Christian Koch graduated from the Neues Gymnasium Nürnberg with the final Abitur grade of 1.2 (top 4%) and subsequently from Medical School at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (total grade: 1.66, top 5%), Bavaria, Germany, in 1991. Koch pursued training in neurosurgery and neurology, passed the FMGEMS, and matched by the National Resident Matching Program to start residency in IM at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. For clinical and research training in endocrinology at NIH (L Nieman, NJ Sarlis, MC Skarulis, and PM Yen), Georgetown University (JG Verbalis), and WHC (KD Burman), Koch was selected to work under the guidance of Professor George P. Chrousos. There, he became familiar with bench research focusing on the molecular pathogenesis of neuroendocrine tumors which became also the title of his Ph.D./D.S. degree thesis, in Germany called Habilitation. In an interdisciplinary effort in collaboration with Professors Vortmeyer, Oldfield, Zhuang, Lubensky, and Pacak, major landmark articles on the pathogenesis of tumors were written. In 2002, after having been offered to join the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, USA, as a Senior Associate Consultant, he had decided to return to Germany and joined Professor Ralf Paschke at the University of Leipzig, before taking on the position as a Professor and the Director of the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Miss, USA. His focus remains on translational research with questions arising from patient encounters, trying to explain clinical observations by looking at bench results to further improve patient care. In 2012, he and Professor Chrousos have edited a book on endocrine hypertension, Contemporary Endocrinology Series, published by Springer/Humana Press, NY, Heidelberg. Professor Koch is an Associate Editor of many journals and the online textbook www.endotext.org (Editor: Professor LJ DeGroot).
Biography Updated on 30 March 2013