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

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

3rd place
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
S. Gloor et al

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

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

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

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

No Award in 2020

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2019
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
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

Winner of the Zollikofer Award 2018
Intra-Abdominal Cooling System Limits Ischemia–Reperfusion Injury During Robot-Assisted Renal Transplantation
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2023

1st place

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

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

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 place

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

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

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