Dr. Rainer Gruessner is a reputed transplant surgeon who has led the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona from 2007 to 2014. He has also served as the Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Surgical Director of the Hepatopancreaticobiliary program.
Dr. Gruessner was responsible for the rebuilding of the University of Arizona’s Department of Surgery, adding three new divisions, many new clinical programs, and an influx of over 70 new faculty members, including six nationally known division chiefs who made important contributions to the department’s resurgent reputation.
Dr. Rainer Gruessner realized early-on the potential of robotic procedures to reduce the length of hospital stays for critical patients, reduce medical costs, and improve patient satisfaction. Under Dr. Gruessner’s tenure the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona became one of the preeminent robotic surgery programs in the country.
Dr. Rainer Gruessner has been one of the leading transplant surgeons. He has contributed to the field not only with his pioneering techniques and his excellent leadership, but also with his immense additions to his field’s literature. He has produced over 600 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters, and has edited two standard textbooks with a third on the way. He continues to travel around the world giving lectures at over 100 institutions worldwide. He also sits on several editorial boards of surgery journals.