Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach – Federal Minister of Health

Bundesgesundheitsminister Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach

Curriculum vitae

  • Born in Düren on 21 February 1963, career: university professor.
  • 1982-1989: Medical studies at the RWTH Aachen, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, University of Texas San Antonio (USA), (PhD in Medicine).
  • 1987: Research residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson (mentor: Prof. Dennis Patton).
  • 1985 to 1990 PhD in Medicine at the Institute for Nuclear Medicine of the nuclear research facility in Jülich (mentor: Professor Ludwig Feinendegen).
  • 1989-1990: Master of Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health focusing on Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management.
  • 1990-1992: Master of Science in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • 1992-1995: Doctor of Science in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health (mentors: Professor Marc Roberts and Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences).
  • 1992: Fellowship in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University (Director: Professor Applbaum)
  • 1993: Fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Medical Ethics (Director: Professor Lynn Peterson).
  • Since 1996: Guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
  • Since 1998: Director of the Institute for Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology of the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne.
  • C4 professorship offers from the Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald and the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen.
  • Since 2008: Adjunct Professor at the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Main research focus: Primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease, in particular disease management of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, COPD, and hypercholesterinaemia. Health economics and health policy.
  • 1999 until 2005: Member of the Advisory Council on the Assessment of Developments in the Health Care System.
  • 2003: Member of the Commission on Sustainable Financing of the Social Security Systems (Rürup Commission). Member of the SPD Cologne Programme Committee.
  • 2004: Member of the SPD Party Executive’s working group on citizens’ insurance.
  • Since 2005: Member of the Bundestag, on leave from his post as the Director of the Institute for Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology of the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne. (In his absence, Professor Stephanie Stock is Acting Director).
  • 2013-2019: Deputy parliamentary party leader of the SPD.
  • Since December 2021: Federal Minister of Health.
Last change: 08. December 2021
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