Since 2015 Director emeritus of the Department for Cardiology, Friedrich- Schiller-University Jena, Germany.
1997 – 2015 Elected Full Professor and Director of the Department for Cardiology, Friedrich- Schiller-University Jena, Germany.
1988 Associate Professor of the Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Göttingen, Germany.
1988 “Habilitation” and Faculty Member of the University Hospital Göttingen, Germany 1986 – 1988 – Subspecialization for Cardiology.
1980 – 1986 Residency for Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of Göttingen, Germany.
1978 – 1980 Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for System-Physiology in Dortmund, Germany
1977 Medical Internship at the St. Mary’s Health Center, St. Louis, USA
1976 Thesis at the Institute of Physiology at the University of Freiburg (Prof. Fleckenstein) 1971 – 1976 – Medical School in Munich and Freiburg/Brsg., Germany.
Honours and Awards
2012 Focus Benchmarking: One of the 10 most respected Cardiologists in Germany 2011 – Sven-Effert-Price of the German Society for Cardiology
2008 BMBF – Nomination for the German Future Award 2008
2009 Co-founder of AVIDAL Vascular GmbH (Drug eluting balloons)
2006 Co-founder of Occlutech GmbH (Cardiac Occluders)
2006 Co-founder of JenaValve Technology GmbH (percutaneous heart valves)
60 patents in the field of interventional cardiology.
Approx. 500 papers (according to PubMed), 2 books, 28 book chapters.