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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Michl

Junior professor Medical Humanities and Ethics in Medicine

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Thielallee 71
14195 Berlin

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Susanne Michl has been working as an assistant professor for medical ethics and medical humanities at the Institute for History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine since 2017. She is the chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee and head of the Expert Group on Ethics Consultation. Her research focuses on concepts of individualization and datafication in medicine, narrative medicine, and clinical ethics.

Current projects

DFG Research Training Group „Life Sciences. Life Writing. Grenzerfahrungen menschlichen Lebens zwischen biomedizinischer Erklärung und lebensweltlicher Erfahrung“ ("Life Sciences. Life Writing. Boundary Experiences of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lifeworld Experience").

BMBF project „MINIMAKI KI-Unterstützung in der minimal-invasiven Herzklappenchirurgie (Prof. Anja Hennemuth), Teilprojekt „Ethische und technische Integrationsaspekte einer KI-Unterstützung in der minimal-invasiven Herzklappenchirurgie“ (MINIMAKI AI support in minimally invasive heart valve surgery (Prof. Anja Hennemuth), subproject "Ethical and technical integration aspects of AI support in minimally invasive heart valve surgery") (Coordinator: Sabine Wiegmann)

Data and stories in digital healthcare, Workshop of the Volkswagen Foundation

Research focus

  • Individualization and datafication in medicine
  • Narrative medicine
  • Clinical ethics
  • Teaching research: competence-oriented teaching

Selected publications

Eichinger T, Michl S (accepted, forthcoming Fall 2022): Kompetenzorientierte Ethik-Lehre in Medizin und anderen Gesundheitsberufen. Ethik in der Medizin (Springer Verlag)

Michl S, Beddies T, Bonah C (Hg) (2019): Zwangsversetzt. Vom Elsass an die Berliner Charité. Die Aufzeichnungen des Chirurgen Adolphe Jung, 1940-1945, Schwabe Verlag Berlin.

Fischer T, Michl S u.a. (Hg.) (2015): Individualized Medicine. Ethical, Economical and Historical Perspectives, Springer: Heidelberg u.a.

Michl S (2020), Wissen in Bewegung. Medical Humanities – Potenziale und Fallstricke eines umbrella term, in: Nach Feierabend. Zürcher Jahrbuch für Wissenschaftsgeschichte 15: 189-205.

Wohlmann, A., Michl, S. The gains of reduction in translational processes: illness blogs and clinical-ethics cases, in: Palgrave Commun 6, 109 (2020).

Michl S, Wohlmann A (2019), “’Hooked up to that damn machine:’ Working with Metaphors in Clinical-Ethical Cases.”, in: Clinical Ethics, 14(2): 80–86. DOI: 10.1177/1477750919851064

Vita Jun.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Michl

Susanne Michl studied Modern History and French Linguistics and Literature at the Université de Provence, Aix/Marseille and at the Eberhard Karls-Universität Tübingen. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on German and French physicians in World War I. She was a research associate at the Institutes for History and Ethics of Medicine at various university hospitals (Tübingen, Greifswald and Mainz) and at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) in the research group „Geschichte der Gefühle“ ("History of Emotions"). At the Department of Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Göttingen, she has represented the chair of Prof. Claudia Wiesemann.

Since 2017, she is junior professor for medical ethics and medical humanities at Charité. She is chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee and head of the Ethics Advisory Group (

She has been active in various research networks, such as the consortium of the GANI_MED project at the University Medical Center Greifswald (Greifswald Approach to Individualized Medicine) and the Research Training Group at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz "Life Sciences, life writing. Boundary Experiences of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lifeworld Experience". Susanne Michl is chair of the Ethics Committee for Safety-Related Research at Charité and Freie Universität and a deputy member of the Gene Diagnostics Committee. She has taken the lead in the area of competence „Professionelles Handeln. Ethik, Geschichte und Recht“ ("Professional Action. Ethics, History and Law") of the National Competence-based Catalogue of Learning Objectives in Medicine (NKLM) in the reform process Medical Studies 2020.