We educate surgeons and operating room professionals

We educate surgeons and operating room professionals

The SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training in Surgery (SFITS) is a Swiss non-profit foundation based in the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) complex, in Switzerland.

The SFITS in a nutshell

Training Center of Excellence.

Fully equipped Research Facility.

Surgery Innovation Accelarator Hub.

Multidisciplinary platform designed as a secured and controlled training and research environment for professionals working in operating rooms.


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Our values
  • Excellence
  • Neutrality
  • Solution-driven
  • Continuous improvement
  • Swiss quality
Our mission
  • Training
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Exchange

Our History

Surgery is going through great changes with the development of minimally invasive techniques, the integration of robotics and 3D imagery. All surgical and interventional specialties have benefitted from these advances and become more precise and safer.

At the same time, these advances request adaptation and continuous training of the operating room professionals. Whether beginners or highly experienced, practitioners are today confronted with new gestures, techniques and technologies. They must continuously strive to master new and sophisticated instrumentation and equipment.

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It is in that context that the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) decided to create and support the SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training in Surgery (SFITS).

Through the SFITS, the HUG’s ambition is to reinforce their position in the training and education of tomorrow’s professionals, to improve patient healthercare and to foster innovative research projects to contribute to create new and efficient treatments.

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Our 3 pilars of excellency and academic neutrality

The SFITS is committed in bringing solution-driven and continuous improvement approaches to its processes, its products and services, and its people management.

People &

  • Operational team expert in running dry- and wet-labs, and events smoothly
  • Pedagogical team to develop and enhance training experience
  • Administrative team to manage projects
  • Communication team to increase course visibility and sponsoring opportunities
  • Technical team to maintain and update biomedical equipment
  • Audiovisual team expert in live streaming and instructional video editing

Processes &

  • Modern and versatile infrastructure
  • Fully equipped wetlabs and auditorium
  • Controlled and secured environment to safely practice
  • Ethical management of anatomical specimens and organic parts
  • Efficient cross-functional processes (ethics, hygiene, security, logistics, biomedical…)
  • Custom-made learning ecosystem, from registration to certification

Products &

  • Facilitation of face-to-face practical workshops and events
  • R&D test and concept validation
  • Conception of e-learning modules
  • Hybrid events and live stream from the OR
  • Certification, participant and faculty training Logbook
  • Edition of pedagogical surgical videos
  • Creation of original anatomical illustrations

Latest news


Une oeuvre de Pascal Bettex à la SFITS


The SFITS as an accredited center by the NASCE


Surgical approaches in cranio-maxillo-facial surgery


Prise en charge des enfants avec fente labio-maxillo-palatine

Upcoming courses

Les jeudis du Cursus Chirurgical

Let's make surgery safer for all!

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