Dr. Isabelle Opitz
Graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne, Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz did her general and thoracic surgery residencies at Berlin Humboldt University Charité Mitte, Fribourg Cantonal Hospital and Zurich University Hospital. She worked as a staff surgeon at the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Zurich University Hospital from 2007 to 2015 and since then she works at the same department as a senior staff surgeon.
Dr. Schmitt-Opitz worked at the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Zurich University Hospital as an assistant professor of surgery from 2011 to 2017 and she has been working as an associate professor since 2017. She has been the Head of Research Lab since 2017, Director of Research and Education since 2019 and the Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery since early 2020, at Zurich University Hospital.
Dr. Schmitt-Opitz had and still has many executive activities and important positions at several national and international committees, such as: chair at Mesothelioma Group of ATOP, councillor and treasurer at ESTS, member of Editorial Board of Annals of Thoracic Surgery, co-chair at Taskforce for European Mesothelioma Treatment Guidelines of ERS, ESTS, EACTS, ESTRO, member of Taskforce Mesothelioma at IASLC, member of Program Committee at International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Board member at International Mesothelioma Interest Group, member of Swiss National Science Foundation. She also has has won numerous prizes and special awards with her scientific activities.