Rainer Gruessner: Focus on Curing Diabetes Mellitus
Rainer Gruessner was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in 2007. He is a highly accomplished surgeon who received his medical education in Europe and his surgical training both in the U.S. and Europe (and additional highly specialized training in Japan). He has been the Chairman of the Department of General and Transplant Surgery at University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota.
One of Rainer Gruessner’s medical interests focuses on surgical treatment options for the cure of diabetes mellitus through beta-cell replacement therapies. “Diabetes is usually considered a disease with a low quality of life,” he says. “But it really is a very crippling, life threatening and life-shortening disease.” Rainer Gruessner MD states that diabetes is the most common cause of leg amputations, blindness, kidney disease, and other morbidities. In the United States, he says more money is spent annually on diabetes care than has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan put together. “So preventing some of these secondary diabetic complications would have a major impact on health care in this country, but also on the national budget.”
Rainer Gruessner has been the recipient of numerous awards during the course of his career. Since he moved to Arizona, he received the Diabetes Cure Award from the Arizona Chapter of the American Diabetes Association in 2012, the Physician of the Year Award from the Pima County Medical Association in 2011, and the Innovation Award from the University of Arizona in 2009.
When he isn’t working, Rainer Gruessner MD enjoys playing tennis, swimming, running, and skiing. He is an avid collector of books and maps, and has a strong interest in history.