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Ulrich Steinseifer

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.


Head - Cardiovascular Engineering


Helmholtz-Institute, RWTH Aachen University
Chair of Applied Medical Engineering
Pauwelsstrasse 20, 52074 Aachen

Phone:    +49 241 80 88762
Fax:         +49 241 80 33 88762

Email:      steinseifer(at)ame.rwth-aachen.de
Internet:  www.ame-hia.de


Personal Data  
1959 born in Siegen, Germany, married, 1 child
1978-1987 Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
1995 PhD in Engineering Sciences at RWTH Aachen University
Professional History  
1987-1989 Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Aachen
  Scientific Employee
1989-1995 B. Braun Melsungen AG, Melsungen, Germany
  Project Manager Heart Valve Development
1995-1997 ADIAM Life Science AG, Erkelenz, Germany
  Development of biomechanical heart valve prostheses
1997-2003 Triflo Medical Inc., Irvine, CA, USA
  Vice President Technology
  Member of the Board of Directors (from 1998-2003)
1999-2003 Triflo Medical GmbH, Aachen, Germany
  CEO (Geschäftsführer)
  R&D and final assembly facility for heart valve prostheses
2002-2003 Triflo Technologies SAS, Chabeuil, France
  CEO (Président)
  Production facility for heart valve components
2003-2005 Munich University of Technology, Munich, Germany
  Central Institute for Medical Technology
  Managing Senior Investigator and Deputy Head
since 2005 RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  Helmholtz-Institute, Applied Medical Engineering
  Head of Cardiovascular Engineering & Deputy Chair
  Commissioner of Scientific Workshops, Faculty of Medicine
since April 2010 Full Professor for Cardiovascular Engineering
Other Activities  
2003-2005 Freelance Startup Consultant
1989-1993 University of Applied Sciences Aachen, Germany
  Department of Aircraft Design and Space Technology
  Lecturer for Aerodynamics
2004 Hepa Wash GmbH
  Development of a liver support therapy
2004 BiTOS GmbH
  Development of a First-Aid-Software for Mobile Phones
Honors and Awards  
2004 Munich Business Plan Competition, Munich, Germany
  3. Winner with Hepa Clean, a new liver support therapy
2005 Science4Life Business Plan Competition, Frankfurt, Germany
  3. Winner with Hepa Clean
2008-2014 Secretary General of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps ISRBP
since 2014 President of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps ISRBP
since 2009 Governor of the European Society for Artificial Organs ESAO
since 2005 International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps ISRBP
since 2005 European Society for Artificial Organs ESAO
since 2006 American Society for Artificial Internal Organs ASAIO
since 2006 DIN NA 027 Normenausschuss Feinmechanik und Optik, Unterausschuss Herz- und Gefäßimplantate
since 2007 ISO / Technical Committee 150, Subcommittee 2, Working Group 1: Cardiac Valves
since 2014 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplant

10 Most Recent Publications

Wong KC, Büsen M, Benzinger C, Gäng R, Bezema M, Greatrex N, Schmitz-Rode T, Steinseifer U. Effect of rotary blood pump pulsatility on potential parameters of blood compatibility and thrombosis in inflow cannula tips. Int J Artif Organs. 2014 Nov 29; [Epub ahead of print]

Kuetting M, Pott D, Sedaghat A, Ng YA, Egron S, Rosefort C, Werner N, Sachweh J, Steinseifer U. Right heart transcatheter valve therapies - a review of prostheses for the pulmonary and tricuspid positions. Expert Rev Med Devices.2014 Nov 22:1-12.

Gester K, Jansen SV, Stahl M, Steinseifer U. A Simple Method for the Investigation of Cell Separation Effects of Blood With Physiological Hematocrit Values. Artif Organs. 2014 Nov 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Hsu PL, Graefe R, Boehning F, Wu C, Parker J, Autschbach R, Schmitz-Rode T, Steinseifer U. Hydraulic and hemodynamic performance of a minimally invasive intra-arterial right ventricular assist device. Int J Artif Organs. 2014 Sep;37(9):697-705.

Wong KC, Büsen M, Benzinger C, Gäng R, Bezema M, Greatrex N, Schmitz-Rode T, Steinseifer U. Effect of inflow cannula tip design on potential parameters of blood compatibility and thrombosis. Artif Organs. 2014 Sep;38(9):810-7

Kaufmann TA, Gregory SD, Büsen MR, Tansley GD, Steinseifer U. Development of a numerical pump testing framework. Artif Organs. 2014 Sep;38(9):783-90

Koerfer R, Spiliopoulos S, Finocchiaro T, Guersoy D, Tenderich G, Steinseifer U. Paving the way for destination therapy of end-stage biventricular heart failure: the ReinHeart total artificial heart concept. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014 Dec;46(6):935-6.

Pelletier B, Spiliopoulos S, Finocchiaro T, Graef F, Kuipers K, Laumen M, Guersoy D, Steinseifer U, Koerfer R, Tenderich G. System overview of the fully implantable destination therapy-ReinHeart-total artificial heart. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2015 Jan;47(1):80-6

Kaufmann TA, Leisser C, Gemsa J, Steinseifer U. Analysis of emboli and blood flow in the ophthalmic artery to understand retinal artery occlusion. Biomed Tech (Berl). 2014 Dec 1;59(6):471-7

Neidlin M, Jansen S, Moritz A, Steinseifer U, Kaufmann TA. Design Modifications and Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis of an Outflow Cannula for Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Ann Biomed Eng. 2014 Oct;42(10):2048-57