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Training and education
of young medical doctors
in less developed regions.

Mission and philosophy

The aim of the Swiss Spine Foundation is to help train and develop young medical doctors and to treat patients – especially in developing regions such as Myanmar – in the area of spinal diseases. In doing so, the Foundation puts a particular emphasis on the treatment of children with complex spinal deformities and on research in the spinal surgery field. To these ends, a special Spine Fellowship Programme has been established to enable young spine surgeons to gain the practical experience required. The Programme will see a team of Swiss specialists travelling regularly to the regions concerned to treat patients and train new doctors together with the existing local medical staff.

Swiss Spine Foundation - Initiant & Motivator

Initiator and driving force

Professor Kan Min was born in Yangon, Myanmar. After completing his medical studies in Yangon he moved to Switzerland in 1990 for further training in orthopedic surgery, which he completed with the corresponding Swiss qualification in 1996. Dr. Min served as Head of Spinal Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Zurich’s Balgrist Clinic from 1997 to 2014, in the course of which he also earned his full professorship. Professor Min has devoted his entire career to spinal and deformity surgery. And in 2015 he set up Swiss Scoliosis, a new centre in Zurich for spinal and scoliosis surgery. In establishing the Swiss Spine Foundation, Professor Min aims to pass on his vast expertise in the field to young spine surgeons, and to help people and children suffering from spinal problems in the world’s less developed regions.


Swiss Spine Foundation - Stiftung
from left to right: Thomas Schmidheiny, Prof. Dr. Kan Min, Ernst A. Widmer


The Swiss Spine Foundation is an independent, non-profit charitable foundation founded in accordance with Art. 80 ff of the Swiss civilian code. The foundation is registered in the trade register of the Kanton of Zurich. The foundation is located in Zurich, by the head of administration: Swiss Spine Foundation c/o E A W Legal, Ernst A. Widmer , Beethovenstrasse 5, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland.

We appreciate the active strategic contribution of our three foundation board members:
Prof. Dr. Kan Min, MD, President of the foundation
Ernst A. Widmer, Foundation board member
Mr. Thomas Schmidheiny, Foundation board member

Swiss Spine Foundation - Spenden


We deeply and sincerely appreciate your support and we are more than happy to also forward to you the respective donation confirmation.

Our banking account is:
UBS AG, 8098 Zürich
IBAN CH21 0023 0230 5796 4701 V

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Swiss Spine Foundation - Fellowship


Spine fellowship programs
Swiss Scoliosis, Centre for Spinal and Scoliosis Surgery
Fellowship director: Prof. Dr. Kan Min

Clinical Spine Fellowship (1 year)
Visiting Spine Fellowship (3 months)

Application for fellowship

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Swiss Spine Foundation
c/o E A W Legal
Ernst A. Widmer
Beethovenstrasse 5
8002 Zurich

Prof. Dr. Kan Min
Swiss Scoliosis Centre
Seestrasse 220
CH-8027 Zürich
Telefon 044 209 24 40
Fax 044 209 24 41
info@swiss-spine-foundation.com info@swiss-scoliosis.ch