Professor Christian Gericke

ATH - Professor

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Professor Christian Gericke is Clinical Dean and Professor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Director of Research and Neurologist at Calvary Mater Newcastle, Honorary Neurologist at the John Hunter Hospital, and Adjunct Professor of Neurology at Fiji National University. He is a Member of the Neurology/Neurosurgery Medical Assessment Tribunal for Queensland and regularly acts as an Independent Medical Expert for the Supreme Courts of Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia, and the Queensland Coroners Court. He consults privately in Brisbane and Newcastle.

Prior to this, he was the Clinical Director of Neurology at The Prince Charles Hospital, Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland, Executive Director of Medical Services, Director of Research and Consultant Neurologist at Cairns Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Public Health at James Cook University. He also chaired the Far North Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

From 2013 to 2016, he led the Wesley Research Institute, a non-profit medical research institute based at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, as its CEO and Director of Research. In 2016/2017, he spent a sabbatical as Consultant Neurologist with a special interest in Epilepsy at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Since 2013, he has been an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland.

From 2010 to 2012, he was Professor of Public Health and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the English South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).

From 2006 to 2010, he was Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Centre for Health Services Research at the University of Adelaide, with a number of roles for the Australian Commonwealth and State Governments, including as Medical Director for Safety and Quality for the State of Tasmania.

From 2003 to 2006, he was Senior Research Fellow /Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems Research and Management at Berlin University of Technology, one of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies hubs. He has experience working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and as an advisor to the European Commission, WHO, GIZ and the World Bank. His expertise and research interests are in health systems research and health policy, health services research, and the economic evaluation of health interventions. He initiated and directed a new Master's programme in Health Economics and Policy at the University of Adelaide and is an Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Neurology, Australian Health Review, Internal Medicine Journal and PLOS ONE.

Prof Gericke studied medicine at the Free University of Berlin and spent one year as a DAAD scholar at Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools in Boston, Massachusetts. He was awarded an M.D. research doctorate (magna cum laude) in cognitive neurology from the Free University of Berlin. After completing clinical specialist training in neurology, epileptology and clinical neurophysiology at the Charite University Hospital in Berlin and the University Hospitals of Strasbourg and Geneva, he studied tropical medicine at the University of Aix-Marseille, obtained an M.P.H. from the University of Cambridge, an M.Sc. in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics/London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, an MBA from Deakin University, and a higher doctorate (Habilitation) in health systems research from Berlin University of Technology. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Medical Law from King's Inns School of Law in Dublin and is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) with the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in Neurology, the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin), the European Academy of Neurology (FEAN), and the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN) and Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (AFRACMA).

He is the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) Therapeutics Committee, Chair of the Ethics Section of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Research Committee and a Member of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Standards and Best Practice Council.

Research Interests

  • Health policy
  • Health systems research
  • Health economics
  • Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Bioethics
  • Health and Medical Law

Research Impacts

Prof Christian Gericke is leading a global advocacy campaign on behalf of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) to reduce the time between diagnosis and a detailed presurgical assessment and therapy for children and adults with pharmacoresistant focal epilepsies.

  1. Gericke C et al. Time is Brain – Early Referral to Epilepsy Surgery Assessment (video file). Commission on Diagnostic Methods, International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) https://www.ilae.org/about-ilae/topical-commissions/commission-on-diagnostic-methods

World Stroke Day 2022 - Raising awareness for stroke prevention and early treatment in Fiji

  1. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid02VnkYwipuynZ5hEbKC5ZiWXwLNgGFgq2JhhmTRW4wyJXMedqW3Dem24UbzdwuF8W5l&id=511390285662226

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Laws, Honorable Society of King's Inns School of Law
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Technische Universit�t Berlin
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Freie Universit�t Berlin
  • Diploma Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Universit� Aix-Marseille 3 Paul C�zanne
  • Master of Business Administration, Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Free University of Berlin
  • M D research doctorate, Free University of Berlin
  • Diplome d'Universite de Medecine, University d'Aix-Marseille France
  • MSc in Health Policy Planning & Financing (Dist'n), University of London
  • Master of Studies in Public Health, University of Cambridge St Catharine's College
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Quality Manm't, Berlin Chamber of Physicians

Publications

  • Schäfer, Thomas, Gericke, Christian A. and Busse, Reinhard (2023). Health Services Research. Handbook of Epidemiology. (pp. 1-67) New York, NY: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6625-3_38-1

  • Fitzpatrick, Lachlan, Lwin, Zarnie and Gericke, Christian (2022). Pembrolizumab-induced acute right L5 neuritis unresponsive to steroids. BMJ Case Reports, 15 (11) e250971, 1-4. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2022-250971

  • Kapadia, Samir R. R., Makkar, Raj, Leon, Martin, Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed, Waggoner, Thomas, Massberg, Steffen, Rottbauer, Wolfgang, Horr, Samuel, Sondergaard, Lars, Karha, Juhana, Gooley, Robert, Satler, Lowell, Stoler, Robert C., Messe, Steven R., Baron, Suzanne J., Seeger, Julia, Kodali, Susheel, Krishnaswamy, Amar, Thourani, Vinod H., Harrington, Katherine, Pocock, Stuart, Modolo, Rodrigo, Allocco, Dominic J., Meredith, Ian T., Linke, Axel, PROTECTED TAVR Investigators and Gericke, Christian (2022). Cerebral embolic protection during transcatheter aortic-valve replacement. The New England Journal of Medicine, 387 (14), 1253-1263. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2204961

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Available Projects

  • Opportunity for students interested in research on the interface of medicine, health policy, medical law and ethics. Projects can be tailored to your timeframe, interests and career aspirations:

    - Australian and international health policy, economics and management

    - Medical law and ethics

    - Health services research in neurology

    We welcome PhD, MPhil, MPH, Honours as well as undergraduate students looking to do a short research project as part of their UQ studies in medicine.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Schäfer, Thomas, Gericke, Christian A. and Busse, Reinhard (2023). Health Services Research. Handbook of Epidemiology. (pp. 1-67) New York, NY: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6625-3_38-1

  • Kuhlmann, Ellen, Kroezen, Marieke, Gericke, Christian and Dussault, Gilles (2022). Change management in health care settings: organizational strategies to foster skill-mix changes. Skill-mix innovation, effectiveness and implementation: improving primary and chronic care. (pp. 345-372) edited by Claudia B. Maier, Marieke Kroezen, Reinhard Busse and Matthias Wismar. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781009031929.012

  • Gericke, Christian A., Britain, Kaylee, Elmahdawy, Mahmoud and Elsisi, Gihan (2018). Health system in Egypt. Health care systems and policies. (pp. 1-19) edited by Ewout van Ginneken and Reinhard Busse. New York, United States: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6419-8_7-2

  • Schafer, Thomas, Gericke, Christian A. and Busse, Reinhard (2014). Health services research. Handbook of epidemiology. (pp. 837-902) edited by Wolfgang Ahrens and Iris Pigeot. New York, NY, United States: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-09834-0_38

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Opportunity for students interested in research on the interface of medicine, health policy, medical law and ethics. Projects can be tailored to your timeframe, interests and career aspirations:

    - Australian and international health policy, economics and management

    - Medical law and ethics

    - Health services research in neurology

    We welcome PhD, MPhil, MPH, Honours as well as undergraduate students looking to do a short research project as part of their UQ studies in medicine.