Dr. Axel Baumgartner is a board certified surgeon with an additional specialization in emergency medicine. He worked for 8 years in the Department of General and Vascular Surgery in Berlin and Lueneburg. During his long career Dr. med. Baumgartner also qualified as Senior Emergency Physician and still continues to work in the emergency services. In 2012 he started his career at the Hanse-Klinik in Lübeck, solely doing liposuctions on lipoedema patients and became the director of the clinic in 2017. Hanse-Klinik has been scientifically active in the field of lipoedema for over 20 years. Dr. Baumgartner was involved in several scientific studies on lipoedema concerned with the long-term effect of liposuction on lipoedema patients over a period of 8 and 12 years. These studies have contributed significantly to the development of today's therapy guidelines. Due to his numerous publications relating to lipoedema and presentations at national and international congresses he is well known and appreciated and in a constant scientific dialogue with experts worldwide. He also takes an active part in advising self-help groups and conducts training courses on lipoedema for medical suppliers and companies throughout Germany.