Paul Gerhardt

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c.

Former professor of diagnostic radiology, university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar
TUM School of Medicine

born May 24, 1933



As professor in the field of radiology at the University of Heidelberg, Paul Gerhardt switched to the same position at TUM at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar in 1986, a title he held until 2000. As an academic author and co-author, he can look back on numerous publications and lectures in the field of radiology. For many years, Paul Gerhardt was the publisher of the radiology magazine Röntgenpraxis (X-ray practice), which was also published in China. He received many honorary professor-ships at Chinese universities and an honorary doctorate from the Tongji Medical University in Wuhan, China. He directed several national and international symposia. Paul Gerhardt was the president of the German Radiology Society as well as a delegate of the International Society of Radiology and the European Society for Radiology. Students particularly prized his exceptional commitment to teaching. This dedicated medical professional devoted his life and career to the service of the university. This enthusiasm motivated Paul Gerhardt also upon retirement to function as an appointee of the President of TUM to provide valuable support in pursuing strategic goals, for example in collaborating with the Bavarian secondary schools (in a network comprising approximately 150 secondary schools) and the advancement of particularly talented students in the “Experienced Paths into Research” mentoring program. Through his initiative and TUM’s collaboration, a memorial stone was established for Dr Erich Paulun – one of the founders of the Deutsche Medizinschule für Chinesen (German medical school for Chinese, now named Tongji University) in 1907 – in Pasewalk, Germany, where he was born. He also initiated further opportunities for collaboration with the universities of Shanghai and Wuhan, which will shortly be realized.

Short biography

1952 – 1959 Studies in chemistry and medicine at the universities of Greifswald, Halle and Tübingen
and the Freie Universität Berlin
1961 Doctorate in medicine, Free University of Berlin
1967 Consultant in radiology, University of Tübingen
1972 Professor of medicine, University of Tübingen
1973 Medical director of the Department of Radiology, University of Heidelberg
1980 – 1986 Professor of radiology, University of Heidelberg
1986 – 2000 Professor of radiology, TUM


Memberships and honors

Publisher of the professional periodical Röntgenpraxis (1970-1995)

Chairperson of the German Society of Radiology (DRG) committee on further education (1972-1975)

General secretary of the 4th European Congress on Radiology (1979)

Honorary professor of Tongji Medical University (now called Tongji Medical College), Wuhan, China (1983)

Chair of the “Naturhistorischer-Medizinischer Verein zu Heidelberg” (1983-1986)

President of the German Chinese Society of Medicine (1984-1987)

Honorary professor of the Second Military Medical University, Shanghai (1988)

President of the German Society of Radiology (DRG) (1988-1991)

DRG delegate in the International Society of Radiology and the Society for Radiology (1988-1991)

Honorary member of the German Chinese Society of Medicine (1991)

Honorary member of the German Society of Radiology (DRG) (2000)

President and initiator of the founding of the Erich-Paulun-Institut (2013)

Corresponding member of numerous international radiology societies



  • Boris Rajewsky Medal from the European Society of Radiology (1980)
  • Honorary doctorate from the University of Wuhan, China (1988)
  • Albers-Schönberg-Medal from the German Society of Radiology (DRG) (1989)
  • German Federal Cross of Merit (1995)
  • Röntgen Medal from the city of Remscheid, Germany (1999)

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