MD. Kathrin Knochel
Senior consultant for ethics in healthcare
Kathrin Knochel is a physician fully qualified in internal medicine, intensive and palliative care and a certified trainer for ethics in healthcare. At the Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine (IGEM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Kathrin Knochel is responsible for Clinical ethics and chairs together with Professor Alena Buyx the Clinical Ethics Committee of the University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar. She heads the Clinical Ethics Team, provides different types of clinical ethics consultation and coordinates developing and implementing ethical protocols at the clinic. Since 2023, Kathrin Knochel has also been a member of the Research Ethics Committee at the Technical University of Munich.
Kathrin Knochel worked as a senior consultant at the Center for Pediatric Palliative Care at the University Hospital of the LMU Munich and in intensive care at the community hospital of Munich. She chaired the Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) at this clinic and is an active member of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) Ethics Section.
Translational clinical ethics is the focus of her work and research. The scientific focus is on treatment decisions in intensive care medicine, Advance Care Planning and the allocation of scarce resources.
Kathrin Knochel works in student teaching and interprofessional education. She organizes the Forum Clinical Ethics, the Lecture series of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar.
She is a member of various professional societies and gives numerous lectures to various audiences. As vice chair of the Professional Society for Advance Care Planning Germany, she contributes to developing structures in healthcare for the sustainable implementation of patient-centered medicine.
She has been awarded for her research work, such as abstract prizes at Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) and the Annual Meeting of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ).
- Shared decision-making in intensive care
- Ethics and palliative care
- Advance Care Planning
- Allocation of scarce resources in medicine
- Ethics and palliative care seminar (credit GTE; SoSe and WiSe)
- Interdisciplinary Lecture (IVL-1)
- Elective medical ethics
- Transplant Medicine Elective
Kathrin Knochel gives scientific and public lectures on the following topics:
- Ethical challenges at the beginning of life
- Ethics of treatment decisions in intensive and palliative care including pediatric and adolescent medicine.
- Ethics of resource scarcity in the context of the pandemic.