Dr. Rainer Gruessner: A History in Surgery

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is a highly respected surgeon who was appointed as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona in 2007 and also served as Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Surgical Director of the Hepatopancreaticobiliary program. During his tenure, he was responsible for the complete rebuilding and transformation of the Department of Surgery which included the addition of three new divisions along with numerous clinical programs. He recruited over 70 new faculty members: six were highly-recognized division chiefs who subsequently contributed largely to the department’s growing national reputation. Dr. Gruessner implemented robotic and minimally invasive procedures throughout the Department of Surgery’s subspecialties in an effort to reduce length of hospital stay and costs and increase patient satisfaction. With Dr. Gruessner at the helmet, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona became one of the largest robotic surgery programs in the nation.

His experience at the University of Arizona was just one of the examples of Rainer Gruessner’s successes in the surgical field. He has been in surgical leadership positions for over 15 years. Many of his accomplishments are documented in over 600 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. He is the editor of two standard textbooks on transplant surgeryand a third one on “Technological Advances in Surgery” is in the making. Dr. Gruessner has been an invited lecturer at over 100 institutions and serves on many editorial boards of surgery journals.

Dr. Rainer Gruessner’s devotion to transplantation surgery and immunology has been the source of many significant contributions and his development of innovative procedures has helped advance surgical treatment options for patients with life-threatening disorders.

Dr. Rainer Gruessner: Prestigious Education and Credentials

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is an expert in the field transplantation surgery. He is the former Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Director of Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery and currently serves as a Professor of Surgery and Immunology at the University of Arizona. Although he has spent most of his career practicing within the United States of America, he received his education in the country of Germany. 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 and general surgery at Philipps University in Germany, and in living donor liver transplantation at Kyoto University in Japan. He is a member of the most prestigious surgical societies and has published over 600 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. He is the editor of 2 standard textbooks on transplant surgery. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative surgeons practicing today and his been credited with performing a number of firsts in the field.

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Dr Rainer Gruessner

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is the former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona. He held the position from 2007 to the current year of 2014 and was largely responsible for the complete rebuilding of the surgical department including the implementation of three new divisions along with numerous clinical programs. He also recruited over 60 new faculty members in order to significantly increase the operating room case volume. Dr. Rainer Gruessner introduced robotic and minimally invasive procedures throughout all Department of Surgery subspecialties allowing the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery to become one of the largest robotic surgery programs of its kind in the nation.

Dr. Rainer Gruessner: A Preeminent Pancreas and Liver Surgeon

When it comes to medical experts, Dr. Rainer Gruessner is at the top of his field when it comes to transplantation and general surgery of the pancreas and liver. He is viewed as a progressive leader in these fields and has been recognized with developing pioneering techniques. He was the first to develop a standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants; he was the first to perform a preemptive living donor liver transplant for oxalosis in a child; he was the first to perform a laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy; and he performed the first robot assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant in 2012. He was also involved in the first split pancreas transplant in 1988.

Dr. Rainer Gruessner’s contributions to his fields don’t end there. His findings and technical innovations are all documented in the scientific literature. He has edited two standard textbooks on transplant surgery; and he has authored or co-authored over 600 publications that include manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters.

During his tenure at the University of Arizona, Dr. Rainer Gruessner was largely responsible for expanding their hepatopancreaticobiliary program, as well as the Department of Surgery as a whole. He built one of the nation’s largest programs for the treatment of chronic pancreatitis through total pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplantation. He not only introduced minimally invasive and robotic procedures in hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery but throughout all the subspecialty divisions, pushing some of them to become nationally-recognized leading centers for robotic surgical procedures.

Dr. Rainer Gruessner: Innovative Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is an expert medical professional practicing within the realm of transplantation surgery. He is widely regarded as an innovative leader in his field and has been credited with numerous firsts in the surgical world. His accomplishments include his involvement in the first split pancreas transplant in 1988, he was the first to develop a standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants in 1997, he was the first to perform a preemptive living donor liver transplant for oxalosis in 1998, he was the first to perform a laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy in 2000, and the first to perform a robot assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant in 2012. He is the editor of 2 textbooks on transplant surgery and has over 600 publications, abstracts and book chapters to his credit. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the European Board of Transplantation. Rainer Gruessner is nothing short of an expert in the realm of transplant surgery and his lengthy list of accomplishments stands as a testament to his success.

 

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Dr Rainer Gruessner

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is an expert surgeon, physician, and scientist. He has devoted his career to the innovation and implementation of new surgical procedures resulting in less invasion and higher success rates. His work within the School of Medicine at the University of Arizona was pivotal to the success the school now enjoys. Dr. Rainer Gruessner was responsible for completely rebuilding the Department of Surgery through the recruitment of over 60 new faculty members, 6 nationally reputed division chiefs and the establishment of three new divisions. He was also instrumental in implementing various new clinical programs within the divisions as well.

 

Dr. Rainer Gruessner: Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is a highly dedicated and expert medical professional serving as surgeon in the realm of transplantation. He is currently serving as a Professor of Surgery and Immunology at the University of Arizona. He is a trusted and accomplished surgeon, physician, and scientist devoted to helping patients with complex disorders of the pancreas, liver and small bowel. He is responsible for a number of firsts in the surgical world including being involved in the first split pancreas transplant in 1988, he was the first to develop a standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants in 1997, he was the first to perform a preemptive living donor liver transplant for oxalosis in 1998, he was the first to perform a laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy in 2000, and the first to perform a robot assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant in 2012. 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 clinical training in vascular surgery at Philipps University in Germany, and in living donor liver transplantation at Kyoto University in Japan. He is a member of the most prestigious surgical societies and has published over 600 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. received much of his education within the country of Germany at the Johannes Gutenberg University within the School of Medicine. He is the editor of 2 standard textbooks on transplant surgery.

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Dr Rainer Gruessner

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is the former Director the Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery Program at the University of Arizona. He is largely responsible for expanding not only the hepatopancreaticobiliary and transplant programs, but the Department of Surgery as a whole. He created three new divisions including various new clinical programs within the Department of Surgery. Dr. Rainer Gruessner also introduced robotic and minimally invasive procedures throughout all the surgical department’s subspecialties. He is credited with transforming a below-average Department of Surgery into one with a national reputation.