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Doctor Philippe Cuénod

Hand & Wrist Surgeon (FMH)

Hand surgery specialist, FMH member

European diploma of Hand Surgery (FESSH)

Founding member & associate, The Hand Clinic Geneva

Born 1955 in Morges, Vaud
School in Morges, then baccalauréat Latin-Greek in 1974 in Lausanne.
Studies at the Medical School University of Lausanne with federal diploma in 1980.

Training in General Surgery:

  • Hôpital de zone de Morges
  • CHUV-Lausanne (Cardiovascular, Visceral & thoracic, Orthopaedics & traumatology,  Intensive care, plastic & reconstructive)
  • Hôpital Cantonal de Fribourg
  • Hôpital des Cadolles Neuchâtel.

Training in Hand Surgery:

  • Hand Surgery Unit, HUGeneva (DR D.R. Della Santa)
  • Private practice of Dr A. Chamay, Geneva
  • Abteilung für Handchirurgie, Inselspital, Berne (Prof. U. Buechler)

Humanitarian activities:

  • General and war surgery with ICRC in Pakistan, Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Hand surgery with GICAM missions in Benin, Burkina-Faso and Ghana.


  • Federal diploma of Medicine, Medical school, University of Lausanne (1980)
  • Doctorate in Médecine, Medical school, University of Lausanne (1988)
  • Diploma of specialist FMH in General Surgery (1991)
  • Diploma of specialist FMH in Hand Surgery (1994)
  • Diploma of the Federation of European Societies of Surgery of the Hand (1996)
  • Former senior registrar of the Hand Surgery Unit, HU Geneva (1990-1992).
  • Former senior registrar for hand of the Surgical Policlinic, HU Geneva (1992-1993).
  • Former senior registrar of the Abteilung für Handchirurgie, Inselspital, Berne (1994-1996).
  • Member of the a Swiss Medical Federation (FMH)
  • Member of the Geneva Medical Association (AMG)
  • Member of the Swiss Society for Surgery of the Hand (SGH/SSCM)
  • Associate member of the French Society for Hand Surgery (SFCM-GEM)
  • Member of the FESSH Examination Committee for the european diploma of hand surgery examination.
  • Former examinator for the swiss diploma of surgery of the hand
  • Recipient of the Sumner L. Koch award 2000, delivered by the Chicago Society for hand Surgery.

Topics of interest:

  • Bone and ligament trauma of the wrist.
  • Metacarpal and phalangeal fractures and their sequellae.
  • Wrist biomechanics.
  • Surgery of rheumatological diseases.
  • Post-traumatic reconstruction of the hand.
  • Musician’s hand.

Scientific activities:

  • 79 communications during national or international scientific meetings
  • 22 scientific publications.