Friday, 19 December 2014

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 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.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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 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.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

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.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

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.


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.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Dr. Rainer Gruessner - In Surgical Leadership Positions for over 15 Years



Dr. Rainer Gruessner is an extremely dedicated and caring medical professional who is currently a Professor of Surgery and Immunology at the University of Arizona. He is a renowned and successful surgeon, doctor, and scientist who has devoted himself to helping patients with life-threatening disorders of the pancreas, bowel and liver. He is the pioneer of many groundbreaking developments in the field of transplantation surgery and immunology. He was involved in the first split pancreas transplant in 1988; he performed the first preemptive living donor liver transplant for oxalosis in a baby in 1998; the first laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy in 2000; and the first robot assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant in 2012. Rainer Gruessner obtained both his medical degree and his medical thesis, “summa cum laude,” from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He did his residency in surgery at the same school before moving to the United States to complete a 2-year fellowship in transplant surgery at the University of Minnesota. 

Dr. Rainer Gruessner was appointed as the Chairman of the University of Arizona’s Department of Surgery in 2007. During his tenure, he was responsible for the complete overhaul and rebuilding of the school’s surgical department which included the addition of over 70 faculty members, six divisional chiefs and the implementation of many new clinical and robotic surgery programs. Dr. Rainer Gruessner introduced minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as robotics, throughout all the Department of Surgery’s subspecialties. The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery then became one of the largest robotic surgery programs in the nation. 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

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.


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.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Dr. Rainer Gruessner: Former Chairman of the Department of Surgery

Dr. Rainer Gruessner is a highly dedicated and expert medical professional 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 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 robot assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant in 2012. Rainer Gruessner received his medical education and his “summa cum laude” medical thesis from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He did his surgical residency at the same institution. He then moved on to the United States of America to complete a two year fellowship in transplant surgery at the University of Minnesota before moving back to Germany to receive additional clinical training in Vascular and General Surgery.



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 substantially 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.