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Walter Ernst Siegenthaler

internal medicine educator

Walter Ernst Siegenthaler, Swiss internal medicine educator.


Siegenthaler, Walter Ernst was born on December 14, 1923 in Davos, Switzerland. Son of Walter and Anna Siegenthaler.


Doctor of Medicine, University Zurich, Switzerland, 1948. Honorary Doctor, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany, 1991.


Chief resident in internal medicine, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 1954-1958. Professor internal medicine, chairman department University Bonn, Federal Republic Germany, 1969-1971. Assistant in pathology University Zurich, 1949-1950, assistant in internal medicine, 1950-1954, chief resident, 1958-1961, lecturer, 1961-1967, assistant professor, 1967-1969, associate professor, 1971-1991, chairman department, dean Medical School, 1978-1980.

President Conference Clinic Directors, Zurich, 1980—1991, 10th International Congress Chemotherapy, Zurich, 1977, Swiss Research Institute Climate and Medicine, Davos, 1992—2004, honorary member, 2004. Visiting professor Baylor Medical College, Houston, 1981. Colonel Swiss Army, 1941-1988.


Board directors EMDO Foundation, Zurich, since 1974, Jung Foundation, Hamburg, 1982—1995, Opo Foundation, Zurich, 1994—2000, Swiss Foundation for Promotion of Young People, 1995—2003, Walter and Gertrud Siegenthaler Foundation, since 2003, president, since 2003. Fellow: Infectious Diseases Society of America (correspondent), American Academy Microbiology (honorary). Member: Society for Progress in Internal Medicine (board directors, president 1990—2004, honorary president 2003), German Society Endocrinology (honorary), Association American Physicians (honorary), Swiss Society Infectious Diseases (honorary Excellence award 2008), Association German Internists (honorary), Paul Ehrlich Society (honorary.

President 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1975-1977), Swiss Society Internal Medicine (honorary. Board directors 1993), German Society Internal Medicine (honorary. President 1983-1984, board directors since 1992, Gustav von Bergmann Gold medal 2000), Davos Tourism (honorary).


Married Gertrud Siegenthaler, December 31, 1957.

Walter Siegenthaler

Anna Siegenthaler

Gertrud Siegenthaler