Dr. Rainer Gruessner, an internationally noted general surgeon and transplant surgeon as well as department chairman, also directs the HepatoPancreaticoBiliary Center and the Division of Abdominal Transplantation. Before coming to the The University of Arizona in July 2007, he was professor of general and transplant surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he served as professor and head of the Department of General and Transplant Surgery at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland.
In addition to his accomplishments in the field of transplantation, one of Dr. Gruessner's clinical interests is in the surgical treatment of patients with malignant or benign tumors of the pancreas, liver, and bile ducts. He performs complex and extended resections for patients with pancreas, liver or bile duct cancer. Selected patients with liver or bile duct cancer (irrespective of whether they underwent previous surgery) may also be candidates for a transplant. Dr. Gruessner's research interest is on detection of tumor antigens and circulatory tumor cells.
The HepatoPancreaticoBiliary Center is staffed by some of the most experienced and respected medical professionals in the nation, including surgical and medical oncologists as well as gastroenterologists, hepatologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and anesthesiologists. It is a unique resource for referring physicians and patients who require comprehensive, state-of-the-art care.
Dr. Gruessner has written two textbooks, more than 70 book chapters, and more than 500 published articles. A member of more than 15 national and international societies, he serves on numerous societal and professional committees.
See also the Comprehensive Center for Chronic Pancreatitis; HepatoPancreaticoBiliary Center