Peter Burckhardt, MD, Prof. em. Int. Med

Specialist in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology

Clinic Bois-Cerf/Hirslanden,
avenue d'Ouchy 31, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
phone: +41 (0) 21 619 68 44, -45
fax: +41 (0) 21 619 68 46   
e-mail: Opens window for sending emailp_burckhardt(at)

Academic appointments

1965 Diploma MD University Basel, Switzerland
1971 Research fellow, Endocrine Unit, Mass. Gen. Hospital, Boston/USA
1972 Chief resident, University Hospital Lausanne
1982–2004 Full Prof. Int. Medicine, University Lausanne and Chief Dept. Int. Medicine University Hosp., until 1988, then Chief Medical Services A until 2004
2004– Clinic Hirslanden-Bois-Cerf, Lausanne

Professional activities

1993–1996 President Swiss Society Internal Medicine
1982–2004 President Sandoz- (later Novartis-) Foundation for biological and clinical Research
1985–2006 Member of executive committee of European, then International Osteoporosis Foundation and Chairman of international societites
1986–2001 Member of recall committee of Swiss Office for drug controls in Switzerland
1991– Organiser and editor of "International Symposia on Nutritional Factors of Osteoporosis"
2001– Scientific consultant of the E.Bonhoff Foundation for research in osteoporosis, Germany
2007– Editor-in-Chief of OSTEOLOGIE/OSTEOLOGY

Other past professional activities

  • President and Founder of Swiss Osteoporosis Association
  • Committee for Endocrinology of the European Community
  • Committee of Swiss Society of Endocrinology, Cinical Chemistry, Nutrition, of Paget's Foundation USA
  • Editorial Board "Therapeutische Umschau" Switzerland
  • Editorial Council Osteoporosis International, and Internat. J. of Skeletal, Muscular, Neural Interactions


Calcium metabolism, osteoporosis, malignant osteopathies, esp. intravenous bisphosphonates in hypercalcemia, Paget's disease, osteoporosis.
More recently on nutritional influences on bone health.

Selected recent publications

Burckhardt B.  Potential negative cardiovascular effects of calcium supplements.
Editorial. Osteoporosis Int 2011; 22: 1645–1647.

Burckhardt B, Wynn E, Krieg MA et al. The effects of nutrition, puberty and dancing on bone density in adolescent ballet dancers. Journal of Dance, Medicine & Science 2011;  2: 51–60.
Burckhardt B, Dawson-Hughes B, Weaver C ed. Nutritional Influences on Bone Health. London: Springer Ltd. 2010, 205 pages.

Mithal A, Wahl DA, Bonjour JP, Burckhardt P et al. Global vitamin D status and determinants of hypovitaminosis D. Osteoporosis Int 2009; 20: 1821.

Wynn E, Krieg MA, Aeschlimann JM, Burckhardt P. Alkaline mineral water lowers bone resorption even in calcium sufficiency: Alkaline mineral water and bone metabolism. Bone 2009; 44: 120.

Burckhardt P. The effect of the alkali load of mineral water on bone metabolism: interventional studies. J Nutrition 2008; 138: 435S–437S.

Wynn E, Lanham-New SA, Krieg MA, Whittamore DR, Burckhardt P. Low estimates  of dietary acid load are positively associated with bone ultrasound in women older than 75 years of age with a lifetime fracture. J of Nutrition 2008: 138 (7): 1349–1354.

Guessous I, Cornuz J, Ruffieux C, Burckhardt P, Krieg MA. Osteoporotic fracture risk in elderly women: estimation with quantitative heel US and clinical risk factors. Radiology 2008; 248 (1): 179–184.