Werner Zimmerli


Werner Zimmerli



Werner Zimmerli is Professor emeritus in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Until 3/2013 he was Head of the Basel Medical University Liestal and from 2013-2018 Consultant for Orthopaedic Infections at the Kantonsspital Baselland. He received his MD degree from the University of Basel in 1974. He performed postdoctoral fellowships in Geneva/Switzerland and at the NIH in Bethesda/USA. His research interest is in the field of implant-associated infections. He started with projects on physiopathology, continued with treatment studies in an animal model and performed several clinical studies in cohorts of patients with periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). He studied the role of rifampin in vitro, in an animal model and in patients. In addition, in collaboration with Peter Ochsner and Andrej Trampuz he published a widely accepted algorithm on the surgical management of PJI.

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What is the clinician’s interest in improving the etiologic diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection?