Invited speakers

Alessandro Fichera, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Professor and Chief
Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC USA

Dr. Fichera received his medical degree from Catholic University of Rome, Italy in 1989 as a Magna cum Laude graduate and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the 2nd University of Rome and then again at the University of Chicago followed by fellowship training in colorectal surgery at Mt. Sinai in New York.
Dr. Fichera is currently Professor and Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Dr. Fichera serves on many regional and national committees, and is a member of numerous national organizations and societies. He is an active member of the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons (ASCRS), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Society of University Surgeons (SUS), and notably, is a member of the American Surgical Association (ASA). He currently serves as the President elect of the International Society of Digestive Surgery (ISDS), and has been actively involved in the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG). He also serves as the Chair of the Video based education committee of ASCRS and is on the Executive Committee for the Clinical and Research Conference of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, World Journal of Gastroenterology and World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology.


Klar, Ernst Josef Maximilian, MD, FACS

Chairman and Professor of Surgery
Director General, Thoracic, Vascular and Transplantation Surgery
University of Rostock


1971-1978 University of Heidelberg and University of Manchester, England
1978 M.D.: University of Heidelberg
Thesis: “Effect of heparin derivatives on lipid metabolism“


Internships and Residencies

1978-1979 Assistant Resident in Pathology, Mannheim Medical Center, University of Heidelberg
1979-1982 Assistant Resident in Internal Medicine, Mannheim Medical Center, University of Heidelberg
1983-1990 Resident in Surgery, University of Heidelberg
1990-1992 Chief Resident in Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, University of Heidelberg
1992-1993 Resident in Vascular Surgery

Research Fellowships

1983 Research Fellow in Surgery, Department of Experimental Surgery, University of Heidelberg
1988-89 Research Fellow in Sugery with A.L.Warshaw, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

Clinical Fellowships

1987 Clinical Fellow in Transplantation Surgery with Sir Roy Calne,
Addenbrooke’s Hospital,Cambridge, England
1996 Clinical Fellow in Endocrine Surgery with L.E.Tisell, Salgrenska Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden


1990 Diploma, German Board of Surgery
1994 Added Qualifications in Vascular Surgery
1996 in Visceral Surgery
1996 in Surgical Critical Care
1998 in Thoracic Surgery


1991 Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Heidelberg
Thesis: “Microcirculation of the pancreas in acute pancreatitis. Pathophysiology and therapy by isovolemic hemodilution.“
1997 Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Heidelberg
2003 Professor of Surgery and Chairman, University of Rostock


1983-1992 Assistant in Surgery, Surgical University Hospital Heidelberg
1992-1996 Senior Registrar and Assistant Surgeon, Surgical University Hospital Heidelberg
1993-1994 Head of the Emergency Room and Outpatients Department
1996-1997 Vice Chief of the Division of Transplantation Surgery
1996-2001 Vice Chief of Surgical Service
1997-2001 Chief of the Division of Transplantation Surgery
1-3-2001-31-8-2001 Head Department of Visceral, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Community Hospital Konstanz
1-9-2003 Head Department of General, Thoracic, Vascular and Transplantation Surgery, University of Rostock
2011- Head, Certified Center of Colorectal Cancer
2011- Member Executive Board, Oncology Center Rostock
2014- Head, Certified Center of Pancreatic Cancer


1995 Research Award of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
“First clinical realization of continuous monitoring of liver microcirculation after transplantation by thermodiffusion“


1986-1996 Head Tutor for Final-Year Students
1991-2001 Budget Committee, Surgical University Hospital Heidelberg
1992-1996 Selection Committee for Drug Products
1992-1996 Selection Committee for Antibiotics
1994-1996 Advisory Board for Surgical Microbiology
1999-2001 Ethics Committee, University of Heidelberg
2005-2009 Committee for Structure and Planning, University of Rostock
2005-2007 Research Committee, University of Rostock
2011 - Committee on Central Patient Management


1993-1999 Pancreatology
1996-2009 Coeditor, Chirurgische Gastroenterologie
1996-2001 Digestive Surgery
2001- Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
2004-2009 European Surgical Research
2005- Associate Editor, Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery
2005-2010 Zentralblatt für Chirurgie
2009- Editor-in-Chief, VISCERAL MEDICINE
2010-2015 SURGERY
2015- Innovative Surgical Sciences
Editorial Board (founding member)


1987- German Society of Surgery (DGCH)
1987- Division of Surgical Research
1991- German Society of Gastroenterology
1987- Société International de Chirurgie (today : ISS)
1989- International Association of Pancreatology
1990- American Pancreatic Association
1990- Pancreas Club Inc.
1994- Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft zum Studium der Leber (GASL)
1996- Deutsche Transplantationsgesellschaft (DTG)
1998- The Transplantation Society
1999- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Viszeralchirurgie e. V. (DGAV)
1999- The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
2000- American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES)
2003- American College of Surgeons (ACS)
2004- German Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
2013- Surgical Association of Military and Emergency Surgery (CAMIN)


2001 German Transplantation Society (DTG), Heidelberg
2005 German Transplantation Society (DTG), Rostock
2006 Northwest German Surgical Society (NWCH)
2006 Surgical Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (CAIN)
2007 Congress on Biomaterials in General Surgery
2008 Annual Congress of the Surgical Association of Endocrinology
2009 Annual Meeting of the German Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (DGPW)
2017 Open Cancer Conference


2002 – 2006 Chair, Division of Science and Research, German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI)
2003 – 2010 Secretary, German Transplantation Society (DTG)
2006 – 2008 Chair, Shock Association, German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI)
2007 - 2013 Chair, Commission Organ Donation and Procurement, German Transplantation Society (DTG)
2007 – 2013 DTG-Representative, Organ Procurement Committee, EUROTRANSPLANT
2009 - 2010 President, German Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (DGPW)
2009 - President, German Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
2010 – 2013 DTG-Representative, Foundation Council, German Foundation for Organtransplantation (DSO
2012 - 2015 Chair, Division of Surgical Research, German Society of Surgery (DGCH)
2011 – 2016 Chair, SSAT International Relations Committee
2013 - Chair, Cancer Society Mecklenburg- Western Pommerania
2013- Member, Committee of Central Cancer Registry
2015 - Member, SSAT International Relations Strategy Task Force
2016 - Chair, Project Group “Science”, German Society of Surgery (DGCH)
2016 - Member, Extended Executive Board (“Präsidium”), German Society of Surgery (DGCH)


microcirculation in acute pancreatitis
carcinoma of the pancreas
ischemia-/reperfusion injury

2008 Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland


Total number of Medline-listed publications n=315


Prof. David John Leaper DSc MD ChM FRCS FACS FLS

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Sciences, Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention
University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Professor Leaper qualified from Leeds Medical School and trained in Scarborough, King’s College and Westminster Hospitals in London. He was Senior Lecturer in Surgery/Consultant Surgeon at the University of Bristol, Professor of Surgery at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His surgical interests were in general and emergency surgery and development of day case surgery with research interests in surgical site infection, wound healing and surgical education and training. He is a past president of the Surgical Infection Society of Europe and the European Wound Management Association, and a Hunterian Professor and Zachary Cope lecturer. He has published over 10 books, 50 chapters and 500 research and review papers (230 on Medline).
He is a past member of the Court of Examiners and and has examined for the Intercollegiate Fellowship and many undergraduate and postgraduate institutions. He was a founder of the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient course (CCrISP) and was programme director of surgical training (Northern Deanery) and served on the Specialist Advisory Board. He was Chair of the NICE guideline on surgical site infection, and a member of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection advisory committee.



Christian Müller, Prof. Dr. 

Head oft he Department of Surgery
Kath. Marienkrankenhaus HamburgAlfredstraße 9
22087 Hamburg

Clinical Biography

1986-1988 Institute for Experimental Medicine at the  University of Cologne, Chairman: Prof. Dr. med. W. Isselhard
1988 Department of Surgery Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Klinikum Großhadern, Munich, Chairman: Prof. Dr. med. F.W. Schildberg,
1996 Specialisation in Surgery
1997 Habilitation in Surgery 
1998 Specialisation in Thoracic Surgery
2001 Specialisation in Visceral Surgery
2003 Head of the Department of Surgery, Katholisches Marienkrankenhaus Hamburg. Professor of Surgery at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. 

Specialized in oncological surgery of the the gastro-intestinal tract and thoracic organs.



Mattias Soop, MD, PhD

I am a colorectal surgeon with special interests in management of intestinal failure, inflammatory bowel disease and surgical stress reduction. I completed my general surgical training and my PhD in surgery in 2004 at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester, and then completed a 2-year clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. In 2008 I formed my own research group at The University of Auckland, driving multiple research programmes and supervising several doctoral students. In 2013, I returned to Manchester to take up a new position as colorectal surgeon at Salford Royal Hospital and as Reader at the University of Manchester. I work predominantly at the National Irving Intestinal Failure Unit and in the Salford inflammatory bowel diseases team. 


Prof. Marco Sailer

Date of Birth: 26th August 1961
Place of Birth: Frankfurt, Germany
Current Residence: Hamburg, Germany

Medical Training

1980 - 1986 Medical School, Munich, Germany,
Medical studies abroad: Switzerland, UK, USA, Canada

Professional Career

1987 - 1989 House Surgeon in Wanganui, New Zealand
1990 – 1992 General Medical Officer, Mutambara Hospital, Zimbabwe
1992 – 2005 University Hospital Wuerzburg, Germany
Specialization in GI-surgery, Coloproctology and Vascular Surgery
1999 PhD and Lecturer in Surgery
2005 Professor of Surgery at Würzburg Medical School
2012 Professor of Surgery at Hamburg Medical School

2010 - 2013 President of the German Surgical Society of Coloproctology

Since 2005 Head of Department of Surgery at the Bethesda Hospital, Hamburg


Prof. Peter Schemmer

Univ.-Prof. Prof. (hon.) Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Peter Schemmer, MBA, FACS
Chairman, Dept. of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery
Medical University of Graz
Auenbruggerplatz 29
8036 Graz

Prof. Schemmer is a scientist who has devoted himself to both surgical oncology and transplant surgery. While he performs general, endocrine, upper and lower GI surgery his special interest is hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery including minimal invasive surgery. He began his academic career in 1994 at the University of Heidelberg and has been there professor and vice of chairman of the Department of General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery, Germany from 2013 - 2016. In November 2016 he was appointed as chairman of the Dept. of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Austria.

He published more than 300 papers and was honored with prestigious awards and degrees, i.e. Dr. h.c. and Prof. (hon.). Presently, he also is serving in various positions at scientific journals (associated editor, guest editor, board member) and is (honorary) members of various international surgical associations.

Clinical Expertise. General, Visceral, and Transplant Surgery including laparoscopic techniques with special interest in Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery, Transplant Surgery (liver, kidney, pancreas), Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery, Lower GI Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Surgery for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Research topics.Ischemia / reperfusion injury, surgical oncology, regeneration / stem cells.


Prof. Dariusz Krzysztof Zadrożny

University of Warmia and Mazury / Head of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology Clinic / Olsztyn / Poland

born January, 15 1962
1979-1985 Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
1994 - PhD
2009 - postdoctoral degree

Work experience:
1993 - Specialization in General Surgery
2003 - Specialization in Clinical Transplantology
2016 - Specialization in Surgical Oncology

1985-2016 assistant in the General Surgery Clinic Medical University of Gdańsk
2016- Professor of Surgical Oncology
Head of the General Surgery and Surgical Oncology Clinic, Medical Faculty, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Trained in HPB surgery in Eppendorf University (Hamburg, Germany), Essen University (Germany), University of Chicago.



R. Matthew Walsh, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Matthew Walsh is currently Chairman of General Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He came to Cleveland originally to train in HPB surgery with Robert Hermann, prior Chair of the Department of General Surgery. He continued in the Department as faculty for the balance of his career, rising to Professor of Surgery at CWRU and awarded the Rich Family Distinguished Chair in Digestive Diseases. His interests lie in pancreatic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy and education. He has been honored with several teaching awards including the highest teaching excellence awards of the Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University. Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin he attended college in Nebraska and medical school in Wisconsin. His surgery residency was at Loyola University of Chicago and at Massachusetts General Hospital prior to his HPB Fellowship.