Professor Thomas Schmitz-Rode studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1982. After working as an engineer at Symbion GmbH/Inc from 1984 – 1986, he finished a subsequent study of Human Medicine at RWTH Aachen University with a medical degree in 1988. From 1989 to 2003 he worked successively as resident, senior consultant, chief consultant of the Clinic for Diagnostic Radiology, RWTH Aachen University Hospital. After receiving habilitation in 1996 and associate professorship in 1999, he was appointed as a Full Professor (C3) for Experimental Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology of the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University in 2003. Since 2005 he is Full Professor (C4) and director of the Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, which is part of the Helmholtz Institute of RWTH Aachen University.
Professor Schmitz-Rode is a member of the steering committee of the Health Technologies Network, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), member of the steering committee of the National Strategy Process on Innovation in Medical Technology and vice chairman of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering.
Professor Schmitz-Rode is author or co-author of 260 peer-reviewed journal articles listed in NCBI/PubMed/U.S. National Library of Medicine, and more than 200 patent applications and patents listed in DEPATISnet.de.