Doctor of Medicine, Düsseldorf (Germany) University, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1992.
Surgical resident County Hospitals, Wuppertal, Meerbusch, Germany, 1980-1981. Volunteer doctor German Volunteer Service, Newala, Tanzania, 1982-1984. Surgical resident Heidelberg University Hospital, 1984-1990, member staff, 1992-1994.
Research fellow Institute for Surgical Research, Munich, 1990-1991. Associate professor surgery University Goettingen, Germany, 1994-1998. Full professor, chairman surgery University Heidelberg, Mannheim Hospital, since 1998.
Member of German Society Surgery, German Society Tropical Surgery (executive committee since 1994, president since 2000).
Married Karin E. Bertges, December 28, 1990. Children: Philip, Benjamin.