prof.dr. J.S. Rietman (Hans)

Professor in Rehabilitation and Technology

About Me


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 & Life Sciences
Biomechanical Phenomena
Foot Orthoses
Hand Strength

Ancillary Activities

  • European Academy Of Rehabilitation Medicine
    Lid European Academy Of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Roessingh Center for Rehabilitation
    Revalidatiearts Roessingh
  • Northwestern University (Chicago, USA)
    Adjunct Professor at Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science
  • ICMS (UTwente, Maartenskliniek, Radboud UMC, Roessingh Research and Development)
    chairman Board ICMS (interdisciplinary consortium of clinical movement science and technology)
  • VWS, Health Holland
    Chairman Mission Team II Gezondheid en Zorg beleid Nederland.


Tenniglo, M. J. B. (2023). Stiff knee gait in stroke: Walking down the road of different treatment options. [PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789464199642
Hover, Q. R. M. , Karahanoğlu, A. , Nizamis, K. , Kottink, A. I. R. , Rietman, J. S. , & Haarman, J. A. M. (2023). Development of Interactive Hand Rehabilitation Tools Based on Activities of Daily Living. In TEI 2023 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction Article 45 https://doi.org/10.1145/3569009.3573115
Geers, A. M. , Prinsen, E. C., Van Der Pijl, D. J. , Bergsma, A. , Rietman, J. S. , & Koopman, H. F. J. M. (2023). Head support in wheelchairs (scoping review): state-of-the-art and beyond. Disability and rehabilitation: assistive technology, 18(5), 564-587. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2021.1892840
Manz, S., Valette, R., Damonte, F., Gaudio, L. A., González-Vargas, J. , Sartori, M., Dosen, S. , & Rietman, J. (2022). A review of user needs to drive the development of lower limb prostheses. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation, 19, Article 119. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-022-01097-1
Prange-Lasonder, G. B. , Kottink, A. I. R. , Nikamp, C. D. M. , Buurke, J. H., Bos, F., Van Der Sluis, C. K., Van Den Broek, M., Onneweer, B., Stolwijk-Swuste, J. M., Brink, S. M., Voet, N. B. M. , & Rietman, J. S. (2022). Effect on Hand Function After Six-week Use of a Wearable Soft-Robotic Glove Assisting ADL: Interim Results of an Ongoing Clinical Study. In 2022 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2022 (IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; Vol. 2022). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR55369.2022.9896605
Rikhof, C. J. H. , Prange-Lasonder, G. B. , Prinsen, E. C. , Buurke, J. H. , & Rietman, J. S. (2022). Detection thresholds for electrostimulation combined with robotic leg support in sub-acute stroke patients. In 2022 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2022 (IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; Vol. 2022). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR55369.2022.9896576
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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W102
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W102
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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands