«Giving back a perspective of a healthy life to the children inspires me»

Prof. Dr. med. Nadia Khan, Head of Moyaymoya Center

A Neurosurgeon with Heart and Soul

Prof. Nadia Khan, MD, has been supporting and treating children and adolescents diagnosed with Moyamoya for many years. She is the first woman neurosurgeon with a professorship at a Swiss university and pioneered the field of moyamoya angiopathy. She consolidated and deepened her know-how at various professional institutions in Switzerland and abroad. In 2011, she founded the Moyamoya Center at the Children's Hospital Zurich, which specializes in children and adolescents. It is the only center in Switzerland and in Europe dedicated to and for moyamoya children and internationally it is one of the few that have successfully positioned themselves in this specialty.

Current Positions/Titles

  • Prof. Dr. med., University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Head of Moyamoya Center, Department of Surgery, University Childrens Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  • Head of the Centre for Moyamoya and Cerebral Revascularization in Adults, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany
  • Visiting Alumnus, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford Medical Center, Stanford, USA
  • Visiting Professor Aga Khan Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan

Neurochirurgische Ausbildung

2000 FMH Neurochirurgie
2005 Venia Legendie/ Habilitation on the topic “Existence of Moyamoya Angiopathy in Europe:  The Zurich Experience - Revisiting the Extracranial-lntracranial (EC -IC) Bypass revascularization procedure
2008 – 2010

Enhanced neurovascular expertise as clinical instructor and fellow at the Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford Medical University, Stanford, CA

2015 Professorship at the University of Zurich


Clinical Experience

2009 Founder of the international "Working group on Moyamoya Angiopathy
2010 bis heute

To date, Founder with development and management of the international Moyamoya Center for children at the University Children's Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland


Founder with establishment and management of the Moyamoya Center for adults at the University Hospital Tübingen


All publications of Professor Khan are available on the Online-Plattform PubMed of the National Library of Medicine.

to the publications

Co-Editor: Moyamoya Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment
Wanebo J, Khan N, Zabramski J, Spetzler R (2013), 224 pp, Thieme medical publishers: Stuttgart, New York. ISBN (Americas): 9781604067309




Co-Editor: Changing Aspects in Stroke Surgery: Aneurysms, dissection, Moyamoya angiopathy and EC-IC Bypass
Yonekawa Y, Tsukahara T, Valavanis A, Khan N (2008) Changing Aspects in  Stroke Surgery : Aneurysms, dissection, Moyamoya angiopathy and EC-IC Bypass, VIII, 141p., Hardcover, Springer Publishers: Vienna, New York. ISBN: 978-3-211-76588-3


Prof. Dr. med. Nadia

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Founder and head of Moyamoya Center


Dr. med. Annette

Pediatric Neurologist with main interest in Stroke in children


Dr. med. Dubravka Deanovic

Consultant Anesthesiologist
Initiator of Neuroanesthesia in Moyamoya Children


Dr. med. Martina Hug

Pediatrician and Consultant in Child Development


Prof. Dr. med. Anita Rauch

Director of Institue of Medical Genetics, University of Zurich



Dr. med. Katharina Steindl

Consultant in Medical Genetics
Institut of Medical Genetics

University of Zurich 


Surgical, Medical and Nursing Team

The Moyamoya Center's achievements would not be possible without an extended team of qualified professionals who work together for each patient. We are not only supported by a surgical team, but also by a team of paediatricians and nurses who care for our patients around the clock.

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