Doctor of Medicine, University Hamburg (Germany), 1982.
Intern department thoracic and cardiovascular surgery University Hamburg (Germany), 1982-1986. Intern Albertinen-Krankenhaus Division General Surgery, 1986-1988. Consultant cardiac surgeon, since 1991.
Consultant cardiac surgeon Kerckhoff-Klinik Max-Planck-Institute division thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Bad Nauheim, Germany, 1988-1991. Associate professor cardiac surgery University Giessen, Germany, University Hamburg, since 2001.
Married Annette Eberhardt, May 9, 1986. Children: Henrik, Timon, Janika, Juliane, Jonathan, Charlotte.