Hermann Reichenspurner was born in Munich, Germany and went to Medical School at the University of Munich, where he graduated in 1985 and started his residence in the Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Munich. In 1987, he moved to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Grote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children`s Hospital at the University of Cape Town for a two-year-training in pediatric cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. In 1989, he went back to the University of Munich to finish his training in general surgery and later in cardiothoracic surgery. In 1992, he received his degree as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 1994, he went to Stanford University for a fellowship in cardiopulmonary transplantation. In 1996, he moved to the University of Dresden as senior surgeon in cardiac surgery, where he finished his German Ph.D. (Dr. med. habil.) in March 1997. Later that year, he became Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Munich. In 2001, he became Chairman and full Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Hamburg and in 2005 Medical Director of the newly founded University Heart Center Hamburg.