Klaus F. Rabe, MD, PhD

Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Center of Pulmonary Diseases and Thoracic Surgery, Hospital Großhansdorf, Großhansdorf, Germany

Klaus F. Rabe is presently Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Kiel and Director of the Department of Pneumology at Clinic Grosshansdorf. He has been active in various fields of Respiratory Medicine worldwide, predominantly asthma, COPD and lung cancer. Professor Rabe took his final exams in medicine at Hamburg University 1983 and his clinical education began at Marienkrankenhaus Hamburg from 1983-1987 where he then spent time working at Universitätskrankenhaus Eppendorf, University of Hamburg within intensive care and endoscopic units. From 1988 Professor Rabe worked within the pulmonary division of Krankenhaus Großhansdorf, Centre for Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery and in 1989 proceeded to work in Clinical Research within the Department of Thoracic Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, London, U.K. In 1998 Professor Rabe was nominated Professor of Medicine at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands where he was also appointed as Chairman of Pulmonology, and later in2007 Chairman of Medicine. Into 2010 he moved back to Germany into his current position. Professor Rabe has served on various editorial boards, was the first European Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and has been Chief Editor of the European Respiratory Journal until recently. His current scientific interests are related to large clinical trials in COPD and asthma, the mechanisms of airway inflammation, and the endoscopic staging of lung cancer. Professor Rabe has served on GINA and GOLD, and is member of the German and Dutch Chest Societies, the British Pharmacological Society, The American Thoracic Society, and he is the immediate Past President of the European Respiratory Society.