Every man will ultimately be responsible for all the good he did not do.



The Resortho Foundation was created in 2000 by Prof. Christian Gerber to advance orthopaedics through support of research, development, innovation and highly specialized education. Aid is provided by supporting research, education, training and other activities that can contribute to the fulfillment of the Foundation's purpose.

New research results are necessary to increase reliability in preventing illness and/or finding methods to cure them. In order to implement these research results as quickly and efficiently as possible, we need medical instructors and opinion leaders who are open-minded and have received first-class training and education.

The Foundation is recognized as a non-for-profit organization, tax-exempt and under the control of the Swiss Federal Supervisory Authority for Foundations. Its assets are accumulated by donations from the founder and from third parties. It is managed by a foundation board currently consisting of 4 members.

board of trustees



Founder / President of the Board of Trustees

MD, Prof. emeritus, Full Professor and Chair of Orthopaedics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich, Medical Director emeritus of the Balgrist University Hospital from 1995 - 2017. President of the Board of Directors of the Balgrist Campus AG since 2017.



Member of the Board of Trustees

Former Minister of financial affairs of the Canton of Zurich, former President of the Swiss Balgrist Association.



Member of the Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr. oec., Former chief economist of UBS. Entrepreneur, owner and consultant of financial consultant service companies. President of the Institute of Economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).



Member of the Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr., Chief of Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department at the Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen.

All trustees execute their function pro bono.




ResOrtho created the Meyer Award



The new technology platforms of the Balgrist Campus which are co-funded and supported by the Swiss Federal Government.



The Balgrist Campus owned to 60% by the ResOrtho Foundation is appointed as a research platform of national relevance by the Federal Government.



On December 4, the Balgrist Campus is opened by Federal Councilor Mr. J. Schneider-Ammann in an inauguration ceremony. Benefactors in particular the main Sponsor Dr. Hansjörg Wyss and representative of the Zürich Lottery funds are present.



Professor Christian Gerber receives the Arthur Steindler Award for his lifetime achievement. This award is given by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS). The prize is awarded to non-American scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to advancing medicine.



The construction license for “Balgrist Campus” is issued and construction starts.

Approval for the erection of the Balgrist Campus is issued on May 14, 2013. The foundation stone is laid on September 4, 2013.



The muscle biology professorship at the University of Zürich is occupied by Professor Martin Flück.



Thanks to the generous support of the Schindler Holding AG and other benefactors ResOrtho can create and endow a new professorship for muscle biology at the University and ETH Zurich, which is located and affiliated with Balgrist University Hospital. The donation contract between the ResOrtho Foundation and the University of Zurich is signed on December 16, 2010 and is included into the regular planning for the professorial body (2011/2012) by the University Council.

The ResOrtho Foundation and the Balgrist Association create the Balgrist Campus AG. The purpose of the Balgrist Campus AG is to provide a building for musculoskeletal research and development in front of the Balgrist University Hospital. The Administrative Board of the Balgrist Campus AG counts both representatives from the ResOrtho Foundation and from the board of directors from the Balgrist Association.



ResOrtho starts fundraising for creating a new chair in muscle biology at the University of Zürich at a Ragtime event and secures the required 7 million CHF by the end of the year.

In conjunction with fundraising for a muscle biology professorship, Dr. Hansjörg Wyss states that he is prepared to provide the ResOrtho Foundation with funds that allow to start to create a new musculoskeletal research center.



Kappa Delta OREF Clinical Research Award (C. Gerber)

In February 2007, the President of the Board of Trustees of the ResOrtho Foundation, Prof. Christian Gerber, becomes the first non-American orthopaedic specialist to receive the renowned Kappa-Delta / OREF award in the USA, which is equivalent to an Oscar within the medical world. This prize is the most significant international award for surgery on the musculoskeletal system. In the same year, he becomes the first four-time winner of the Charles S. Neer Award of the American Shoulder and Fellow Surgeons with the contribution: “Reversion of Structural Muscular Changes caused by chronic rotator cuff tendon tearing using continuous musculotendinous traction...“ (C. Gerber, M. Zumstein, E. Frey, B. von Rechenberg, H. Hoppeler, B. Jost, D. Meyer).



ResOrtho is founded on February 2, 2000 with the generous support of our patrons. On March 16, 2000, it is registered in the Trade Register for the canton of Zurich.

Thanks to the support of a former Harvard graduate and the unstinting cooperation of the Vontobel Foundation, the ResOrtho Foundation is able to invest 100,000 CHF into the intercontinental Harvard/Balgrist Shoulder Fellowship per year.