Dr. Michael Sagner, MD
Dr. Michael Sagner, MD, FRSM, FRCP, FESPM
Dr. Sagner is a medical doctor and researcher specialising in sports
medicine and preventive medicine. Dr. Sagner was the medical director and
attending physician at Europe’s first University medical center section for
preventive medicine and lifestyle medicine where he oversaw an
interdisciplinary team of medical doctors, nurses, exercise physiology
specialists, physiotherapists and nutritionists and was involved in top league
He then founded the private clinic group and research institute Sarena Clinic for
cardiology, metabolism, endocrinology, preventive medicine and sports
medicine where he looks after elite athletes, VIPs and executives.
clinician he has spearheaded interventions in the field of endocrinology and
cardiometabolic prevention such as the use of GLP1 agonists in Europe. His
focus is on interdisciplinary approaches, looking at the systems of the human
body as part of an integrated whole, incorporating biochemical,
physiological, and environment interactions and translating these systems
biology principles into clinical practice.
He works on the convergence of
systems biology and consumer-driven healthcare to transform medicine from
its current reactive approach to an approach that is predictive, preventive,
personalised and participatory (P4). As a public health expert, he has
spearheaded several international initiatives in the field of systems biology-driven
preventive medicine working with governments and NGOs. One of his
interests is closing the gap between clinical practice and public health to
promote more effective and patient-oriented care and preventive
For that he has collaborated with many NGOs such as the
World Heart Federation (WHF), the World Obesity Federation and the World
Health Organization (WHO) where he established the ‘cell to community’
approach in prevention. Dr. Sagner is the director of the European Society of
Preventive Medicine , member of the European Union Platform for Action on
Diet, Physical Activity and Health and partner of the European
Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging . He is a member for the
UK Parliamentary Group for Longevity.
“There is a common misconception in the general public that longevity means being frail and looking old for longer (“Curse of Tithonus”). Our goal is to slow the pace of aging, and even reverse the biological clock in some cases — this is possible in animals already. Longevity Medicine means we will live longer and in better health.”
Dr. Michael Sagner, MD
Medical Director Sarena Clinic
He has numerous media appearances in print such as GQ Magazine and TV as a sought-after health expert. As a consultant he has supported companies, organisations and governments navigate the complexities of healthcare innovation in Europe, Asia and the United States. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Preventive Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal for P4 medicine and systems biology-based prevention. He co-authored the leading medical textbook on sports medicine and internal medicine and is the editor of several textbooks on preventive medicine, of which the English edition won the British Medical Book Prize and is used at Harvard Medical School for the Lifestyle Medicine courses.
He currently focuses on -omics driven prediction and prevention of diseases with a systems biology approach for which he collaborates with interdisciplinary groups in medicine, biotech, mathematics, physics, forecasting, behavioural economics and complex systems theory. Dr. Sagner is on several advisory boards of international biotechnology companies.