Prof Schmidt is a Specialist in Intensive Care at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris. This ICU department is considered one of the largest ECMO centers worldwide. His research interests span the fields of cardiogenic shock, mechanical circulatory assistance, rescue therapies for severe ARDS, including ECMO, and mechanical ventilation. He is the investigator for multiple ongoing studies, including randomized controlled trials in the ECMO field, and is the author of more than 220 scientific publications and numerous book chapters. He is an active member of the ECMOnet (international ECMO network) and the past chair of the scientific committee of the EuroELSO.