Chief of the Department Prof. Dr. med. Kai Schmidt-Ott
Prof. Dr. Kai Schmidt-Ott is Chief of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at Hannover Medical School.
Kai Schmidt-Ott studied medicine in Berlin and New York. He began his clinical training in 2001, performing his medical residency and fellowship at the Department of Nephrology of Prof. Friedrich C. Luft at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Berlin Buch. He then moved to the Charité Mitte and Virchow campuses, where he became an attending physician in 2012. In 2019, he became Section Chief of Nephrology at the Benjamin Franklin Campus of Charité. In May 2022, Kai Schmidt-Ott moved from Charité to Hannover Medical School to take up the W3 professorship in Nephrology as Chief of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. Professor Schmidt-Ott's clinical expertise covers the fields of nephrology and hypertensiology, including transplantation medicine.
Scientifically, Kai Schmidt-Ott focuses on the molecular mechanisms of congenital and acquired kidney diseases. After receiving his doctorate (summa cum laude) at Prof. Martin Paul’s Department of Clinical Pharmacology (Freie Universität Berlin), he investigated the molecular basis of kidney development and regeneration from 2003 to 2007 as part of the DFG-funded Phase 1 Emmy Noether Program at Columbia University in New York, USA. From 2007, he led a research group on "Molecular and translational Kidney Research" at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, first as part of the Emmy-Noether program (phase 2), then as a junior/W2 professor at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The scientific work of Professor Schmidt-Ott is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Urological Research Foundation. Currently, Professor Schmidt-Ott is a board member in two DFG-funded collaborative projects (Collaborative Research Unit 1365 "Renoprotection" and Research Group 2481 "Beyond the exome") and project leader in the Research Training Group 2318 "TJ-Train" and in the ERA PerMed network "OnAKI-ICI" of the European Commission.
Professor Schmidt-Ott published more than 100 scientific articles in high-ranking international journals. He also received several patents for diagnostics in the field of acute kidney injury. For his scientific activities, he received several awards, including the Franz Volhard Award of the German Society of Nephrology (2021), the Dr. Werner Jackstädt Award (2017), the Ernst Reuter Award for the best dissertation across faculties at Freie Universität Berlin in 2002, and the Young Investigator Award of the German Society of Hypertension (2001).
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Kai Schmidt-Ott
Department of Nephrology and Hypertension
Hannover Medical School
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