Thomas F. Lüscher is Professor and Chairman of Cardiology at the University Hospital Zurich and Director of the Center for Molecular Cardiology at the University Zurich (Campus Schlieren, Wagi-Areal), Switzerland.
Professor Lüscher is a board certified internist and cardiologist with training in internal medicine at the University Hospital Zurich, cardiovascular physiology and cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., USA and in cardiology and clinical pharmacology at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. Prior to his current position he was Professor of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Basel, then Professor and vice-chairman of cardiology at the Inselspital of the University of Berne, Switzerland.
He has a broad clinical interest in the entire field of cardiovascular medicine from prevention (hypertension, lipid disorders, diabetes) to coronary artery disease (angina pectoris, myocardial infarction) to heart failure. He is an expert in pharmacotherapy and a trained interventional cardiologist regularly performing cardiac catheterizations and percutaneous coronary procedures (balloon angioplasty and stenting) as well as non-coronary interventions (percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale among others).
Teaching involves lectures and courses for medical students, master as well as MD and PhD thesis, fellowship programmes as well as post-graduate courses in cardiology.
Professor Lüscher’s research interests focus on the role of endothelium-derived mediators in the regulation of vascular tone, platelet-vessel wall interaction, coagulation and inflammation as well as their role in atherosclerosis.
Professor Lüscher has published over 400 original research articles and review articles. By the Institute for Scientific Information he has been rated as one of the 0.5% most cited scientists worldwide. He has obtained research awards.
Further, he is co-editor of the European Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine and member of many editorial boards of scientific journals, from 2004 until today editor-in-chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and as of 2009 Editor-in-Chief of the European Heart Journal.
Foundation for Cardiovascular Research
To support research at the highest level, Prof. Lüscher founded the Foundation for Cardiovascular Research in Basel in 1992, which is now located at the Zurich Heart House at Moussonstrasse 4, 8091 Zurich. The Foundation supports young physicians and scientists from all over the world (→ Alumni), donated three professorships at the University of Zurich and provides highly qualified educational programmes for physicians. The foundation is supported by private donations, other foundations, income from its educational programmes, research contracts and sponsors.
Furthermore, Prof. Lüscher has founded three start-up companies involved in the development of blood pressure devices, clinical research and clinical management of VIP patients.