Urs von Holzen

Urs von Holzen

Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend

Indiana University


Dr. Urs von Holzen currently holds the position of Director of Surgical Oncology at the Goshen Center for Cancer Care. He is a professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend.


Dr. von Holzen received his medical degree from the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland. Following graduation, he completed his General Surgery residency at University Hospital Basel in Basel, Switzerland. In addition, Dr. von Holzen served fellowships in surgical oncology and advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery at such distinguished medical facilities as The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has extensive training in advanced minimally invasive surgery.


In his dedication to fighting cancer, Dr. von Holzen leads a cancer research laboratory at the Harper Cancer Research Institute in South Bend, where he is the principal investigator on investigations of novel and more effective therapeutic strategies for esophageal cancer.  He has authored numerous publications and his articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Gene Therapy, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Translational Oncology, PLOS one, and International Journal of Cancer.


Dr. von Holzen used to serve as President of the Surgical Section of the Swiss Group of Clinical Cancer Research (SAKK). He graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business “Business of Medicine MBA” program in 2017.