Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner: An Internationally Known Surgeon

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Rainer Gruessner: Innovating in the Field of Surgery

Rainer Gruessner is the former Chairman of the University of Arizona’s Department of Surgery and a Professor of Surgery and Immunology of the University’s School of Medicine. His long career in the field of surgery is highlighted by many successes, accomplishments, and “firsts”. His never-ending drive to advance the field of surgery has given him a colorful resume chalked full of substantive work in his profession.

 

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.

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner

He has received numerous awards, honors, and grants for his dedicated efforts over the years. In 2009, he received the Innovation Award from the University of Arizona; in 2011, he was honored with the Physician of the Year Award by the Pima County Medical Association; and in 2012, received the Diabetes Cure Award from the American Diabetes Association. His research in the field of surgery has netted him various grants as well, ranging from as small as $15,000 to as large as $3 million.

Rainer Gruessner is an established scholar and researcher as well, serving as author to over 200 published abstracts, over 300 published manuscripts, over 500 meeting presentations, two textbooks (each over 670 pages long), and has been invited to be a guest lecturer or visiting professor over 140 times.

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.

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner

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.

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.

Rainer Gruessner: Finding a Solution to Diabetes

Educated in Europe and Trained in both Europe and the United States, Rainer Gruessner continues to pursue his interest in finding a cure for Diabetes Mellitus. His interest involves surgical treatment options for the cure of Diabetes Mellitus, particularly through beta-cell replacement therapies.

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner MD frequently speaks about diabetes as a “crippling” disease that commonly leads to end-stage kidney disease, blindness, leg amputations, heart attacks and strokes. He also states that more money has been spent annually in the United States on diabetes care and treatment than on both the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars combined. Rainer Gruessner knows that though diabetes is a costly and often life-threatening disease, he also understands that the prevention of some of the disease’s secondary complications could have a major, significant and positive impact on both the healthcare community and the national economy.

Rainer Gruessner MD is a well-known and award-winning Tucson-area surgeon. He has made significant contributions, both in surgery and in transplantation, as the Chairman of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Surgery, a position he was appointed to back in 2007. The Pima County Medical Association awarded Rainer Gruessner the Physician of the Year award in 2011. The University of Arizona, his long-time employer, provided him the Innovation Award in 2009.

Rainer Gruessner is an avid skier, tennis player and swimmer. He works hard to both stay fit and healthy, and is a big fan of exercise and the outdoors. Rainer Gruessner MD enjoys collecting both antique maps and books, and continues to pursue his strong interest in history.

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

Rainer Gruessner

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.

Rainer Gruessner: A Three-Organ Transplant

Rainer Gruessner MD lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in 2007.

He directed a team of surgeons who performed a rare and sophisticated 3-organ transplant on a one-year-old girl in 2009. The patient had lost most of her small bowel and was completely dependent on intravenous supply of nutrients which in turn caused her liver to fail. In a seven hour operation at the University of Arizona Medical Center, the little girl received the liver, small bowel, and pancreas from a deceased donor. “By transplanting all three organs at once,” Rainer Gruessner said at the time, “we can give children with these serious intestinal diseases and concurrent liver failure hope for a healthy future.” It was the first time the procedure was performed in Arizona and the Southwestern United States. Four years later, the little girl is alive, eating and doing well.

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner is an international leader in abdominal transplantation, and he standardized the technique for living donor intestinal (bowel) transplants. The 2009 transplant was just one of many firsts performed by Rainer Gruessner during his long career in surgery. He was involved in the world’s first split pancreas transplant in 1988, and he performed the first standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants in 1997. In 2012, he and his team performed the first robot-assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant.

One of the reasons Rainer Gruessner MD has many such “firsts” to his credit is his extraordinary surgical skills. But another reason is his personal approach to problems. “I, throughout my life, have never taken no for an answer,” he says, “because I think that we can overcome many of the hurdles that are frequently considered as insurmountable by thinking both methodologically and outside the box.”

Rainer Gruessner: A Nationally Accomplished and Respected Surgeon

Rainer Gruessner is a humble and friendly man, and a casual encounter with him might leave the impression of a successful but rather ordinary man. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

Rainer Gruessner MD is a very accomplished surgeon who has performed many notable “firsts” in the fields of surgery and transplantation during the course of his career. He was involved in the world’s first split pancreas transplant in 1988, and he described and performed the first standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants in 1997. In 2012, Rainer Gruessner and his team performed the first robot-assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant.

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in 2007, and served as the Surgical Director of the University’s Hepatopancreaticobiliary Program and the Surgical Director of the Abdominal Transplant Program. He is a Professor of Surgery and Immunology. Rainer Gruessner received his medical education in Europe, where he graduated in 1983. He was awarded a rare “summa cum laude “ for his Doctoral Thesis. At Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany, he completed his Professorial Thesis (“Habilitation”, the German PhD-equivalent). He completed a transplantation fellowship at the University of Minnesota in 1989. He went on to be a Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of General and Transplant Surgery at University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, and a tenured Professor of General and Transplant Surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he was also Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Rainer Gruessner MD is a member of numerous prestigious professional societies, including the American Surgical Association, the Halsted Society, the Society of Surgical Chairs, the Transplantation Society and the Society of University Surgeons. He is a Board member for many professional journals, including Pancreatic Disorders and Therapy, the Journal of Investigative Surgery, Clinical Transplantation and Transplant International. He is also a devoted family man, and the proud father of two medical students.

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.

Rainer Gruessner

Rainer Gruessner

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.

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