Graduate, University Berlin, 1974. Graduate, Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn, 1978. Graduate, University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1976.
Doctor of Philosophy in Cardiovasc. and Thoracic Surgery, 1988.
Resident in cardiovascular surgery University Bonn, 1978—1984, fellow in cardiovascular surgery, 1984—1985, chief resident cardiovascular surgery, 1985—1986. Research fellow cardiology and cardiovascular surgery Cedars-Sinai Medical Center School Medicine University of California at Los Angeles, 1986—1987. Staff surgeon cardiovascular surgery University Bonn, 1988.
Associate professor cardiovascular and thoracic surgery Georg August University Göttingen, 1990. Professor and chairman cardiac surgery, medical director Heart Center University Leipzig, 1994.
Fellow: European Society Cardiology. Member: German Academy Natural Scientists Leopoldina, International Society Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, American Association Thoracic Surgeons, European Association Cardiothoracic Surgery, German Society Transplantation, German Society Cardiology, German Society Vascular Surgery, German Society Thoracic and Cardiovasc.
Married; 2 children.