Born in Alten-Buseck near Wetzlar in Hessen, Germany, on February 15th 1948 as the second child of five siblings of Dr. med. Elisabeth Eichstädt (medical doctor) and Karl-Heinz Eichstädt (architect).
1968 B.S.-equivalent in Wetzlar. Since 1968 Medical School at the University of Mainz, since 1971 Medical School at the University of Düsseldorf (Graduation in Medicine). 1973 M.D.Thesis on problems of mitral valve replacement at the Department of Cardiac Surgery with the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and under the supervision of Prof. Dr. W. Bircks.
roman catholic, four adult children
10.2.1972-28.2.1974: Contract of employment of the DFG in the special research field of cardi-ology/physiology (SFB 30) at the University of Düsseldorf. Animal-experimental work on extra-corporeal circulation during cardiac surgery.
1974/75: Surgery internship (abdominal, trauma, vascular surgery) and internal medicine internship (gastroenterology, angiology, cardiology) in Düsseldorf.
1975-1977 resident at the Heart Center Bad Krozingen/Freiburg under the supervision of Prof Dr H Roskamm. Training in clinical cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation. Leader of the valvular and congenital heart diseases unit. Work at the intensive care unit and pacemaker ward.
Several publications. 1976 First publications in medical textbooks.
1977-1979 Further training in internal medicine at the University Department of Medicine in Tübingen, Department of Internal Medicine, under the supervision of Prof Dr K Kochsiek. Rotating training program in cardiology, angiology and intensive care at the own department and in metabolism and oncology at other departments. Publications on myocardial perfusion, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy and others.
Since 1.10.1979 Resident (succession to the angiologist Prof Dr H Heidrich) at the Medical Clinic of the University Hospital Charlottenburg of Freie Universität Berlin under the supervision of Prof Dr H Schmutzler. Internal Medicine Specialist and Cardiology Specialist (subspecialty). Knowledge about all cardiac diagnostic techniques and therapies, invasive treatment of myocardial infarction (with W Rutsch).
Senior consultant since the completion of the internal medicine internship in 1980. Since 1984, nuclear medicine specialist and senior consultant for cardiac radiology and nuclear medicine under the supervision of Prof Dr R Felix. Establishment and management of the main research project (Forschungsprojektschwerpunkt FPS) for nuclear cardiology. Additional training in radiology. Participation in the hospital-wide on-call service for internal medicine.
1982 Habilitation (PhD equivalent) in internal medicine on the topic of myocardial perfusion. In late 1984 Declination of an appointment to a professorship (C3) at the University Hospital Essen. On 15.7.1985 appointment to associate professor for internal medicine and cardiology at Freie Universität Berlin. On 12.8.1986 appointment to full professor at Freie Universität Berlin. Afterwards on several shortlists for chairs in cardiology and on one shortlist for a chair in nuclear medicine.
Due to the concept of relocating the Hospital Charlottenburg to the Rudolf Virchow University Clinic the cardiological provision was predominantly passed to the German Heart Institute Berlin (DHZB). The Charité-professors were reallocated according to their (sub)specialities. So H. E. changed to the Department of Radiology, since 1995 deputy director. After the establishment of a cardiac and cardiosurgical rehabilitation unit for the Charité, H.E. was appointed to medical director of the Charité center "Acute Cardiac Rehabilitation" in Templin since 1.2.1999 (endowed chair S-C4 intended). The project was abandoned for financial reasons within the bounds of the recent Charité reorganization, and H. E. was recalled to the Medical Department, Division of cardiology, at the campus of Virchow-Klinikum of Charité Hospital in Berlin, then as Deputy Executive Director.
Several American fellowships, New York Academy of Science, visiting physician and professor: Los Angeles and New York. More that 1.000 abstracts, journal and book contributions, textbooks and educational films in German and American editions, several science awards. Editor and advisory board member of several journals.
Member in university boards, 1993-2003 chairman of the University Ethics Committee. Member of the Medical Examination Committee, first chairman of the Executive Committee "nuclear cardiology"of the German Cardiac Society, member of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. Member of many other scientific societies. Managing director of the Cardiac Society of Berlin-Brandenburg.
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