University of Minnesota

Felix Gutzwiller, MD, DrPh

Born: 1948

Prof. Gutzwiller is Professor and Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich and a pioneer in CVD epidemiology and prevention in Switzerland, studying under Walter Schweizer and participating in the Basel Study, the first industrial cohort study of the region.

Gutzwiller received his medical degree from Basel, an MPH from Harvard, and a PhD in public health from Johns Hopkins. He then returned to Switzerland to direct the Swiss Expert National Study, surveys and interventions in matched pairs of communities, in which he collaborated with Fred Epstein. These early community interventions provided impetus and skills for the Swiss contribution to the WHO MONICA surveillance program and continuing national programs. He has for many years served in a leading role in the World Heart Federation Council on Epidemiology and the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Epidemiology and Prevention.

Gutzwiller’s PhD was in health economics and he has in recent years returned to leadership positions in medical and public health policy in Europe and in the Swiss Parliament. (HB)

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