Professor Gerald Werner has been Director of the Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care at the Darmstadt Clinic, a teaching hospital of the University of Frankfurt, since 2005. This post followed a period of 7 years as Professor of Cardiology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where he was Deputy Director of the Cardiology Department and Head of the catheter laboratory. Prior to this, Professor Werner held other positions at the University of Göttingen (Georgia Augusta) including Consultant in internal medicine-cardiology and Head of the echo cardiology laboratory.
Professor Werner’s research interests focus on the interventional therapy of coronary artery disease, including intravascular ultrasound, chronic total occlusions (CTOs) and collateral physiology, and the applications of lasers in interventional cardiology. He is a pioneer of coronary imaging by ultrasound; his earliest publications in this fild date back to 1991, and he was among the fist to describe the phenomenon of intramural coronary haematoma, and subintimal vessel pathways during recanalisation of a chronic coronary occlusion. He received the Franz–Maximilian Groedel Award of the German Cardiac Society (GCS) for his work on collateral physiology in CTOs. He has published over 150 original papers and is Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). He is also co-Founder and past-President of the EuroCTO club.