Birgit Stark was born in Cologne in 1955. In 1992 she moved to Sweden, where she married Andreas Stark, professor of orthopedics.
Birgit obtained specialist competence in surgery and plastic surgery in Germany. She completed her PhD in 1999 at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, and became an associate professor in plastic surgery 2007. She has various scientific interests related to her clinical activity.
Birgit is responsible for the care of patients with facial paralysis at Karolinska University Hospital since 2005. Many new treatment strategies have been introduced and are under scientific evaluation. Birgit also has a special interest in women with breast cancer and was the main supervisor of a dissertation project where the PhD thesis defense was held in 2010. On mission of occupational compounds within plastic surgery she has established a quality register for breast implants, which has now gained international interest.