Dr. Jan Kukleta


Jan F. KUKLETA, MD, FMCH is a visceral surgeon in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland.

Study of medicine 1967 – 1974 and State examination 1974 at University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Doctoral thesis 1972-74  “Sutureless intramyocardial pacemaker-electrode implantation“, doctor diploma of University of Zurich 1975. Experimental surgery at Dept. of Surgery of University of Zurich 1972 – 1974. Specialist in General Surgery FMH in 1983, later subspecialisation title in Visceral Surgery.
Since 1984 in private practice of visceral surgery in Zurich.

During 42 years of the never-ceasing surgical training and personal development he concentrated his practical and academic activities on laparoscopic surgery, early adoption of new technologies, herniology and teaching. As a member of international faculty of the European Surgical Institute in Hamburg and Covidien European Training Center in Paris/Elancourt he regularly lectured the parietal repair issues.

Being one of the pioneers of endoscopic tension-free repair he had the chance to accumulate substantial practical and theoretical knowledge in the two last decades. He is member of several national and international surgical societies (SGC, SGVC, ALTC, EAES, EHS-Grepa, AHS, SLS, APHS, SAHC, IEHS and AMEHS), member of International advisory board of “Hernia (The world journal of hernia and abdominal wall surgery)”, “European Journal of Coeliosurgery” and “Chirurgische Allgemeine”; founding member and current president of the Swiss Association for Hernia Surgery SAHC; founder and medical director of Laparoscopic Training Center in Zurich to develop and perfect skills of young surgeons in simulator use. He is a member of the working groups that elaborated European Hernia Society Guidelines in 2008 for treatment of groin hernias with an Update 2013, the Guidelines for endoscopic hernia treatment of the International Endoscopic Hernia Society in 2010 with an Update 2014, Guidelines for laparoscopic treatment of ventral and incisional abdominal wall hernias 2011 and EAES Consensus development conference on endoscopic repair of groin hernias (2013), as well as a frequent contributor to various congresses in all five continents. Operated in 29 countries and lectured in 43 countries in order to share the experience to improve the patient’s outcomes.
Currently the head of NetworkHernia – Zurich Hernia Center at Hirslanden Hospital Group.