Prof. Dr. Med. Dirk Westermann

Professor Westermann studied human medicine in Munich, Vienna, Parma and Berlin and did his doctorate at the Charité in Berlin. His doctorate was awarded the Robert Koch Prize for the best medical dissertation in 2006. He then began further training as a specialist in internal medicine, which he acquired in 2010 and a few years later obtained another title with the “Specialist with a focus on cardiology in the field of internal medicine Medicine”. In the meantime he had also habilitated at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the
Venia legendi for internal medicine. Since 2013, Mr. Westermann has been senior physician in the clinic for general and interventional cardiology at the University Heart Center Hamburg, before he was medical director of the heart catheter laboratory from 2015 to 2018. From 2016 he was deputy director of the clinic at the University Hospital Hamburg and from 2018 medical director of the program for structural heart diseases. In addition, from 2017 he was W2 professor for internal medicine at the UKE Hamburg.

Mr. Westermann’s clinical focus lies in the treatment of coronary heart diseases such as heart attacks and heart valve diseases. He places a clinical and scientific focus on research into innovative treatment approaches for “cardiogenic shock”, which causes the heart to suddenly lose pumping capacity. Another focus is the early diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases using suitable metabolites. “The research at the University Heart Center is at the highest international level,” says Prof. Westermann. “By understanding the basics, we can improve treatment concepts and develop new ones. Our goal is to continue to offer our patients the best medicine at the University Heart Center.”