Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980
    Studied human medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA (with support from the Bavarian government for gifted students)

  • 1987
    Licence to practise medicine and Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS)

  • 1987
    Doctorate (Dr. med.) in the Division of Nephrology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

  • 1987
    Junior doctor in the areas of anaesthesia and intensive-care medicine, "Städtisches Klinikum" (community hospital) Nuremberg

  • 1991
    Research associate, Department of Anaesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care Medicine, Steglitz University Hospital, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1993
    Specialist in anaesthesiology

  • 1996
    Additional specialisation in special anaesthesiological intensive-care medicine

  • 1996
    "Habilitation" (postdoctoral qualification): Perioperative and post-traumatic situations in alcoholic patients on an operative, interdisciplinary intensive-care unit

  • 1999
    Deputy director of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care Medicine at the Campus Charité Mitte, Berlin, Germany

  • 2000
    Appointed C3 professor of general anaesthesiology, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2004
    Appointed W3/C4 University Professor of anaesthesiology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2005
    Appointed W3 professor of anaesthesiology at Charité University Hospital, Berlin

  • 2005
    Director of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care Medicine at the Campus Charité Mitte and at the Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Berlin

  • 2006
    Additional duties as Clinical Director of CharitéCenter 07 for Anaesthesiology, Operating-Room Management and Intensive Care Medicine

  • 2011
    Additional duties as Vice Dean for Education at Charité University Hospital

Selected publications

  • over 300 publications in academic journals

  • Martin J et al. Evidence and consensus-based German guidelines for the management of analgesia, sedation and delirium in intensive care – short version. Ger Med Sci. 2010 Feb 2;8:Doc02.

  • Luetz A et al. Different assessment tools for intensive care unit delirium: which score to use? Crit Care Med. 2010 Feb;38(2):409-18.

  • Radtke FM, Franck M, MacGuill M, Seeling M, Lütz A, Westhoff S, Neumann U, Wernecke KD, Spies CD. Duration of fluid fasting and choice of analgesic are modifiable factors for early postoperative delirium. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2010;27(5):411-6.

  • Nachtigall I, Tamarkin A, Tafelski S, Deja M, Halle E, Gastmeier P, Wernecke KD, Bauer T, Kastrup M, Spies C. Impact of Adherence to Standard Operating Procedures for Pneumonia on Outcome of ICU Patients. Crit Care Med. 2009 Jan;37(1):350-2

  • Kastrup M, von Dossow V, Seeling M, Ahlborn R, Tamarkin A, Conroy P, Boemke W, Wernecke KD, Spies C. Key performance indicators in intensive care medicine. A retrospective matched cohort study. J Int Med Res. 2009 Sep-Oct;37(5):1267-84

  • Kip M, Neumann T, Jugel C, Kleinwächter R, Weiss-Gerlach E, MacGuill M, Spies C. New Strategies to Detect Alcohol Use Disorders in the Preoperative Assessment Clinic of a German University Hospital. Anesthesiology, 109:171-179, 2008

  • Spies CD et al. Intervention of the Neuroendocrine-Immune Axis and Postoperative Pneumonia Rate in Alcoholic Patients. Am J Resp Crit Care 174:408-14; 2006

  • Hannemann P, Lassen K, Hausel J, Nimmo S, Ljungqvist O, Nygren J, Soop M, Fearon K, Andersen J, Revhaug A, von Meyenfeldt MF, Dejong CH, Spies C. Patterns in current anaesthesiological peri-operative practice for colonic resections: a survey in five northern-European countries. Acta Anaesth Scand, 50(9): 1152-60, 2006;

  • Martin J, Franck M, Fischer M, Spies C. Sedation and analgesia in German intensive care units: how is it done in reality? Results of a patient-based survey of analgesia and sedation. Intens Care Med, 32:1137-1142, 2006

  • von Heymann C, Redlich U, Jain U, Kastrup M, Schroeder T, Sander M, Grosse J, Ziemer S, Koscielny J, Konertz W, Wernecke KD, Spies C. Recombinant Activated Factor VII for Refractory Bleeding After Cardiac Surgery – A Retrospective Analysis of Safety and Efficacy. Crit Care Med 33:2241-2246, 2005


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chairperson of the section Perioperative Intensive Care Medicine of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), 2007 – 2011

  • Member of the committee "Anti-infectives, resistance and therapy" at the Robert Koch Institute, 2011

  • Elected to the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) board of trustees at the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI), 2011

  • Executive board of the Coalition for Patient Safety, 2010

  • Head of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF) task force Conflict of Interest, 2009/2010

  • Elected to the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) subcommittee Intensive Care Medicine, 2009

  • Executive board of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF), 2008

  • Advisory board to the Clean Hands campaign, 2007

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