Ralph Hertel, MD and Professor of Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Bern, had medical education and training in Geneva, Zurich, Sydney, Paris and Bern. For many years he worked at the University Hospital of Bern, the Inselspital. He was head of the upper extremity team and vice-chairman of the department.. He authored several scientific publications and holds patents in the field of artificial joint replacement and surgical sutures. Thanks to his didactic flair, he is frequent guest speaker at national and international meetings. He generously transmits knowledge and skills to his colleagues, students and visiting doctors. He is an active member of several renowned medical associations. First and foremost, he is a doctor and does everything he can to help his patients.