active participants

JANINA BEILNER | Medicine, Head of Siemens Healthineers Global Education Service (Siemens) | Erlangen

Janina Beilner is heading the SIEMENS Healthineers Global Education Services. Focusing on state of the art learning experience and delivering innovative learning solutions leveraging new technologies. She is looking into AR/VR scenarios of learning that are part of a blended learning approach ranging from onsite to online. Learning Management Systems (LMS) and online platforms that create the space for social virtual enterprises and self-learning belong to her area of expertise as well as new fields of workforce solutions. Janina is a medical doctor who joined SIEMENS 10 years ago. She was responsible for the clinical marketing in Germany and built up the clinical research for advanced therapies in greater China before she became head of Global Education Services.

MARCUS CZABANKA | Neurosurgery, Assistant Medical Director | Berlin

Marcus Czabanka is a senior consultant at the Department of Neurosurgery, Charité – Univer- sitätsmedizin Berlin. He is overseeing the planning of more than 3000 neurosurgical proce- dures per year in six operating theatres. Recently, he has been responsible for implementing an intraoperative mobile CT scanner and an interventional angiography system into neuro- surgical routine in close cooperation with industry and hospital representatives. He also has extensive experience in the use of both cranial as well as spinal navigation to support complex neurosurgical procedures.

Rainer Corn |Neurosurgical Devices, Director of Sales & Business Development (Nexstim Oyj) | Munich

Rainer Corn is Director of Sales & Business Development Europe for Nexstim Oyj, the pioneer in MRI-navigated TMS (nTMS) for neurosurgical planning as well as for therapy in difficult-to-treat brain disorders. Prior to Nexstim, he had a decade-long career at Brainlab AG, primarily sup- porting the Brainlab product line for surgery. He started his career at Intel Corp. and holds an M.A. in International Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Process and Project Management. At Nexstim, his role is to establish nTMS as the standard of care in presurgical functional mapping of motor and speech areas and to develop the market for individualized neuromodulation therapy in major depressive disorder and chronic neuropathic pain.

Matthias Diemer | Trauma Surgery & Economy, Head of OR Management | Berlin

Matthias Diemer is a trauma surgeon and economist. He has been in charge of the central OR management of the Charité for 3 years. The OR management organizes the personnel and material resources and coordinates the process organization for the operations. In addition, the OR management designs the perioperative environment.

Peter Gocke | Radiology & Health Digitalization, Chief Digital Officer | Berlin

In April 2017, Dr. Peter Gocke has been appointed the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in the healthcare provider space in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for the digital transforma- tion of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin which is the largest AMC in Germany. Previously, he was the Director of IT (CIO) & process management (CPO) at Amedes AG, a large laboratory service provider and prior to that he was the CIO of the Academic Medical Center in Hamburg. In his former CIO position in Hamburg, he was in charge for several digitalization projects, which led to a HIMSS EMRAM stage 7 award. He is a trained radiologist holding previous roles as Associate Professor of Radiology. Peter Gocke led several speaking events, hold numerous speaks and keynotes and management board presentations. With his experience of +20 years in the healthcare sector he is a well known speaker and key opinion leader.


Alexandra J. Golby | Neurosurgery, Assistant Medical Director & Professor | Boston

Alexandra J. Golby is a neurosurgeon, director of image-guided neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Professor of neurosurgery and Professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. She is also principal investigator of the Golby Lab, a surgical brain mapping laboratory devoted to improving neurosurgical care for patients by developing, trans- lating and validating innovative imaging technologies. Dr. Golby has special clinical interests in surgery for brain tumors especially those involving critical brain regions. Her research focuses on functional, structural and molecular brain mapping using a variety of emerging technologies to guide neurosurgical planning and intraoperative decision making.

Bertrand D. Guillonneau | Urology, Visiting Professor | Berlin

Bertrand Guillonneau is a urologist who pioneered in 1998 the minimally invasive approach for complex uro-oncologic procedures. In 2002, he was appointed Head of the Section of Minimally Invasive Urology in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. During this period, he was Professor of urology at the Weill Medical College, Cornell University, and Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York. In 2011, he became Chief of the Department of Urology at the Diaconesses Hospital, Paris. Since 2019, he has joined the department of urology at the Charité, Berlin, to head the MIS uro-oncology project. Dr. Guillonneau’s clinical research is focused on improvements in MIS uro-oncology with the goal of minimizing functional complications of the surgery while maintaining its effectiveness against cancer.

Olaf Hegemann | Biomechanical Engineering, Vice President of R&D Spine, Neurosurgery, Laparoscopy & Power Systems (Aesculap) | Tuttlingen

Olaf Hegemann is VP of R&D Spine, Neurosurgery, Laparoscopy & Power Systems at Aesculap AG. Before assuming this position, he held the positions of Director of R&D – Neurosurgery, Endoscopy and Application Research as well as Group Marketing Manager at Aesculap USA where he was responsible for new product introduction in neurosurgery and laparoscopy and Application Research Engineer for Neurosurgery. Mr. Hegemann graduated from TU-Berlin with a diploma in Biomechanical Engineering.

Peter Jones | Design & Human Factors Psychology, Associate Professor | Toronto

Dr. Peter Jones is associate professor at Toronto’s OCAD University, and a founding faculty of the Strategic Foresight and Innovation and Design for Health MDes programs. For over 20 years Peter has led the design of decision support and educational services for clinicians, scientists, students and professional practices through design fieldwork and cognitive ethnography. Peter wrote Design for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience, a leading text for service design cases and methods in patient-centred and clinical healthcare. He is a frequent conference speaker and author in service and systems design in healthcare practice. Peter has served as co-chair of the Oslo-based symposia series Relating Systems Thinking and Design, and has presented his work and student research in this series. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Design and Innovation Management and a Master’s in Human Factors Psychology.

PHILLIpP Landgraf | Physics & Medical System Engineering, Research Associate | Berlin
Philipp Landgraf studied physics before joining the simulation and training center at the Charité Department of Anesthesiology. There, he focused on telemedicine, which lead to a degree in Medical Systems Engineering. Starting with his thesis in systems architecting on implementability of interoperability, he is hoping to lay a foundation for a computer-aided anesthesiology medtech development environment at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Rebekka Lauer | Interaction Design, Research Associate | Berlin

Rebekka Lauer studied product design with a focus on interaction design at Weißensee Art Academy Berlin. Currently, she is a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence An Inter- disciplinary Laboratory. Image Knowledge Gestaltung at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research for the project Image Guidance traces the ways in which medical images are produced and used within the field of neurosurgery. This project included field research at the Department of Neurosurgery at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, where Rebekka analyzed the needs of users employing medical images and related software applications in various clinical settings and daily routines.

Thomas Lilge |Game Studies & Philosophy, Co-founder | Berlin

Tom Lilge is co-founder and head of the research and development platform ( Based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, he coordinates various projects ranging from dance theatre in Virtual Reality to patient empowerment through mobile gaming. With a background in philosophy and theatre science, he also works as an experience and game designer and helps companies and cultural institutions create engagement and fun. Additionally, he is working with the Humboldt Forum Berlin and develops playful experiences for the museum of the future.

KIRSTEN OSTHERR | Media Studies & Public Health, Professor | Houston

Kirsten Ostherr is a media scholar and health researcher at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is the co-founder of the Medical Futures Lab and the author of Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film,Television and Imaging Technologies (Oxford, 2013) and Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health (Duke, 2005) as well as the editor of Applied Media Studies (Routledge, 2017). Her current research is on information and communication technologies in medicine, patient narratives, and the role of simulation as a mediator between human and technological forms of medical expertise. Her current book project is called Quantified Health: Making Stories from Data in the Algorithmic Age.

Thomas Picht |Neurosurgery, Assistant Medical Director | Berlin

Thomas Picht is a neurosurgeon and assistant medical director at the Department of Neuro- surgery at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. He has headed the lab Perioperative Functional Diagnostics for many years and was significantly involved in the introduction and further develop- ment of navigated TMS for neurosurgical planning. In cooperation with the Humboldt-Uni- versität zu Berlin, his Charité lab is currently exploring how new visualization methods like stereoscopic projections or head-mounted-displays can benefit clinical work and how current workflows and interfaces can be improved to account for the ongoing technological shift.

MICHAEL RIEDERER | Manager of Learning Infrastructure (Brainlab AG) | Munich

Michael Riederer studied Management & Technology with a focus on knowledge management at the University of Technology in Munich before starting as Management Associate to the CEO at Brainlab. He is currently manager of the Learning Infrastructure department at Brainlab and responsible for technical documentation, localization and instructional design. One of his core tasks is to introduce and scale a worldwide IT learning infrastructure that is used by Brainlab personnel as well as end users.


Anna L. Roethe |Neurosurgery & Culture Studies, Research Associate | Berlin

Anna L. Roethe is a clinician researcher and a cultural scientist at the Cluster of Excellence An Interdisciplinary Laboratory. Image Knowledge Gestaltung at the Humboldt-Universität and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Neurosurgery. Since 2013, she inves- tigates surgical and visual practices in the OR and the mediating role of technology in doctor- doctor and patient-doctor interactions, focusing on both workflow and care optimization, and interdisciplinary research methodology development.

Igor SaUER | Visceral Surgery, Head of Experimental Surgery | Berlin

Prof. Dr. Igor M. Sauer is Senior Surgeon at the Department of Surgery and Head of Experi- mental Surgery, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. He is an expert in the field of bio-artifi- cial organs, tissue-engineering and transplantation. Furthermore, he conducts research and development in the field of mixed reality head-mounted displays for image-guided surgery and virtual reality simulation in surgical practice. In this context and in collaboration with the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung, he established the Future|OR, a living lab in which an interdisciplinary team examines image-based operating procedures and training scenarios using virtual and mixed reality in visceral surgery.

MICHAEL SCHEEL | Neuroradiology, Consultant Radiologist & Research Associate | Berlin

Michael Scheel is a radiologist at the Department of Neuroradiology at Charité – Universitäts- medizin Berlin. His research focusses mainly on advanced MRI techniques and 3D-printing in medicine. Taking advantage of 3D printing, his team developed training models for the field of interventional radiology. These models are currently used at the Charité to teach and train residents basic and advanced skills, e.g. catheter navigation, ballon angioplasty and stenting or embolisation procedures. The models are the basis for an optimal training environment and help increase training efficiency and reduce patient risk. His lab is currently exploring ways to efficiently prepare patient-specific training models prior to the actual intervention.

BERND SCHLEIMER | Electrical Engineering, Director of Marketing (Hill-Rom) | Essen

Bernd Schleimer is an electrical engineer and marketing director at Hill-Rom, a global medical technology company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. He has been working on (networked) medical devices for anesthesia, surgical workplaces, and intensive care for the past 20 years. Bernd has made his experience in clinical workflow- and system-integration with renowned companies like Radiometer, B.Braun Melsungen AG, Maquet, Getinge and Hill-Rom.

Christian Stein |Computer Science & Linguistics, Co-founder | Berlin

Dr. Christian Stein is a computer scientist and Germanist working at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He heads the cluster Archi- tectures of Knowledge, which comprises six interdisciplinary research projects on knowledge structures of the future. As one of these projects, he co-founded, which deals with the social impact of games of all kinds, reflects on games as a category of thought, de- velops innovative game prototypes and connects theorists and practitioners. His focus lies in the experimental and conceptual exploration of Virtual Reality for knowledge transfer.

Peter Vajkoczy |Neurosurgery, Clinical Director| Berlin

Peter Vajkoczy is full professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His clinical special fields of interest in brain surgery are vascular neurosurgery (aneurysms, AVMs, by-pass) and neurooncology (glioma, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery). In spine surgery his fields of interest are degenerative spine disease, spinal oncology, and spinal navigation. His research fields are biology of blood vessels, the patho- physiology underlying brain tumors, the pathogenesis and therapy of spinal metastatic disease, neuroimmunology of the spinal cord, the relevance of the sagittal balance for degenerative spine disease, and image-guided / robotic spine surgery.

Ramona Veit |Neurosurgical Products, Strategic Marketing Manager (Carl Zeiss Meditec AG) | Oberkochen

Ramona Veit studied business administration with a focus in marketing at Baden-Wuerttem- berg Cooperative State University (DHBW). For four years, she has been working for PAUL HARTMANN AG as a brand manager for surgical apparel. Following her profession at HART- MANN, she started a part-time study in Management of Health and Social Institutions in 2016 at University of Kaiserslautern ( TUK ). Since June 2018, she is a Strategic Marketing Manager in the Business Sector Visualization of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG in Oberkochen.