Profile of Prof. Christian Spiss


Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care

Private address:
22/3 Hackenberggasse
A-1190 Vienna, Austria

Work address:
Department of Anaesthesiology, General Intensive Care and Pain Management,
Medical University Vienna, General Hospital Vienna
18-20 Waehringer Guertel 18-20
A-1090 Vienna, Austria

(: +43 699/1902 8892


1970 – 1975    University of Vienna, Medical Faculty
1962 – 1970    Secondary School, Theresianische Akademie, Vienna
1958 – 1962    Primary School, Marianum, Vienna


1983 – 1984    Stanford University and Veterans Administrations Hospital, U.S.A.
Research Fellow – Max Kade Foundation, Department of Anesthesia,
1977 – 1981    Residency at the Dept. of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care,
Medical University Vienna, General Hospital Vienna, Austria
1975 – 1977    Internship (Hospital Friesach, Carinthia; Public Hospital Lainz
Vienna, specialisation at the Cardiological Department)


1992                Full Professor
1986                Associate Professor
1981                Assistant Professor


1993    Steering Committee of the Dept. of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Management; Scientific Coordination und Documentation
1981    Board Certification of the Austrian Medical Society in Anaesthesiology & General Intensive Care        
1980    General Practitioner in Austria


Since    2001   Head of Division, interdisciplinary surgical intensive care unit (13B1)
1995 – 2000    Head of Division, transplantation anaesthesiology and intensive care, (transplantation operating room / interdisciplinary intensive care unit 9D) Operating room Division I (gynecology and obstetrics, urology and general surgery), interventional radiology (8F, MRI 6F)
1989 – 1994    Head of Division “Neuroanaesthesia” (neurosurgery incl. interdisciplinary intensive care unit with 10 beds, ENT department, NMR, neurological and psychiatric department)
Since    1997   Member of the Taskforce “Operating Room Management”
1987 – 1988    Head of Division II, “Old General hospital” (maxillofacial surgery incl. intensive care unit II, ENT-Department, orthopedic Department, eye clinic, central x-ray,  cardiology, radiotherapy, bronchoscopy – II. medical clinic)
Since 1985      Consultancy in private hospitals and health care institutions
1984 – 1987    Senior Anaesthetist in the cardiothoracic surgical operating rooms (incl. pediatric cardioanaesthesia) and in the associated intensive care unit
1977 – 1982    Residency in anesthesia and general intensive care under rotation system (general anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia and delivery room, pain therapy, general intensive care incl. transplantations, cardiothoracic surgery and intensive care, pediatric anaesthesia)
1980 – 1981   Repeated vacation replacement of the Head of Department, Sporthospital Lüdenscheid, Germany; Sporthospital Hellersen, Germany, Regional Hospital Mistelbach, Austria)
Since   1976    Side line work as rescue physician at the Red Cross Vienna and at the Austrian Air Rescue Service with on side operations all over the world


1989                Update in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
1990                Processes of the Cranial Midline – 1 Day Neuroanesthesia
1991                Anesthesiological congress for further education, Annual meeting of ADNANI
1994                Congress president of the international symposium „Hypothermia in Anesthesia and Critical Care“
1995                Central European Anaesthesiology Congress (subsection)
1996                Meeting of the „Unincorporated Neuroanesthesia Research-Group”
1996 – 2001    I.-VI. Austrian International Congress Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (subsection)
1997                International Trauma Association annual meeting (subsection)
1999                Austrian Postgraduate Assembly & Second International Symposium on Therapeutic Hypothermia
2003                Third Intenational Symposium on Therapeutic Hypothermia
2012               Euro-Neuro meeting Vienna


  • Anton Dreher-Memory Donation for Medical Research
  • Academic International Research Grant
  • Mayor’s Fund,  City of Vienna 2x
  • Various third party funding
  • since 1993 “principal investigator” for international, multicenter clinical trials (sepsis, severe brain trauma).


    1983    On recommendation of the Austrian Academy of Sciences : Max Kade Foundation scholarship for a research fellowship to the Stanford University,U.S.A.
    1988    Hoechst Award
    1996    Albert Schweitzer "Golden Grand Medal"


    1982             Visiting Fellow, MGH-Harvard Medical School, Boston, U.S.A.
    1993             Visiting Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Mayo Clinic, U.S.A.
    2001             Visiting Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Division of pediatric cardiac anesthesia, Toronto, Canada
    since 2005    Faculty member for Northwest Anesthesia seminars for continuing education
    2006 -09       Council member of the “European Society of Anaesthesiology”


    2010             MasterCoaching intensive seminar organized by KICK OFF
    2000              In training for executive emergency physician according to the conditions of medical law § 40
    1999              ISO 9000 ff Quality Management Systems in Hospitals
    1992 -93       Postgraduate degree for medical executives, postgraduate commission of the medical faculty of the University of Vienna
    1998              Executives in Hospitals
    1996              Rhetoric seminar
    1994              Successful Leadership: Executive Functions within the University Hospital
    1993              Postgraduation Degree for Medical Executives
    1990              Management: Tools, Concepts, Visions
    1989              “Managing the Self”
    1987              Negotiation, Motivation
    1985              Fundamentals of Management


  • Austrian Association for Anesthesiology and General Intensive Care
  • Austrian Association for internistic Intensive Care
  • Austrian Association for Emergency and Catastrophy Care
  • Austrian Work Association für Artifical Nourishment
  • Austrian Association for Cardiology
  • Society for Physicians in Vienna
  • Work Group of German-speaking Neuroanesthesiologists and Neuro Intensive Care Physcians
  • Assistant Chairman of Professionals in Anesthesiology und Intensive Care in Vienna
  • Member of the Vienna Work Group of executive specialists in Anesthesiology und Intensive Care in Vienna
  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
  • Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesiologists and Critical Care
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Since 1985: Perioperative management of about 300-400 patients per year in various private hospitals in Vienna (Neue Wiener Privatklinik, Goldenes Kreuz, Privatklinik Josefstadt, Evangelisches Krankenhaus, Privatklinik Döbling, Rudolfinerhaus) with focus on endocrine, visceral, oncologic, orthopedic and spine surgery.

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