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.

Current President

PD Dr. med. Konrad Maurer
FMH for anaesthesiology
FMH for Pharmaceutical Medicine

Institut für Interventionelle
Schmerzmedizin Zürich AG
Pfingstwaidstr. 60 B
8005 Zürich


President Elect
(SPS Congress Manager)

PD Dr. med. Marc Suter
FMH for anaesthesiology

CHUV Service d’anesthésiologie
Centre d’antalgie
Rue du Bugnon 46
1011 Lausanne


Past President
(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

Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum
Zentrum für Schmerzmedizin
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 1
6207 Nottwil


(SPS Finance Officer)

Prof Dr. med. Andreas R. Gantenbein
FMH for Neurology

Neurologie am Untertor
Erachfeldstrasse 2
8180 Bülach


Medical Advisor ZURZACH Care
Rehaklinik Bad Zurzach
Quellenstrasse 34
5330 Bad Zurzach



Prof. Dr. Petra Schweinhardt, PhD M Chiro Med

Head of Chiropractic Medicine
Interdisciplinary Spinal Research ISR
Balgrist Campus
Lengghalde 5
8008 Zürich


Beat Steiger

(SPS Head of Department website/internet)

lic. phil. Beat Steiger

Zentrum für Zahnmedizin / KFS
Plattenstrasse 11
8032 Zürich


(SPS Head of Department for member management)

Dr Nicolas Mariotti
FMH for anaesthesiology

Traitement interventionnel de la douleur SSIPM
Hypnose médicale
Centre Médical de la Gare
Rue de la Lécheretta 4
1630 Bulle


(SPS Co-Head of Department Further Education and Training)

Dr. med. Sven Brockmüller, MSc
FMH for Neurology
FMH for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum
Zentrum für Schmerzmedizin
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 1
6207 Nottwil


(SPS Head of Department for SIG)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Benz

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Departement Gesundheit, Institut für Physiotherapie
Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9
8401 Winterthur



Fleur Baumann Benvenuti
FMH for rheumatology

Rheumatologie – HFR Freiburg – Kantonsspital
Chemin des Pensionnats 2-6,
1752 Villars-sur-Glâne


Dr. med. Noëmi Zurron
FMH for anaesthesiology

Centre de Médecine intégrative et complémentaire
Centre d’Antalgie
CHUV | Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois
Rue du Bugnon 46
1011 Lausanne


(EFIC Councillor)

Prof. Dr. méd., Dr. phil. Chantal Berna Renella
FMH for general internal medicine

Centre de médecine integrative et complémentaire &
Centre d’antalgie, service anesthésiologie
Lausanne University hospital
Rue du Bugnon 46
1011 Lausanne


Department Finances

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.

Members Department

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 ®”.

Communication Department

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.

SIG Department

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.

Department Congresses

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.

Website Department

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.