Professor Christian Gericke

Academic Title-Professor

Prince Charles Hospital Northside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Christian Gericke is the Clinical Director of Neurology at The Prince Charles Hospital and Professor in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Queensland. He is a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs which is tasked with advising the Federal Minister of Health on improving cost transparency for patients in the private healthcare sector and Specialist Advisor to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Prior to this he was the Deputy 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 in the Academic Neurosciences Directorate of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the largest regional neurology service in the UK. He was also 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 Public 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. He currently directs the health systems assessment for Singapore on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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 which is also one of the three hubs of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He has experience working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and as advisor to the European Commission, WHO, GIZ and the World Bank. His areas of 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 Masters programme in Health Economics and Policy at the University of Adelaide and is Editorial Board Member of the Australian Health Review and BMC Health Services Research.

Prof Gericke studied medicine at the Free University of Berlin and spent one year as DAAD scholar at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He was awarded an M.D. research doctorate (magna cum laude) on Alzheimer's disease pathophysiology 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 public health from Berlin University of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American Neurological Association (FANA) and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin). He was a delegate for the health stream of the Australia 2020 Summit convened by the Prime Minister of Australia.

Research Interests

  • Health policy
  • Health systems research
  • Health economics
  • Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Medical Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Neuroethics

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

Qualifications

  • BMd, 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

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

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

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor