H. G. Machens
H. G. Machens was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1962. After finishing his medical school in Germany, he furthered his studies abroad in Wuhan, China and in Chicago, USA. After receiving his medical degree in 1988 with a magna cum laude, he first pursued his medical training in general surgery, then he went on to specialize in the fields of plastic, hand, reconstructive surgery and burns medicine, not only clinically but also focusing on research at the medical teaching universities in Heidelberg and Hannover, Germany. In 1997, Professor Machens was a Research Fellow at the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital/Shriners Burns Center at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, which became the basis of his Ph.D. Dissertation. From 1999 to 2007, he was the Acting Chief and the Head of Staff at the University of Schleswig-Holstein, Luebeck, Germany, where he concurrently headed the burn center. Since 2007, Professor Machens is a Professor and Director for the Department of Plastic and Hand Surgery at the Technical University Munich. In July 2008, Professor Machens’s Department under his direction successfully performed the world’s first double-arm transplantation. The Patient continues to make good progress. In addition to his clinical duties, his main interest and focus of research lie in the areas of regenerative medicine. With his own research group together with other research scientists from other universities in Germany and internationally, he is working on developing and expediting wound healing and therapy. Professor Machens has published more than 100 cited journal articles and was a contributory author to 14 medical books. He holds 2 pending patents with the European Patent Office. He is a Full and an Active Member to 17 medical societies, German and internationally, including the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS) and Plastic Surgery Research Council (USA) (PSRC). He is also a Reviewer to renowned journals such as Biomaterials and JCI.
Biography Updated on 20 February 2011