeons focusing on new minimally-invasive extraperitoneal techniques such as eTEP. Take the chance to apply for the visiting fellowship and learn from one of the masters. Swiss Hernia Days are covering the costs for travel and hotel.


If you would like to apply please send a short letter of motivation, a brief CV and a list of your hernia surgeries per e-mail or per mail to the following address:

Prof Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff

Center for Hernia Surgery and Proctology
St. Johanns-Vorstadt 44
4056 Basel (Switzerland)

Application Deadline is the 18th October 2024. The winner will be shuffled during the Swiss Hernia Days networking event. Applicants must register for the Swiss Hernia Days congress and networking event. Applicants who are not present during the networking event cannot be taken into account.


Read the reports of past fellowships

1st Swiss Hernia Days Fellowship at Amid-Lichtenstein Hernia Clinic UCLA, Los Angeles, California (USA) with Prof. Dr. David C. Chen — read the report (pdf) of Dr. Bettina Herrmann (Senior physician surgery, Luzerner Kantonsspital, Department Wolhusen, SUI)

2nd Swiss Hernia Days Fellowship at Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent, Ghent (Belgium) with Prof. Dr. Frederik Berrevoet — read the report (pdf) of Rhiannon Harries (Consultant General Surgeon, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea, UK)

3rd Swiss Hernia Days Fellowship in Barranquilla (Colombia) with Prof. Dr. Jorge Daes — read the report (pdf) of Dr. med. Johanna Willburger (Oberärztin Chirurgie GZO Wetzikon, Switzerland)

4th Swiss Hernia Days Fellowship in Bucharest (Rumania) with Dr. Victor Radu — read the report (pdf) of Dr. med. Sandra Widjaja Kaufmann (Oberärztin mbF Luzerner Kantonspital Sursee, Switzerland)

5th Swiss Hernia Days Fellowship in Shepparton (Australia) with Dr. Balasubramaniam Ramana  — read the report (pdf) of Juli Medina Gontier, Oberärztin, Spital Herisau, Departement Chirurgie & Allgemeinchirurgie
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