I am a board-certified plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon, a hand surgeon & a general surgeon. In 2010, I was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) in Washington, DC, USA. I am a professor for plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery at Hannover Medical School, Germany. I am a member of a number of societies, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the German Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Society (DGPRAEC) and others. I am the current president of the German society for extracorporeal shockwave therapy (DIGEST).