Curriculum Vitae

Constanin Schizas graduated from the Medical School of the University of Louvain in Belgium (1986). He trained in orthopaedics and trauma surgery in Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. He obtained a Master of Science degree in orthopaedics at the University College, London (1994), a Doctorate Thesis from the University of Lausanne (1995) and a postgraduate degree in biomechanics from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (1996). In 2000 he was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England ad eundem.

He underwent fellowship training in spinal surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and the Schulthess Klinik in Zurich. He was subsequently appointed Consultant Orthopaedic and spine surgeon at Queen Mary 's Hospital, London (1996-2000) , and at the Whittington Hospital (2000-2003) as well as holding a Honorary Senior Lecturer position at the University of London Medical School. 

In 2003 he joined the Department of Orthopaedics at the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland, with the mission to develop spine surgery . Upon arrival he introduced minimally invasive disc surgery and minimally invasive spinal fusion.  He was appointed ‘’privat docent’’ in 2006 and Associate Professor in 2012. At the medical school of the University of Lausanne, he was responsible for teaching clinical skills in the musculoskeletal field.

In terms of clinical research, his work aims to measure the effects of optimizing interventions on the spine using minimally invasive methods. More recently, Constantin Schizas focused his research in spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and helped redefining surgical indications for lumbar stenosis based on MRI imaging.He collaborated with several international groups, including in the United Kingdom and the United States. In basic sciences, he collaborated with the Laboratory of Biomechanical Orthopaedics (EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) headed by Prof Dominique Pioletti on several projects on the intervertebral disc (tissue engineering, biomechanics, implants).

Over the past decade he authored fifty articles published in peer review journals of international reputation.

He is an active member of many Swiss and international learned societies, including AOSpine Switzerland (past president), the Swiss Society of Spine Surgery (secretary) Eurospine, the Spine Society of Europe (executive, membership and awards committee in turn). He is also member of the editorial board of the European Spine Journal.

Professeur Constantin Schizas, Chirurgie de la Colonne, Lausanne, Suisse