The Strategic Council oversees the overall development of the SLHS and dynamically develops and guides its activities. It consists of representatives of all founding partner institutions and is responsible in particular for the supervision of the SLHS mechanisms, the prioritization of the topics in collaboration with stakeholders from the health system, it approves the calls for evidence syntheses, contributes to the development of the PhD curriculum, develops and communicates to the SLHS partner network, and establishes a sustainable relationship of the SLHS to different institutions in the health system.
Andreas Balthasar studied economics and history of economics at the University of Bern and then worked as a research associate at the Research Centre for the History and Sociology of Swiss Politics at the University of Bern. He completed a habilitation (post-doctoral qualification for research and teaching at professorial level) at the Faculty of Economics & Social Science at the University of Bern in the spring of 2007, and was named titular professor of political science at the University of Lucerne in 2010.
Balthasar founded Interface Policy Studies Research Consulting in 1991 in Lucerne. Interface specializes in evaluation of policy measures and programs. Balthasar’s main areas of research are policy analysis and evaluation research. In addition, he concentrates mainly on Swiss social and health policies.
From 1987 to 2007 he taught at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern. He also directed various further education courses on evaluation. He has been a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Lucerne since 2007. Since 2013 he is also member of the Department of Health Science and Health Policy (now Department of Health Sciences and Medicine) at the same university.
Jerome Bickenbach is a professor at the University of Lucerne and Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil, and Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University, Canada. He is the author or editor of Physical Disability and Social Policy (1993) and the co-editor of Introduction to Disability (1998), Disability and Culture: Universalism and Diversity (2000), A Seat at the Table: Persons with Disabilities and Policy Making (2001), Quality of Life and Human Difference (2003), Ethics, Law, and Policy: The SAGE Reference Series on Disability (2012) and Disability and the Good Human Life (2014) and numerous articles and chapters in disability studies, focusing on the nature of disability and disability law and policy. He was the editor of the joint WHO-ISCoS report called International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury and more recently a World Bank/WHO manual ICF and Disability Assessment. Since 1995 he has been a consultant with WHO working on the preparation and implementation of the ICF. Most recently his research includes disability quality of life and the disability critique, disability epidemiology, ageing and wellbeing, universal design and inclusion, modelling disability statistics for population health surveys, the relationship between disability and health, and the ethics and the application of ICF to the development of human right indiciators for monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Stefan Boes is a Professor of Health Economics at the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine (former Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy) and Director of the Center for Health, Policy and Economics (CHPE) at the University of Lucerne. Before coming to Lucerne, he was an Assistant Professor of Econometrics at the University of Bern and a Lecturer in Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Zurich. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich and a MSc in Economics from the University of Konstanz. During two post-doc fellowships, he visited the IQSS at Harvard University (2009/2010) and the economics departments at Princeton University (2010) and the MIT (2012).
Mirjam Brach has been the Administrative Director of Swiss Paraplegic Research since January 2006. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Swiss Paraplegic Group Pension Fund. Before starting at SPF, Mirjam Brach held several clinical, teaching and management positions in Germany. She is a registered nurse; from 1982 until 1998 she worked in various fields of nursing, during which time she gained clinical experience in cardiology, abdominal surgery and traumatology. After many years as a clinical practitioner, Mirjam Brach focused more on research and management. In 1998 and 1999 she worked as a Research Fellow at the Bavarian Public Health Research Institute at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany and from 1999 until 2005 as a Clinic Manager and Research Leader in in rehabilitation economics in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the former Institute of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at LMU. Mirjam Brach has served as a lecturer on the topics of health policy, health economics and health administration including in the Medical Faculty of LMU, at the Bavarian Academy for Nursing, in Gauting, Germany, within the Master Program in Physiotherapy Sciences at University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland and within the Master Program in Health Sciences at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Innsbruck, Austria.
Stefano Calciolari is Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management at USI and adjunct faculty member at SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy, Milan). He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University (USA) and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Parma (Italy). He teaches Management of Public Services, Programming and Control in the Public Sector, and Public Accounting at the graduate level; Organization design and development, Financial accounting, Budgeting, Leadership, e-Health at the executive level. His research interests revolve around organization and innovation of healthcare services, performance management in public and healthcare organizations, and health technology assessment. He is member of the Academy of Management (AOM), European Academy of Management (EURAM), International Research Society for Public Mnagement (IRSPM), Associazione Italiana di Economia Sanitaria (AIES), where he has regularly presented scientific contributions and chaired panels/tracks. He is co-director of the executive degree programme (MAS) Net-MEGS and Program Leader of the Swiss School of Public Health (who funded his Assistant Professorship in the period 2008-12).
- PhD in Statistics - “Bootstrap methods and applications” (2003)
- PhD in Computer Science - “Methodology for mining meta-rules from sequential data” (2005)
- SNF - "Methodology for Mining Comprehensible Rules from Sequential Data” (2001-2003)
- CTI – “AttraWatch” (2004-2007)
- Hasler Foundation – "Management, Validation and Optimization of an Information System Life Cycle” (2007-2010)
Luca Crivelli is an economist specialized in public health policy and health insurance. He is head of department and professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, titular professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana and Deputy Director of the Swiss School of Public Health+ (SSPH+). He received his degree in Economics in 1991 and the PhD in 1998, both from the University of Zuerich. Since 2004 he has been active as policy analyst within the international health policy and reform network initiated by the Bertelsmann Foundation. From 2004 to 2007 he has been part of the advisory committee of the Swiss conference of cantonal health ministers covering the on-going reforms of Swiss health insurance and since 2013 he has been member of the experts’ committee of the National health policy strategy “Gesundheit2020”. Moreover, he is associate editor of the International Journal of Public Health and the International Review of Economics - Journal of Civil Economy as well as on the editorial board of Health Policy and Politiche Sanitarie.
With an MD from the University of Basel and a PhD from University of California Berkeley (USA), Nino Künzli has a long-standing research record in environmental epidemiology. His publications focus in particular on ambient air pollution and its cardiorespiratory health effects. His research includes exposure science, epidemiologic research and the integration of both into health impact assessments. In his role as President of the Federal Commission on Air Hygiene and as advisor in the WHO air quality guideline development, he contributes to science based policy making nationally and globally.
Since 1996 Adrian Loretan is a full professor of canon law and state-church Law at the University of Lucerne. His research is in the field of human right questions and on the circumstances of how different religions can live together peacefully in a modern state (Rawls, Habermas). Adrian Loretane is is the co-director of the" Center for Constitutional Law" at the University of Lucerne. He is the editor of the series "ReligionsRecht in Dialog".
Marco Meneguzzo is professor of Public and Non Profit Management at USI University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano and professor of Strategic Management, Non Profit Management and Public Management at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He is the director of the Laboratory for Public and health management at USI Faculty of Economics of the Government and director of ivil Society Research Group (Department of Management and Law, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”).
He is Codirector of NET MEGS Master in Health economics & management and scientific director of Master PMP (politique et management public ) Faculty of Economics.
In the health care sector his main research interests involve heath care networks network governance and management, strategic planning and management, HCOs financial management and public private partnership.
He is a co-director and founder of the EGPA Permanent Study Group on Public Network Policy and Management and he has been Co chair of the 2012 IRSPM Annual conference at the University Roma Tor Vergata, Co chair (with Daniela Cristofoli ) of the EGPA Transatlantic dialogue 2014 at USI and co- chair of EGPA MED dialogue 2014 at University Roma Tor Vergata.
- Specialist in General Internal Medicine
- MD and Master of Public Health
- Senior researcher and lecturer, University of Zurich
Research topics: overuse, chronic care, multimorbidity, communication between physicians and patients
Karin Niedermann, PT PhD, MPH, is Professor of Physiotherapy Research and the Program Director of the MSc in Physiotherapy at the ZHAW.
She leads research projects in the field of physical activity/training and implementation; within the SLHS she is responsible for the project "Physiotherapeutic management of knee osteoarthritis".
Prof. Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux is a medical doctor board certified both in Internal Medicine and Prevention & Public Health, currently full professor at Unisanté, Center for Primary Care and Public Health, University of Lausanne, in the field of in Health Services Research. Her main research area is integrated and coordinated care and her research topics include, among others: the effectiveness, development, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions such as integrated care initiatives for patients with chronic diseases (COPD; diabetes; cancer); the development, adaptation and validation of patient reported outcomes and care experiences measures (PROMs and PREMs); the exploration of patients’ and healthcare stakeholders’ needs and opinions; interprofessional collaboration outside hospitals; knowledge translation, including the development of guidelines and conduct of systematic reviews. She is also member of Cochrane Switzerland.
Carlo de Pietro is Professor of Healthcare Management at SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland), affiliate faculty member at SDA Bocconi, research associate at CERGAS Bocconi, invited teacher at Lausanne University. Carlo received his degree in Economics at Bocconi University (Milan) and obtained his PhD in Public Management at Parma University in 2009. He has worked extensively on applied health services research since 2000 with projects supporting healthcare organizations in the development and implementation of managerial systems and tools (strategic planning, organizational design, management control, HRM). He has also carried out applied research in policy design and evaluation for Regional governments and for the Ministry of health (in Italy) as well as for Cantonal government (in Switzerland). Finally, he participates to several Swiss competitive research programmes on health services management and governance.
Thomas Rosemann is the director of the Institute of Primary Care at the University of Zurich.
He studied human medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and received in 2001 his doctorate. In 2003 he moved to the University Hospital Heidelberg, Department of General Medicine and Health Services Research, where he habilitated in 2007 with research on chronic joint disease. In 2008 he received his PhD from the University of Nijmege, Netherland.
Since 2008 Thomas Rosemann has been professor for primary care at the University of Zurich and the director of the Institute of Primary Care. The Institute was the first regular chair for this field in Switzerland.
Sara Rubinelli holds a degree in Classics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (I) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in the areas of argumentation theory, persuasion and rhetoric. Since September 2009 she is Scientific Coordinator of the Human Functioning Unit at Swiss Paraplegic Research (CH) and leads there the Person-Centered Healthcare Group. Since September 2012 she is Assistant Professor in Health Sciences with a focus in health communication at the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine (former Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy) of the University of Lucerne. Since September 2016 she is President-elect of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH).
Since August 2010, Bernhard Rütsche is full professor for Public Law and Philosophy of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Lucerne. In 2011, he has co-founded the Center for Law & Health. Furthermore, he is member of the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics. Bernhard Rütsche has studied law at the Universities of Berne and Lausanne, completed his doctorate (Dr. iur.) in the field of constitutional law in 2002, and obtained his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) at the University of Zurich with a thesis on the rights of the unborn child to life and integrity.
Astrid Schämann is a graduated physiotherapist and holds an MSc in Medical Education as well as a PhD in Educational Sciences from Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany. Currently, Astrid Schämann is appointed as deputy dean of the School of Health Professions, since 12 years as director of the Institute of Physiotherapy and as professor at the School of Health Professions, ZHAW. She is responsible for the fourfold mandate BSc, MSc, research and development as well as continuing education and services of the largest institution for physiotherapy in higher education within the German speaking part of Europe. She is a member of various national and international committees in the fields of health care, health care services and education. Furthermore, she is a member of the World Health Profession Alliance and a member of the Senate of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and was involved in the development of the “Charter for the inter-professional cooperation of health professionals” national project. Her research topics lay in the area of professionalism, professionalization and academic development of the health professions’ roles as well as health service research including the development of new models for health service delivery. She serves as a scientific board member and reviewer for several journals.
Kilian Stoffel received his PhD in computer science from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Since the beginning of his tenure as professor of information systems at the University of Neuchâtel in 1997, his work has focused on Knowledge Representation and Data Mining with a focus on medical applications and questions of security. He became the rector of the University of Neuchâtel in 2016.
Prior to joining the University of Neuchâtel he spent several years as a researcher in the United States (University of Maryland and John Hopkins University).
Stefan Essig completed the medical school at the University of Basel in 2010. Right afterwards, he performed a 3-year doctorate in health services research and epidemiology within the framework of Swiss National Science Foundation's MD-PhD programme. He studied research questions in pediatric oncology and orthopedics in Switzerland and Mongolia under the supervision of Prof. Claudia Kuehni at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern.
Since 2014, he has been head of research at the Institute of Primary and Community Care in Lucerne (http://www.iham-cc.ch/). His main areas of research are interprofessional collaborations between health care providers in the community, both within primary care and between primary and specialist care.
Gerold Stucki is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine (former Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy) at the University of Lucerne and Director of Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland. He is also the Director of the ICF Research Branch, a cooperation partner within the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications in Germany (at DIMDI), at Swiss Paraplegic Research Nottwil. He received his medical education at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and obtained a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a diploma in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of McGill, Montréal, Canada. In 2012, Prof. Stucki received the honour of becoming a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Medicine, a part of the United States National Academies whose mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health by consulting on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health.
Simon Wieser is Professor for Health Economics at ZHAW and leads the health economic research team (since 2006). He holds a PhD in economics from University of Zurich. His main research interests include the assessment and decomposition of healthcare spending, health economic evaluations, and the development prospective payments systems. He has previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at ETH Zurich (1997-2006).
Kaspar Wyss has strong management and leadership experience and is in charge of a team of over 50 staff in Basel (Switzerland) and 150 collaborators abroad focusing on health systems development primarily in low- and middle income countries. Activities relate to both research and health system monitoring and performance assessment, with a specific interest in the role and importance of human resources for health.