A Medical Doctor who has turned journalist? Why not? After having worked as an assistant doctor in cardiology at Charité University Hospital in Berlin in the early 2000s, I decided not to continue to treat patients. Instead I went to London for a Master of Science Communication at Imperial College in lovely South Kensington in 2002. Back in Berlin, I started a freelance business in journalism and medico-scientific content production in 2004.
I have been freelancing ever since, both for German and for Anglo-American customers. I cover international medical conferences for Springer Medicine, Heidelberg. I have published feature articles for leading daily newspapers like the Financial Times Deutschland. And I have realised several brochures and newsletters for, among others, the German Federal Ministry of Research and for industry customers.
One very specific are of interest that has evolved over recent years is information technology in medicine. I did some news coverage for the London-based news service E-Health-Insider a couple of years ago. I have been responsible for the official news ticker of the European Commission’ s High Level eHealth Conference for several years now. And I recently accepted an offer to be freelance Editorial Director for the new healthcare IT quarterly HIMSS Insights.