It is with great sadness that we share that Prof Hans Peter Wagner, founding member of the SIOP Global Health Network and 2017 SIOP Lifetime Achievement Award winner, has passed away.

Prof Wagner was also the head of the paediatric oncology department of the university hospital in Berne, Switzerland until 1995 as well as the president of the Swiss Paediatric Oncology society. He was the founder and president of the paediatric bone marrow transplantation foundation which is now the Bern Foundation for Children and Adolescents with Cancer. He started his career in a time when children with leukemia or other paediatric oncology diseases could not be cured. He was a real pioneer in the field of paediatric oncology and his enthusiasm, drive and passion for his patients and colleagues will be dearly missed by our community.

from left to right: Dr Eric Bouffet (SIOP past president) & Prof Hans Peter Wagner receiving the SIOP Lifetime Achievement Award at the SIOP Annual Congress 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Obituary translated from German to English

“My goal, even when traveling in the dark, is contentmen and securness out of gratitude.” Hans Peter Wagner

After a fulfilling life, my husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather left us after a short illness.

In mourning:

  • Anne Lucie Wagner – Perrinjaquet
  • Daniel Michel-Wagner, Aude and David
  • Sabine und Charles-Henri-Aeschlimann-Wagner, Alexandre and Claudia, Laure and Tino, Carole and Thomas
  • Bendicht und Yvonne Wagner-Müller, Stephanie and Mirco, Laila und Michael
  • Pascale and Arduino Lavina-Wagner
  • Martin-Laure and Marcel Wissmann-Wagner
  • Géraldine and Kreshnik, Joël and Ronja
  • Johann Wagner, Julien, Cyrill, Isabelle and Daniel
  • Barbara Wagner-Arm

The funeral service took place with close family members only.

It was the wish of  Prof Wagner that any donations should be directed to the Bern Foundation for Children and Adolescents with Cancer:

Account Details:

Crédit Suisse, PC Konto 80-500-4
IBAN CH97 0483 5088 7193 7000 0
in favor of:
Berner Stiftung für krebskranke Kinder und Jugendliche

Reference: HP Wagner, vor.

For donations from abroad:

SWIFT: CRESCHZZ80A

Tribute to Professor Hans-Peter Wagner, 13.11.1930 – 09.03 2022

It was with great sadness and emotion that we learned of the passing of Hans-Peter Wagner in early March of this year.

Hans-Peter was the pioneer of pediatric onco-hematology in Switzerland. He was the first to develop a specialized consultation at the Inselspital in Bern, while visiting other patients in Lausanne, Geneva and Lucerne. First integrated into the SAKK, he quickly foresaw the need to bring his pediatric colleagues together in a society independent of adult oncology, and created the Swiss Pediatric Oncology Group (SPOG) in 1976, which he presided over for many years and which still exists today. Along with other European and American colleagues, he was a founding member of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP). He was a long-time member of the SIOP’s Committee before creating and chairing the SIOP’s Working Group for the development of pediatric oncology in middle- and low-income countries.

For many pediatric oncologists of my generation, Hans-Peter has been a professional and spiritual father, a personality with great charisma, great generosity, knowing how to spot the talents and get the best out of them, always having as a priority the bio-psycho-social health of children and adolescents with cancer. He was a great physician, a remarkable researcher and an unforgettable personality for all of us. After his professional retirement, he remained very active and present in the SPOG’s Scientific Committee’s sessions, asking critical questions or bringing forward solutions always worthy of the impressive wisdom he carried with him!

Hans-Peter, we are going to miss you so much. You remain an example to us all, and we will continue to commit ourselves, as you have taught us, to the health and well-being of our patients and their families.

Of course, our thoughts go first to your wife Anne-Lucie, a great lady, and to your many children and grandchildren.

For SPOG and SSPHO

Prof. Nicolas von der Weid