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Immunology and Rheumatology

Professor Dr. med. Reinhold E. Schmidt, Director of the Department of Immunology and Rheumatology

Professor Dr. Reinhold E. Schmidt is an internationally acclaimed expert for internal medicine, especially for primary and acquired immunodeficiencies, and for infectious diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS.
He is also renowned for his work on autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.

After his training at Harvard Medical School he came to Hannover Medical School, where he became head of the Clinic for Immunology and Rheumatology in 1995.

His team plays a leading role in many international networks and is involved in developing the newest standards of therapy in both HIV infection and rheumatic diseases.

Professor Schmidt is a much sought-after consultant on national and international advisory boards and is a member of numerous scientific societies.

Clinical Profile

The Clinic for Immunology and Rheumatology provides the highest possible level of treatment for patients with primary and acquired immunodeficiencies, immune disorders and rheumatic diseases.

The Clinic has profound expertise in the area of infectious diseases, particularly in the therapy of HIV-positive and AIDS patients.
In all these areas, the Clinic has an excellent international reputation.

The Clinic also is an internationally renowned Jeffrey Modell Centre for Excellence in Diagnostics and Treatment of Immunodeficiencies.

Moreover, Professor Schmidt is Head of the Competence Centre for Abnormalities of the Musculoskeletal System at the Hannover Medical School. In this Competence Centre, several clinics work together at an inter- and transdisciplinary level on problems of the musculoskeletal system in order to develop both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Areas of specialization at Professor R.E. Schmidt's clinic:

  • Primary immunodeficiencies such as:
  • Antibody deficiency syndrome
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Infectious diseases such as TB
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Collagen vascular diseases and vasculititis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spondylarthropathies       

The team at Professor Schmidt's clinic is outstanding in all aspects of clinical immunology, infectious diseases and rheumatic disorders.

As one of the leading university hospitals of Germany, the Clinic maintains both its expertise and equipment at the highest levels and according to the newest standards.

Scientific Profile

The MHH Clinic for Immunology and Rheumatology has special competence in the area of disturbances of the immune system.
Experts of the Clinic are leaders in the Comptence Network for HIV and AIDS (HIV-Net) and the Competence Centre for Rheumatic Diseases.
Team members are in charge of clinical studies for the develop-ment of new therapeutic strategies, and formulate guidelines for these treatments.

Professor Schmidt's team is also concerned with increasing public awareness of immunodeficiencies, which are more common than is generally assumed.

The Clinic is supported by all major German and European funding agencies, is involved in intensive international scientific cooperations, and also cooperates with industry partners.


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