Jan D. Schmitto, MD, PhD, MBA, FCCP, FRCS (Glasg.)

Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

Prof. Schmitto is the Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Program, and Consultant for the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany. He currently leads one of the world’s largest VAD programs and his team performs more than 100 LVAD implantations each year.

After finishing medical school in Munster, Germany and Vienna, Austria, Prof. Schmitto completed his cardiothoracic-residency at University Hospital of Gottingen, Germany as one of the youngest cardiothoracic surgeons worldwide. He served as a Fellow in the Division of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA before he became the Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Program at Hannover Medical School.

Prof. Schmitto has received several awards including Penn State Children’s Hospital Young Investigator Award in 2010 as well as the “President Award – Cardiac” from the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) in 2011. Prof. Schmitto is also a member of the MCS-Master Academy as well as the Program Selection Committee of the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).

Cardiac research has always been an integral component of Prof. Schmitto’s academic career, leading to a high number of scientific publications including several book chapters and several first author papers (more than 150 Medline listed scientific publications). Additionally, he serves as a reviewer for several international cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery journals. Prof. Schmitto is a pioneer in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, having developed and established the minimally-invasive HVAD implantation technique, as well as being the worldwide first surgeon to implant the “HeartMate 3” LVAD.

Focused Issue edited by Dr. Jan D. Schmitto

Vol 10, Supplement 15 (June 2018) : Journal of Thoracic Disease (Novel Surgical Techniques for Ventricular Assist Device Implantation)