Heidelberg University, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Sauerbruch received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Heidelberg University in 1971.
Sauerbruch studied from 1966 to 1971 in Würzburg (Vorklinik), Hamburg and Heidelberg (clinic). He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Heidelberg University in 1971.
Sauerbruch served as an intern and gastroenterologist in Heidelberg, Pforzheim and Munich from 1972 to 1979. In 1979, he took a position of a research assistant at Klinikum Großhadern of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Then in 1983, Tilman was appointed a senior physician at the same hospital, where he worked until 1992.
In 1984, he became an assistant professor and extraordinary professor in 1991 at the University of Munich. In 1992, Sauerbruch became a professor ordinarius at the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn. The same year he took a position of a director of General Internal Medicine at the same university. From 2000 to 2005 he was Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn. From 2012 to 2014 he was Professor of Internal Medicine and Acting Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Endocrinology at the University Medical Center Göttingen.
Nowadays he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bonn.
Sauerbruch is a member of the German Association for the Study of the Liver, German Society for Digestive and Metabolic Diseases, Society for Gastroenterology in North Rhine-Westphalia and American Gastroenterological Association. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Dr. Ing. Margarete Fischer-Bosch-Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and the Robert-Bosch-Hospital. Tilman is also a member of the supervisory board of Klinikum Großhadern of the University of Munich.
The German Society of Internal Medicine honored Tilman Sauerbruch in 2016 with honorary membership.
In 1973, Tilman Sauerbruch married Almuth Plettenberg. They have three children. In 1994, he married Astrid Reitzenstein.