Hans-Hermann Dickhuth

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Hans-Hermann Dickhuth (born September 1, 1947 in Braunschweig ) is a German sports doctor .

Career history

In 1978 Dickhuth became an assistant at the Department of Sports and Performance Medicine at the University of Freiburg, which was headed by Joseph Keul . In 1989 he was entrusted with the management of the sports medicine department at the University of Tübingen . After Keul's death, Dickhuth returned to Freiburg in 2001 and was his successor as chief physician of sports medicine at the Freiburg University Clinic .

In the same year, Dickhuth Keul succeeded him as President of the German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP). Since 2006 he has been its honorary president.

Dickhuth has looked after top German athletes since 1981 . The University Hospital of Freiburg , however, decided by a final report on "doping allegations against doctors of the Department of Sports Medicine" , permanently discontinue the care of athletes. According to the same report, Dickhuth himself was acquitted of any complicity or complicity in relation to the doping allegations. Rather, it was stated that with the takeover of the department by Dickhuth, numerous organizational measures were taken "to make the activities of the individual working groups, the registration system for patients and drug orders as well as access to examination rooms and outpatient activities more transparent"

Plagiarism allegation

On February 25, 2011, the chairman of the "Sports Medicine Evaluation Commission", Letizia Paoli, informed the Rectorate of the University of Freiburg that in the course of the investigation into the Freiburg doping scandal, doubts had arisen about the scientific nature of several papers. Through an anonymous tip to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , the press announced that it was also Dickhuth's habilitation thesis from 1983. Dickhuth is said to have copied word for word from the dissertation of his own doctoral student. The Badische Zeitung reported identical passages without references in another doctoral thesis from the same year; it is said to be today's Mrs. Dickhuths. The hospital management gave those affected until March 11, 2011, to comment. Dickhuth took a leave of absence on March 4, 2011, but was back on duty on April 16, 2011. Since then, the rectorate has initiated disciplinary proceedings, which the Ministry of Science has so far rejected due to formal errors. The competence of the rectorate to withdraw a habilitation thesis was also controversial, as it actually lies with the habilitation committee of the medical faculty of the Freiburg University Hospital. According to media reports, the rectorate had already incurred costs of over half a million euros by employing external lawyers.

Independently of this, the habilitation committee of the Freiburg Medical Faculty has been dealing with the allegations since June 28, 2012, but adjourned.

Hans-Hermann Dickhuth has been retired since October 1st, 2012. An extension of his contract requested by Dickhuth in 2011 was rejected by the faculty because the sports medicine department is to be realigned. Dickhuth then withdrew his application and in return was given the opportunity to work scientifically as an emeritus at the faculty for another year . On October 14, 2013, the habilitation committee of the medical faculty decided with a narrow majority to revoke Dickhuth's habilitation because of plagiarism - the first such decision in the history of the Freiburg University. Its lawyers announced that they would challenge the decision in court.

On May 28, 2014, a radio report announced that further post-doctoral theses had appeared at the University of Freiburg, which have extensive textual similarities with doctoral theses. Some of these habilitation theses come from professors who themselves have worked towards the withdrawal of Dickhuth's habilitation thesis. Furthermore, according to language analysts, Dickhuth wrote the text parts in question himself. In addition, the dissertations in question were only submitted after the habilitation thesis, so Dickhuth was unable to quote them at all.

One of the above Professor Jörg Rüdiger Siewert is the Medical Director of the Freiburg University Hospital . He pushed for the withdrawal on the grounds that otherwise the public would get the impression that scientific misconduct is not being taken seriously enough. However, his own habilitation thesis shows similarities with the doctoral thesis of his former colleague Hans-Fred Weiser.

In September the withdrawal of Dickhuth's habilitation became final. The habilitation committee did not allow the objection and Dickhuth withdrew it himself on September 12, 2014. The disciplinary proceedings against him were suspended on September 9, 2014. Dickhuth is thus a retired official and continues to be entitled to use the title of professor because he has fulfilled his official duties as a professor perfectly.

In February 2016, details of the reason for the revocation became known: Although Dickhuth wrote the texts himself, when they made them available to his doctoral students, he assigned the copyright to them.

According to a report in Laborjournal , Dickhuth's habilitation was wrongly revoked. Accordingly, Dickhuth should be publicly dismantled as a pawn sacrifice for the battered reputation of the University Hospital Freiburg in order to prevent a cut in the hospital budget. The university management had spent a seven-digit amount on this. In other, similar cases and known to the Dean's office of post-doctoral theses by top medical practitioners from Freiburg, they remained inactive and did not even forward them to the "Investigation Commission for honesty in science" or inform the medical professionals themselves. In addition, the responsible sub-committee of the habilitation committee worked “sloppily and incorrectly”. The chairman of the subcommittee, Norbert Südkamp, ​​himself had numerous matches in figures and tables with three dissertations in his habilitation thesis. Instead of revoking Dickhuth's habilitation, the doctoral degrees of the then doctoral students Orlowska and Wehinger should have been revoked.

Offices and honors

  • 2000–2006 President of the German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP)
  • 2006 Honorary President of the German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP)
  • 2006 honorary member of the Austrian Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention
  • 2001–2009 Member of the Scientific Board ECSS (European College of Sports Science)
  • 2002–2012 Vice President of EFSMA (European Federation of Sportsmedicine)
  • 2002–2010 member of the medical commission of the EOC (European Olympic Committee)
  • 2004–2008 member of the Executive Committee of FIMS (Federation Internationale de Medicine du Sport)
  • 2008–2012 chairman of the FIMS Science Commission
  • 2015 Honorary member of EFSMA (European Federation of Sportsmedicine)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ [1] German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention.
  2. a b Final report of the expert commission on the investigation of doping allegations against doctors in the sports medicine department of the Freiburg University Medical Center. Cologne, May 12, 2009, (online) ( Memento from November 16, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ^ A b Plagiarism affair in Freiburg sports medicine. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. March 3, 2011. (online)
  4. ^ Chronology of falsification allegations in sports medicine. Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, April 15, 2011, (online)
  5. Anno Hecker, Herbert Fischer-Solms: Plagiarism allegations among sports medicine scientists. Deutschlandradio, interview from March 6, 2011, (online)
  6. Wulf Rüskamp: Doctor on allegation of plagiarism: "I did it all by myself". In: Badische Zeitung. March 9, 2011. (online)
  7. Sport: Dickhuth on leave. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. March 5, 2011, (online) ( Memento from February 19, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  8. Ralf Deckert: The alleged plagiarism case Dickhuth is going into another round. business-on.de from May 5, 2011, (online)
  9. Uli Homann, article on SWR4 Radio Südbaden from January 24, 2013.
  10. Wulf Rüskamp: plagiarism suspicions sports medicine Dickhuth hardens. In: Badische Zeitung. June 20, 2012. (online)
  11. ^ A b Michael Brendler: Sports physician Dickhuth: An unpeaceful farewell. In: Badische Zeitung. September 30, 2012. (online)
  12. Wulf Rüskamp: The disciplinary proceedings are entering the final round. Badische Zeitung of October 13, 2012, (online)
  13. Wulf Rüskamp: University of Freiburg recognize from Dick Huth's habilitation. In: Badische Zeitung. October 14, 2013. (online)
  14. ^ Uli Homann, article on SWR4 Radio Südbaden on May 28, 2014.
  15. ^ Sönke Iwersen, Jan Keuchel : Dr. med. Plagiarism. In: Handelsblatt. November 5, 2014, handelsblatt-hochschulinitiative.com ( Memento from December 3, 2014 in the web archive archive.today )
  16. Withdrawal of Professor Dickhuth's habilitation now final. Press release of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg from September 15, 2014.
  17. Wulf Rüskamp: Plagiarism affair: Doctors delay investigation. In: Badische Zeitung. February 29, 2016. (online)
  18. Winfried Köppelle: Breisgau intrigues. ( Memento of the original from April 22, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: Laborjournal. 12/2014, December 9, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.laborjournal-archiv.de