Our Team

Prof. Ivo Buschmann

Univ.-Professor Dr. med. Ivo Buschmann

// Chairman of the board

Univ.-Professor Dr. med. Ivo Buschmann is a full professor of internal medicine with a main focus on angiology (vascular medicine). He is chairman of the Department for Clinical and Interventional Angiology at the Campus of the Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg (MHB). In addition he works as a consultant at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Prof. Buschmann is the founder of the EFVM. Due to his previous positions at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, the Max Planck Society in Bad Nauheim and at the University Hospital Freiburg his main focus is on basic research and diagnostics & therapy of vascular diseases. Prof. Buschmann is particularily concerned with the primary and secondary prevention of vascular diseases. In order to accomplish this, the work of the EFVM wants to ensure highly qualified and professional treatment of patients also in non-metropolitan regions and low-resource settings. This goal of having equal medical expertise nationwide is also highly relevant in other areas of medicine.

Univ.-Professor Dr. med. Oliver Ritter, Direktor Herzmedizin EFVM

Professor Dr. med. Bernhard J. Arnolds

// Board member

Professor Arnolds is a specialist in neurology and an engineer in electrical engineering and electronics. He is the director and co-founder of the Zentralstelle für Technologietransfer at the University of Freiburg and the Managing Director of Campus Technologies Freiburg GmbH – a company of the University of Freiburg and the Freiburg University Hospital. The main focus of Bernhard Arnolds is translation: the transfer of new innovations from basic research into clinical application. Professor Arnolds is a board member of the EFVM.

Gabriele Wolter Vorstandsmitglied Geschäftsführerin Städt. Klinikum Brandenburg GmbH

Gabriele Wolter

// Board member

Mrs. Gabriele Wolter has a Diploma in Business Administration. Since 1992 she is Administrative and Managing Director of the Städtisches Klinikum Brandenburg GmbH – now also Campus of the Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg (MHB).
As Head of the service organisation of the hospital, she is a board member of the Regional Hospital Association and is chairwoman of the supervisory board of the AGKAMED Holding GmbH. Mrs. Wolter is a board member of the EFVM.

Professor Dr. med. Wolfgang Meyer-Sabellek

Professor Dr. med. Wolfgang Meyer-Sabellek

// Board member

Professor Meyer-Sabellek graduated as specialist in cardiology in America and has intensively researched in the field of vascular medicine, nephrology and bone metabolism. After his medical postition at the University Hospital Steglitz of the Freie Universität Berlin  (today: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin) he now teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at the Charité Berlin. For the past 15 years, he has held various leading positions in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. The main focus of Mr. Meyer-Sabellek is the health services research in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Professor Mayer-Sabellek is a member of the EFVM board.

Univ.-Professor Dr. med. Oliver Ritter

Univ.-Professor Dr. med. Oliver Ritter

// Director Cardiology EFVM

Univ.- Professor Dr. med. Oliver Ritter is a full professor and specialist in internal medicine and a cardiologist. He is chairman of the department for cardiology, nephrology and pulmology at the University Hospital Campus of the Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg (MHB). Professor Ritter worked at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Max-Delbrück Center Berlin, the University Hospital of Würzburg and the Deutschen Zentrum für Herzinsuffizienz. His scientific focus is on translational and health care projects in cardiology. Professor Ritter is holding patents for the development of new drugs for the treatment of congestive heart failure/ cardiac insufficiency and has been awarded several times for his founding activities in the field of cardiovascular medicine. At the EFVM, Prof. Ritter is head of the cardiology section.

Dr. med. Mariatu Binta Leigh

Dr. med. Mariatu Binta Leigh

// Director EFVM International
// Director Women’s and Maternal Health

Dr. med. Mariatu Binta Leigh is a specialist gynaecologist and obstetrician and also holds the certificate of Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Leigh studied at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin and at the University of Bordeaux. Dr. Leigh is broadly and highly qualified in the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology due to her career stages at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone and at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Fort de France, Martinique, in France, as well as in Berlin and Brandenburg. She is currently in the position of a senior physician at the largest state-owned hospital group in Berlin. A main focus of Dr. Leigh’s work in the foundation is the commitment to women’s and mothers’ and children’s health care and the reduction of maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan countries. She coordinates the international projects of the EFVM.In addition, Dr. Leigh edited the texts of the EFVM website as well as the press and public relations work of EFVM. She photographed and edited the pictures on the website: vibrant –authentic – naturalistic.

Philipp Hillmeister

Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Hillmeister

// Director of Research & Studies EFVM

Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Hillmeister studied at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. His main focus is on molecular biology and cell biology in the field of basic clinical research. He has spent stages of his research career at the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association and at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina. Furthermore he worked for 12 years at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Currently, Dr. Hillmeister works at the Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg (MHB) and is head of translational studies in the field of regenerative vascular medicine, health services research, sports’ physiology and nutritional sciences at the Richard-Thoma-Institute. Dr. Hillmeister coordinates the research activities of the EFVM.


Peter Michael Riedel

// Director  of Communication at EFVM

Peter Riedel studied law and has worked for many years in tax consultancy for companies, project consultancy and also in management consultancy. Mr. Riedel is the founder of the Kurfürstendamm Interessengemeinschaft e. V.. For many years he has been able to bring together leading figures from politics, economy and arts for this cause. His core competence is a solution-oriented approach. At EFVM, Mr. Riedel coordinates the communication with politics, economics and art. He is head of the EFVM office located in Berlin –Kurfürstendamm.

Bettina Kleinmann

// Editor of the EFVM medical book series

Bettina Kleinmann is a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy and studied medicine at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. She has experience in psychosomatic medicine, trauma therapy and has also worked in the field of internal medicine in England. In 2008, she devised and established a new department for psychosomatics in a rehabilitation clinic in St. Peter-Ording, where she currently works as a senior physician. At EFVM, Ms. Kleinmann is editor of its series of medical books (i.e.: “the Blue Book of Migration Medicine”, etc.).

Dr. Claude Tshibangu Lukusa

Dr. Claude Tshibangu Lukusa

// Specialist in internal medicine and a cardiologist

Dr. rus. Claude Tshibangu Lukusa is specialist in internal medicine and a cardiologist. He is currently in the position of a senior physician at the “Herzzentrum Cottbus´´. Dr. Lukusa studied at the Kinshasa University and the State Medical Academy „Metschikow“ in Sankt Petersburg, Russia. Since 2002, he works as a doctor in Germany, since 2016 as Cardiologist. Apart from that, Dr. Lukusa is teaching at the University of Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A focus of Dr. rus Lukusa in the Foundation’s work is to improve the medical care of cardiovascular diseases and in particular peripheral occlusal disease in the Republic of Congo. As a mentor, Dr. Lukusa supervises the MEDSTURS scholarship program of the EFVM.

Kalala Titus Nkongolo

// Doctor of general medicine with additional title addiction medicine

Mr. Kalala Titus Nkongolo is a doctor of general medicine with the additional title of addiction medicine. Initially, Mr. Nkongolo studied pharmacy at the University of Kinshasa, Congo and worked as a pharmacist in Congo for several years. Then he studied medicine at the Medical Academy in Poznań (Poland).

He worked at the Municipal Hospital in Toruń (Poland), at the University Hospital in Göttingen (Germany/ Gynecology and Birth Assistance) and at the KMG Manniske Klinik Bad Frankenhausen (Germany/surgery). For over 20 years he has been treating his patients in his own practice as a general practitioner, first in Oldisleben (Thuringia), then in Berlin.

Jeanett Förster

Jeanett Förster

// Coordination of EFVM office Brandenburg

Jeanett Förster is a trained office administrator and has worked for many years in a company as an assistant to the management. Ms. Förster is currently coordinating clinical research at the Richard Thoma Institute of the Deutsches Angiologie Zentrum Brandenburg (DAZB) and the activities of EFVM at the Brandenburg location. The main focus of Ms. Förster is the coordination of Patient schedules and the management of administrative tasks. Ms. Förster is also the contact person for donations and funding inquiries.


Professor Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Günter Stock

Professor Dr. med. Günter Stock

// Chairman of the Executive Board of the Einstein Foundation
President of ALL European Academies (ALLEA)
Emeritus President Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Professor Stock habilitated at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg in 1978. In 1983 he joined Schering AG as head of the Department of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and from 1989 till 2005 he was a member of the executive board of the Schering AG responsible for the corporate function, research and development. In the past, he also served as president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities ansd as the president of the All European Academies (ALLEA). Since October 2015, he has been chair of the board of the Einstein Foundation in Berlin. His major scientific interest lies in the neuro-physiology of the cardio-vascular system and its biochemistry. Of particular importance to him is Gender pharmacology. Professor Stock is a member of the EFVM advisory board.


Univ.-Professor Dr. med. Joachim W. Dudenhausen

// Founding Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences
Emeritus Professor for Obstetrics, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Emeritus Dean of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Professor Dudenhausen is full professor and specialist gynaecologist and obstetrician. After working in Berlin – Neukölln and Zurich, he was chairman of the department of obstetrics at the Charité University Hospital Berlin for many years. Since his retirement as a professor, he has been a clinical professor at Weill Cornell Medicine New York, from where he has helped establish the mother-child center Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha/Qatar. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Perinatal Medicine. His major scientific interests are the global reduction of maternal and perinatal mortality, as well as the prevention of preterm birth and maternal diseases during pregnancy. In addition, he mainly deals with health care research issues. At the EFVM Professor Dudenhausen is a member of the advisory board.

Prof Neugebauer

Univ.-Professor Dr. rer. nat. Edmund A.M. Neugebauer

// Dean of the Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg (MHB)
Senior professor for Health Services Research at the University of Witten/Herdecke

After an apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory assistant at the Max-Planck Society for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and a degree in engineering at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, he studied chemistry and biochemistry at the Philipps University of Marburg. After further studies in human medicine, he habilitated in the field of theoretical surgery. In 1989 he was appointed head of the Biochemical and Experimental Department of the Surgical Department at the University of Cologne. In 2005, Professor Neugebauer was nominated for a professorship in the department of surgical research at the University of Witten/Herdecke, and since then is head the Institute for Research in operative medicine. He was a board member of the German Network for Evidence base Medicine and the Deutsches Netzwerk Versorgungsforschung (DNVF e.V.). Since September 2016, he has been dean and managing director of the Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg (MHB). Professor Neugebauer is a member of the advisory board at EFVM.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Stefan N. Willich

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Stefan N. Willich

// Director of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics – CharitéFounding President of the European Society of Integrative Medicine

Professor Willich is a specialist in internal medicine. He studied medicine in Berlin, Munich and New York and public health at Harvard University (USA) as well as business administration at the Institut Européen d’administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France.Since 1995 he has been head of the Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at the CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin. From 2005 until 2012, he was scientific director of Charité Center for Human and Health Sciences. From 2012 until 2014, Professor Willich was principal of the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. Stefan N. Willich is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology. He is founding President of the European Society of Integrative Medicine and was chairman of the German Society for Health Economics. His research focuses on prevention, cardiovascular diseases, health economics and Integrative medicine. At EFVM, Professor Willich is a member of the advisory board.


Dr. Dietlind Tiemann

// Politician

Dr. Dietlind Tiemann studied economics in East-Berlin and completed an unscheduled post graduate course as a scientific assistant at The University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, where she also received her doctorate. Until the German reunification, she worked in at the VEB Landbaukombinat in Potsdam as head of the department of labour economics and director of economics, material and warehouse management. Following this, she was a commercial manager at various construction companies in Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt.
Since 2016 she has been a member of the German Bundestag as a direct candidate for the constituency number 60. As the former mayor of the city of Brandenburg an der Havel she had significant impact on the development of the Brandenburg medical school “Theodore Fontane”. At EFVM, she is on the advisory board.


Heinrich Banet

Heinrich Banet

// Actor

Heinrich Banet grew up in Leipzig. After graduating from high school, he studied at the Theaterhochschule “Hans Otto” Leipzig, from where he became one of the most famous East German actors. Since 1970 he has been on the stages of the city of Magdeburg and in various engagements amongst others in Greifswald, Stralsund, at the Staatstheater Cottbus, at the Neues Theater in Halle and at the cabaret Leipziger Pfeffermühle. In 1977 Heinrich Banet was a co-founder of the Magdeburg cabaret „Die Kugelblitze“ in the Kristallpalast, of which he was a member until 1997. Besides this, he also directed cabaret shows at the theater in Halberstadt and the cabaret “die Kiebitzensteiner” in Halle. Banet can also seen in television productions such as “Tatort”, “Polizeiruf 110” and “Aber Vati”.He retired in 2001 and has since then cared for his dear wife Hannelore for several years. Banet himself is a PAOD Patient and says: “I owe a lot of thanks to the new interventional techniques of angiology. That is why I would also like to encourage other affected people.” He has dedicated his life to the theatre, and now he is committed to the health care of his wife and to that of “fellow sufferers” with vascular diseases. Mr. Banet is on the patient advisory board of the EFVM.


Jürgen Heiss

// Ballet dancer

Jürgen Heiss was born in 1943 in East Germany and studied classical dance at the State Ballet School in East Berlin (Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin). After his graduation he joined the ensemble as a group dancer and worked his way up within a very short time. He has had engagements at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Dresden and the Staatstheater Stuttgart. In addition, Heiss was on tour all over Europe, USA, Japan and Australia. He was a ballet and stage director at various German theatres, where his own productions for ballet, music theatre and drama were performed.The constant stress of having to perform at peak levels demanded so much of Jürgen Heiss that he was unable to quit smoking causing him to suffer from diseases of vascular constriction.As a dancer and an active person, Jürgen Heiss knows how important movement is and wants to support other affected people in a motivating way. Jürgen Heiss is on the EFVM patient advisory board.