Dr Christian Knackstedt was born in in Giessen (Germany). After completing his secondary school (Gymnasium) in Münster, he started his medical training at the University of Münster, Germany. During his studies, he spent some time abroad in France, Switzerland, and the US and finally obtained his medical degree.
After an interim position at the Department of Cardiology, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum, Bad Oeynhausen, he soon moved to the University Hospital at the RWTH Aachen University where he pursued his formation as internist and cardiologist. Also, he succeeded in obtaining his German 'promotion' and later 'habilitation' besides passing the board examinations for internal medicine, cardiology and sport medicine. Gaining some more expertise in the field of sport cardiology as a senior physician at the Institute of Cardiology and Sports medicine, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany, he finally returned to his roots as a clinical cardiologist at Maastricht UMC+. He now holds a position as senior physician with an expertise in heart failure.
My research interest has always been the niche between heart failure and imaging/ mostly echocardiography. One of the topics I am currently interested in, is early detection of cardiac dysfunction. This goes hand in hand with the application of new echocardiographic techniques in the clinical practice. Also, I have been engaged and involved in research activities to improve therapy of heart failure by different means.