The OR-X team comprises a unique blend of physicians, surgeons, clinicians, researchers, surgical facility managers and operations professionals. Through their roles at Balgrist University Hospital, they unite their skills and experience and bring expertise to the OR-X. Together, we are shaping surgical excellence.

Introducing the OR-X Team


    Prof. Dr. med. Mazda Farshad, Initiator and Founder OR-X

    Medical Director, Head Physician Orthopedics and Spine Surgery, Director of University Spine Center

    Professor and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Thomas Huggler

    Thomas Huggler, Co-Founder OR-X

    Managing Director, Balgrist University Hospital.

  • Philipp Fürnstahl

    Prof. Dr. Philipp Fürnstahl, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member

    Professor in Orthopedic Computer Science and renowned expert in the field of computer-assisted surgery. He is the general manager and Chief Scientific Officer of the OR-X.

  • Tanja Walther

    Tanja Walther, Head of Operations

    Responsible for the surgical and medical equipment for daily operations. Preparing and supporting the workshops and experimental procedures is one of her main tasks. She supervises the processes for handling human tissue samples as well as coordinating the cleaning and sterilisation of surgical instruments.

  • Laura Leoty

    Laura Leoty, Head of Staff Unit Organization OR-X

    Responsible for all operational processes and procedures between the OR-X and departments of Balgrist University Hospital. She is the point of contact for internal and external users.

  • Fabio Carrillo

    Dr. Fabio Carrillo, Head of OR-X Research Unit

    Responsible for the design, implementation and support of all areas required for the implementation of experimental training and research. He is the point of contact for all research related topics.