Peter T. Sawicki, M.D., Ph.D., is professor at the University of Cologne and director of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). The Institute evaluates medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures, as well as the use of prescription drugs, in an effort to promote evidence-based medical practice. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Sawicki was director of the department of internal medicine at the St. Franziskus hospital in Cologne. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Internal Medicine and the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology. Dr. Sawicki received his medical education in Bonn and Duesseldorf, where he also completed his post-graduate work in internal medicine at the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University.