Committee 2020 – 2023
The following SPS board members were elected for the term of office from 2020 – 2023 at the general meeting on October 1, 2020 in Bern.
(SPS Co-Head of Department Further Education and Training)
Dr. med. André Ljutow, MSc
FMH for Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Human Movement Apparatus
Zentrum für Schmerzmedizin
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 1
(SPS Head of Department for SIG)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Benz
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Departement Gesundheit, Institut für Physiotherapie
Fleur Baumann Benvenuti
FMH for rheumatology
Rheumatologie – HFR Freiburg – Kantonsspital
Chemin des Pensionnats 2-6,
Responsibilities within the Management Board
As treasurer, Andreas Gantenbein will keep track of the financial situation of our society. Andreas is head physician in neurology at the RehaClinic Bad Zurzach and past president of the Swiss Headache Society.
Nicolas Mariotti has again made himself available for this task. He will continue to be responsible for all questions regarding SPS membership as well as application and recertification of the title “SPS Pain Specialist ®”.
The SPS committee has come to the conclusion that the Communication Department should be assigned to the President of the Society. Therefore, Konrad Maurer, will assume responsibility for all President Corner articles, newsletter content, and external communications with individuals and journals, as well as our social media platforms.
For all concerns regarding the Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Thomas Benz will continue to serve as the contact person. Thomas has been the Technical Director of Continuing Education and Services Physical Therapy at the ZHAW in Winterthur since 2020.
Department of Further Education and Training
As our Past-President André Ljutow wants to enjoy his well-deserved retirement soon, he will take over the department of Continuing Education and Training for the next year in co-responsibility with Sven Brockmüller. André and Sven both work at the Center for Pain Medicine in Nottwil. André as head of the center and Sven as head of psychiatric-psychological pain medicine. Among other things, André and Sven will have the task this year of implementing our 50h/30h concept and restructuring our long-standing pain course.
For the organization and coordination of our congresses, Marc Suter, president-elect and head of pain therapy at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), has once again agreed to take on the task.
Beat Steiger remains with us in the task of managing our website and our member database, as well as supporting our secretariat in other tasks related to IT and Internet. Beat is a pain psychologist at the Center for Dental Medicine in Zurich.
Ressort Task Force
The department Task Force deals with current professional and political topics that are of interest to the members and in which we as a society want to get involved (e.g. new IDC-11 diagnostic criteria, opiodia problem, cannabis hype, etc.). Konrad Maurer is responsible for leading this department as President of the Society.
Liaison with our international sister organizations
Our new board member, Chantal Berna Renella has agreed to become Swiss Councillor of EFIC. Chantal is a professor and senior physician at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV). In the role as President, Konrad Maurer is responsible for representing the SPS at the IASP.