Bernhard Meier (1950-)
Professor Meier served from 1992 until his retirement in 2015 as full Professor of Cardiology and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at the Swiss Cardiovascular Center Bern at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Since 2016 he has served as Senior Consultant at this institution. After graduating from the Medical School of Zurich, Switzerland in 1975, he was trained in internal medicine and cardiology at the University Hospital of Zurich and later went to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Bernie Meier was an assistant to Andreas Grüntzig, at the time that Andreas introduced coronary angioplasty into clinical medicine. Hence, he has been involved in the procedure dating from the world’s first coronary angioplasty patient, treated in Zurich on September 16, 1977, to the present day. It was Bernie who found the first patient for Andreas to treat with PTCA. Bernie was also instrumental in the development of a simple and effective technique for closing the patent foramen ovale and the left atrial appendage and has among the world’s largest experience treating these conditions.
How to become an Andreas Grüntzig in the 21st century
The contributions of Andreas Grüntzig to modern medicine are huge, though it may be argued that serendipity accounted for a significant part of his success. He came to Zürich to be a disciple of Robert Hegglin, an internist. Hegglin died shortly after Grüntzig’s arrival, obliging him to find a substitute tutor in the person of Alfred Bollinger, an angiologist, whose diagnostic skills he quickly acquired.
His master’s art, Andreas Grüntzig’s approach to performing and teaching coronary angioplasty
Andreas Roland Grüntzig (1939-1985) was an accomplished clinician and an astute scientist. He was also a practical man endowed with dexterity, smartness, and common sense.
Stroke prevention by intervention: left atrial appendage closure
23 May 2014 – From EuroPCR 2014