Siegfried Geyer studied sociology and psychology at the University of Mannheim. Diploma in sociology in 1984, doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) in social psychology at the University of Mannheim (Prof. Dr. M. Irle), habilitation (qualification for a professorship) in 1989 at the University of Düsseldorf at the Insitute of Medical Sociology (Prof. Dr. J. Siegrist). In 1998 he changed to Hannover Medical School as a lecturer in Medical Sociology. After a position as the provisory director of the Department of General Medicine he became director of the newly founded Medical Sociology Unit in 2005.
Siegfried Geyer was president of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology from 2003 to 2007, since 2010 he is member of the executive committee (Vorstand) of the German Society of Medical Sociology.
Current Main Research Activities
The research interests are focussed around the relationship between social factors and diesease. At the micro level this refers to effects of chronic and acute stressors on specific types of disease with particular emphasis on cardiovascular and malignant diseases. At present this line of research is represented by a prospective interdisciplinary study on the course of breast cancer that started in 2002.
At the macro-level the analyses are centred around effects of the social structure on disease. A number of papers are dealing with the relationships between specific aspects of the social structure on diseases thus pointing rather to specific than to unspecific effects. These substantive topics related to social inequalities in health are complemented by methodological studies on the usefulness and meaning of indicators and index measures related to social position.
In the last years much work went into studies that are exploring the usefulness of large health insurance databases for studies on health inequalities. These studies have also stimulated an increasing interest in the question whether and where inequalities in health care in Germany do exist.
- Geyer S. (2013) Ein-, Zwei- oder Dreiklassenmedizin? Soziale Ungleichheiten in der Versorgung in Deutschland? In: Heiner Fangerau, Sebastian Kessler (Hrsg.): Achtung und Missachtung in der Medizin: Anerkennung und Selbstkonstitution als Schlüsselkategorien zur Deutung von Krankheit und Armut, Verlag Karl Alber, Stuttgart: S. 197-213.
- Geyer, S. (2012) Soziale Ungleichheiten in der onkologischen Versorgung? Wie gewährleisten wir Zugang für alle? Der Onkologe 18: 151-155.
- Geyer S, Micheelis W (2012) Changes in problem-based and routine-based health care attendance. A comparison of three national dental health surveys. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 40:459-467.
- Geyer, S. (2011) Income, income, or income? The effects of different income measures on health in a national survey. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 65: 491-496.
- Geyer, S., Norozi, K., Buchhorn, R., & Wessel, A. (2009) Chances of employment in women and men after surgery of congenital heart disease: Comparisons between patients and the general population. Congenital Heart Disease 4 (1), 4: 25-33.
- Geyer, S. (2008) Einzelindikator oder Index? Maße sozialer Differenzierung im Vergleich. Gesundheitswesen 70: 281-288.
- Geyer S. (2008) Social inequalities in the incidence and case fatality of cancers of the lung, the stomach, the bowels, and the breast. Cancer Causes and Control 19: 965-974.
- Geyer, S., Norozi, K., Zoege, M., Buchhorn, R., Wessel, A. (2007) Life chances after surgery of congenital heart disease: the influence of cardiac surgery on intergenerational social mobility. A comparison between patients and general population data. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation 14:128-134.
- Geyer S., Wedegärtner, F. (2007) Variabilität von Arzturteilen in Schuleingangsuntersuchungen. Gesundheitswesen 69: 621-627.
- Hervatin, R., Sperlich, S., Koch-Geißlmann, H., Geyer S. (2012) Variability and stability of coping in women with breast cancer. Supportive Care Cancer 20: 2277-2285.
- Jaunzeme, J., Eberhard, S., Geyer, S. (2013) Wie repräsentativ sind GKV-Daten? Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz 56 (3): 447-454.
- Micheelis, W., Geyer, S. (2012) Nachfragemuster von GKV- und PKV-Versicherten nach zahnärztlicher Untersuchung. Deutsche Zahnärztliche Zeitschrift 67: 773-776.
- Noeres, D., Park-Simon, T.-W., Grabow, J., Sperlich, S., Koch-Gießlmann, H., Jaunzeme, J.,Geyer, S. (2013) Return to work after treatment for primary breast cancer over a 6-year period: results from a prospective study comparing patients with the general population. Supportive Care Cancer 21: 1901-1909.