Dr. rer. nat. Karl Heinz Höhne

Professor and Director Emeritus
Institute of Medical Informatics
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

c/o VOXEL-MAN Group
House W 26, Martinistraße 52,
20246 Hamburg, Germany

Phone: + 49 (40) 7410-54831
e-mail: hoehne@uke.de




23. 5. 1937 Born in Aschaffenburg, Germany
1957-1961 Education in physics at the University of Würzburg.
1961-1962 Diploma thesis at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
1963 Diploma in physics, University of Würzburg, Germany

Scientific staff member of DESY, the German National Research Center for Elementary Particle Physics in Hamburg. Group leader responsible for the development of a hardware and software system for the computer assisted analysis of spark chamber pictures.

1967 Ph.D. in physics, University of Hamburg.
1968 Group leader for medical data processing at DESY.
1974 Habilitation in medical informatics at the University of Hamburg.
1978 Full professor of medical computer science and director of the Department of Medical Computer Science at the University of Hamburg.
1985 Half year sabbatical at the IBM Scientific Center Palo Alto, California and visiting professor at the University of California at San Francisco.
1990/1991 Half year sabbatical at the IBM Scientific Center Palo Alto, California and visiting professor at the University of California at San Francisco.
1995 Half year sabbatical as Visiting Professor at the Surgical Planning Lab of the Harvard Medical School, Boston.
2001 Appointment as Advisory Professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Visiting professor at the Department of  Systems Science, Graduate School of Informatics
Kyoto University, Japan
since 10/2003 Professor emeritus
Cofounder and consultant to VOXEL-MAN


1970-1985 Quantitative Image Analysis in Angiography, Medical Image Data bases.
1984- 3D image Processing, computer graphics, and spatial knowledge representation in medicine with applications in clinical practice (radiology, surgery planning and simulation, radiotherapy planning) and education ("VOXEL-MAN").




See list of publications of the VOXEL-MAN group.


Karl Heinz Höhne has retired as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and from his editorial functions at the Journal of
Computer Assisted Surgery, Medical Image Analysis, Neuroimage, Medical Imaging Technology,
and Journal of Visualization.


1981 Chairman of the Symposium Digital Image Processing in Medicine, Hamburg, Germany
1984 Director of the NATO Advanced Study Institute "Pictorial Information Systems in Medicine", Braunlage, Germany
1990 Director of NATO Advanced Research Workshop "3D Imaging in Medicine", Travemünde, Germany

Chairman of the Fourth International Conference on Visualization in Biomedical Computing, Hamburg, Germany

2004 Honorary President of the International Congresss Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS), Chicago


  • Awards for the department for scientific exhibits at the Annual Meetings of the Radiological Society of North America RSNA (1986, 1992,
    1996) and at the European Congress of Radiology (1997)
  • Exhibition "Le Corps Virtuel", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1994)
  • Roentgen Medal of the City of Remscheid (birthplace of W.C. Roentgen) (1996)
  • Exhibition of the "Virtual Mummy" at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg and the Ägyptisches Museum Berlin (1997, 1998)
  • Since 2004 the Medical Visualization Group of the German Computer Science Society (GI) awards the Medvis-Karl-Heinz-Höhne-Award for
    innovative contributions in medical visualization.
  • Fellow of the Society for Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) (2009)
  • MICCAI Enduring Impact Award (2020)