Thomas Mindermann was born on March 10, 1955 in Schopfheim, Germany and arrived in Switzerland in 1975 where he studied medicine at the University of Basel. He graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Basel in 1983 and earned a medical doctorate (Dr. med.) from the University of Basel in 1984. In 1995, he was board certified as a neurosurgeon by the Swiss authorities and in 1999 he earned a habilitation (Privatdozent) in neurosurgery from he University of Basel. Mindermann was appointed a Senior Pituitary Research Fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1992 until 1993. He is a grantee of M. & W. Lichtenstein-Stiftung, University of Basel, Switzerland; Ciba-Geigy-Jubiläumsstiftung, Basel, Switzerland; Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft, Basel, Switzerland; Wissenschaftlicher Fonds Kantonsspital Basel, University of Basel, Switzerland. Mindermann practices neurosurgery in Zurich, Switzerland, he is on the editorial boards of international neurosurgical journals, he is a referee for several scientific journals, he supervises medical doctorate students, he publishes research, and he is on the board of medical directors of Klinik Im Park, Hirslanden, Zurich since 2001.