Zollikofer Award

The Swiss-MIS

Zollikofer AWARD 2024

The Swiss-MIS (Swiss Mini­mally Invasive Surgery) strongly supports research in minimal invasive surgery. The Association invites researchers to apply for the Zollikofer Award of the year 2024.

Again, like in 2022 and 2023, there will be 3 prizes.

The amount of the first Award is CHF 3’000. The amount of the second and third Award will be CHF 1’500 and CHF 500 respectively.

Topic: Basic science and clinical investigation in minimal invasive surgery.

Requirements: Original article published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in 2023 or 2024. Swiss authors can submit work done abroad, non-Swiss authors must have per­formed their research in Switzerland. Electronic sub­mission (pdf or word) including proof of accep­tance if the paper is not yet indexed in Pubmed.

Language: English, French or German.

Reception deadline:
15th May, 2024

Submission to:
Dr. med. Joël Lavanchy
Clarunis – Universitäres Bauchzentrum
4002 Basel



Winners of the Zollikofer Award 2024
1st prize
Marcel André SCHNEIDER et al
Defining benchmarks for total and distal gastrectomy: global multicentre analysis.

2nd place
Oscar CIPOLATO et al.
Nanothermometry-Enabled Intelligent Laser Tissue Soldering

3rd prize
Gian Andrea PREVOST et al.
Surgical outcomes, long-term recurrence rate, and resource utilization in a prospective cohort of 165 patients treated by transanal total mesorectal excision for distal rectal cancer

Winners of the Zollikofer Award 2023
1st prize
P. C. Müller et al
Robotic distal pancreatectomy, a novel standard of care? Benchmark values for surgical outcomes from 16 international expert centers

2nd prize
J. Meyer et al
Predictors for selective flexure mobilization during robotic anterior resection for rectal cancer: a prospective cohort analysis

3rd prize
S. Gloor et al
Surgical outcomes, long-term recurrence rate, and resource utilization in a prospective cohort of 165 patients treated by transanal total mesorectal excision for distal rectal cancer

Winners of the Zollikofer Award 2022
1st prize
D. Gero et al.
Microstructural changes in human ingestive behavior after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass during liquid meals

2nd prize
M. A. Schneider et al.
Inequalities in access to minimally invasive general surgery: a comprehensive nationwide analysis across 20 years

3rd prize
P. Iranmanesh et al.
Outcomes of primary versus revisional robotically assisted laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a multicenter analysis of ten-year-experience

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2021
Joël L. Lavanchy, Joel Zindel, Kadir Kirtac, Isabell Twick, Enes Hosgor, Daniel Candinas, Guido Beldi
Automation of surgical skill assessment using a three‑stage machine learning algorithm

No Award in 2020

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2019
R. Peterli, Borbély. K. Wolnerhanssen, T. Peters, D. Vetter, D. Kroll, Y. Borbély, B. Schultes, C. Beglinger, J. Drewe, M. Schiesser, P. Nett, M. Bueter
Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Weight Loss in Patients with Morbid Obesity the SM-BOSS Randomized Clinical Trial

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2018
R. P. H. Meier, V. Piller, M. E. Hagen, C. Joliat, J. B. Buchs, A. Nastasi, R. Ruttimann, N. C. Buchs, S. Moll, J. P. Vallée, F. Lazeyreas, P. Morel, L. Bühler
Intra-Abdominal Cooling System Limits Ischemia–Reperfusion Injury During Robot-Assisted Renal Transplantation

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2017
T. Delko, H. Hoffman, M. Kraljevic, R.A. Droeser, L. Rothwell, D. Oertli, U. Zingg
Intraoperative Patterns of Gastric Microperfusion During Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2016
C. B. Tempfer, G. Winnekendonk, W. Solass, R. Horvat, U. Giger-Pabst, J. Zieren, G. A. Rezniczek, M-A. Reymond
Pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy in women with recurrent ovarian cancer: a phase 2 study

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2015
P. Iranmanesh, J-L. Frossard, B. Mugnier-Konrad, Ph. Morel, P. Majno, T. Nguyen-Tang, Th. Berney, G. Mentha, Ch. Toso
Initial cholecystectomy vs sequential common duct endoscopic assessment and subsequent cholecystectomy for suspcted gallstone migration: a randomized controlled trial

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2014
R. Warschkow, I. Tarantino, K. Ukegjini, U. Beutner, U. Güller, B.M. Schmied, S.A. Müller, B. Schultes, M Thurnheer
Concomitant Cholecystectomy During Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in Obese Patients Is Not Justified:A Meta-Analysis

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2013
M. Worni, T. Ostbye, A. Shah, E. Carvalho, I.M. Schudel, J.H. Shin, R. Pietrobon, U. Güller
High Risks for Adverse Outcomes After Gastric Bypass Surgery Following Failed Gastric Banding

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2012
M. Adamina, B.J. Champagne, L. Hoffman, M.B. Ermlich, C.P. Delaney
Randomized clinical trial comparing the cost and effectiveness of bipolar vessel sealers versus clips and vascular staplers for laparoscopic colorectal resection

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2011
L. Brügger, L. Rosella, D. Candinas, U. Güller
Improving Outcomes After Laparoscopic Appendectomy: A Population-based, 12-year Trend Analysis of 7446 Patients

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2010
G.R. Linke, A. Zerz, F. Kapitza, R. Warschkow, J. Lange, Ch.M. Meyenberger, J. Binek
Evaluation of endoscopy in localizing transgastric access for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery in humans

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2009
C.F. Maurus, M. Schäfer, M.K. Müller, P.A. Clavien, M. Weber
Laparoscopic versus open splenectomy for nontraumatic diseases

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2008
M. Hübner, N. Demartines, S. Müller, D. Dindo, P.A. Clavien, D. Hahnloser
Prospective randomized study of monopolar scissors, bipolar vessel sealer and ultra-sonic shears in laparoscopic colorectal surgery

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2007
S. Dätwiler, U. Güller, O. Schöb, M. Adamina
Early introduction of laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy during residency

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2006
M. Suter, A. Paroz, J.M. Calmes, V. Giusti
European experience with laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in 466 obese patients

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2005
M. Weber, M.K. Müller, T. Bucher, S. Wildi, D. Dindo, F. HOrber, R. Hauser, P.A. Clavien
Laparoscopic gastric bypass is superior to laparoscopic gastric banding for treatment of morbid obesity

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2004
S. Dinçler, M. Koller, J. Steurer, L. Bachmann, D. Christen, P. Buchmann
Multidimensional analysis of learning curves in laparoscopic sigmoid resection: eight-year results

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2003
M. Schäfer, R. Schneiter, L. Krähenbühl
Incidence and Management of Mirizzi Syndrome during Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2002
F. Holzinger, M. Bank, G.G. Tscharner, H. Merki, E. Müller, Ch. Klaiber
Laparoskopische partielle Fundoplication nach Toupet als generelle chirurgische Therapieform der gastrooesophagealen Refluxkrankheit

Video Award

The Swiss-MIS


The Swiss-MIS (Swiss Minimally Invasive Surgery) awards 3 prizes for the best minimal invasive surgery videos of the year.

Amount: The prize money will be 3’000 CHF for the first winner, 1’500 CHF for the second winner and 500 CHF for the third winner.

Topic: Minimal invasive surgery.

Requirements: The submitted video must be of good image quality, contain audio or written commentary in English and be of educational value. The length of the video must not exceed 7 minutes. The first author must be a member of Swiss-MIS and present the video her/himself at the Swiss-MIS session of the Annual Congress of the Swiss Society of Surgery. Videos accepted for presentation at another Swiss Society of Surgery session are also eligible for submission.

Reception deadline: 15th May, 2024

Submission: Send a short description of the video (max 200 words) together with the author names and institution to swiss-mis@meister-concept.ch. Specify if your video abstract has been accepted for presentation at the SCS Meeting. You will receive a We-transfer link to upload your video. The video must be uploaded by May 15th. With submission for the Swiss-MIS video award the authors agree that their video may be presented at the Swiss-MIS session during the Annual Congress of the Swiss Society of Surgery and/or on the website of Swiss-MIS.

Winners of the Video Award 2024

1st prize

Philipp Seeger, Faik Güntak Uzunoglu, Thilo Hackert, Felix Nickel (Hamburg)
Robotic duodenum-preserving pancreatic head resection
2nd prize

Valentin Martins, Emilie Uldry, Ismail Labgaa (Lausanne)
Diaphragmatic hernia: a rare but potentially severe complication after radiofrequency ablation of the liver
3rd prize

Lorenzo Viggiani, Fabian Rössler, Jose Oberholzer (Zurich)
Robotic Assisted  Left Living Donor Nephrectomy

Winners of the Video Award 2023

1st prize

J. Meyer
A comprehensive step-by-step approach for totally robotic right hemicolectomy with intra-corporeal anastomosis: a video vignette
2nd prize

D. Rodjakovic
Robotic transmesenteric resection of an interaortocaval paraganglioma
3rd prize

L. Bernardi
Laparoscopic central pancreatectomy with splenic vein preservation

Participants 2023

M. Lamaina
Mysterious cystic structure after laparoscopic cholecystectomy
R. Vuille-dit-Bille
Minimally invasive total extraperitoneal varicocele repair: first description in children

Winners of the Video Award 2022

1st prize

I. Lazaridis, T. Delko (Basel)
2nd prize

Peros, M. Adamina (Winterthur)
Compined SILS/Transanal Proctectomy and IPAA
3rd prize

Douissard, A. Dupuis, M. Chevallay, M. Hagen, Ch. Toso, N. Buchs (Geneva)
One-step robotic Hartmann reversal and complex abdominal wall reconstruction