The duty of science is to seek for new knowledge to solve existing challenges
and not to compose abstract decision-making models in an ivory tower.
Since 2013 I have been working with HHL as an Academic Director at the Center for Health Care Management and Regulation, being responsible for the specialty of “International Health Care and Hospital Management”.
Beforehand I held a chair for “Hospital Management” at the University of Muenster.
HHL stands for both application-oriented research on a quality level matching international standards and practically oriented teaching based on profound research.
Likewise, my professional path is coined by the interconnection of practice and science. I started my career in the position of a member of the Board of Directors at the University Clinic of Gießen. Next, I worked with an international automotive company, managing organization, IT and logistics. In 1994 I assumed the direction of the Center for Hospital Management, a research institute linked to the faculties of medicine and business administration at the University of Muenster.
I am member of several boards of directors in industrial companies as well as in hospitals.
I am following a translational research approach focused on both the analysis of mismanagement in the area of regulatory policy in health care and process improvement in the areas supply chain management, theatre management and medical controlling. Also health technology assessment and leadership are on my research agenda.
My outstanding research area relates to the medical provision of populations assessed by the criteria access, quality and financial sustainability: I conducted the REDIA study about the consequences of the DRG implantation on the rehabilitation sector, developed a concept for effective medical provision for people suffering from age-related maculae degeneration and I worked on the improvement of the infection situation in Europe within the scope of the EU-promoted projects “health-i-care” and EurSafety Health-Net”.
I chair the special interest group “Best Practices and Benchmarking of Hospitals and Health Care Systems”, an initiative of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) and I am senior reviewer of the journal “Frontiers in Public Health”.