Prof. Dr. Frank-Michael Kirsch has 35 years of academic experience from universities in Germany and Sweden. Main fields of his scientific production are cultural studies of national images, stereotypes and the transition of East German business culture after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kirsch is an expert in the field of international medical tourism and medical tourism research in Germany and Sweden. His most recent works are comparative studies on cross-border health care in both of these countries.
Kirsch holds a PhD in Swedish literature (1980), got docent in Scandinavian literature at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald (1990) and holds a PhD in German from Stockholm University (1998). His publication list contains 130 books, textbooks, articles, conference papers and reviews. At Södertörn University he was leading the academic program “Language Culture Market” with 400 students and 50 teachers (2000-2004). Familiarity with three academic disciplines and successful leadership of research teams at the University of Greifswald and Södertörn University provide a basis for his active international networking across the disciplines.
Currently Kirsch is part of the research project Patients beyond Frontiers: The Challenge of Medical Tourism to Swedish Health Care, financed by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation. The project unites medical cross-border researches and nine Swedish companies who are active in medical tourism.