René Hefti, MD

Lecturer for Psychosocial Medicine

Dr. Hefti graduated from the medical school at Zurich Univeristy in 1987. He completed residencies in internal medicine and cardiology in Switzerland, Austria and Jemen from 1988 – 1998. In parallel Dr. Hefti did an additional training in psychosomatic medicine and existential psychotherapy. 1998 he became head of the psychosomatic department of the Clinic SGM Langenthal, Switzerland.

Dr. Hefti founded the Research Institute for Spirituality and Health in 2005 ( and initiated the European Conferences on Religion, Spirituality and Health ( His research interests include religion as a stress buffering “agent” and the integration of spirituality into an extended bio-psycho-social model.