Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Kardiologie
Société Suisse de Cardiologie
Società Svizzera di Cardiologia

Otto Hess Trainee Award der SGK

The cardiologist Otto Martin Hess (13 July 1946 – 11 April 2011) combined in an exemplary way devoted patient care, inspiring teaching, and outstanding research. After graduation from Medical School in Zurich and postgraduate training in Zurich and San Diego, Otto Hess pursued his academic career first at the University Hospital of Zurich, later at the University Hospital of Bern. In the final years he acted as Head of the Cardiovascular Department of the University Hospital of Bern. He was president of the Swiss Society of Cardiology and co- founder of the Working Groups Cardiovascular Biology and Heart Failure.

Since his first years of postgraduate training in cardiology Otto Hess had been continuously active and highly successful in cardiovascular research. His main areas of research interest included myocardial function, valvular heart disease, coronary circulation, magnetic resonance imaging, and in-stent restenosis. A particular attribute of Otto Martin Hess’s research activity was the strong commitment to motivation and support of young trainees in the early stages of their research career.


The Otto Hess Trainee award is designed to recognize and support young trainees in cardiology who are actively engaged in cardiovascular research at an early stage of their careers.


Each year up to 3 trainees will be awarded a grant of 5000 CHF to be used for expenses related to their personal research activity. This may include equipment or disposables for research projects but also expenses for presentations of results at a scientific meeting or congress, for training visits in another research institution, or for participation in postgraduate courses in the field of research interests. The awardee must use the grant within 2 years. A person can receive this award only once.


Announcement 2023

Rules and regulations

Application Form

Liste der bisherigen Preisträger / Lauréats du prix

Name Preisträger
2022 Philipp Krisai, Basel
Lukas Weber, St. Gallen
2021 Marius Reto Bigler, Bern
Noé Corpataux, Bern
2020 Dominik Benz, Zürich
2019 Jeanne Du Fay de Lavallaz, Basel
Desirée Wussler, Basel
2018 Patrick Badertscher, Basel
Stéphane Fournier, Lausanne
Thomas Nestelberger, Basel
Christian Puelacher, Basel
2017 Panagiotis Antiochos, Lausanne
Nicolas Johner, Genève
2016 Jasper Boeddinghaus, Basel
Georgios Siontis, Bern
Raphael Twerenbold, Basel
2015 Baris Gencer, Genève
Andreas Häberlin, Bern
Stephan Winnik Zürich
2014 Walter E. Holy, Zürich
Maria Rubini Gimenez, Basel
Ardan M. Saguner, Zürich