Rainer Gruessner: Innovation in Surgical Research
Rainer Gruessner is a highly professional and dedicated surgeon-scientist who has contributed widely to advances in the field of surgery. He exhibits a wide range of expertise and vast amount of medical knowledge, having spent most of his life researching and practicing surgery. He has numerous accomplishments both in the field of surgery and at the numerous organizations he has been involved with over the years.
He is the former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona. He did much to advance the organization’s nationalreputationa. Rainer Gruessner rebuilt the Department of Surgery by hiring over 60 new faculty members including 6 nationally reputed division chiefs, and establishing three new divisions as well as various new clinical programs. He received UNOS certification for the University’s liver transplant program and developed highly efficient service lines based on collaboration among its various divisions and departments.
He also conducted several surgery “firsts” while at the University of Arizona. He performed the first living and deceased intestinal transplants, the first multivisceral transplant, the first pediatric living donor liver transplant, and the first autologous islet transplant.
Rainer Gruessner views his greatest accomplishment as having been successful in recruiting superb teams of like-minded, highly productive and efficient surgeon-scientist who share the goal of exceeding in clinical care and innovation and in research and education. Rainer Gruessner believes in working hard and believes in giving back to the community, your friends, and patients.