René Schramm graduated in 2001 at the University of Saarland, Homburg/Saar, Germany. In 2002, he finalized his medical doctoral thesis on “Modulation of revascularization of freely transplanted islets of Langerhans” (Institute for Clinical- and Experimental Research (Chair: Prof. Dr. M.D. Menger), University of Saarland, Homburg/Saar, Germany). He is holding a PhD on “Anti-inflammatory mechanisms of dexamethasone in neutrophil recruitment” at the Lund University, Sweden.
During residency, he worked at the Clinic for Thoracic- and Cardiovascular Surgery (Chair: Prof. Dr. H.-J. Schäfers), University of Saarland, Homburg/Saar, Germany, and the Clinic of Cardiac Surgery (Chairs: Prof. Dr. B. Reichart, Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmitz, Prof. Dr. C. Hagl), Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany. He finalized board qualification in cardiac surgery in 2011 and was senior consultant cardiac surgeon leading the heart- and lung transplantation and MCS programs (pediatric and adult) at the Clinic of Cardiac Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany.
Since 2018, René is senior consultant cardiac surgeon at the Heart- and Diabetes Center North-Rhine Westfalia (Chair: Prof. Dr. J. Gummert), Ruhr University Bochum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. His clinical and academic research experiences cover the entire spectrum of cardiac surgery focusing on MCS and thoracic organ transplantation.