Prof. J.S. (Hans) Rietman MD, PhD is physiatrist and professor in Rehabilitation Medicine & Technology at the University of Twente. He performs his clinical work as a rehabilitation physician at Roessingh Center for Rehabilitation. He is also appointed at the research institute Roessingh Research and Development and member of the Biomedical Technological Institute of the University of Twente and adjunct professor at Northwestern University Chicago.

In 2014 he became president of the Netherlands Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (NSRM).

His research focuses on the clinical use of technology in restoration of functions in patients with neurological disorders and patients with amputations of upper and lower extremities. He is actively involved in a diversity of (inter-) national projects focusing on Rehabilitation Robotics and Active Assistive Devices. In 2016 he became medical director of the Center of research excellence Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI) SPRINT and since 2018 he is leader of this national program IMDI 2.0. He is co-editor of the Dutch book of Rehabilitation Medicine for adults and the Dutch book of Amputation and Prosthetics of the lower extremities and (co)author of more than 100 Pubmed cited articles. H-Index: 34 (Google Scholar)

Fields of interest

  • Restoration of human functions / Rehabilitation
  • Human motor control
  • Amputation and Prostheses of upper and lower limbs



  • Medicine and Dentistry

    • Apoplexy
    • Patient
    • Gait
    • Orthosis
    • Randomized Controlled Trial
    • Foot
    • Leg
  • Nursing and Health Professions

    • Robotics


Ancillary activities

  • ICMS (UTwente, Maartenskliniek, Radboud UMC, Roessingh Research and Development)chairman Board ICMS (interdisciplinary consortium of clinical movement science and technology)
  • VWS, Health HollandChairman Mission Team II Gezondheid en Zorg beleid Nederland.


Stiff knee gait in stroke: Walking down the road of different treatment options. University of Twente. Tenniglo, M. J. B. Effect of Botulinum Toxin Type A Injection in the Rectus Femoris in Stroke Patients Walking With a Stiff Knee Gait: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Article 15459683231189712, 640-651. Tenniglo, M. J. B., Nene, A. V., Rietman, J. S., Buurke, J. H. & Prinsen, E. C. support in wheelchairs (scoping review): state-of-the-art and beyond, 564-587. Geers, A. M., Prinsen, E. C., Van Der Pijl, D. J., Bergsma, A., Rietman, J. S. & Koopman, H. F. J. M. the clinical effects of a dynamic shoulder orthosis (E-pub ahead of print/First online). Haarman, C. J. W., Hekman, E. E. G., van der Kooij, H. & Rietman, J. S. of reconstructing the glenohumeral center of rotation with a single camera setup, 218-224. Haarman, C. J. W., Hekman, E. E. G., Rietman, J. S. & van der Kooij, H. of Interactive Hand Rehabilitation Tools Based on Activities of Daily LivingIn TEI 2023 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Article 45. Hover, Q. R. M., Karahanoğlu, A., Nizamis, K., Kottink, A. I. R., Rietman, J. S. & Haarman, J. A. M. and prosthetics of the lower extremity: The 2020 Dutch evidence-based multidisciplinary guideline, 69-80. Fard, B., Persoon, S., Jutte, P. C., Daemen, J. W. H. C., Lamprou, D. A. A., ten Hoope, W., Prinsen, E. C., Houdijk, H., Olsman, J., Holling, T., de Wever, H. P. P. R., Schrier, E., Donders, N., Rietman, J. S. & Geertzen, J. H. B. Design and Feasibility of a Finger Exoskeleton to Support Finger Extension of Severely Affected Stroke Patients, 1268-1276. Haarman, C. J. W., Hekman, E. E. G., Rietman, J. S. & van der Kooij, H.
A review of user needs to drive the development of lower limb prostheses, Article 119. Manz, S., Valette, R., Damonte, F., Gaudio, L. A., González-Vargas, J., Sartori, M., Dosen, S. & Rietman, J.

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