Insel Gruppe AG (BERN)

Insel Gruppe AG (BERN)

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The Insel Gruppe AG (Bern, Switzerland) comprises six hospitals, including the Inselspital Bern University Hospital (BERN) that will be involved in STOPSTORM and is associated with the University of Bern. As of 2020, the hospital employs a staff of 10,847 from 95 nations and provides care for around 900,000 patients each year. In addition, practical training is provided to 600 medical students and over 1,000 healthcare professionals.

The Department of Cardiology at BERN is the largest in Switzerland. The department, directed by Prof. Stephan Windecker, has an excellent track record in the conduction of clinical studies. The Centre for Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology, directed by Prof. Tobias Reichlin, is the largest in Switzerland and performs approximately 900 cardiac ablation procedures and 700 device procedures annually. In addition to the  clinical arrhythmia service, there is a large team of basic and translations scientists working in the field of cardiac electrophysiology in the Department of Physiology, as well as in the Swiss Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship in Medicine (SITEM).

The Department of Radiation Oncology is one of the largest radiation oncology departments in Switzerland. It is headed by Prof. Daniel Aebersold and is strongly involved in preclinical, translational and clinical research, as well as in the technological developments in the area of medical physics. One of the strongest clinical and technical focus is the conduction of high precision radiotherapy treatments such as radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy with the use of the CyberKnife system.

In a close collaboration between the Departments of Cardiology and Radiation Oncology, the first patients with VT-ablation have been treated with radiotherapy in the year 2019.

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Prof. Dr. Tobias Reichlin

Prof. Dr. Tobias Reichlin is the head of the Centre for Arrhythmias and Cardiac Electrophysiology and the Chief Deputy Department of Cardiology at BERN. He trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. He then went to Boston, USA, for his training in interventional electrophysiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School from 2011 to 2013. His Mentor in Boston, Prof. William Stevenson, is one of the pioneers of Electrophysiology and one of the most renowned experts in the management of VT. Within STOPSTORM, Dr. Reichlin and his team will identify the patients, perform the catheter ablations for ventricular tachycardia and plan the radiotherapies together with the team of the Department for Radiation Oncology.


PD Dr. Olgun Elicin

PD Dr. Olgun Elicin is the responsible radiation oncologist for intrathoraric and head and neck irradiation in the Radiation Oncology department, including patients with VT-ablation via radiotherapy. In 2013, he is finished the medical faculty and subsequently his radiation oncology specialty training in Istanbul. He worked as a post-doctorate research fellow until 2015. He is the principal investigator and sponsor of multiple clinical studies, and an active member of various national and international collaborative groups for research.

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