After his medical studies at Georg-August-University of Göttingen in 1987 he joined a scholarship
of Max Planck Society as a fellow in 1989 at the Institute for Experimental Medicine. Thereafter he
had his medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at University of Muenster and later at
the University of Leipzig. In Leipzig he was in charge of the heart failure/heart transplant program
taking care of patients prior to and after heart transplantation. In 2005 he was appointed Medical
Director of Eurotransplant International Foundation (ET), the organization responsible for organ
allocation in eight European countries. Since 2014 he is Medical Director of DSO, the German
organ procurement organization.