Rainer Gruessner: Renowned, Accomplished, Respected
An incredibly accomplished and nationally recognized surgeon, Rainer Gruessner has been involved in many notable firsts in the fields of both transplantation and general surgery during the course of his lengthy career. A man of talent, experience and surgical prowess, Rainer Gruessner MD has complied an impressive list of professional accomplishments, including fame as the first to perform and describe the standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants, the first to perform a preemptive living donor liver transplant for oxalosis in an infant, and the first to perform a robot-assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant.
Rainer Gruessner MD has served the University of Arizona College of Medicine as both the Surgical Director of the Abdominal Transplant Program, as well as the Surgical Director of the school’s Hepatopancreaticobiliary Program. Rainer Gruessnerwas appointed as the Chairman of the university’s Department of Surgery in 2007. He received his medical education at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany, and earned his doctoral degree at the same institution in 1983. He was given “summa cum laude” for his Doctoral Thesis, a rare and very distinguished honor.
Rainer Gruessnercompleted his Professorial Thesis, or ‘Habilitation”, the German equivalent, from the Marburg, Germany-based Philipps-Universitat. His transplantation fellowship was completed at the University of Minnesota.
Rainer Gruessner MD has also served the University of Minnesota as the school’s tenured Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery.