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Prof. Dr. med. Daniel Simmen

Specialist FMH for otorhinolaryngology 
Specialty: Head and neck surgery

Languages
English, French, German, Italian

Core competencies

  • Endoscopic paranasal sinus surgery, especially frontal sinus surgery
  • Endoscopic skull base surgery, rhino-neurosurgery
  • Functional and reconstructive nasal surgery
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Reconstructive atresial ear surgery (in collaboration with the Swiss Atresia Center at the Cantonal Hospital Lucerne and Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Linder)

CURRICULUM VITAE

2007

Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, titular professor 

2003 –

ENT Clinic & Atresia Center, Cantonal Hospital Lucerne, consulting physician 

2000 – 

ENT Center, Klinik Hirslanden Zurich, practicing physician

1996 –

Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, lecturer in otorhinolaryngology

1992 – 99

Department of Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery, ENT Clinic, University Hospital Zurich, senior physician

1995

Head and neck surgery, additional specialist qualification

1991 – 92

ENT Clinic, University Hospital Zurich, senior physician otorhinolaryngology

1992

Awarded Swiss MD title [FMH] in otorhinolaryngology

1990 – 91

ENT Clinic, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, assistant physician; specialized training in otorhinolaryngology

1989 – 90

ENT Clinic, Municipal Hospital Triemli (Zurich), assistant physician; specialized training in otorhinolaryngology

1988 – 89

ENT Clinic, University Hospital Zurich, assistant physician; specialized 

training in otorhinolaryngology

1986 – 88

Municipal Hospital Waid (Zurich), general surgical training

1986

Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich. Dissertation: Surgical Therapies
for Cluster Headaches

1986

Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, state medical examinations

  1. Lesser TH, Dort JC, Simmen DP. Ear, nose and throat manifestation of Lyme disease. J Laryngol Otol. 1990 Apr; 104(4): 301–304.
  2. Wolfensberger M, Simmen D. Staple closure of the hypopharynx after diverticulectomy and total laryngectomy. Dysphagia. 1991; 6(1): 26–29.
  3. Rhinology. 1995 Jun; 33(2): 84–85.
  4. Simmen D. Sinusitis, neue diagnostische und therapeutische Möglichkeiten. Ther Umsch. 1995 Nov; 52(11): 744–748.
  5. Kistler A, Mariauzouls C, Kuhr C, et al. Acute sympathetic responses elicited by acupuncture are pain-related and non-specific. Forsch Komplementärmed. 1996; 3: 269–278.
  6. Schuknecht B, Simmen D, Wichmann W, Valavanis A. MR identification of cavernous carotid artery involvement in septic cavernous sinus thrombosis. Int. J. Neuroradiol. 1996 May/Jun; 2(3): 290–295.
  7. Kistler A, Huber M, Suter B, Mariauzouls C, Simmen D. A probe holder for precise intranasal microcirculation measurments. Rhinology. 1996 Jun; 34(2): 83–85.
  8. Maranta CA, Simmen D. Abschwellende Nasensprays. Ergebnisse einer rhinomanometrisch objektivierten, doppelblind durchgeführten Studie. Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1996 Nov 2; 126(44): 1875–80.
  9. Simmen D, Schuknecht B. Computertomographie der Nasennebenhöhlen – eine präoperative Checkliste [Computerized tomography of paranasal sinuses–a preoperative checklist]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1997 Jan; 76(1): 8–13.
  10. Simmen D. Endonasale, mikroskopisch kontrollierte Stirnhöhlenchirurgie [Endonasal, microscopically controlled frontal sinus surgery]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1997 Mar; 76(3): 131–136.
  11. Simmen D, Bischoff T, Schuknecht B. Erfahrungen mit der Abklärung von Frontobasisdefekten, ein diagnostisches Konzept [Experiences with the assessment of frontobasal defects, a diagnostic concept]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1997 Oct; 76(10): 583–587.
  12. Linder TE, Simmen D, Stool SE. Revolutionary inventions in the 20th century: The history of endoscopy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Nov; 123(11): 1161–63.
  13. Simmen D, Heinz B. Epistaxis – Strategie. Erfahrungen der letzten 360 Hospitalisationen [Epistaxis strategy–experiences with the last 360 hospitalizations]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1998 Feb; 77(2): 100–106.
  14. Schuknecht B, Simmen D, Yüksel C, Valavanis A. Tributary venosinus occlusion and septic cavernous sinus thrombosis: CT and MR findings. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1998 Apr; 19(4): 617-626.
  15. Simmen D, Bischoff T. Rhinochirurgisches Konzept zur Versorgung von Frontobasisdefekten mit Rhinoliquorrhoe [Rhinosurgical concept in the management of fronto-basal defects with cerebrospinal rhinorrhea]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1998 May; 77(5): 264–271.
  16. Simmen D. Nasenfrakturen – Indikationen zur offenen Repositionen [Nasal fractures–indicators for open repositioning]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1998 Jul; 77(7):  388–393.
  17. Simmen D, Briner HR, Schär G, Schuknecht B. Chronische Mykosen der Nasennebenhöhlen – Stellenwert der endonasalen Nasennebenhöhlenchirurgie [Chronic mycoses of the paranasal sinuses–value of endonasal paranasal sinus surgery]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1998 Aug; 77(8): 444–453.
  18. Simmen D, Briner HR, Hess K. Screeningtest des Geruchssinnes mit Riechdisketten [Screening of olfaction with smell diskettes]. Laryngorhinootologie. 1999 Mar; 78(3): 125–130.
  19. Simmen D, Scherrer JL, Moe K, Heinz B. A dynamic and direct visualization model for the study of nasal airflow. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Sep; 125(9): 015-1021.
  20. Briner HR, Simmen D. Smell diskettes as screening test of olfaction. Rhinology. 1999 Dec; 37: 145–148.
  21. Schmidt MC, Simmen D, Hilbe M et al. Validation of excised bovine nasal mucosa as in vitro model to study drug transport and metabolic pathways in nasal epithelium. J Pharm Sci. 2000 Mar; 8(3): 397–407.
  22. Kraft M, Simmen D, Schmid S, Casas R, Pfaltz M. Significance of human papilloma viruses (HPV) in sinonasal papillomas. Schweiz Med Wochenschr Suppl. 2000; 116: 113S–115S. In German.
  23. Simmen D. Progress in endonasal microsurgery of the paranasal sinuses. Laryngorhinootologie. 2000 Nov; 79(11): 645–647. In German.
  24. Kraft M, Simmen D, Casas R, Pfaltz M. Significance of human papilloma viruses in sinonasal papillomas. J Laryngol Otol. 2001 Sep; 115(9): 709–714.
  25. Hofbauer GF, Böni R, Simmen D et al.  Histological, immunological and molecular features of a nasal mucosa primary melanoma associated with nasal melanosis. Melanoma Res. 2002 Feb; 12(1): 77–82.
  26. Schuknecht B, Simmen D. State of the art. Diagnostic imaging of paranasal sinus diseases. Laryngorhinootologie. 2002 Feb; 81(2): 126–146. In German.
  27. Briner HR, Simmen D, Jones, N. Impaired sense of smell in patients with nasal surgery. Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 2003 Oct; 28(5): 417–419.
  28. Kraft M, Simmen D, Kaufmann T, Holzmann D. Long-term results of endonasal sinus surgery in sinonasal papillomas. Laryngoscope. 2003 Sep; 113(9): 1541-1547.
  29. Holzmann D, Speich R, Kaufmann T et al. Effects of sinus surgery in patients with cystic fibrosis after lung transplantation: a 10-year experience. Transplantation. 2004 Jan 15; 77(1): 134–136.
  30. Spörri S, Simmen D, Briner HR, Jones N. Objective assessment of tip projection and the nasolabial angle in rhinoplasty. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2004 Sep-Oct; 6(5): 295-298; discussion 299–300.
  31. Simmen D, Jones, N. Manual of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and its Extended Applications. Stuttgart: Thieme; 2005 (300 pages, 998 illustrations, DVD; received the George Davies Howells Memorial Prize 2006 in otolaryngology of the University of London).
  32. Simmen D, Jones, N. Chirurgie der Nasennebenhöhlen und der vorderen Schädelbasis. Stuttgart: Thieme; 2005. (298 pages, 998 illustrations, DVD)
  33. Briner HR, Simmen D, Jones N. Endoscopic sinus surgery: advantages of the bimanual technique. Am J Rhinol. 2005 May-Jun; 19(3): 269–273.
  34. Simmen D, Briner HR. Olfaction in rhinology – methods of assessing the sense of smell. Rhinology. 2006 Jun; 44(2): 98–101.
  35. Simmen D, Raghavan U, Briner HR, et al. The surgeon’s view of the anterior ethmoid artery. Clin Otolaryngol. 2006 Jun; 31(3): 187–191.
  36. Simmen D, Raghavan U., Briner HR, et al. The anatomy of the sphenopalatine artery for the endoscopic sinus surgeon.  Am J Rhinol. 2006 Sep-Oct; 20(5): 502–505, 2006.
  37. Treyer V, Koch H, Briner HR, Jones NS, Buck A, Simmen DB. Male subjects who could not perceive the pheromone 5a-androst-16-en-3-one, produced similar orbitofrontal changes on PET compared with perceptible phenylethyl alcohol (rose). Rhinology. 2006 Dec; 44(4): 278–282.
  38. Broglie M, Holzmann D, Simmen D, Studer G, Tinguely M, Stöckli S. Aesthesioneuroblastom der NNH – Erfahrungen an der ORL-Klinik des Universitätsspitals Zürich von 1983 bis 2004. Schweiz Med Forum. 2007; 104S–107S.
  39. Briner HR, Simmen D. Therapie von Tumoren der Nasennebenhöhlen und der anterioren Schädelbasis mit der bimanuellen endoskopischen Technik. Schweiz Med Forum. 2007 (Suppl. 34); 108S–110S.
  40. Briner HR, Simmen D, Jones N, et al. Evaluation of an anatomic model of the paranasal sinuses for endonasal surgical training. Rhinology. 2007 Mar; 45(1): 20–23.
  41. Schuknecht B, Simmen D, Briner HR, Holzmann D: Nontraumatic skull base defects with spontaneous CSF rhinorrhea and arachnoid herniation: imaging findings and correlation with endoscopic sinus surgery in 27 patients.  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2008 Mar; 29(3): 542–549.
  42. Simmen D. Medical and surgical treatment options in the management of upper airway diseases. Ther Umsch. 2008 Mar; 65(3):175–80. In German.
  43. Briner HR, Hammer B, Kirsch E, et al. Transnasaler endoskopischer Zugang zur anterioren Schädelbasis. Schweiz Med Forum. 2009 (Suppl. 49): 51S–53S.
  44. Eichenberger A, Simmen D, Briner HR, Caversaccio M-D. Erste Erfahrungen mit der Ballonsinuplastie bei chronischer Rhinosinusitis der Nasennebenhöhlen. Schweiz Med Forum. 2009 (Suppl. 49): 57S–59S.
  45. Simmen D. Technical advances and the endoscopically assisted bimanual technique (Chapter 4: 38–45); Endonasal surgery of the anterior skull base (Chapter 8: 73–82); Sinus surgery and olfaction in chronic rhinosinusitis (Chapter 17: 150–158). In: Jones, N. Practical Rhinology. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2010 (book chapters).
  46. Simmen D, Jones N. Epistaxis. In: Flint P et al. eds., Cummings Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 5th ed.  Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier; 2010: 682-693 (book chapter).
  47. Simmen D, Jones N. Olfaction and Nasal Polyposis. In: Fergusson B, Onerci M.  Nasal Polyposis. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer; 2010: 163–173 (book chapter).
  48. Dhanasekar G, Simmen D, Briner HR. Breathing straws. J Laryngol Otol. 2010 Jan; 124(1): 73–74.
  49. Lund VJ, Stammberger H, Nicolai P et. al. European position paper on endoscopic management of tumours of the nose, paranasal sinuses and skull base. Rhinol Suppl. 2010 Jun 1; (22): 1–143.
  50. Simmen D, Briner HR, Jones N. Endoscopically assisted bimanual technique. In: Stamm AC, ed. Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery: Tips and Pearls. New York/Stuttgart: Thieme; 2011: 92–98 (book chapter).
  51. Heimgartner S, Eckardt J, Simmen D, Briner HR, Leunig A, Caversaccio M-D. Limitations of balloon sinuplasty in frontal sinus surgery.  Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Oct;  268(10): 1463–1467.
  52. Briner HR, Jones N, Simmen D. Olfaction after sinus surgery: long-term results. Rhinology. 2012 Jun; 50(2): 178–184.
  53. Braun T, Betz CS, Ledderose GJ, et al. Endoscopic sinus surgery training courses: benefit and problems – a multicentre evaluation to systematically improve surgical training. Rhinology. 2012 Sep; 50(3): 246–254.
  54. Simmen D, Jones N. A Manual of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery. Stuttgart: Thieme; 2013 (450 pages, 1500 illustrations, DVD).
  55. Landis BN, Briner HR, Lacroix JS, Simmen D. Olfaction and Its Disorders. In: Georgalas C, Fokkens W, eds. Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery. From the Lab to the Operating Room: An Evidence-based Approach. New York/Stuttgart: Thieme; 2013: 195–210 (book chapter).
  56. Simmen D, Jones N. Epistaxis. In: Flint P et al. eds., Cummings Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 5th ed.  Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier; 2013: Chapter 48.
  57. Simmen D, Jones N. Patient selection. Laryngorhinootologie. 2013 Aug; 92(8): 565–572. In German.
  58. Simmen D, Jones N. Patient expectations – optimizing diagnosis, medical management and planning the operation – optimizing diagnosis- 2. Laryngorhinootologie. 2013 Sep; 92(9): 623–633. In German.
  59. Simmen D, Jones N. Optimizing diagnosis, medical management and planning of surgery – optimizing diagnosis – II. Laryngorhinootologie. 2013 Oct; 92(10): 708–712. In German.
  60. Simmen D, Jones N. Optimizing diagnosis, medical management and planning of surgery. Optimizing drug therapy. Optimizing operation timing. Laryngorhinootologie. 2013 Nov; 92(11): 779–785. In German.
  61. Simmen D, Jones N. Symptom related, realistic goals of surgical interventions in patients with rhinosinusitis. Laryngorhinootologie. 2013 Dec; 92(12): 857–865. In German.
  62. Lund VJ, Stammberger H, Fokkens WJ et al. European position paper on the anatomical terminology of the internal nose and paranasal sinuses. Rhinol Suppl. 2014 Mar; (24): 1–34.
  63. Simmen D, Jones N. Sphenoethmoidektomie ± sphenoidal Sinusotomie Typ I, II, III – Teil 1.  Laryngorhinootologie. 2014 Jun; 93(6): 423–429. In German.
  64. Simmen D, Jones N. Management der mittleren und oberen Nasenmuschel.  Laryngorhinootologie. 2014 Jul; 93(7): 487–492. In German.
  65. Koechlin NO, Simmen D, Briner HR, Reisch R. Combined transnasal and transcranial removal of a giant clival chordoma. J Neurol Surg Rep. 2014 Aug; 75(1): e98-e102.
  66. Simmen D, Jones N. Die endoskopische Untersuchung, anatomische Varianten und besondere Umstände [The endoscopic examination, anatomical variants and special circumstances]. Laryngorhinootologie. 2014 Aug; 93(8): 573–577. In German.
  67. Simmen D, Jones N, Briner HR.  Preserving and Improving the Sense of Smell. In: Simmen D, Jones N.  A Manual of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery. New York/Stuttgart: Thieme; 2014; 60–66 (book chapter).
  68. Simmen D, Jones N, Briner HR.  Applied Anatomy for Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery. In: Simmen D, Jones N.  A Manual of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery. New York/Stuttgart: Thieme; 2014; 80–90 (book chapter).
  69. Koechlin NO, Briner HR, Simmen D, Reisch R. Fortschritte in der chirurgischen Behandlung von Tumoren der Hypophysenregion [Advances in the surgical treatment of tumors of the pituitary region: rhino-neurosurgical transnasal endoscopic surgery]. HNO. 2014 Nov; 62(11): 793–799, 2014.  In German.
  70. Daniel B. Simmen. Extended Frontal Sinusotomy – Draf III or Median Drainage Procedure. In: Myers E.N., Kennedy D.W., eds. Mater Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Rhinology: New York, London, Tokyo: Wolters Kluwer;  2015: 153–164 (book chapter).
  71. Stefania Gallo, Sarah Grossi, Giulia Montrasio, Giorgio Binelli, Raffaella Cinquetti, Daniel Simmen, Paolo Castelnuovo and Paola Campomenosi. TAS2R38 taste receptor gene and chronic rhinosinusitis: new data from an Italian population.
  72. Sommer F, Simmen D, Briner HR, Jones N, Hoffmann TK, Lindenmann J. Effects of nasal wall lateralisation and pyriform turbinoplasty on nasal air conditioning. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2016 doi: 10.15761/OHNS.100135. Vol 2(1) 1–5.
  73. Eördögh M, Briner HR, Simmen D, Jones N, Reisch R. Endoscopic unilateral transethmoidal-paraseptal approach to the central skull base. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology 2017 May; doi: 10.1002/lio2.82.
  74. Simmen D, Narendrankumar V, Briner HR, Jones N, Schuknecht B. Anterior maxillary wall and lacrimal duct relationship – CT analysis for prelacrimal access to the maxillary sinus. Rhinology 2017 Jun; 55(2): 170-174.
  75. Novoa E, Simmen D, Briner HR, Schlegel C. Long-term results after restoring nasal tip support using auricular cartilage as an intercrural columellar strut graft: the «I-Beam» technique. Rhinology 2018 Jan; 56(2): 183-188

 

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MEMEBERSHIPS

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie e.V. (corresponding member since 2010)
  • European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • European Rhinologic Society
  • International Rhinologic Society
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Hals-, Nasen-, und Ohrenheilkunde, Kopf- und Halschirurgie (honorary member since 2009)
  • Polish Rhinologic Society (honorary member since 2010, ARTIFFEX RHINOLOGIAE)
  • South African Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (honorary member since 2011)
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Oto-Rhino-Laryngologie, Hals- und Gesichtschirurgie
  • Swiss Rhinologic Society
  • Verein Zürcher ORL Ärzte
  • Ärztegesellschaft des Kantons Zürich
  • FMH Swiss Medical Association