Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Christian Butter

»Modern treatment methods make it possible to achieve significant improvements as regards the physical capacity and quality of life of patients with heart disease.«

Originally from Berlin, Prof. Dr. Christian Butter studied medicine at the Free University of Berlin, later beginning his comprehensive training in the Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Rudolf Virchow Klinikum in Berlin. After obtaining his doctorate in medicine, Prof. Dr. Butter completed his residency, becoming a Specialist Physician in the field of Internal Medicine and Cardiology and spending many years as a Senior Physician at the Charité and the German Heart Institute Berlin, specializing in cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.

He became Head of Cardiology at the Brandenburg Heart Center in 2004. Under his tutelage, and owing to his special interest in research and innovation, the Heart Center has become one of the leading centers in the country, pioneering many new technologies. In 2007, he became an Assistant Professor (non-tenured) at the Charité University, where he continues to have teaching commitments. Since 2015 he also has been Professor for Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Medical School Brandenburg Theodor Fontane.

According to Prof. Dr. Butter, his greatest challenge is achieving a work-life balance that can accommodate his passion for both his family and his work.

Professional training and experience
Year of birth 1962
Place of birth Berlin

Education and training

12/1994 Specialist in Cardiology
8/1993 Specialist Physician in Internal Medicine
1988 Dissertation "Aesthetic principles and problems of surgery to correct congenital or acquired hand defects"
5/1987 – 1993 Internship at the Rudolf-Virchow-Klinikum Berlin, Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine and Department of Emergency Medicine (Prof. Dr. H. Hochrein)
12/1986 Medical degree awarded
1980 – 1986 Medical degree program, Free University of Berlin

Career details

2015 Professor of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Medical School Brandenburg Theodor Fontane
Seit 7/2008 Having been responsible for developing the aortic valve program, PD Dr. Butter has performed a total of 270 transfemoral implantations, as well as assisting on a total of 150 transapical implantations.
Seit 4/2009 Having been responsible for introducing the mitral valve reconstruction program and the MitraClip Registry, PD Dr. Butter has so far performed over 120 MitraClip procedures. PD Dr. Butter has also initiated and led the introduction of a number of first-in-man procedures that involved the use of device-based and intervention-based approaches to the treatment of patients with heart failure.
7/2006 Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Charité University Hospital Berlin
seit 4 /2004 Head of the Department of Cardiology, Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center
Interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, heart failure
1994 – 4/2004 Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiology, Charité Campus Virchow and German Heart Institute Berlin (Prof. Dr. E. Fleck) Lead Electrophysiologist from 1997

Teaching licences

  • Internal Medicine and Cardiology: 36 months
Awards and Honors
  • Winner of the German Cardiac Society's “Michel-Mirowski-Forschungspreis" (Michel Mirowski Award for Research) for Electrophysiology, 2003
  • Winner of the German Cardiac Society's “Hugo-von Ziemssen" Poster Prize for Cardiology, 2002
  • Selected speaker for the European Society of Cardiology's “Grüntzig Lecture” – a presentation on clinical cardiology
  • Invited speaker at the "Expert Consensus Conference on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy" of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology 2002 in San Diego, USA
  • Invited speaker, "Clinical Tutorial: Troubleshooting in Coronary Sinus Leads” of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology 2003 in Washington, USA
  • More than 50 presentations at national and international meetings (e.g. invitation to speak as part of the Heart Rhythm Society's Meet-the-Experts Sessions)
Professional memberships / Positions held


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie (German Cardiac Society)
  • American Journal of Cardiology
  • Journal of Clinical Electrophysiology
  • European Journal of Heart Failure
  • EP Europace
  • Guest editor and member of the editorial board of the journal „Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie” [pacemaker therapy & electrophysiology]

Professional memberships

  • European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
  • European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Executive Committee for Lead Extraction
  • German Cardiac Society (DGK), including AG Rhythmologie [Arrhythmia working group], AG Interventionelle Kardiologie [interventional cardiology working group]
  • German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM)
  • German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM)
  • German Society for Hypertension and Prevention (DHL)
  • German Heart Foundation (Scientific Advisory Board)
  • Member of the Board of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Gesellschaft für Kardiologie (BBGK) [Society of Cardiology Berlin-Brandenburg]
  • AG Brandenburger Kardiologen [Cardiology Working Group Brandenburg]
Selected publications

Selected publications

  • Butter C, Minden HH: Kardiale Resynchronisationstherapie (CRT): Von den Grundlagen zur erfolgreichen Implantation. 1. Aufl. 2008: Steinkopff. Lehrbuch.
  • Butter C, Schau T, Meyhoefer J, Neumann K, Minden HH, Engelhardt J.: Radiation exposure of patient and physician during implantation and upgrade of cardiac resynchronization devices.Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2010 Aug;33(8):1003-12. Epub 2010 May 4. PMID: 20456650
  • Seifert M, Schau T, Moeller V, Neuss M, Meyhoefer J, Butter C.Influence of pacing configurations, body mass index, and position of coronary sinus lead on frequency of phrenic nerve stimulation and pacing thresholds under cardiac resynchronization therapy.Europace. 2010 Jul;12(7):961-7. Epub 2010 May 5. PMID: 20444725
  • Sjauw KD, Konorza T, Erbel R, Danna PL, Viecca M, Minden HH, Butter C, Engstrøm T, Hassager C, Machado FP, Pedrazzini G, Wagner DR, Schamberger R, Kerber S, Mathey DG, Schofer J, Engström AE, Henriques JP.Supported high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention with the Impella 2.5 device the Europella registry.J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Dec 15;54(25):2430-4. PMID: 20082934
  • Butter C, Minden HH.[Optimal electrode placement. What to consider during implantation of a biventricular pacemaker?].Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2009 Sep;20(3):109-20. German. PMID: 19730925
  • Sperzel J, Goetze S, Kennergren C, Biffi M, Brooke MJ, Vireca E, Saha S, Schubert B, Butter C. Performance evaluation of a right atrial automatic capture verification algorithm using two different sensing configurations. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009 May;32(5):579-87. PMID: 19422578
  • Atar D, Petzelbauer P, Schwitter J, Huber K, Rensing B, Kasprzak JD, Butter C, Grip L, Hansen PR, Süselbeck T, Clemmensen PM, Marin-Galiano M, Geudelin B, Buser PT; F.I.R.E. Investigators. Effect of intravenous FX06 as an adjunct to primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction results of the F.I.R.E. (Efficacy of FX06 in the Prevention of Myocardial Reperfusion Injury) trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Feb 24;53(8):720-9. PMID: 19232907
  • Seifert M, Hoffmann J, Meyhöfer J, Butter C. [Improving left ventricular contractility by stimulation during the absolute refractory period--cardiac contractility modulation (CCM)]. Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2008 Dec;19 Suppl 1:69-76. German. PMID: 19169737
  • Ismer B, Körber T, von Knorre GH, Heinke M, Voss W, Werwick K, Melzer C, Butter C, Nienaber CA. [CRT in atrial fibrillation--methodical and apparatus options in decision-making]. Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2008 Dec;19 Suppl 1:60-8. German. PMID: 19169736
  • Neuss M, Schau T, Butter C.[Role of right heart failure in cardiac resynchronization].Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2008 Dec;19 Suppl 1:44-51. Review. German. PMID: 19169734
  • Minden HH, Butter C.[Upgrading to biventricular pacing: indications and procedural challenges].Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2008 Dec;19 Suppl 1:38-43. Review. German. PMID: 19169733
  • Butter C, Israel CW. Editorial. Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2008 Dec;19 Suppl 1:5. German. No abstract available. PMID: 19169729
  • Butter C, Zhang G, Seifert M, Minden HH, König A, Fleck E. Effect of atrial lead position on atrial automatic capture verification. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2008 Sep;31(9):1118-24. PMID: 18834462
  • Butter C, Rastogi S, Minden HH, Meyhöfer J, Burkhoff D, Sabbah HN.Cardiac contractility modulation electrical signals improve myocardial gene expression in patients with heart failure.J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 May 6;51(18):1784-9. PMID: 18452785
  • Borggrefe MM, Lawo T, Butter C, Schmidinger H, Lunati M, Pieske B, Misier AR, Curnis A, Böcker D, Remppis A, Kautzner J, Stühlinger M, Leclerq C, Táborsky M, Frigerio M, Parides M, Burkhoff D, Hindricks G.Randomized, double blind study of non-excitatory, cardiac contractility modulation electrical impulses for symptomatic heart failure. Eur Heart J. 2008 Apr;29(8):1019-28. Epub 2008 Feb 12. PMID: 18270213
  • Mehrere Buchbeiträge zur gerätegestützten Herzinsuffizienz Therapie

Articles in international peer-reviewed journals

  • Circulation 
  • PACE 
  • JCE 
  • JICE 
  • JACC 
  • Am J Cardiol

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