Dr. Rainer Gruessner: A Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is a leading transplant surgeon who was appointed Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona in 2007. Under his leadership, the University of Arizona’s Department of Surgery  became one of the leaders in robotically assisted surgery. Gruessner drove his department to its impressive rise to one of the top overall surgery departments in the country with the intense focus on providing patients with the most noninvasive surgery options. His willingness to develop new techniques involving previously unused technologies has caused a continued emphasis on minimally invasive techniques in general and transplant surgery.

Dr. Rainer GruessnerDr. Rainer Gruessner is considered by many of his peers a pioneer in the field of transplantation. His career is full of “firsts” in general and transplant surgery. In 1988, Dr. Gruessner was involved in the first ever split pancreas transplant. In 1997, he developed a repeatable technique for living donor intestinal transplants, a technique that is now used by leading transplant centers. He also performed the first laparoscopic biopsy of a pancreas transplant and one of the first successful emergent kidney auto-transplants. During his tenure in Arizona, Dr. Rainer Gruessner performed the Southwest’s first living donor liver transplant in an infant.

Dr. Rainer GruessnerAliyah had been diagnosed with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia, which occurs once in every 10,000 to 15,000 babies born. She needed a liver transplant to survive, but when Dr. Gruessner couldn’t find a matching deceased donor for several months, he decided to use the mother as the donor and perform a live donor liver transplant. Aliyah’s mother gave up a portion of her liver, which Dr. Gruessner transplanted into Aliyah, saving her life. Several years later, Aliyah is enjoying a normal life.

Dr Rainer GruessnerDr. Gruessner’s accomplishments don’t end there. In 2000, he became the first transplantation surgeon to perform a laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy, and in 2012, he performed the first robot assisted total pancreatectomy with an islet autotransplant. Both of these procedures changed how surgeons treat their patients, and a generation of surgeons use techniques pioneered by Dr. Gruessner today.

Dr Rainer GruessnerDr. Rainer Gruessner adds his developments, observations and research to the medical literature with over 600 publications, including abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters. He sits on the editorial boards of both general and transplant surgery journal and is a member of over 20 professional societies. He has spoken at over 100 institutions and has edited two standard text books used around the country, with a third one on innovation in surgery in the works. He is also active in his professional community and has received several awards.

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Dr. Rainer Gruessner: An Influential Mind and Patient Advocate

Dr. Rainer Gruessner began his illustrious decades ago, and one of his most eminent accomplishments in the transplantation surgery field occurred in 1998 when he performed the first preemptive living donor liver transplant in a baby with oxalosis.

Dr. Rainer GruessnerAnother first came in 2000, when Dr. Rainer Gruessner performed the first laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy. Twelve years later, Dr. Gruessner pioneered the field again when he performed the first robot-assisted total pancreatectomy with an islet autotransplant.

Dr Rainer GruessnerIn 2010 and 2011 Arizona’s Medicaid program (AHCCCS) stopped paying for certain liver, pancreas, heart, lung and bone marrow transplants for financial reasons. This became nationally known as “Death by Budget Cuts”. Dr Rainer Gruessner vehemently fought this decision and got the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and other national transplant organizations involved as well as the media and politicians. Due to the public pressure these budget cuts were eventually revoked and patients were relisted for life-saving transplants.

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Dr. Rainer Gruessner Expert Surgeon, Physician and Scientist

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 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 Germany.

Dr Rainer GruessnerHe 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.

Dr. Rainer GruessnerDr. Rainer Gruessner did his residency at the Johannes Gutenberg University before completing a fellowship in transplantation surgery at the University of Minnesota.

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Dr. Rainer Gruessner : A History of Distinction

Dr Rainer Gruessner and his team performed the world’s first entirely robotic surgeries for patients with chronic pancreatitis starting in 2012. This procedure entails the removal of the diseased pancreas, reconstruction of the gastro-intestinal tract, and islet autotransplant to prevent the patient from becoming a (brittle) diabetic.

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This procedure is unique as it allows to combine minimally invasive/robotic surgery, general surgery, and transplant surgery in 1 procedure for the wellbeing of patients with chronic pancreatitis, a debilitating disease that causes intractable pain and destruction of the pancreatic gland. At the University of Arizona, Dr Rainer Gruessner and his team have performed 6 such procedures with and over 50 without the robot.

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Dr Rainer Gruessner has produced over 300 peer-reviewed publications, over 200 published abstracts, and over 75 book chapters. He is the lead editor of 2 standard textbooks on transplantation and a co-editor on a soon to be published textbook on innovative advances in general surgery.

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Dr. Rainer Gruessner: Publications and Manuscripts

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is an expert medical professional currently 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 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.

Dr Rainer Gruessner
Dr 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. Dr. 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 and has been an invited lecturer at over 100 institutions. He also serves on several boards of general and transplant surgery journals. 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.

Dr. Rainer Gruessner: Numerous Professional Committees

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is a highly dedicated and expert medical professional serving as surgeon in the realm of transplantation. He is a trusted and accomplished surgeon, physician, and scientist devoted to helping patients with life-threatening diseases of the pancreas, liver and intestines. 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 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.

Dr Rainer Gruessner
Dr Rainer Gruessner

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is widely regarded as one of the leaders in the realm of surgical transplantation. He has served for over 15 years in surgical leadership positions, is a member of more than 20 surgical societies and serves on the board on various surgery and transplant journals.

 

 

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Dr. Rainer Gruessner: Lifetime of Achievement

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is an exceptional surgeon who has made an ample amount of contributions in the field of transplantation and general surgery. He is credited with the development of many surgical techniques that are both innovative and progressive, aiding towards the advancement of the field of surgery.

Several breakthroughs stand out: In his early years, he was involved in the development of transanal endoscopic microsurgery techniques (TEM) and demonstrated the superiority of abdominal sonography vs. peritoneal lavage in blunt abdominal trauma. After specializing in transplantation surgery, he was the first to do a preemptive living liver transplant for oxalosis in a baby in 1998. Also, he was involved in the first split pancreas transplant in 1988; he performed the first laparoscopic pancreas transplant biopsy in 1995; the first laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy in 2000; and the first robot assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant in 2012. Because of his many “firsts”, he is considered to be a pioneer in the introduction of minimal invasive and transplant techniques.

Dr Rainer Gruessner
Dr Rainer Gruessner

Dr. Rainer Gruessner received his medical degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University School of Medicine in Mainz, Germany, in 1983. He was awarded a “summa cum laude” for his medical thesis by the same institution. He then completed his professorial thesis (“Habilitation”, the German PhD equivalent) at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, in 1991. In between completing his medical and professorial theses, Rainer Gruessner did his residency at the Johannes Gutenberg University before going on to complete a two-year fellowship in transplantation surgery at the University of Minnesota. He received additional training at the Kyoto University in Japan, where he gained valuable experience in liver transplantation using living donors.

Due to his extensive training, Dr. Gruessner has been in surgical leadership positions as Chairman or Vice-Chair for over 15 years. Dr. Gruessner has made many scientific contributions that are documented in the medical literature. He has published over 600 book chapters, abstracts and manuscripts. His H-index according to Google Scholar is 55. He has edited two standard textbooks and has been an invited lecturer at over one hundred institutions. He also serves on many editorial boards of journals for general and transplant surgery and is a member of over 20 professional societies. He is viewed among colleagues, fellows, residents and medical students as an innovative surgeon who stands as a figure of progress in his field; and among his patients as a humble, accessible and highly professional doctor.

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