Consultant specialist, own research laboratory, Visiting Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the Southwestern University of Texas, Dallas, at Mahidol University Bangkok, Sirikit Medical Center, Ramathibodi Hospital, at the National University of Singapore and at Malayan University, Kuala Lumpur; head of the deaf outpatient clinic at the ENT University Clinic of Vienna General Hospital, head of the cochlear implant outpatient clinic, University advisor to the Medical Association of Vienna, lecturer at the academy for the speech therapy-phoniatric service, lecturer at the pedagogical academies in Vienna, works council and faction leader of the works council scientific and artistic staff at the Medical University of Vienna.

Which were the most essential stages of your career? After graduating from high school in Baden near Vienna in 1985, I studied medicine at the University of Vienna. I had set myself the goal of becoming a doctor early on, and during my time in school I finally made the decision to study medicine. In 1991 I received my doctorate in medicine. As a visiting student, I spent a short time at Tel Aviv University. I have fond memories of that time and it still means a lot to me today. During my studies, I was already working as a study assistant at various institutes and thus partly financed my studies. I started out as a visiting physician at cardiology, then went to Boston, USA. For private reasons I returned to Vienna, where my actual career began at the ENT clinic of the AKH. However, I have remained interested in various medical facilities around the world, so I am often invited by foreign clinics and spend a few weeks at other hospitals and universities almost every year. This exchange of experiences is of enormous importance, and I also know that research at the Vienna General Hospital occupies a leading position. I am now familiar with the circumstances in research and ENT medicine around the world.