Doctor of Medicine, University Frankfurt, Germany, 1982.
Resident Teaching Hospital, Hanau, 1982-1984. Research fellow Max-Planck Institute, Bad Nauheim, Germany, 1984-1986. Resident University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland, 1986-1988, Mainz, Germany, 1988-1993, consultant, head medical Intensive Care Unit/cardiology care unit Essen, since 1993.
Head department heart-lung disease, angiology and intensive care Klinikum Saarbrucken, since 1998.
Fellow American College Cardiology, European Society Cardiology. Member American Heart Association, European Heart Association, German Heart Association.
Married Heike Richter, May 8, 1987. Children: Philipp, Katharina.