Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaiger

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Schwaiger (b. 1950) has been Medical Director at TUM's Rechts der Isar Hospital since 2016. From 1993 to 2017 he was Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic of Nuclear Medicine. His main area of research is the use of multimodal imaging to visualize and quantify biological processes. His research involves the use of positron emission tomography (PET) in cardiology and oncology. He is Director of the German Research Foundation’s Collaborative Research Center 824, which deals with the use of molecular imaging for selecting and monitoring oncological therapies. The diagnosis and treatment of thyroid endocrine and neuroendocrine diseases is an area of special interest in the nuclear medicine department.  
Prof. Schwaiger studied medicine at Freie Universität Berlin and Freiburg University. His career as a doctor and researcher has taken him to the UCLA School of Medicine (Los Angeles, USA) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA), among other places, where he was professor of internal medicine until 1993. Prof. Schwaiger is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Leopoldina. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Varna, Bulgaria.


  • Maximiliansorden (2010)
  • Hermann Blumgart-Preis, Society of Nuclear Medicine (2006)
  • Von Hevesy Medal of Hungarian Society of Nuclear Medicine (2005)
  • Henry Wagner Lecture, Society of Nuclear Medicine, Los Angeles (2002)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, Academy of Molecular Imaging, AMI, San Diego (2002)

Key Publications

Lordick F, Ott K, Krause BJ, Weber WA, Becker K, Stein HJ, Lorenzen S, Schuster T, Wieder H, Herrmann K, Bredenkamp R, Hofler H, Fink U, Peschel C, Schwaiger M, Siewert JR, et al. “PET to assess early metabolic response and to guide treatment of adenocarcinoma of the oesophagogastric junction: The MUNICON phase II trial”. Lancet Oncology. 2007; 8: 797-805.


Haubner R, Wester HJ, Weber WA, Mang C, Ziegler SI, Goodman SL, Senekowitsch-Schmidtke R, Kessler H, Schwaiger M. “Noninvasive imaging of alpha(v)beta(3) integrin expression using F-18-labeled RGD-containing glycopeptide and positron emission tomography”. Cancer Research. 2001; 61(5): 1781-1785.


Bengel FM, Ueberfuhr P, Schiepel N, Nekolla SG, Reichart B, Schwaiger M. “Effect of sympathetic reinnervation on cardiac performance after heart transplantation.”  N Engl J Med. 2001; 345(10): 731-738.


Schwaiger M, Hutchins GD, Kalif V, Rosenspire K, Haka MS, Mallette S, Deep GM, Abrams GD, Wieland D. “Evidence for regional catecholamine uptake and storage sites in the transplanted human heart by positron emission tomography”. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 1991; 87(5): 1681-1690.