Martin Schuster, MD, MA, is a professor of anesthesiology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy at the Fürst-Stirum-Hospital Bruchsal and Rechbergklinik Bretten, both academic teaching hospitals of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.
He studied medicine, philosophy and history in Hannover, Germany and Baltimore and New York City, USA and graduated in 1997. Afterwards he spend a year in lung immunology research on a stipend of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and started his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical School Hannover in 1998. From 2000 to 2002 he interrupted his clinical education and worked at McKinsey & Co. in business consulting as senior associate in the healthcare sector. From 2002 to 2005 he finished his residency in anesthesiology at the university hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf and was appointed as consultant. From 2007 to 2011 he worked at the Charité University Medicine in Berlin as consultant in anesthesiology and intensive care until he obtained his current position.
His main academic interest is in health economics, operations management and quality improvement in hospitals. He especially focused on process optimization in clinical medicine, steering of clinical departments and operating room management. He leads the working group on process-, cost- and operating room management in the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care and authored over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He is section editor for quality management and economics at Der Anästhesist, the leading German journal in anesthesiology and serves as reviewer for Anesthesia and Analgesia, British Journal of Anesthesia, Anesthesiology and Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin. He is also member in the scientific advisory board of the largest German operating room benchmark program.