Wolfgang Schmidt - ESR Annual Meeting 2024
Wolfgang Schmidt

Wolfgang Schmidt

Consultant Rheumatologist
Medical Center for Rheumatology, Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin

Prof. Wolfgang Schmidt was born in Berlin, Germany, where he also received his medical education, holding degrees in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Rheumatology. His scientific work centers around imaging in Vasculitis and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.

He completed habilitation and became a Professor of Charité University Medicine in Berlin in 2010.

Between 1999 and 2009 he conducted ultrasound workshops at annual ACR meetings. He was also teaching at the ultrasound courses worldwide and organized the EULAR ultrasound courses in 2002, 2004 and 2012. He initiated the EULAR Ultrasound Trainer Courses in 2012.

Prof. Wolfgang was first to describe the ultrasound halo sign in giant cell arteritis (GCA) in The Lancet in 1995. Additionally, he published the first study on ultrasound in GCA in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1997. In the late 1990s, he introduced the first GCA ultrasound fast-track clinic in Berlin-Buch, which currently attends to 100 patients annually with newly diagnosed GCA. He is convening the EULAR recommendations on imaging in large vessel vasculitis (LVV) and leads the OMERACT group on ultrasound in LVV. He is principal investigator of phase 2 and 3 trials in GCA.

He has authored over 250 publications in the field with an h-index of 75. Currently, he works as a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Medical Center for Rheumatology in Berlin-Buch at the Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin where he served as a Chief Senior Physician, a Rheumatology Fellowship Director, and a Deputy Director.