Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner: An Internationally Known Surgeon

Rainer Gruessner: Advancing the Field of Surgery

Rainer Gruessner is a highly professional surgeon-scientist who has dedicated a career to the advancement of the field of surgery, taking active roles in research, clinical practice, and education. He is the former Chairman of the University of Arizona’s Department of Surgery and a Professor of Surgery and Immunology at the University’s School of Medicine.

Rainer Gruessner is an established researcher, educator, and teacher in the field of surgery. He has authored two textbooks, , over 300 scholarly manuscripts, over 200 published abstracts, over 500 meeting presentations, over 80 book chapters and has held over 140 visiting professorships and guest lectures.

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner obtained his medical degree and his medical thesis (“summa cum laude”) from the Johannes Gutenberg University School of Medicine in Mainz, Germany, in 1983. He obtained his professorial thesis (“Habilitation”) from the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, in 1991. Rainer Gruessner did his residency at the Johannes Gutenberg University before completing a 2-year fellowship in transplantation surgery at the University of Minnesota. He also received additional clinical training in vascular, endocrine and general surgery at Philipps University in Germany, and in living donor liver transplantation at Kyoto University in Japan. He went on to become Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Zurich and the University of Arizona. He has been in surgical leadership positions for over 15 years.

His contributions to the advancement of the field of surgery include performing many “firsts”.. In 1988, he was involved in the first split pancreas transplant, starting off a long list of “firsts” that he would accomplish over the next 20+ years. In 1997 he developed the first standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants, in 1998, he performed the first preemptive living donor liver transplant for oxalosis, in 2000, he performed the first laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy, and two years later performed the first robot-assisted pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant.


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