Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982 – 1988
    Medical education at the University of Basel

  • 1988 – 1992
    Specialization in internal medicine, also experiencing the special fields of rehabilitation, gerontology and hematology

  • 1992 – 1994
    Study of experimental cytogenetics at the University of Lübeck (Prof. Ch. Fonatsch), supported by the Swiss National Foundation

  • Since 1996
    Specialization in palliative care

  • Since 2000
    Medical head of the HOSPIZ IM PARK, an independent hospital for palliative and end of life care in the region of Basel, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Heike Gudat, Kathrin Ohnsorge (eds.): The Patient’s Wish To Die. Research, Ethics, and Palliative Care. Oxford University Press (2015)

  • Kathrin Ohnsorge, Heike Gudat, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter: What a wish to die can mean: reasons, meanings and functions of wishes to die, reported from 30 qualitative case studies of terminally ill cancer patients in palliative care. BMC Palliative Care. 13:38 (2014). http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-684X/13/38

  • Kathrin Ohnsorge, Heike Gudat, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter: Intentions in wishes to die: analysis and a typology – A report of 30 qualitative case studies of terminally ill cancer patients in palliative care. Psycho-Oncology 23: 1021-1026 (2014). DOI: 10.1002/pon.3524.

  • K Ohnsorge, H Gudat, G Widdershoven, C Rehmann-Sutter: ‘Ambivalence’ at the end of life: How to understand patients’ wishes ethically. Nursing Ethics. 2012. 19(5):629-641.

  • Heike Gudat: Palliative Care oder Exit? PrimaryCare 12, Nr. 19 (2012): 372-374.


Selected projects

  • Current research interests include wishes to die in end of life care situations and implementation of palliative care in family medicine. Within the research group of Klaus Bally she carried research on provision and quality of palliative care of Swiss general practitioners. – Together with Christoph Rehmann-Sutter and Kathrin Ohnsorge she conducted the interview-based study on „Terminally ill cancer patients wishes to die“ (2009-2012). This study, funded by Oncosuisse, is followed by a large study on „Non-oncology patients’ wishes to die“, conducted within the National Research Programme "End of Life" (NRP 67) of the Swiss National Foundation.

  • Quality of end-of-Life care from the perspective of general practitioners and family members, 2012-2015, Dr. Klaus Bally, Prof. Dr. Bernice Simone Elger, Dr. Heike Gudat Keller, Dr. Dagmar Haller-Hester, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Liebig, Prof. Dr. Thomas Rosemann, Prof. Dr. Peter Tschudi, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Zemp

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • National Task Force on Education in Palliative Care

  • National working group on recommendations in palliative care (BIGORIO-group, Switzerland)

Additional qualifications

  • Regular teaching activities. Heike Gudat has a teaching assignment for palliative care at the University of Basel. She developed interdisciplinary palliative care training curricula for primary care professionals and palliative care specialists.


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, two children


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