Thomas Schmitz-Rode is Chairman, Applied Medical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Thomas Schmitz-Rode was born in 1958. He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 1982. After working as a Design 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 (Head: Professor Dr. med. Rolf W. Günther), interrupted by a Research Fellowship at Dotter Interventional Institute and Research Laboratory, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR, USA, in 1992. 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 Thomas Schmitz-Rode is Full Professor (C4) and director of the department of Applied Medical Engineering, which is part of the Helmholtz Institute of RWTH Aachen University.