Clinician Scientists in der kardiovaskulären Medizin: Positionspapier der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie

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  • Ingo Hilgendorf - , University Medical Center Freiburg (Author)
  • Johannes Backs - , Heidelberg University  (Author)
  • Stephan Baldus - , University of Cologne (Author)
  • Jessy Chen - , Heidelberg University  (Author)
  • David Duncker - , Hannover Medical School (MHH) (Author)
  • Ali El-Armouche - , Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology (Author)
  • Norbert Frey - , Heidelberg University  (Author)
  • Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner - , University of Marburg (Author)
  • Victoria Johnson - , Justus Liebig University Giessen (Author)
  • Stephan Künzel - , Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology (Author)
  • Kai C. Wollert - , Hannover Medical School (MHH) (Author)
  • Andreas Zeiher - , Goethe University Frankfurt a.M. (Author)
  • Hendrik B. Sager - , Technical University of Munich (Author)


Policy makers in academic medicine, the educational and research sectors, and industry all agree: clinician scientists, physicians engaged in research, are the key to translating and implementing innovative therapeutic concepts into clinical practice. To this end, research on cardiovascular diseases, which cause most cases of death in the world, must be prioritized. Following internal group discussions and surveying physicians working in university hospitals and affiliated research institutes, the German Cardiac Society thoroughly analyzed the current and future situation and role of clinician scientists in cardiovascular medicine. Modern cardiology at university hospitals is characterized by higher workloads with more patients, shorter hospital stays, and increasingly more complex interventions, making it difficult for physicians and department heads to combine their research interests and activities with their clinical duties and training. This position paper discusses possibilities to improve working conditions and career perspectives for clinician scientists in cardiovascular medicine.

Translated title of the contribution
Clinician scientists in cardiovascular medicine
Position paper of the German Cardiac Society


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalDie Kardiologie : die Fortbildungszeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie, Herz- und Kreislaufforschung
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0003-2514-9429/work/151437828


Sustainable Development Goals


  • Cardiology, Career perspectives, Physicians engaged in research, Recommendations, Surveys