Germany Physician Assistants


  • Marie Stolte
  • Peter Heistermann
  • Peter Stollwerck


Germany, Physician Assistants


The profession began in Germany in 2005 in response to need for additional personnel in surgical departments. In 2005 the first PA degree course with a focus on cardiac surgery was offered at the Steinbeis University in Berlin, introducing a new academic profession to the health system.  In Germany, these professionals are called Physician Assistants (PA) and Medical Assistants – Surgery (MAC).

Author Biographies

Marie Stolte

Marie Stolte, B.Sc. is a physician assistant who has practiced in geriatric medicine at St. Johannisstift hospital in Paderborn, Germany since 2018.  She began her path to medicine as an operating room technician in 2012 and then worked on a medical project in Tanzania (RGV- Rainbow Garden Village).  She then attended PA school at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe, graduating in 2018. During her surgical specialty training she worked in a large trauma center in Tübingen, Germany.  In addition, she has been a medical volunteer on a number of projects including training in Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl (U.S. Army hospital). Ms. Stolte is an active member in German and international PA associations such as EuroPA-C, DGPA, and SEPA.

Peter Heistermann

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Heistermann is Chairman of the German University Association Physician Assistant and Professor at Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth, Program Physician Assistant -Surgery B.Sc. ("Medizinische Assistenz -Chirurgie").

Peter Stollwerck

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Leonard Stollwerck is the former program director and lecturer at Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth, Physician Assistant - Surgery B.Sc.("Medizinische Assistenz -Chirurgie") and Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Hand Surgeon.




How to Cite

Stolte, M., Heistermann, P., & Stollwerck, P. (2021). Germany Physician Assistants. Social Innovations Journal, 8. Retrieved from