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Adjunct Professorships

"Adjunct professor" is an honorary title which is awarded to outstanding people who are closely connected to MedUni Vienna. As a result, MedUni Vienna consolidates its research excellence, strengthens its worldwide network and crafts international cooperation.

Adjunct Professor

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

(alphabetical list)


Mohammad Majed Abufaraj, Jordan University Hospital

Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2021


My personal experience with the Medical University of Vienna started when I pursued my career at the Medical University of Vienna where I had my fellowship training under the supervision of Prof. Shahrokh F. Shariat in the Department of Urology. This experience was the most important milestone in my career. My research skills and expertise have enriched, reshaped and expanded.

Professor Shahrokh F. Shariat is a worldwide renowned figure in urologic oncology. We have published more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and there are many research projects that we are still working on.


Irène Buvat, CEA Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot Orsay

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


A « highlight »  that I remember very well is the very detailed instructions, including plenty of photographs, that I received to get to a meeting room in the huge MedUni premises. It looked like a real maze, but following the precise instructions made it easy to find my way through. And this resonates with the gist of all exchanges I have with my MedUni colleagues: in the complex and rapidly evolving field of medical imaging research, we agree on the well-defined and clear paths we want to explore.

An impressive alchemy of thoroughness, efficiency and kindness. This makes it a real pleasure to work with my MedUni colleagues, with whom I think we share many values. In the current race of breakthrough discoveries, it is often important to step back and carefully identify the roadblocks and what would be needed to make impactful contributions, and to spend time exchanging on these aspects before defining precise research projects and hiring students to work on them. Another great asset of my MedUni colleagues is the huge energy dedicated to training young professionals in the best possible way, which I just find admirable.

Marek Babjuk

Marek Babjuk, Charles University and Motol University Hospital Prague

Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


I cooperate for many years with professor Shahrokh Shariat, chairman of Urological Department. We have both the same scientific interest, which si the management of urothelial tumours. We met already during hist stay in USA and conntacts dramatically improved after his comeback to Vienna. We are both members of the Guidelines panel on Non.muscle invasive Bladder Cancer of European Association of Urology (EAU), participate on many research projects and publish together several papers. Professor Shariat built in MedUni prestigious urological department with enormous extent of scientific activities and fantastic young team. For me it is always a pleasure to come to Vienna for joint meetings or lectures.

MedUni is for me symbiosis of historical tradition connected with names like Van Swieten, Rokitansky or Landsteiner and modern progressive Medical School. Historically, Vienna represents a natural intelectual center of Central European Region and the bridge between Eastern and Western Europe.
Department of Urology is today wanderful demonstration of this connecting role. There is no doubt, that it improves the quality of patients´ management and efficacy of research activities in the whole region.

Frank Bretz

Frank Bretz, Novartis Pharma AG Basel

Center for Medical Data Science

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


Innovative statistical and data science approaches addressing the emerging challenges in the analysis of routine as well as clinical trial data are essential to foster medical progress and support policy making. With this in mind, the Medical University of Vienna brought together several hundred quantitative scientists from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies in 2017 under the theme "Quantifying Life. Advancing Research. Enabling Decisions". I will always remember the lively scientific discussions with colleagues from all over the world as well as the social program, including the welcome reception at the Great Ball Room of Vienna’s city hall and an open-ended session at a local "Heurigen".

As one of the oldest medical schools in the world, it is my honor to serve as an Adjunct Professor at the Medical University of Vienna. For more than 15 years I have been collaborating with its Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems, one of the leading centers for medical statistics in the world and the 'birthplace' of modern adaptive clinical trial designs. It is a wonderful place where I have benefitted so much in the past that I look to continue my engagement with the entire team around Martin Posch and Franz König.


Tim Clausen, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) Vienna

Adjunct Professor: since 2017


Our group has a long-standing collaboration with Prof Dr Alwin Köhler from the Medical University (MUV). Together with Dr Fumiyo Ikeda (IMBA), we founded the so-called Ubiquitin & Friends Club in Vienna. The highlight of this Club is an annual symposium bringing together local scientist with internationally leading experts. Being affiliated with the MUV allowed us to hold this meeting at truly historical places, such as the Josephinum or the Billrothhaus, giving the come-together a very special flair. Clearly, having access to such exclusive venues was key to establish the Viennese meeting as one of most prominent symposia in the field of ubiquitin biology.

The MUV provides a modern, state-of-the-art scientific environment embedded in a historic setting. Aside being an inspiring place for top class research, the range of topics covered by the various MUV departments makes the community a unique hub for rising stars, working at the interface of medical and basic research.

David Chambers, King's College London

 Center for Biomedical Research

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


I was very proud and honoured to be conferred an Adjunct Professorship at the Medical University of Vienna in 2016, under the auspices of Professor Bruno Podesser, who is Professor of the Center for Biomedical Research. Professor Podesser and I have been collaborators for many years in respect of our mutual interest in myocardial protection during cardiac surgery. Our collaboration was particularly important when I was able to arrange for some large animal studies in Professor Podesser’s facility to extend my studies into the development of a novel cardioplegic solution (using small animal experiments) into more clinically relevant studies in large animals that confirmed the protective capabilities of this novel solution and allowed me to successfully obtain funding and approval to conduct a ‘first-in-man’ clinical study that will be conducted at St Thomas’ Hospital.

 The Medical University of Vienna is one of the leading universities in Biomedical Research, and it is of significant importance for me to have an association with the University, with Professor Podesser and with the students and staff in his group. I hope to continue our collaboration and my association with the University for many years to come.

Frank A. Chervenak, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell New York

 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


Professor Peter Husslein and I received the Humes Visiting Professorship Award from the American Austrian Foundation in 2002 years ago at the Official Residence of the United States Ambassador to Austria.  This presaged many years of academic collaboration that continues to this day, including educational activities led by Christian Dadak and research activities led by Alex Farr. 

The doctors of the Medical University of Vienna are true professionals in the best sense of the word.  They represent the breadth and depth of obstetrics and gynecology.  It is invigorating to work with this wonderful department as an adjunct professor.  I look forward to fruitful collaborations in the years to come.


Maria De Santis, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


My personal connection with MedUni Vienna started with the appointment of Prof Shahrokh Shariat as the new chair of Urology in 2013. I had the pleasure of joining his inaugural lecture and was very impressed by this event which combined an overview of his fascinating science and a warmhearted welcome to him as the new chair.
A few years later I was invited to give a lecture at the Department of Urology and stayed over to be a special guest at the MedUni Vienna-Urology Christmas party in the historical centre of Vienna where I received an award from the Department for special merits to Austrian Uro-oncology. This was a great party and a very touching event for me.

I think that MedUni Vienna has become a more international touch for the last few years. Being a medical oncologist and specialized in Uro-Oncology, I am delighted to see a new scientific focus on Uro-Oncology, in particular on urothelial cancer, gender diversity in the team and an interdisciplinary approach by including an internationally recognized female medical oncologist in the urology team and appointing a new, again female, uro-pathologist with a focus on bladder cancer. It is a pleasure collaborating with this team and developing joint bladder cancer projects.

George Dangas, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York

 Department of Medicine II

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


Active collaboration with fellows and faculty of the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna on Cardiology research subjects has always been dynamic, inspiring and fruitful.

I associate with the Cardiology Division of MedUWien. The academic rigor and clinical acumen of the Cardiology and Heart Surgery faculty of the Medical University of Vienna and the very animated debate of cutting edge aspects of coronary as well las heat valve therapies is next to none.  I feel very much privileged to be part and I am happy to see the students, trainees and faculty make up a great educational and research environment.

Andreas Du Bois, Evang. Kliniken Essen-Mitte Essen

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


My moment of the MedUni Vienna started much earlier than my first visit. Prof. Kölbl and myself were neighbors when he was the Ordinarius of Gynecology in Mainz and started already a friendly cooperation within several clinical studies. When I founded the AGO Study group Germany and started  several international clinical trials Austria was missing at those early years. I tried to support the Austrian colleagues when they built their own AGO study group and got into contact with colleagues in Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna - Prof. Alexander Reinthaler being the most prominent partner through these years. We started cooperation in several clinical trials including our early surgical studies. Vienna became a partner and friend-institution then with several meetings and presentations both here and there.  A rememberance of the great history of the Vienna University was the honour to receive the AGO Austrian Wertheim Award in 2006, a prize named after one of the greatest Gynecological Oncologists of the World - and of Vienna. A special momentum came when I gave my talk about ovarian cancer within the CCC grand rounds in the Jugendstilhörsaal, a place where probably Wertheim had also taught colleagues and students. Although it has been renovated completely, I could merely feel the spirit of great and inspirational leaders in our field of medicine, such as Ignaz Semmelweis, Ernst Wertheim, and Friedrich Schauta, who all worked and taught at the Medical University of Vienna. It was an honor and an inspiration to give a talk within this setting with a history of 650 years.

I associate with the MedUni Vienna a university with a long tradition in medicine in general and with gynecology and gynecologic oncology in particular. I also associate with the MedUni Vienna a very intense and fruitful collaboration. Within the last years we have established an exchange within the "gynecologic oncology fellowship" program with already two doctors of the MedUni Vienna training at my institution each for 18months, Prof. Christoph Grimm and Prof. Richard Schwameis. Since 2014 we have already published 11 scientific papers (eight in top-journals in the field),  many abstracts and congress presentations, and currently there are five projects (three translational projects and two clinical trials) collaboration with the MedUni Vienna.  I appreciate the MedUni Vienna as a dedicated partner in the field of Gynecologic Oncology, a reliable partner in our struggle to build evidence and improve standards in this field.


Dmitry Enikeev, Institute for Urology and Reproductive Health, Sechenov University, Moscow, Russia

Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2022


When I first visited MedUni Vienna, I have to say I was deeply impressed by the attention and care the medical staff showed to the students, patients and to one another. This patient-oriented approach, which is practiced throughout the clinical departments of University, is undoubtedly the key to creating what is surely one of the best levels of medical care in the world.
Prof. Shahrokh Shariat is the perfect example of how to combine effective clinical practice with research, and in doing so he pays great attention to personal and interactive communication with both fellow employees and patients.

I’d like to highlight the high level of expertise shown by all the clinical staff  at MedUni. We, as medical practitioners, are striving to become more than just clinicians by making our clinics not just clinics, but pioneering research facilities. The advantage of MedUni Vienna is that it offers a very sound base for clinical practice but is also undertaking exciting and important research at the same time. And, most importantly, the staff at MedUni are highly motivated. They are innovative and always looking to advance their knowledge. It is a real honour to be part of such a progress-driven team.


Mariella Filbin, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Harvard Medical School Boston

 Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


The MedUni Vienna is where I took my first steps as clinician and pediatric neurooncologist. I joined the University right after graduating from the Medical University Graz and was thrilled to work with Prof. Irene Slavc in the laboratory and clinically for more than three years. I owe her and her team everything I know about pediatric neurooncology and would not be where I am without her mentorship, guidance and support.

With Vienna, I associate both a place of belonging — given it’s where my initial training took place — as well as excitement for what the future will bring. The new era of molecular medicine has changed pediatric neurooncology completely, and I am thrilled to work with the teams at the Departments of Pediatrics, Cancer Research, CCRI and the St. Anna Kinderspital to move the needle in a field that has yet to see significant therapeutic advances.


Ferdia Gallagher, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

 Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy

Adjunct Professor: since 2019


Over the last five years, the Departments of Radiology in the University of Cambridge and the Medical University of Vienna have developed a strong collaboration. Recently, two very talented radiologists from MedUni Vienna have undertaken research positions in Cambridge while maintaining their academic positions in Vienna: Drs Ramona Woitek and Lucian Beer. This collaborative work has been very productive and led to important publications including a joint paper in the journal PNAS. We have also recently appointed an outstanding medical student from Vienna to join us for our PhD programme in 2020: Dr Ines Horvat Menih. We look forward to a continued and productive collaboration between our two departments.

Over the last ten years we have hosted many very talented radiologists from the MedUni Vienna in Cambridge. It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with these bright and highly motivated clinician scientists. These interactions have been scientifically productive and we have gained many new friends.

Nobert Gleicher, Center for Human Reproduction New York

 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


Unquestionably the most important issue in the relationship has been my decades-long relationship with Prof. Husslein, which started in the 1970s, when both of us were training at the same time in NYC.

The second-most important event was the bridge built by Dr, Andrea Weghofer who, years ago, came to CHR for a one-year period for a joint fellowship with Yale University in reproductive genetics and, ever since, has resulted in over a decade of collaboration in research an publications.

A third milestone was a visit in Vienna that included Prof. Ali Brivanlou from Rockefeller University that resulted in expansion of the collaboration between Vienna and CHR to Rockefeller University, with which CHR has a very close research collaboration for many years. This new trifecta resulted in an ovarian research project that is still in progress at Rockefeller University.

My most remarkable professional impression regarding my relationship with Vienna and the University was receiving the Oesterreichische  Ehrenkeutz fur Kunst und Wissenschaft from the President of Austria.


Seth Hallström, Medical University of Graz

Center for Biomedical Research

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


My appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Center for Biomedical Research at the Medical University of Vienna is a great honor to me. I have been thoroughly enjoying the collaborations with different scientists and the interaction with the clinical and basic science trainees at MedUni Vienna over the years. My most impressive personal highlight at MedUni Vienna is the long and outstanding cooperation with Professor Bruno Podesser since 1992. We have worked together on many research projects and have published numerous papers.

The Medical University of Vienna is one of the leading universities in Biomedical Research, and it is of significant importance for me to have an association with the University, with Professor Podesser and with the students and staff in his group.  I associate long-standing successful basic cardiovascular research covering a broad range of topics. I am looking forward to continue our collaboration and contribute to the research conducted by Bruno Podesser and his group.

Axel Heidenreich, University of Cologne

Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2017


Interacting with the clinical and basic science trainees is easily the highpoint of my interactions with the University. The opportunity to teach and interact with these curious young minds is superb. In addition, the research collaboration between the 2 Urology Departments in Vienna and Cologne has already lead to a very fruitful scientific collaboration.

One of the most immpressive highlights was to receiving the Marberger-Award. Prof. Marberger was one of the most prominent urologists in the world. I had the personal priviledge to working with him at various international meetings and he certainly served as an "Idol" for us young urologists at that time.
In addition, the symbiosis of historical tradition connected with names like Van Swieten, Rokitansky or Landsteiner and modern progressive Medical School is always a highlight in modern medicine.


Lee Merrill Jampol, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


As the former chair of the DRCR Retina Network, a clinical trials network funded by the National Eye Institute, and a Professor at the Northwestern University in Chicago, I have been associated with the department of Ophthalmology and Optometry since 10 years ago when I did a three month mini sabbatical teaching at AKH and assisting and participating in research. Since then I have come back many times to teach and do research in Vienna. I have productive collaborations with the department in particular, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth. We have several important publications together in the area of artificial intelligence and retinopathy.


Peter G Kremsner, Institut für Tropenmedizin, University of Tübingen, Germany

Department of Medicine I

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


It is my beloved alma mater and although I have unfortunately never achieved to get a position at the University, the adjunct professorship brings me back home.

Highest quality in medical sciences and teaching as well as patients care, especially in the field of infectious diseaes and tropical medine, which I overlook best. MedUni Vienna can be congratulated to have Markus Müller, the best rector known to me!

Michael Kaschke, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


Throughout my career at ZEISS, I always set great store by my links to university lecturing and research, and I was fortunate enough to get to know MedUni Vienna. I can still recall the excellent, intensive and lively discussions I had with scientists and doctors during my two visits to Vienna. I was particularly impressed by the institution's culture, thirst for knowledge, and the knowledge sharing that makes it what it is. The university is characterized by how it conducts outstanding research into basic concepts while staying very close to clinical applications. Here, “From Bench to Bedside”, or the interaction between basic research and clinical application, is not merely a slogan but a part of daily life.

When I think of MedUni Vienna I associate over 30 years of outstanding collaboration with ZEISS, and before that with the University of Vienna. This collaboration between science and industry benefitted both parties tremendously. The present and future of this joint research collaboration is the ZEISS Lab at MedUni Vienna, which was opened in 2018. This collaboration began when Prof. Adolf F. Fercher moved to Vienna in the 1980s to head up the Medical Physics faculty at the University of Vienna, and subsequently of MedUni Vienna. A former ZEISS employee himself, Fercher used his visionary, groundbreaking ideas in medical optics and biophotonics to pave the way for the development of optical coherence tomography (OCT). The ZEISS IOL Master, which is used for precise and contactless eye measurements before a cataract surgery, is based on an optical coherence measuring principle ascribed to Fercher. The system was launched in 1999 and was the world's first optical biometry device for the eyes. Together with the optical coherence tomography solutions for retina and glaucoma diagnostics, it substantiated ZEISS' leading role in diagnostic ophthalmology.

Graham Kemp, University of Liverpool

 Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


I’ve been collaborating on MRI-based human research with investigators based at the High Field MR Center for nearly two decades. The combination of scientific acumen, technical excellence, openness and hospitality has been a constant, and I look forward to continuing that enjoyable and productive relationship. More recently I’ve also enjoyed participating in several events in the wider Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. The younger researchers give me great confidence in the future of both Centers.

On every visit I’ve seen something new and memorable in the University and the extraordinary city it’s part of. Professionally I’m a medical pathologist, and I also have a lifelong interest in history. I’ve therefore particularly enjoyed visiting the Pathologic-Anatomical Museum at the Narrenturm, and the remarkable anatomical collection at the Josephinum (I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the current renovation).  Perhaps the highlight, though, has been the invitation to lecture at the Jugendstilhörsaal – a great honour, and an architectural delight.

Wolfgang Koenig, German Heart Centre, Technical University of Munich

Department of Medicine II

Adjunct Professor: since 2018


Over several decades I had the pleasure to collaborate with excellent scientists and clinicians in the cardiovascular field on various aspects of atherosclerosis and its complications and I thoroughly enjoyed the strong interactions which also led to intense and long-lasting friendships with several of my colleagues.

If you think of UnivWien you are immediately confronted with the history of medicine and many great personalities having worked there like Semmelweiss and regarding my research, even more important, von Rokitanksy. In addition it has always been a pleasure to lecture in great historical environments as e.g.the van Swieten Saal and many others.

David Anthony Keays, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) Vienna

Adjunct Professor: since 2019


The most rewarding highlight has been mentoring a number of really exceptional bachelor’s and masters students enrolled at the MedUni. It’s very satisfying to recruit students with raw talent and an imagination, and then give them the opportunity and confidence to both realise and pursue their scientific dreams.

 We have worked closely with the laboratories of Egon Ogris and Thomas Leonard from the Max Perutz on a number of collaborative projects. I’ve learnt a lot from interacting with them, and it’s made me a better scientist as a consequence.


Edward F. Leonard, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Center for Biomedical Research,
Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


I consult for the center of biomedical research, as well as Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.  In Prof. Drexler's department especially for Prof. Schima and his group.  In Prof. Podesser's department, especially for Prof. Helga Bergmeister, in both cases for more than 10 years.  In each case my research at Columbia and theirs has been complementary and the exchange of ideas and people has been fruitful for all of us.

Evangelos N. Liatsikos, University of Patras

Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


The history of MedUni Vienna is breathtaking. Collaborating with all the colleagues of the Urology team is a honor and a privilege. As the Chairman of the European School of Urology I consider MedUni Vienna a pillar of training not only in the European environment but also in the international "arena". As a Greek citizen that is really appreciating the meaning of historical routes, I highly respect the background of such an institution.

Our collaboration has generated a fruitful exchange of ideas and a highly professional approach to teaching. The Department of Urology has raised the standards very high and I really appreciate our team work in the European environment. History teaches all of us and it is without any hesitation that I will state that the MedUni Vienna is one of the most prominent and historical institutions in Europe. Based on its history the Department of Urology has paved the way to new standards embracing technology and has reached a very high level. It is really an honor to be part of such a prestigious team.

Jason S. Lewis

Jason S. Lewis, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University New York

Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy

Adjunct Professor: since 2019


Interacting with the clinical and basic science trainees is easily the highpoint of my interactions with the University.  The opportunity to teach and interact with these curious young minds is superb.

When I think of the MedUni Vienna the words excellence, vison and innovation come to mind. The Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy is a world leader and has a significant and broad impact on the diagnostic and treatment of disease across the globe.


Timothy Mohun, The Francis Crick Institute London

Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


I will always remember my very first visit to the Anatomy Department to meet Professor Weninger and his colleagues. Their openness and collegiate spirit was both refreshing and stimulating, laying the basis for a career-long collaboration that has been immensely enjoyable and highly fruitful.

From, my various visits to the Medical University of Vienna over the years, I have always been impressed by the fact that such modern, progressive and innovative research is conducted within such a university that is also part of such world-renowned and historic European city centre!

Theresa McLoud, Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School Newton

 Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy

Adjunct Professor: since 2019


I was invited to conduct a teaching conference with the radiology trainees.  We all enjoyed the interactive session and its informality.

 I have been impressed with the cutting edge research, innovation  and academic excellence in imaging at Med Uni Vienna.  My particular interest is in education and the department of Biomedical Imaging and Image guided therapy has introduced  practical and interactive methodology in the training of its medical students and residents. Many of its graduates in Radiology now serve in prestigious departments internationally (including my own department at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School).

Otto Muzik

Otto Muzik, Wayne State University and Children's Hospital of Michigan Detroit

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


When I was introduced as Adjunct Professor to the young Faculty and student body – seeing the next generation of researchers and realizing that what I do here might change the way how they will pursue their future career.

A very international place of learning where people from different walks of life come together to gain knowledge and move the field of medical research forward.


Péter Nyirády, Dept. of Urology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2022


My relationship with the Medical University of Vienna can be traced back to the beginning of my career as a urologist. One of my very first scholarship led to Professor Marberger, who was one of my boss’s best friend. I spent 3 weeks at AKH and met young colleagues who now are still working there. My relationship with Professor Shariat was linked to the period prior to his appointment as a chair. Back then, on the eve of congresses, we planned together the future of urology in a hotel lobbies. We applied for the position of head of department at a similar time.
The history and past of our universities are very similar. I am proud to be able to build Central European urology together in science, education and medicine as a friend of Professor Shariat. There is a living connection between the 2 departments and, more importantly, between our young colleagues. Numerous joint publications, organization of congresses and visits to each other's clinics are proof of our close cooperation.
I believe that Semmelweis University and Vienna University will reinforce each other in achieving the best possible results in the global university rankings in the future.

MedUni has played an extremely important role in Hungarian medical education at all ages. Ignác Semmelweis, named after my own university, graduated from MedUni and worked there.
The following Hungarian born, worldwide known and respected urologists graduated from MedUni in Vienna.
Imre Ullmann born in Pécs (1861-1937) performed the first kidney transplant in a dog in 1902.
Ottó  Zuckerkandl (1861-1921) born in Győr, the first president of the Austrian Society of Urologists.
Róbert Ultzmann (1842-1889) Born in Kaschau was the first head of the first Austrian independent urological department.
At all ages, the directors of the Department of Urology, founded at Semmelweis University in 1920, had the closest collaboration with MedUni.
Shahrokh Shariat and I represent the present and I am confident that our young colleagues will ensure a successful future between MedUni and Semmelweis University.

Camran R. Nezhat, Center for Special Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Palo Alto, USA

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


It’s the lectures I have been giving at BEI as well as collaborating with Prof. Peter Wolf Husslein, Prof. Christian Schatten, Prof. Christian Egarter, Prof. Kazem Nouri, and Ms. Yasaman Miremadi on topics such as education and research. Moreover I have been welcoming fellows, residents and students from MedUni Vienna for rotations and Observerships here in Palo Alto, California

I have collaborated and lectured at the most prestigious universities all around the world. One of these distinct honors is collaborating with the Department of OB/GYN at the Medical University of Vienna, which is one of the most, if not the most, established universities in the world. The Department of OB/GYN at MedUni Vienna has done groundbreaking work in medicine for hundreds of years and it is an honor to be affiliated with them.


Stefan Priebe, London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Adjunct Professor: since 2022


In February 2016, the MedUni Vienna held a conference with the title ‘the subjective side of schizophrenia’. For my plenary presentation on the somewhat theoretical sociological concept of weak ties, I had been advised that the audience would include non-professionals. What I then encountered was a packed audience, extremely diverse with patients, interested lay people, journalists, relatives of patients, professionals with different backgrounds, managers, politicians and other stakeholders. This was true openness, inclusion and participation of all relevant groups, not just as a good intention but as a lived reality. It was also one of the most lively, interested and receptive audiences I have ever presented to, a most rewarding experience!

Over at least the 40 years that I have been in the profession, the Department of Social Psychiatry at the MedUni Vienna has consistently played a leading role in the field, with a very positive influence across the whole country (and beyond) not only in academia, but also – and arguably much more importantly – on the values and practice of everyday care in mental health.

Alina Popa-Cherecheanu, "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest

Department of Clinical Pharmacology

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


When I am thinking about Medical University of Vienna I am thinking about Prof. Gerhard Garhofer and Prof. Leopold Schmetterer. They taught me how to be scientifically rigorous and to think "out of the box”. They are equally top professionals and warm friends.

The most remarkable impression about Medical University of Vienna is the the highest scientific level developed in a very friendly environment.

Ganesh S. Palapattu, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

 Department of Urology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


What I’ve enjoyed the most about my connection to MedUni Vienna is the time I have spent with the trainees. At journal clubs, seminars, academic conferences and in clinical settings, I have found the learners in the Department of Urology to be scientifically curious and passionate about their work. They are truly an inspiring bunch!

The MedUni of Vienna, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical institutions in the world, is an incredible facility. The birthplace of numerous seminal scientific as well as clinical discoveries, both old and new, its reputation is beyond compare. Despite this illustrious legacy, I’ve found the faculty to be remarkably accessible and kind. In my opinion, the people are what make MedUniv Vienna so great. It is truly an honor and joy to work with my colleagues and friends at the MedUniv Vienna.


Bertil Rydenhag, Sahlgrenska University Hospital & Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

Department of Neurosurgery

Adjunct Professor: since 2023


The most important connection is with Professor Rössler, whom I have known for a rather long time. We work both in the epilepsy surgery community. I have also known him when he was in Erlangen. I am impressed by his work. Furthermore I know Christian Dorfer well, we are also working together in the epilepsy surgery community and especially now within the International Epilepsy Surgery society and the ESTM-activities (Epilepsy Surgery Technical meetings.

I do respect the fruitful work coming from MedUni Vienna, which is enhanced by my personal knowledge of Professor Rössler and Dr Christian Dorfer. Very structured and methodological work.

Steffi Gerlinde Riedel-Heller, University of Leipzig, Germany​​

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Adjunct Professor: since 2022


When I was a young researcher in the 90s, I regularly attended the meeting in March, where scientists interested in social psychiatry from Austria, Germany and Switzerland came together. The colleagues from MedUni Vienna were strong and leading scientists in social psychiatry with most impressive and inspiring work. Over the years, relations and cooperation became closer and I am very happy to serve as adjunct professor at the department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the MedUni Vienna, which has an outstanding reputation.

MedUni Vienna is an intellectual center of central Europe. It has a remarkable history in the field of psychiatry and is very well known as one of the leading institutions in the field of social psychiatry. It as an honor to serve as adjunct professor at the department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the MedUni Vienna. It is a pleasure to work closely with the scientists of the department, which are strongly dedicated to social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology.

Andrea G. Rockall, Imperial College London Surrey

Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy

Adjunct Professor: since 2019


I have had wonderful interactions with many colleagues from the Medical University of Vienna over the years.   I have enjoyed the privilege of lecturing together with some of the Professors from the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy and have been impressed with the high quality of academic work that emanates from the department.  The scientific output from the department is truly impressive, covering a wide range of imaging research.  

Together we have organized several successful teaching courses.  Perhaps the most memorable and unique experience was the co-ordination of the recent ESR Connect series where we jointly organized a series entitled “AI Use cases with Friends”, just prior to the pandemic.  This series embraced on-line learning with full on-line engagement with quiz questions and live chat – a big step towards developing on-line teaching that we now see flourishing.    

I have had the opportunity of hosting a clinical research fellow from MedUni Vienna in our department in London.  This has led to our first external validation of a software tool, developed at Imperial and being tested in Vienna.  The project involves radiologists, machine learning and data scientists at both sites, with joint innovations now in the pipeline - a true scientific collaboration.
The annual reception of the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy is always a highlight of the ECR week in Vienna and this has enhanced our connections, with wonderful Viennese atmosphere and friends.  I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a small part of this wonderful institution.

The Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy has trained a succession of true leaders in the field of radiology, not only those working in the department but also many alumni working across the world in the most prestigious institutions. The continuous quality of teaching and scientific output is a reflection of the innovative and dedicated leadership in the Department.


Patrick Starlinger, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA

Center for Physiology and Pharmacology

Adjunct Professor: since 2023


My personal highlights were the multiple projects that we pursued to understand the process of liver regeneration better - always utilising close collaborations with different departments - bringing different expertises together to work on high quality translational science.

Clearly my most remarkable professional impression at the medical University is that I build up my entire research focus, research group and career at the MUW. I will always be thankful for the support the MUW has provided me during that journey!

Andreas Stavropoulos, Department Of Periodontology, Malmö University, Sweden

University Clinic of Dentistry

Adjunct Professor: since 2022


When I first visited the Universitätszahnklinik at MUW for the first time, it was indeed a personal highlight. Based on the history, I was expecting to see an old building and old dental school. Wow. The Universitätszahnklinik is simply an impressive and beautiful building. Modern and classic together. Equipped with high quality infrastructure. A really enjoyable place to visit, a really nice place to work at.

The very open, positive, and polite attitude of all the people I have met at the Universitätszahnklinik at MUW, together with their hard-working attitude, is indeed remarkable. The very high quality and quantity of research output of the Universitätszahnklinik is a proof that people enjoy their jobs, enjoy what they do! There is no doubt that a great deal of this open culture and working moral, is not only routed in the very long Viennese cosmopolitan tradition and tradition for excellence, but it is also due to the paradigmatic Leadership of the Universitätszahnklinik at MUW, working hard and aiming high!

Hinrich Staecker, University of Kansas Medical Center

Department of Otorhinolaryngology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


Over the last 15 years, it has been my pleasure to work with members of the Department of Otolaryngology at MedUni Vienna on both clinical and basic research projects.  These interactions have not only been professionally very productive but have also led to longstanding friendships.  

Under the leadership of Prof. Gstoettner the Department of Otolaryngology continues to innovate in the field of hearing healthcare.  They have developed novel approaches to treating deafness and are at the forefront of implantable device technology for this application.  

Alexander Stark, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) Vienna

Adjunct Professor: since 2017


I thoroughly enjoy my interactions and collaborations with the outstanding colleagues of the MedUni Vienna. Our shared DKs, SFBs and informal interactions have been very productive and simply wonderful; and I very much look forward to our shared PhD program that we established over the past months.

I have always had the very best professional impressions of my colleagues from the MedUni Vienna. Over the past months, I have been especially impressed by our common vision and collaborative effort to establish a novel shared PhD program and thus ensure the continuous excellent and modern PhD education in Vienna.

Peter Somogyi, University of Oxford

Center for Brain Research

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


When I think or hear about the Medical University of Vienna, the exceptional people at the Center for Brain Research come vividly into my mind; the friendships, the professional collaborations, the pupils, the exciting discussion and how they have changed my thinking and life. Perhaps in a small way I also influenced them and together we made a greater contribution to science and education than we could have done alone.

The University can be very proud of the many pioneering discoveries made at the Center, as well as the outstanding training it provides; may the Center for Brain Research flourish and develop for many years to come, pushing back the frontiers of understanding the brain and ourselves. 

Elopy Sibanda, the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


I first visited the Medical University of Vienna in 2001 and have been impressed by the phenomenal increase in the research teams and research output that are cutting edge and shaping world opinion, particularly in the field of allergy.

On a personal level, the of Research leaders have shown genuine concern for and wholeheartedly shared their expertise with partners form other parts of the world, including Africa.

Professionalism, inclusiveness and openness to embrace and explore new ideas.

Thomas Schnalke

Thomas Schnalke, Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité

 Ethik, Sammlungen und Geschichte der Medizin

Adjunct Professor: since 2018


My very moment of MedUni Vienna is surely Vienna’s outstanding medical history, collected, reflected and cared for at the superb Josephinum. With great interest I follow and—to some modest degree—advise the ongoing renovation of this unique university museum. I am convinced that the new Josephinum will become one of the key features in the international perception of MedUni Vienna in the future.

For me, MedUni Vienna forms one of the most eminent venues where modern medicine is rooted. Starting as one of the early European medical faculties, its concepts, ideas and medical practices had the utmost impact on the development of western medicine. Its famous ‘schools’ (First and Second Wiener Medizinische Schule) with prominent protagonists like Gerard van Swieten, Johann Peter Frank and Carl von Rokitansky paved the way for a truly modern way of medical thinking, research, teaching and treatment. One of most impressive and quintessential documents of the medical standards Viennese medicine continuously tried to achieve and maintain can be viewed in MedUni Vienna’s excellent Josephinum: the outstanding 18th century wax models of the complete human anatomy.


Andrea Tura, Institute of Neuroscience IN-CNR Padova

 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


I came to MedUni Vienna for the first time several years ago. I was surprised by its dimensions, but I remember that it was easy to reach the building, and then the floor (a high one, in the green tower) where I had to attend a meeting. In general, I immediately had the impression that, despite the size, activities were organized with high efficiency. Such impression was confirmed in the following years, given the high quality of the research activities of MedUni Vienna, to which I have always tried to cooperate to the best of my capacities.

My professional impression about MedUni Vienna is of an Istitution carrying on research activities at the top-level in different fields. 
Indeed, I had the opportunity to collaborate with different Colleagues at MedUni Vienna, and in many occasions we published the common research studies in very good Journals. Most relevant collaborations have been with Dr. Christian Göbl, at the Division of Obstetrics and Feto-Maternal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as with Prof. Manfred Hecking, Prof. Alexandra Kautzky-Willer and Colleagues, at the Department of Internal Medicine III. Given the high quality level of the MedUni Vienna research, my goal is to continue and further strengthen the indicated collaborations.

Maurizio S. Tonetti, Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Medicine

 University Clinics of Dentistry

Adjunct Professor: since 2018


I have had the privilege of knowing well two generation of academic clinicians at the MedUni Vienna. They are and have been great Colleagues but I have always been most impressed by the cadre of younger staff. They are curious, engaged, passionate, skilled and fun to discuss and work with… the perfect mix of Germanic efficiency and Italian flair that I think is a true recipe of innovation and excellence.

 The day of my inaugural lecture I was most impressed by the facility of the Dental School: a superb, modern state of the art facility immersed in an historic building. Rarely have I seen such an example of modern functional architecture rooted in the long history of Viennese Medicine. As the impression for the facility faded, a new dimension appeared clearly: the impressive care and learning pathways that animated the building. Well done!

Nikolaus Weiskopf

Nikolaus Weiskopf, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Professor: since 2020


I have been thoroughly enjoying the collaborations on MRI with different scientists at MedUni Vienna over the past 10 years. They delightfully pair scientific excellence with professionalism and friendliness.

I associate long-standing cutting edge research on 7T MRI with MedUni Vienna, covering a very broad range of topics from methods development to applications.


Peter Zilla, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town

Center for Biomedical Research

Adjunct Professor: since 2022


 My personal highlight was my training to become a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Med.Univ.of Vienna in the 1980s. It was a pioneering era where Vienna wasn’t only a front-line key player in the field of artificial heart research but also allowed me to team up with great surgeons like Prof. Manfred Deutsch to pioneer the concept of tissue engineering of cardiovascular implants and carry it over into clinical practice in > 400 patients.

My most remarkable professional impression was the leadership of the then head of department, Prof.Ernst Wolner,  who created unprecedented research and growth opportunities for us at a very early stage of our careers. His guiding principle for academic clinical medicine was to  require from young aspiring surgeons three years dedicated to basic science before commencing their surgical residency. This did not only catapult Vienna’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery into a top international league but created personal foundations for each resulting in a majority of us becoming head of departments, from San Francisco to Innsbruck, Nuremberg, Cape Town, Salzburg, Frankfurt and many more.

Prohászka Zoltán, Department of Medicine and Hematology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Department of Medicine III

Adjunct Professor: since 2016


As the head of the Research Laboratory and George Füst Complement Diagnostic Laboratory at the Department of Internal Medicine and Hematology at Semmelweis University, and laboratory consultant for thrombotic microangiopathies, I started the complement diagnostic collaboration with colleagues in the clinical devision of Nephrology and Dialysis at the department of Medicine III, as well as colleagues at the department of Pediatrics in 2011. The collaboration resulted in the workup of more than 300 samples of patients with rare forms of complement mediated kidney diseases.   The clinical diagnostic collaboration, discussions and visits led recently to the publication of 13 joint papers on various aspects of thrombotic microangioipathies and complement related pathologies.

Johannes Zuber, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) Vienna

Adjunct Professor: since 2017


Besides the birth of my children, the most impressive personal highlights connected with MedUni were interactions with medical students and young scientists who are fascinated and eager to learn about new possibilities in biomedical research.

Among many collaborations, the most remarkable started even before I moved to the IMP - when I was still at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and reached out to Prof. Valent about evaluating emerging BET bromodomain inhibitors. In record time, Prof. Valent’s team compiled a comprehensive dataset on leukemia patient samples, which not only resulted in a first of many joint publications but also defined the starting point of a long and very successful collaboration in an FWF-funded research consortium (SFB F47 Myeloproliferative Neoplasms). This provided a truly smooth landing in Vienna and testifies to the unique collaborative spirit at the MedUni.