After studying medicine at the University of Vienna, Austria, Dr. Greif specialized in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine. Following a post-doc research fellowship at UCSF-San Francisco, CA, he became an associate professor at the Medical University of Vienna in 2002. In 2004 he was recruited to the University Hospital Bern, Switzerland; and promoted to professor at the University of Bern in 2009.

Beside his engagement in clinical anaesthesia and patient care his research focuses on airway management, resuscitation and medical education. He is one of the founders of the Difficult Airway Research Collaboration (DARC).

Currently he serves as the Board Director of Training and Education for the European Resuscitation Council, as a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology’s Education and Training Committee and E-learning committee, as the director of the resident training commission of the Swiss Anesthesia Society, as the vice-president of the Cantonal Ethics Commission Bern, and is direction member of the Master of Medical Education Program as well as the Master of Medicine Program, all at the Medical Faculty University of Bern. He is the Editor-in Chief of Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Elsevier which is the EAMS official society journal and associate editor of the European Journal of Anaesthesia.

He lectures and teaches courses about medical teaching, faculty development, resuscitation and airway management, at international conferences, several Universities in Europe, and at the University Hospital Bern medical students and residents. There he is in charge of the 5th year practical exam (OSCE) and leads the faculty development program of the academic teaching staff at the medical faculty of the University of Bern.

At the Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Prof. Greif is member of the board of directors. He is managing the “Peripheral Anaesthesia Division” which includes about half of the hospitals surgical specialties, and directs the Medical Education Division including the Bern Simulation and CPR-Center (BeSiC).

For over 10 years Dr. Greif has been involved with EAMS being the Swiss Council Member and president-elect in 2014. Currently he acts since January 2016 as the president of the European Airway Management Society.


Immediate Past-President shall be available for advice to the Board of Directors.

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