1. RAINER GRUESSNER: DEFEATING DISEASE WHILE RAINER GRUESSNER SEES TERMINAL ILLNESS AS AN OBSTACLE, IT IS NOT ONE HE CONSIDERS UNBEATABLE
2. RAINER GRUESSNER : SURGICAL CAREER During his surgical career that spans over 30 years, Dr. Gruessner has taken on various terminal illnesses ranging from diabetes to oxalosis, unwilling to let them win. With a never say no mantra, Dr. Gruessner has saved the lives of patients by staying steadfast in his commitment to finding a cure. With this powerful drive, Dr. Gruessner has spearheaded several groundbreaking surgical procedures.
3. DR RAINER GRUESSNER FIRST SPLIT PANCREAS TRANSPLANT Dr Rainer Gruessner was involved in the first split pancreas transplant in 1988 and developed the first standardized technique for living donor intestinal transplants in 1997. Just the following year, Dr. Gruessner performed the first preemptive living donor liver transplant for oxalosis.
4. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA While at the University of Minnesota, he also completed the first laparoscopic living donor distal pancreatectomy and nephrectomy in 2000, and, more recently, the first robot- assisted total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant in 2012 at the University of Arizona. For his work on this specific procedure, Dr. Gruessner received the Diabetes Cure Award from the American Diabetes Association.
5. RAINER GRUESSNER : INVASIVE TECHNIQUES Dr. Gruessner has also been involved in the development of new minimally invasive techniques in colo-rectal and trauma surgery as well as the introduction of new immunosuppressive drugs after pancreas transplantation.
6. DR. RAINER GRUESSNER AWARDS For Dr. Gruessner, awards and recognition are simply a byproduct of his work; his primary concern is with the quality of care he can provide his patients. By curing a patient of diabetes, he can eliminate their insulin dependency. An intestinal transplant allows patients to digest food independently of total parenteral nutrition.
7. RAINER GRUESSNER : LIVER TRANSPLANT With a liver transplant, patients can produce bile to break down and expel proteins from the body. Each of these procedures enhances the lives of his patients, and that is Dr. Gruessners biggest motivation to advance surgical techniques.