Derk Frank

Cardiac therapy with a catheter

»My clinical focus is on interventional cardiology, so minimally invasive medical examinations and procedures in the cardiac catheter lab. I especially work on catheter-assisted heart valve therapies, procedures for treating stenosis (narrowing) of the coronary arteries and innovative therapies for heart failure. The main goal of my research is to transfer basic scientific findings into clinical application and, for example, develop biomarkers which could help recognise illnesses at an early stage or determine the right time for intervention. To do so, we have built up a biobank with samples from patients with serious heart valve diseases, which will be expanded in future to include other cardiovascular pathologies.«

Derk Frank, 46 years old, born in Geesthacht. Since October 2022: Professor of Cardiology and Angiology at Kiel University, and Medical Director of the Department of Internal Medicine III focussing on cardiology, angiology and intensive care medicine at the UKSH, Campus Kiel. Previously Acting Managing Director of the Department of Internal Medicine III, UKSH, Campus Kiel. 2003: Doctoral degree at the University of Göttingen. 2012: Habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification) at Kiel University.

Text: Kerstin Nees