Master of Theology, University Muenster, Germany, 1987. Doctor of Medicine, University Ulm, Germany, 1996.
Singer Opera Choir, Muenster, Germany, 1983-1987. Journalist Westfaelische Nachrichter Muenster, 1987-1992. Physician, researcher department cardiology University Ulm, 1996-2000, researcher department occupational medicine, since 2000.
Member Federal Democratic Party, Ulm, since 1992, Amnesty International, since 1994, Franz Weber Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland, since 1995.
Married Carola Schnitz, December 28, 1998.