Internist, Cardiologist & Intensivist

The beginning

Born on July 22, 1954 in Essen, I spent my childhood and youth in the Ruhr metropolis and attended the humanistic Burggymnasium, where I obtained my university entrance qualification in 1973. I completed my alternative civilian service at St. Josefs Hospital in Essen-Kupferdreh and then began studying human medicine at the University of Düsseldorf. After the state examination followed 2 1/2 years of general internal medicine training and from 1985 onwards my special cardiology training at the Department of Cardiology, Pneumology, Angiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Düsseldorf, first under the direction of Prof. Loogen and from 1987 onwards of Prof. Strauer.  


Publication list

Advanced training as a cardiologist

I received my M.D. in internal medicine in 1988, in cardiology in 1989, and in special internal intensive care medicine in 1990. The focus of my training and scientific work was on interventional cardiology and electrophysiology. In 1990, I became a senior physician and obtained the venia legendi (habilitation with teaching authorization) in 1996 with the topic "Differential Diagnosis and Therapy of Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias". The thesis was awarded the Ernst-Edens-Prize and published as a book by Steinkopff-Verlag.

Clinical-scientific university activity

In 1997, I became a senior physician at the University Hospital of Düsseldorf and in this capacity I performed countless coronary interventions "full-time", a large part of them in the context of acute coronary syndrome (myocardial infarction), implanted the first stents in Düsseldorf in 1991 and also performed countless electrophysiological examinations and catheter ablations. Another focus was rhythmology with the implantation of automatic cardioverter/defibrillators and later cardiac resynchronization systems (first implantation in the Düsseldorf area in 2000).

Head physician of cardiology at EVK 

In November 1999, I was appointed head physician of the newly founded Clinic for Cardiology at the Evangelical Hospital and in the following years expanded the department into a large clinic (365/24 status) with 3 cardiac catheter measuring stations. We offered all cardiological treatment methods except for interventions on heart valves. We had the latest mapping and ablation systems for the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders as well as catheter systems for coronary vessel examinations. We were among the first in Germany to perform atrial fibrillation ablations in the left atrium. Accompanying scientific evaluations and participation or initiation of studies were part of this. This also generated numerous doctoral theses.

Lectures, trainings, congresses

During this time, I actively participated - mostly with my own lectures - in the major cardiology congresses in Germany and abroad - mainly in Europe and the USA - and founded a German-Brazilian fellowship program (2011-2018).

A passionate focus of my work at the EVK was on continuing education events, which I offered in various facets several times a year in the greater Düsseldorf area, plus patient days. The highlight of the year was a large international 2-day symposium at which renowned speakers from Germany and abroad discussed the latest developments in cardiology and made the EVK known far beyond Düsseldorf.

Practice activity

A few weeks after the scheduled end of my work at the EVK, I joined the cardiology practice of Prof. Nixdorff and have been working here as a resident cardiologist since June 2020 - in creative and trusting cooperation with my partner Uwe Nixdorff. Here I can contribute my rich knowledge and experience acquired in over 35 years for the benefit of our patients. The cooperation with the EVK, but also with other hospitals, is intensive and the 2-day symposium will continue to be held in close cooperation with my successor in office, Prof. Meyer. 

Our practice also gave me the opportunity to express my second passion, photography, with a highly acclaimed photo and video exhibition about Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The fusion of art and medicine has always been my concern.

My life

Medicine is my great passion and for me it means service to people. It is inseparable from my life.
I am also a passionate photographer; with my eyes I try to capture the things of the world and look into their soul. People would like to please with my photography and give them - as in medicine - a piece of me. The passion for medicine and art are close together in me.

Ernst G. Vester in July 2023     


Recognition of the additional qualification:

"Special Rhythmology, Invasive Electropyhsiology and Active Cardiac Rhythm Implants."

Awarded by the German Society for Cardiology - Cardiovascular Research e.V. in 2014



Awarded the Ernst Eden Prize for the work:

"Differential diagnosis and therapy of malignant cardiac arrhythmias and prevention of sudden cardiac death" in 1998.


Other awards:

FOCUS-clinic list 2014      national TOP hospitals

FOCUSDoctor list 2014     TOP physicians in Germany

FOCUS-doctors list 2015     Cardiology

FOCUS-Doctors List 2016     Cardiology

FOCUS-Doctors List 2017     Cardiology

FOCUS-doctor list 2018     Cardiology



In addition to our expert medical care, art exhibitions, national and international networking events on the topic of preventive medicine, and cardiology conferences are held at regular intervals on our premises. You can find these under Events.


At the long but not very wide Ipanema Beach (compared to Copacabana Beach), another day is drawing to a close, the sun is setting relatively quickly behind the hotel and apartment building backdrop and casting long shadows on the beach; a special, very relaxed moment between day and night, actually the most beautiful moment to dream and let yourself be carried away by the light wind, the fading babble of voices, the remaining warmth of the day and the restrained cries of the sea birds. A moment when you want nothing more than to be here and listen with slightly closed eyes to the still powerful crashing of the waves....   

The Samba Queen, in her brocade-like, yellow-orange, decollete baroque costume, covered by a huge, flat hat lined on the inside with red silk, surrounded by green feathers, sits high atop the carnival float of the Beja Flor Samba School, moving at a leisurely pace through Rio's sambo stream. Something has caught her particular attention, she seems to want to say something or is pondering somethingHer proud neck is craned up, head turned slightly to the upper left, and her deep, black eyes gently pierce the explosive atmosphere in the stadium, which can only be guessed at. The tremendous noise level leaves her completely unimpressed; she radiates an inner calm and composure that knows how to calm the (magnificent) chaos around her. One would give a lot to share in her thoughts.

No matter how or what happens, his gaze is calm, steady and almost benevolent on these people below him; all of them are under his protection, and that is first of all a nice feeling in this bizarre, hostile world: to be protected by someone bigger and stronger. At least that's how I felt about this Cristo. And because of this special feeling of protection and warmth (and also because of the view), whenever I was in Rio I visited him, Cristo, and looked down on the world below with a liberated and enlightened feeling - like the people on HEAVEN'S GATE: nowhere does one feel closer to heaven than here.