Department of Community Health and Medicine
Head, Division of Primary Care Medicine, HUG
Co-director, Centre for Primary Care Medicine UNIGE & HUG
Vice-Dean for post-graduate and continuing education, and professional identity
Idris Guessous obtained his medical degree in Lausanne in 2001, then trained in clinics and epidemiologiy. After an MD and a specialisation in general internal medicine in Lausanne and Geneva, he obtained a PhD in epidemiology at Emory University (USA), where he spent 4 years. He joined the HUG in 2009 as Clinical Associate and Head of the Population Epidemiology Unit, working on the genetic and environmental determinants of health. In October 2018, he became head of the Division of Primary Care Medicine, director of the Institute of Primary Care Medicine, then co-director of the Centre for Primary Care Medicine, which he co-created.
In addition to his clinical work, Idris Guessous conducts and participates in a number of national and international population-based studies. He is co-founder of the GIRAPH (geographic information for research and analysis in public health) research group, which integrates spatial analysis into the field of medicine and population health. He is behind a number of university hospital projects, including Pro-HUG, @choum, SeroCov, SPECCHIO and RAFAEL. He is the principal investigator of the European multi-centre clinical trial GNC-501, which aims to evaluate the efficacy of a treatment for people affected by post-Covid syndrome. He is a member of the executive committee of the Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine, academic editor of the Swiss Medical Weekly and a member of the editorial board of the Swiss Medical Forum. He is Chairman of the Health & Happiness Foundation. He was appointed assistant professor in 2017 and associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Medicine in 2018. As of 15 July 2023, he is Vice-Dean of the UNIGE Faculty of Medicine for postgraduate and continuing education and development of professional identity.