Dennis Ballwieser

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Dennis André Ballwieser (born August 9, 1980 in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German doctor, journalist, publishing manager and book author. Since June 2015 he has been managing director of the Wort & Bild publishing house in Baierbrunn near Munich together with Andreas Arntzen .

His journalistic work focuses on medicine, health and health communication, digitization and digital medicine as well as general science and medical ethics.


Dennis Ballwieser studied medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . After the preliminary medical examination ( Physikum ), he completed his training as an editor at the German School of Journalism in Munich. He then continued his medical studies and graduated with a license to practice medicine . He did his doctorate at the Children's Clinic and Children's Polyclinic in the Dr. von Hauner's Children's Hospital at the LMU Munich with a paper on the investigation of heat shock proteins as a prognostic factor in acute kidney failure in children.

From 2010 to 2012 he worked as an assistant doctor in the clinic for anesthesiology at the clinic of the University of Munich . In 2012 he switched to Spiegel Online in Hamburg as an editor in the health department. In 2014 he returned to the University of Munich Clinic and parallel to the Wort & Bild Verlag. Since 2015, he has been responsible for the content of the publisher's publications as the editorial director at Wort & Bild Verlag (e.g. Apotheken Umschau ,

During his time as a freelance journalist, Ballwieser worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung , Spiegel , Stern and Bayerischer Rundfunk, among others .

Ballwieser teaches as a lecturer at the German School of Journalism and the University of Bremen .

Dennis Ballwieser is married and has two children.


In 2007 Ballwieser published the guide “Anyone can lose weight” at Knaur . In 2014, together with Heike Le Ker at KiWi, the book “Ein rätselhafter Patient” followed in conjunction with the joint column at Spiegel Online.

Together with Leif Kramp, Leonard Novy and Karsten Wenzlaff, Ballwieser published the scientific anthology "Journalism in Digital Modernism" in 2013 at Springer VS.


In 2013 the journalist award of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC eV) for the article “Bad advice under the knife” by Heike Le Ker and Ballwieser went to Spiegel Online.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Time bomb in your head. In: July 14, 2011, accessed October 9, 2018 .
  2. Dennis Ballwieser: Medicines: Big mistake in reasoning . In: Der Spiegel . No. 48 , 2005, pp. 160 ( Online - Nov. 28, 2005 ).
  3. Dennis Ballwieser: Pumps until the doctor comes . In: Der Spiegel . No. 16 , 2006, pp. 138 ( Online - Apr. 15, 2006 ).
  4. ^ Dennis Ballwieser: Revolution in Westphalia . In: Der Spiegel . No. 10 , 2005, pp. 124 ( Online - Mar. 7, 2005 ).
  5. Dennis Ballwieser: Pixels instead of pipettes. In: Spiegel Special 3/2007. June 26, 2007, pp. 50f , accessed on March 16, 2019 .
  6. Axel Bojanowski and Dennis Ballwieser: Merkels Klimaflüsterer. In: Stern. December 15, 2009, accessed March 16, 2019 .
  7. Dennis Ballwieser: “Everyone has to die sometimes”. In: Spiegel Special 6/2007. November 6, 2007, pp. 22f , accessed on March 16, 2019 .
  12. Bad advice under the knife. In: Spiegel Online. August 27, 2013, accessed March 16, 2019 .
  13. “Bad advice under the knife”: DGPRÄC Journalist Award 2013 for “Spiegel online” , DGPRÄC press release of September 16, 2013