Dr. med. Olaf Franzen

Specialist in cardiology and general internal medicine

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Olaf Franzen
Address: Kappelistrasse 35, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 79 155 66 20
Availability: Mon-Fr 8am-5pm

Pioneer in Catheter-Based Heart Valve Therapy

Dr Olaf Franzen has been carrying out catheter treatments of heart valve defects as a pioneer in this field for more than 10 years and has now treated more than 1000 patients with these procedures. 

Dr Olaf Franzen has developed these procedures in leading medical centres in Europe and Asia - including Hamburg, London, Copenhagen, Hong Kong and Singapore - and has published widely in this field. Dr Olaf Franzen is one of the doctors who treated patients in the renowned European "Notion Study", which compared catheter interventions and open-heart surgery in patients with aortic valve stenosis. 

This catheter procedure is now the standard treatment for most patients with aortic valve stenosis in many countries. In addition, Dr Olaf Franzen performed the first catheter procedure on humans for leaflet repair in mitral valve regurgitation in Europe. This so-called mitraclip therapy is now a widely used procedure worldwide with more than 100,000 patients treated.

Dr Olaf Franzen is available to our patients in German, English, Dutch and Danish.

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Dr Olaf Franzen has been supporting the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi (Vietnam) in cardiac valve surgery for many years.

  • Treatment of heart disease using catheters
  • Diagnosis and therapy of structural and congenital heart disease in adults
  • Interventional therapy of aortic valve diseases (TAVI)
  • Interventional therapy of mitral valve diseases (Mitraclip) with one of the largest experiences worldwide
  • Closure of paravalvular leaks
  • Atrial appendage closure
  • Blasting of mitral stenoses
  • Closure of short-circuit connections of the heart (ASD, PFO, VSD, Ductus arteriosus botallo)
  • Interventional therapy of coronary heart disease
  • Echocardiography
  • Specialist Cardiology & General Internal Medicine
    University Heart Center Hamburg 2010
  • Doctor of Medizine Magna Cum Laude
    University Hamburg 2020
  • Medical studies & medical diploma magna cum laude
    University Hamburg 1989 - 1996

Olaf Franzen, MD, has been involved in over 200 studies on catheter-based heart valve replacement therapies such as mitraclips and aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

The complete list of publications can be found on Google Scholar.

  • Dr. Olaf Franzen has treated more than 1000 patients with heart valve defects with TAVI and Mitraclip procedures.
  • Dr. Olaf Franzen is member of the team of the the first performing physicians worldwide for percutaneous valve implantation in native mitral valve (CardiaQ valve).
  • Dr. Olaf Franzen is the first performing physician for mitraclipping in Europe.
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