Karl Lauterbach was appointed Germany’s federal minister of health in December 2021. He studied medicine in Aachen, Düsseldorf and San Antonio (Texas). He holds a PhD in medicine, and a master of public health, a master of science in health policy and management, and a doctor of science in health policy and management from Harvard University. His parliamentary career began in 2005 when he became a member of the German Bundestag. From 2013 to 2019 he served as deputy parliamentary party leader of the SPD.