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In Memoriam: Prof. Dr Andreas Hoeft (1954-2020)

An announcement from the ESAIC Board of Directors and Staff

It is with the greatest sadness that we must inform you that, on November 24, 2020, our much-respected colleague Prof. Dr Andreas Hoeft has passed away after a short illness, aged 66 years. We offer our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Andreas’ family and friends.

Andreas has contributed huge amounts of his time and energy to ESAIC and its predecessor organisation ESA, including just as ESA was finding its way as a newly merged organisation back in 2005. For both this forthcoming online Euroanaesthesia Congress (November 28-30) and the previous two in Vienna and Copenhagen, Andreas has been the Scientific Chair, working tirelessly with our 19 sub-committees to make sure delegates receive the best and most interesting congress possible. We think you will all agree that he succeeded.

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1954, Andreas completed military service for the German army in the 1970s before completing his medical degree at the University of Műnster. Much of his early career was spent at the University of Göttingen, but he also spent several years as a visiting assistant professor in anaesthesiology at the University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston in the 1990s. He took up his most recent role, as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1995, completing a quarter of a century of service in this position.

As well as serving as Scientific Chair, Andreas has performed other important roles for ESAIC/ESA, including as ESA Secretary from 2010 to 2013. He also chaired the Research Committee for the last decade, leading to the launch of the successful Clinical Trials Network (CTN) which has led to multiple practice-changing studies, several of which have been published in major medical journals. In the last interview before his passing, Andreas described the CTN as having “created a new spirit in the Society…now many engaged colleagues, who before would rarely have a chance to contribute to science and research, grabbed this chance to become a researcher in addition to their clinical work.”

Andreas had many qualities that made him memorable and special to us: his love for research, learning and knowledge, his passion for his work, his rationality, his energy, his capacity to understand people, to listen, to care. He was critical with just about everyone, and fun with a great sense of humour. He was creative, innovative, and would always say what he thought, no matter what.

Andreas will be dearly missed by our Board, our team at ESAIC headquarters, and by everyone who had the pleasure to meet him at the Euroanaesthesia meeting or in any other forum.

 

Prof. Kai Zacharowski                              Prof. Stefan De Hert
                                       
ESAIC President                                      ESAIC Past-President

and the ESAIC Board of Directors and Staff

47 replies

Slavica Kvolik
It was my honor and privilege to know him and talk with him during his visits to Zagreb. He had tremendous energy and his achievements will remain for all of us working in the fields of anesthesia and intensive care. Of particular importance is his struggle for intensive care medicine as part of his anesthesiological specialization. Rest in peace.
6 months ago
Jürgen Simharl, MD, DESA
Shocked to read that Prof. Hoeft passed away way too soon, he will be sorely missed in our community. My hearfelt condolences to his family!
6 months ago
Andreas Sandner-Kiesling
Andreas was a unique person, thoughful, innovative, open-minded, and really disputatious. With his attitudes, he initiate multiple initiatives which led to major changes in European Medicine, visible in an ever-increasing patient-saftety and visibility of our specialty. He also was an incredible mentor in all levels of live. Andreas, I will miss you!
6 months ago
Else-Marie Ringvold
All my condolences to Andreas` closest ones. A very important contributor to ESAIC during many years will be sorely missed.
6 months ago
Alexander Kolz
We will never forget his great lectures filled with scientific precision and his special humor. Condolences to his family and friends.
6 months ago
Michael Kokesh
I first met Andreas more than 25 years ago at the inaugural meeting of the Multi-center Study of Perioperative Ischemia Research Group (McSPI Research Group), a research group that was instrumental in conducting the EPI-1 and EPI-2 epidemiological studies in CABG surgery funded by the Ischemia Research & Education Foundation founded in the early 1990s at UC San Francisco Medical Center. We remained close friends and scientific collaborators due in large part to the tremendous good will and unmatched scientific intellect that Andreas exhibited across that extended time period. I will miss Andreas for all the good times that we spent together, all the great ideas he shared, and his wonderful inspiration and good humor. His was light that shined very brightly and the world is a little darker now that he is no longer with us.
6 months ago
Jeff Katz
Andreas who instinctively understood all the pieces on the chessboard and where they belonged. His contributions to the science, teaching and practice of anesthesiology were many and impactful. He will be missed. Sympathies to the Hoeft family.
6 months ago
Michael Sander
"He was critical with just about everyone, and fun with a great sense of humour. He was creative, innovative, and would always say what he thought, no matter what." That is so true, I am missing a great friend and a dedicated anaesthesiologist that took responsibility for our speciality...there will be a gap, not so easy to close...
7 months ago
XiangMing Fang
Professor Hoeft is my Doctor-father since May 1995. He came to lab before Christmas' day that year, and said how do you spend the Chinese New Year in China?He discussed with me and revised my dissertation very patiently and carefully. He sent me the ticket to admire the concert in Cologne Opera House meanwhile he let the young physician told me how to behave correctly. After I return to China in June 1999, he continue to support our colleague Dr. Qixing Chen, Shuijing Wu, Dongyan Zhao, Lanlan Zhang et al to study in his Department. He trained our team, and set up the bridge between China and Germany. And he won the funding from Chinese government in 2016. You very calmly told me you will leave me sooner in 4:10 pm on 18th November by telephone. Dear Professor Hoeft, you shocked me, and let our team lost the backer. But you mentored me and my teams so much, and you are the most enthusiastic, energetic, smart, generous in the world I have ever meet. You never disappeared to the world, you always live in our heart, and you are our forward energy.
7 months ago
Hans Knape
Professor Hoeft hans been aan outstanding driver of a numerous number of activities of the ESA. It is hardly imaginable to oversee the enormous results of his hard work during many Hearst. Anaesthesiology and intensive care were his absolute passion. I pay respect to his lovely Wife. How Will we miss him. Hans Knape, 2008-2009 past president ESA
7 months ago
Haitham Mutlak
Very sad news for the German and European Anaesthesia community. But More than this for his family and friends. His lectures at conferences always a highlight. My condolences for his Family.
7 months ago
Concezione Tommasino
I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting Andreas long before ESA was born. A man full of resources and life. A scientist attentive to everything that happened and very critical. I was used to tease him by saying he was a bear with a great sense of humor. We all will miss you.
7 months ago
John Waller
Sad news indeed. Hans Sonntag introduced me to Andreas at Göttingen about 35 years ago, and it has been my privilege ever since to be his friend and colleague and to observe his lasting positive impact on our subspecialty. He will indeed be missed
7 months ago
Charles D. Collard
Condolences to his family. Great loss for Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care.
7 months ago
Charles D. Collard
Condolences to his family. Great loss for Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care
7 months ago
Monty Mythen
Such sad News. A visionary. A great clinical academic and great fun to be with. Life is fragile. Live it.
7 months ago
Evgeny Reider
What a sad news... It was such pleasure to work together, he was very clever and nice man, full of life and energy... Condolences to Andreas' family
7 months ago
Idit Matot
Prof Andreas Hoeft. Andreas my friend. You've affected so many people lives, even without knowing them. You mentored so many, and they feel orphans now. Your no-non-sense life, your vision and thinking outside the box and implementing courageous projects (CTN is a good example and the not yet completed Edu medical education) should be taught in leadership schools and universities. Extremely intelligent, smart, funny and always saying what is on your mind – it was never boring with you. You kept us all on our toes during the meetings… and regardless of what the subject was – people would wait to hear your opinion…for good reasons. and yet – you knew how to live life and grab the most out of it. Andreas - you left a huge emptiness. You disappeared to the world much too early. What a heart-breaking.
7 months ago
Jan Mulier
Andreas had a strong character with a personal vision and criticism challenging us in a scientific way to give the best. He contributed a lot the ESA and I thank him that he was able to be the scientific chair till this year. I was pleased to meet and work with this great man. My condolences to the family and all his good friends.
7 months ago
Pierre Albaladejo, Council French Representative
Very sad news for all of us and for ESAIC. He was charismatic, brilliant, energic, strong, authentic, a great scientist and above all a great leader. He will be missed by all those who knew him. My condolences to his family and friends.
7 months ago
Bruce Biccard
This is vey sad news. A fantastic colleague and visionary. The virtual medical school is ground breaking work. Condolences to Sabine and family.
7 months ago
Orit Nahtomi Shick
Very sad! Andreas was to ESAIC a leading figure in any matter you can think of. Very clever, very knowledgeable and a great sense of humor. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family.
7 months ago
Andrea Szekely
I am very sad. An important person left us.
7 months ago
Robert Hahn
Very sad indeed! I came first know Andreas during several years on the Research Committee. Although having a strong own wish and direction, he always listen seriously to all members of the committee and evaluated what we said. Ideas that were good were put forward. And finally his approach was democratic indeed. We all felt we contributed.
7 months ago
Luc Sermeus
Thank you Andreas for all you did for the anesthesia community. My condolences to family and friends.
7 months ago
Thomas Schachtner
My condolences to his family and friends! I will remember him as an inspiring personality with an unforgettable sense of humour and a brilliant sharpness of mind. He was a role model for so many of us in our profession and as a teacher. Farewell..
7 months ago
Marc Samama
An outspoken and never politically correct man. A brilliant researcher and teacher. A Geek with a strong sens of humour. For ESA, there has been a "before Andreas" era...and an "after" (CTN network, changes in the Board of directors and by-laws, etc). A lover of life, a good friend. I already miss him.
7 months ago
Emilie
Andreas was more than a Great Scientist... He was also a Mentor to many people who had the privilege to work by his side. As a non-physician, I collaborated with Prof. Andreas Hoeft at the ESA(IC) for a few years, and those were the most enriching years of my career. He would always share his knowledge with passion and demystify in an almost fatherly way the complexities of the scientific world. He had this never-ending enthusiasm for his profession and life in general that made every projects achieved under his chairmanship memorable ones. We will dearly miss him…
7 months ago
Cesar Aldecoa
I am really affected to know Andres passed away. He was a very clever man, brilliant lecturer, critical and humorous man, untiring worker, with a constructive vision of our speciality and our society. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.
7 months ago
Karl Thies
Farewell Andreas, you will sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
7 months ago
Barak Cohen
I had the honor to meet Andreas as a young researcher, and was always surprised by his impressive respect to a much younger and novice physician. Andreas always encouraged vivid and critical discussions, and never spared me his opinion. Needless to say, it was always respectful and inspirational, usually out-of-the-box and critical. A great man that will be greatly missed. My deep condolences to his family and close friends.
7 months ago
Berend Mets
It is with great sadness, that I read of this. Professor Andreas Hoeft has made a great contribution to our Speciality
7 months ago
Bazil Ateleanu
Andreas was always thinking outside the box. He was keeping all of us on our toes with his constructive criticism. His presence was immense and all of us were paying special attention to his comments. ESAIC success is built on the dedication of people like Andreas. But most of all, especially in the later years, it was an absolute pleasure to meet him socially, with his naughty smile and laughter, enjoying his wine and his cigarette, sharing a joke, really enjoying his time with his ESAIC colleagues. RIP.
7 months ago
Brigitte Leva
Remembering Andreas in our minds and in our hearts. He was a great character with a vision and contributed as cornerstone to the ESA Clinical Trial Nerwork Success through his leadership and ideas! It was a pleased to meet and working with this great man! My condolences the family.
7 months ago
Tea Kareli
On the way of life we ​​meet people, who will never forget. Such was Dr. Andreas. I did not know him, but I always looking for him during congresses and it was a great pleasure to listen to him. It is so hard to imagine Euroanaesthesia without him... My heartfelt condolences to his family.
7 months ago
Juri Karjagin
Great lecturer, great colleague! Very sad.
7 months ago
Sven Staender
Andreas Hoeft will be missed. He was a strong character with a brilliant sense of humor. Working together with him in any project or meeting was always a challenge because of his fast and smart thinking and arguing. Rest in peace Andreas, and my wholehearted condolence to his family.
7 months ago
Steve Allen
Andreas was one of that rare breed of academicians who combined charisma, brilliance, and indefatigability with humor and a deep desire to develop others. He will be missed.
7 months ago
Carolyn Weiniger
Condolences to Andreas' family and friends. Andreas was a walking encyclopedia, a kind clever and humorous man. Carolyn
7 months ago
Marcelo Gama de Abreu
My dear friend Andreas, working with you was always exciting. I learned really a lot from you. Your criticism was sharp, but constructive; and this made me progress tremendously. My impression was that others had the same experience. The discussions in the Research Committee, which you shaped to become an example for other societies, as well as in the Board were hard... and stimulating. Your legacy is a gift for the ESAIC, and I will miss you there. I would like to say rest in peace, but know that your spirit has never looked for rest. We will meet one day again, and will see how much innovation you brought to heaven. Marcelo
7 months ago
Maurizio Solca
I vividly remember him at the World Congress of Anaesthesia in Cape Town (2008), as being very critical toward the policies of the ESA. As a then Board Member, I invited him to become more involved in the Society's life, in order to bring new ideas and proposals. And he actually did it, becoming a very active leader in ESA. So sad for his premature departure.
7 months ago
Götz Wietasch
Farewell to a great academic teacher, inspiration and most authentic person. Your life in the fast lane - unfortunately far too short.
7 months ago
Aamer Ahmed
Very saddened to hear of Andreas' passing. He will be missed by all those who knew him. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Aamer Ahmed ESAIC Council UK Representative
7 months ago
Dr B Lal
Oh my god!!! That's really sad. Very hard to believe. May his soul rest in peace. His presentations at the Euroanaesthesia were the best part of the congress I used used to enjoy. Really sorry to hear that
7 months ago
Mirjana Shosholcheva
For me he was a striking figure in anesthesiology science and research. I wanted to be at least approximately like him I am really sorry
7 months ago
Douglas Mann
My wife and I got to know Andreas and his wife when they were living in Houston, TX. He was so full of life and energy, it is hard for me to conceive or a world without his smile and love for life.
7 months ago
Emilia
A really clever man. His lectures were allways memorable because of the content and alsl because of his unique sense of humour. My co dolences to his family and friends
7 months ago

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