Philip Raake went to medical school at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and was trained as internist and cardiologist from 2002 until 2006. From 2006 until 2008, Philip joined the well-known Center for Translational Medicine (Professor Walter Koch) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as physician-scientist, where he focused on G –protein signaling in heart failure (HF) and novel approaches for cardiac gene therapy. In 2008 Philip resumed his training in cardiology, interventional cardiology, HF and cardiac intensive care at the renowned Department of Cardiology at Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. Philip established the first university Advanced Heart Failure Unit (HFU) in Germany focusing on optimised care in advanced HF. Since 2011 he is a senior physician and leading the HFU centre at the department of cardiology at Heidelberg University Hospital and runs the Interventional HF programme. He has authored and coauthored several papers on HF basic molecular mechanisms, gene therapy for HF and clinical aspects of advanced HF. Philip is a member of several working groups at the German Society for Cardiology and the German Federal Physicians Association.