Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner: An Internationally Known Surgeon

Rainer Gruessner: Dedicated Surgeon-Scientist

Rainer Gruessner is a professional surgeon-scientist who has dedicated his career to advancing the field of surgery. His level of technical skills combined with his extensive educational background and wide range of experience make him one of the most respected surgeons in the industry. He has achieved many surgery “firsts” and has attributed greatly to the success of each organization he has been a part of over the years.

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As former Chairman of the University of Arizona’s Department of Surgery, he has done much to advance the organization’s national reputation. 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 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.

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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.

Rainer Gruessner is a dedicated researcher and scholar, having authored two textbooks (on transplantation of the pancreas and living donor organ transplantations), over 300 published manuscripts, over 200 published abstracts, over 80 book chapters, and has been a visiting professor or guest lecturer over 140 times.

He received the Innovation Award from the University of Arizona in 2009 and in 2012 was awarded the Diabetes Cure Award by the American Diabetes Association.

Rainer Gruessner – Blog:  http://drrainergruessner.blogspot.com/

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