Health Services & Health System Research

Prof. Dr. rer. medic. Dawid Pieper has been the new FGW professor for health services and health system research at the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane (MHB) since September 1st, 2021.

He heads the Center for Health Services Research (ZVF-BB) based in Rüdersdorf. In addition, he is head of the Institute for Health Services and Health Systems Research (IVGF), which is located at the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg (FGW) and is responsible for the Master’s program in Health Services Research (M.Sc.).

The professorship is dedicated in particular to regional services research. When determining the need for care, analyses of the spatial layout of the planning regions as well as the consideration of changes in need and range of services are of particular importance.

With the involvement of patients and stakeholders, knowledge translation supports the implementation in rural areas. In this way, Brandenburg would like to develop into a model region for comparable regions in Germany and Europe.

Prof. Dr. Dawid Pieper
Prof. Dr. Dawid Pieper
FGW-Dean at the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane/ Head of the Professorship Health Services and Health System Research
phone: +49 33638 83992

Location: Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf, Seebad 82/83, 15562 Rüdersdorf, Polyclinic, Level 0, Office F.007

Research Focus

  • Regional Health Services Research
  • second opinion
  • Patient and public involvement (PPI)
  • Knowledge Translation
  • implementation research
  • Evidence Synthesis
  • Research on research/meta-research

The IVGF takes its responsibility in teaching and training very seriously.

The institute is responsible for the master’s degree in health services research (M.Sc.) starting in winter semester 2022/2023.

We are also always interested in applications for internships and/or theses. If possible at your university, we will be happy to take over the entire supervision of your work.

If you are interested in a doctorate or habilitation or are interested in our master’s degree in health services research, please contact Prof. Dr. David Pieper.

Team IVGF 2023
Dr. rer. medic. Charlotte Kugler
Dr. rer. medic. Charlotte Kugler
Research Associate
Eni Shehu, M.Sc.
Eni Shehu, M.Sc.
Research Associate
Julia Scharfe, MPH
Julia Scharfe, MPH
Research Associate
Alexander Pachanov, M.Sc.
Alexander Pachanov, M.Sc.
Research Associate
Stefanie Pfisterer-Heise, M.Sc.
Stefanie Pfisterer-Heise, M.Sc.
Research Associate
Catharina Münte, M.A.
Catharina Münte, M.A.
Research Associate
Lena Fischer, M.Sc.
Lena Fischer, M.Sc.
Associate Researcher
Denise Gerlach
Denise Gerlach
Student Counselling and Contact Person M. Sc. Health Services Research


Universitätsmedizin Göttingen,
Institut für Medizinische Statistik,
Prof. Dr. Tim Mathes

Universität Witten/Herdecke,
Institut für Forschung in der Operativen Medizin,
Prof. Dr. Rolf Lefering;
Lehrstuhl für Klinische Pharmakologie,
Prof. Dr. Petra Thürmann

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Abteilung Ambulante Versorgung und Pharmakoepidemiologie
Prof. Dr. Falk Hoffmann


Catholic University of Croatia,
Center for Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care,
Prof. Dr. Livia Puljak

Unity Health Toronto,
Knowledge Translation Program,
Dr. Carole Lunny

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences in Bergen,
Centre for Evidence-Based Practice,
Prof. Dr. Hans Lund


Weise A, Büchter R B, Pieper D, Mathes T. Assessing transferability in systematic reviews of health economic evaluations – a review of methodological guidance. BMC Med Res Methodol 22, 52 (2022).

Prediger B, Koller D, Heß S, Könsgen N, Pieper D. Localization of Second Opinion Physicians in Germany: Do Regional Differences Exist? Gesundheitswesen. 2022 Jan 28. doi: 10.1055/a-1690-6728. Online ahead of print.

Goossen K, Becker M, Mathes T, Follmann M, Holtkamp U, Hostettler S, Meerpohl JJ, Nothacker M, Schaefer C, Schmidt S, Schünemann HJ, Sommer I, Tholen R, Skoetz N, Pieper D. German-language translation of the PANELVIEW instrument to evaluate the guideline development process from the perspective of the guideline group. Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes. 2022 Jan 22:S1865-9217(21)00217-8. doi: 10.1016/j.zefq.2021.11.004. Online ahead of print.

Könsgen N, Prediger B, Schlimbach A, Bora AM, Hess S, Caspers M, Pieper D. Attitude toward second opinions in Germany – a survey of the general population. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Jan 15;22(1):76. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-07422-z.

Pieper D, Rombey T. Where to prospectively register a systematic review. Syst Rev 11, 8 (2022).

Burkamp JR, Bühn S, Schnitzbauer A, Pieper D. Preference between medical outcomes and travel times: an analysis of liver transplantation. Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2021 Jul 29. doi: 10.1007/s00423-021-02258-x. Online ahead of print.

Lunny C, Pieper D, Thabet P, Kanji S. Managing overlap of primary study results across systematic reviews: practical considerations for authors of overviews of reviews. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2021 Jul 7;21(1):140. doi: 10.1186/s12874-021-01269-y.

Breuing J, Könsgen N, Doni K, Neuhaus AL, Pieper D. Healthcare delivery and information provision in bariatric surgery in Germany: qualitative interviews with bariatric surgeons. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jul 5;21(1):659. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06629-4.

Kugler CM, De Santis KK, Rombey T, Goossen K, Breuing J, Könsgen N, Mathes T, Hess S, Burchard R, Pieper D. Perspective of potential patients on the hospital volume-outcome relationship and the minimum volume threshold for total knee arthroplasty: a qualitative focus group and interview study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jul 2;21(1):633. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06641-8.

Jo CL, Burchett H, Bastías M, Campbell P, Gamage D, Henaff L, Kagina B, Lunny C, Marti M, Muloiwa R, Pieper D, Thomas J, Tunis MC, Wichmann O, Younger Z, Harder T. Using existing systematic reviews for developing vaccination recommendations: Results of an international expert workshop. Vaccine. 2021 May 27;39(23):3103-3110. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.04.045. Epub 2021 May 6.

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Joint faculty
The University of Potsdam, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg