The Buda Health Center is one of the leading private institutions of Budapest offering its patients personalized comprehensive health care.


Hoffer, Zoltán, MD

Professional experience

  • 1995 – 2004: Department of Spinal Disorders and Rehabilitation, Hungarian Army Medical Center
  • 1996 – 1997: M.E. Müller Institute for Biomechanics Basic and Clinical Biomechanics Group, University of Bern
  • 2000 – : Buda Health Center
  • 2001 – 2011: Selye János College, Semmelweis University
    • Director
  • 2004 – : National Center for Spinal Disorders
    • 2011 – : Medical director
    • 2015 – 2018: Deputy chief director
    • 2018 – : Chief director

Education and qualifications

  • 1995: Faculty of Medicine – Semmelweis University
  • 1999: AO spine surgical course 1, Davos
  • 2001: Health Services Management Postgraduate Program, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University
  • 2003: qualifying exam in orthopaedics
  • 2003: 1st Advanced Spine Course – Medtronic Sofamor Danec, Budapest
  • 2005: AO spine surgical course 2, Davos
  • 2008: AOSpine Advanced Regional Course, Budapest
  • 2011: AOSpine Advanced Symposium – Deformed Spine, Budapest
  • 2011: Euro Spine Course Diploma Module 1 and 3, Budapest
  • 2013: Euro Spine Course Diploma Module 5, Luzern
  • 2014: AOSpine Masters Symposium – Surgical Treatment of Spine Tumours, Budapest
  • 2015: Spine Sciences’ State of the Art: Meet the Experts on Spinal Osteotomies, Barcelona

Language of consultation

  • Hungarian
  • English

Professional and society membership

  • Hungarian Orthopaedic Association
  • Hungarian Spine Society
  • Hungarian Society of Biomechanics
  • Hungarian Society for Osteology and Osteoarthrology
  • AO Spine

Scientific activity

  • Number of specialist articles: 4
  • Number of book chapters: 3
  • Number of presentations: 59
  • Number of scientific projects: 3
  • Publications
    • Hoffer Z, Oxland TR, Nydegger T, Rathonyi GC, Nolte LP: “Elülső intervertebrális cage-k biomechanikai vizsgálata: centrális és bilaterális beültetés”. Ideggyógyászati Szemle 199851(9-10):317-324.

    • Hoffer Z: “Elülső intervertebrális cage-ek összehasonlító biomechanikai vizsgálata. Centrális és bilaterális beültetés”. Modern gerincgyógyászat. 1. A magyar gerincgyógyászat története. Szerk.: Varga Péter Pál, 1998, ISBN 963 03 5402 0

    • Oxland TR, Hoffer Z, Nydegger T, Rathonyi GC, Nolte LP: “Comparative Biomechanical Investigation of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Cages: Central and Bilateral Approaches”. Jour Bone and Joint Surg 2000,;82A (No3): 383-393

    • Nydegger T, Oxland TR, Hoffer Z, Nolte LP:” Does anterolateral cage insertion enhance immediate stabilization of the functional spinal unit? A biomechanical investigation”. Spine. 2001 Nov 15;26(22):2491-7.

    • Varga PP Hoffer Z,, Bors I.: “Computer-assisted Percutaneous Transiliac Approach to the Tumorous Malformation of the Sacrum.” Computer Aided Surgery, 2001;6(4):212-6.

    • Hoffer Z: “Gerinc biomechanikai vizsgálata”. in: Mozgásszervek biomechanikája. szerk: Kocsis László, Kiss Rita, Illyés Árpád. 2007. ISBN 978 963 9535 64 0

Should You like to make an appointment with our collegue for private consultation, please dial the number +36-1-489-5200, where our dispatchers will answer your call between 8am and 8pm every weekday!

Patient safety protocol

We consider the safety of our patients and our professionals to be of the utmost importance, therefore, in accordance with the current regulations in force, we implement several protective measures against COVID-19 in our Institute, which you can read about in detail HERE. A negative PCR test is required for oral and other body cavity examinations or interventions if the patient had a positive PCR test in the last 3 weeks prior to the test.

The high level of interest in coronavirus testing has proportionally increased the workload of our telephone customer service. In order to improve our service, we provide a dedicated telephone line for corona virus test appointments: +36 1 999-1727
At the above telephone number - on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. - our colleagues only book appointments for coronavirus testing.

To download the on-site pre-screening questionnaire, please click HERE!

In order to provide mandatory information to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) in accordance with legal regulations, the basic condition for starting care for all Hungarian citizens is to provide the number of the social security identification card ("TAJ kártya") and to provide credible proof of your personal data. In the case of foreign nationals who do not have a TAJ, the number of the foreign travel document will be recorded.