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Patient care

In this area you will find all the useful information that is intended to make your stay at the Cardiocentre more comfortable.


With the synergy of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardioestestists, the Cardio Center can offers less invasive surgical techniques and the most up-to-date intervention procedures.


Managed by a private foundation, but integrated into the cantonal healthcare service, Cardiocentro Ticino is a state-of-the-art, highly specialized university clinic in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardioestesthesia


Cardiocentro carries out scientific dissemination and information communication in the field of research and prevention

and Intensive Care

The Intensive Care Unit accommodates all patients with high complexity and critical cardiology that require continuous monitoring and support of vital functions.

and Intensive Care

The service of Cardioanaesthesia and Intensive care, directed by Tiz­iano Cassina, MD, is the only clinical unit in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland performing cardiac anaesthesia. Beside the head, the department staff can count on three senior physicians, Gabriele Casso, MD, Al­bin Engeler, MD and Hervé Schlot­terbeck, MD. All the senior physicians have performed a medical education in anaesthesia and critical care certified by the Swiss Society of Physicians (FMH). They are supported by two junior physicians, Bruno Capelli, MD and Luisa Santambrogio, MD and five trainees.

The clinical activity of the department is monitored by the University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of Lausanne (IUMSP), this external authority analyses and certifies the quality of the anaesthetic activities done. The principal aims of the department are the team work and the continuous medical education.
The clinical objectives are to enable the patients to face cardiac surgery in the best clinical condition and, at the same time, to guarantee surgeon’s maximum freedom in doing the most appropriate procedures.

The efforts of the department are focused on a global management of the cardiovascular patient. This approach starts with a pre-operative phase and is followed by an intensive post-operative treatment.

This concept is based on a peri-operative management, which summarizes a whole treatment offered to the patient as crucial part along the complete clinical path. Furthermore, we support a multidisciplinary clinical vision in order to encourage the best possible synergy with surgeons and cardiologists, this is the main philosophy of the whole department.


Interview presentation video to Prof. Dr. Tiziano Cassina Chief Anaesthesia and intensive Care

Cardiac Anaesthesia and intensive Care Training

Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano

Contact and information

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Service Office Prof. Dr. Tiziano Cassina

Mrs. Francesca Sara Galentino
Tel. +41 (0)91 805 31 83
Fax +41 (0)91 805 31 81



Prof. Dr. Tiziano Cassina
Chief Anaesthesia and Intensive Care