Dr. med. Harold Vanderschmidt
Nature and Medicine

About myself


I was born in West-Berlin 1955. After my High School exam I completed study of Medicine at the Freie University Berlin and University of Freiburg in Germany between 1975 and 1981.

I have done my Residency in General and Trauma- and Orthopedic Surgery at the Staedtischen Kliniken Villingen – Schwenningen in Germany between 1981 and 1990 and have worked as teacher in the Nursing schools at the Hospitals in Villingen-Schwenningen during this time.

After the residency I have worked in Private Practice in Muellheim Germany and as Consultant for the Helios Hospitals in Muellheim and Breisach from 1991 to 2005 and achieved extensive experience in Arthroscopic Surgery and Joint Replacement Surgery for Shoulder, Hip, Knee and Ankle and during that time I have done more than 10.000 Arthroscopic Operations.

I have achieved additional specializations  in Minimal Invasive Surgery Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Sports injuries and Trauma surgery during my postdoctoral training in multiple European Countries and the United States.

1995 I was given the title “Instructor for Arthroscopic Surgery “ from the AGA (German Speaking Arthroscopy Association) and have worked as Instructor for Arthroscopic Surgery at the Helios Hospital in Breisach  and at an International Training Center for Arthroscopic Surgery in Munich (Germany).

I am Founder Member of the AGA and the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA).

I am also member of AOtrauma, ICRS and ISAKOS.

From 2006 until 2013 I was working as Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon at the American Hospital Dubai and in 2013 I became Chief of the Orthopedic Department. 

From 2014 until 2017 I was working at the Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery in Dubai and  mainly in the fields of Sports Trauma, Arthroscopic Surgery and Cartilage Repair.

My Interests

Nature, Landscapes, Wildlife, Travel and Photography, Medicine, Literature


Since childhood I am interested in Nature, Biology and Animals and especially in the big Cats as seen here in the picture.

I have used every chance to go to the Berlin Zoo and I could spent hours and hours there to see the animals. Professor Heinz Georg Kloes was Director of the Berlin Zoo at that time. Since I could read I went through a lot of books  about animals and their behavior. I was impressed about Prof. Grizmek and how he saved the animals in the Serengeti and about Jaques Custeau, Prof. Hans Hass and Prof. Eibl - Eibesfelt trying to save the Maldives.

Inspired from these great researchers I wanted to become a Photographer and a Diver and see the World and I have done it.

 1987 I became PADI Divemaster and I have done UW Photography in multiple countries like Spain, Egypt, Maldives, Thailand, Australia, Kenia and Mexiko.

In the 80ies I have done exhibitions of my pictures in the Hospital and all the patients did love the new decoration of the boring Hospital floors.

In the following years I was travelling to different countries attending Medical Conferences for Continouus Medical Education. I have used every opportunity to visit interesting places after the conferences to capture the beauty of Nature with my cameras. In the Picture Gallery I would like to share a few of my Photos with you.