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Eduardo de Santibañes, Argentina

Biographical sketch
Born on June 2nd, 1951
Graduated from the University of La Plata (UNLP) in 1974 being his overall grade average 9.27.
Obtained his Doctor’s Degree in Medicine (MD) from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 1987.
Full Professor of Surgery at University of Buenos Aires (UBA, 2005-2021) and Full Professor and Head of, the Surgery Department (University School of Medicine, Hospital Italiano, 2008-2014).
He has been Chief of the General Surgery Service 2005-2016. The General Surgery Service is the most active of Latin America, having performed over 7,400 procedures since 2012. He is an active former of Residents and Fellows, training surgeons from Agentina and from other countries.
He has been Chief of the Liver Transplant Unit of the Hospital Italiano since 1985,to 2022 where over 1450 liver transplants have been performed so far. 
In 1988 together with his team he performed the first liver transplant in an adult and two months later the first liver transplant in a one-year-old child. In 1991 performed the first liver transplant with a living related donor in a one-year-old girl.
He is an active Clinical Researcher and has published more than 270 articles in several national and international journals, more than 52 book chapters and more than 150 Investigation Abstracts.
In 2010 he was Chairman of the World Congress of the Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association; he was Chairman of the Argentine Academy of Surgery, Argentine Asociation of Surgery, Argentine Liver Transplant Society and the Argentine Chapter of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association.
He is Honorary Member of the American Surgical Association, German Surgical Society, European Surgical Association, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Peruvian Society of Surgery, the Brazilian Digestive Surgery Society and the Ecuadorian Society of Surgery.
He received numerous Awards and Honors.
This year he was acknowledged as the “Best Surgeon” of the last decade receiving the “KONEX”, one of the most important awards given in Argentina. In 2013, he was also honored with the “KONEX PLATINO”
for “Maximum Discipline in Surgery”.

Filiation
Prof. Eduardo de Santibañes, MD, PhD, MAAC (Hon), FACS (Hon), ESA (Hon), ASA (Hon)
Esmeralda 1319 4º 4to Buenos Aires. Argentina (1007)
Phone 54-11-49814501  Fax 54-11-49814041, Mobile 54 911 4448 4296
eduardo.desantibanes@hospitalitaliano.org.ar
Date of birth: June 2nd, 1951
Place of birth: Buenos Aires. Argentina
Family: From his first marriage with Graciela Antognazza he has 4 children; Martin 30 (surgeon), Mariana 28 (Philosopher), Lucia 25 (Designer), Eduardo 23 (Hotel Management; Student).
From his marriage with Irene Viegener has triplets; Antonia, Milagros and Gonzalo 10 years old.

Education

  • Elementary and High School: “Colegio Nacional Manuel Pardal”, Saladillo
  • School of Medicine: La Plata University School of Medicine

Graduated with honors, (average 9.27) receiving the University Gold Medal, 1974

  • PhD Degree 1984.
  • Thesis: “Drainage of abdominal abscesses with radiological guidance, experimental and clinical experience”
  • Specialist in General Surgery, degree awarded by the Scholl of Medicine,1980.
  • Specialist in Surgery, degree awarded by the Argentine Association of Surgery, 1981.
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, University National of Buenos Aries.
  • Certification in Surgery, awarded by the Board of Medical Professionals supported by the National Academy of Medicine, 1993.
  • Full Professor of Surgery 2005, Department of Surgery, University of Buenos Aires. Recognition of Outstanding Performance by the Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Full Professor in the Subject of General Surgery Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Buenos Aires, 2005.
  • Full Professor. Department of Surgery. University Institute of the Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires.

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency in General Surgery. Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 1975-May 1978)
  • Chief of Residents (May 1979-May 1980)
  • Research Fellow Pittsburgh School of Medicine (March1981-June1983). Chairman Thomas E Starzl
  • Guest Doctor University of Minnesota (June 1983-August 1983)
  • Guest Doctor University of Miami (Jackson Memorial Hospital) (August 1983-December 1983). Chairman Robert Zeppa
  • Visiting Professor University of Louvaine (St. Luke Hospital) Belgium. Chairman J.B.Otte
  • Visiting Professor Washington Cancer Institute. USA. Chairman Paul Sugarbaker ( 1986 August-November)
  • Visiting Professor Nebraska University, Omaha. Chairman Byers Shaw
  • Visiting Professor University of Chicago, Illinois. Chairman Christopf Broelsh
  • Visiting surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami. Jackson Memorial Medical Center Professor and Chair: Robert Zeppa, M.D. October-November 1982.
  • Visiting Fellow at the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery. Transplant Service and Transplant Laboratory  Chairman : J.Najarian , M.D; Laboratory Head : D. Shutterland, M.D. Grant awarded by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. October 2 – October 26.  

 

  • Visiting Fellow at the Surgical Department of the Mayo Clinic Foundation.  Chairman: M. Adson, M.D. Grant awarded by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.October 27- November 8.

 

  • Visiting Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Liver and Transplantation Unit. Chairman: T.E.Starzl, M.D., PhD. Grant awarded by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Project: Liver Transplantation March 1985.
  • Visiting Fellow at the Transplantation Service of the Presbyterian Pacific Center (Former Standford University). Chairman: Geoffrey Collins. San Francisco, California. May, 1988.

 

  • Visiting Fellow at the Service de Chirurgie Pediatrique Generale et Abdominale de l´Université Catholique de Louvain. Clinique Universitaire

Saint-Luc, Liver Transplantation Service. Chairman: Profesor J.B. Otte. Brussels, Belgium. September 5- September 10.     

  • Visiting Professor, Erlangen University, Germany. Chairman: Johaness Scheele.August-October,1993.

 

 

Research Training

  • Department of Experimental Surgery Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (1978-1980)
  • Research Fellow Pittsburgh School of Medicine (March1981-June1984)

 

Teacher Training Background

  • Teaching Assistant of Anatomy, La Plata School of Medicine(1969-1974)
  • Teacher Training Degree, University of Buenos Aires (1979-1984)
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Buenos Aires (1988-1996)
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Buenos Aires (1997-2004)
  • Full Professor of Surgery, University of Buenos Aires (2005)
  • Professor and Chairman of Surgery University of Buenos Aires at Hospital Italiano (2003-present)

Appointments

  • Chairman of the HPB & Liver Transplantation Unit, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (1987-present)
  • Former Chairman General Surgery Service, Hospital Italiano Buenos Aires (Until December 2016)

 

Previous and Current Special Appointments
Editorial Boards and Reviewer:

  • Board Member of the HPB Journal
  • Board Member of Revista Latino Americana de Gastroenterología
  • Board Member of the Journal “Liver Transplantation and Surgery”.
  • Board Member of Revista Quirón
  • Board Member of Revista del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
  • Board Member of Journal “Hepato-Gastroenterology”. Medical & Surgical Trends.
  • Board Member of the Journal “Select Readings in General Surgery”
  • Board Member of the  “World Journal of Surgery”
  • Board Member of the Journal “IASG Hepatogastroenterology”
  • Board Member of the “World Journal of Gastroenterology (WJG).
  • Associate Editor of the Editorial Board of “Langebeck´s Archives of Surgery”
  • Board Member of the official Journal “Updates in Surgery” of the Italian Society of Surgeons.

 

Societies and Committee Member (More than 20):

  • MAAC, Member of the Argentine Association of Surgery
  • President of the Argentine Transplant Society (1999-2000)
  • President of the IHPBA Argentine Chapter (2002-2003)
  • International Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Association Councillor (2004-2006)
  • Honorary Fellow American Surgical Association (April 2007)
  • Member of the Argentine Gastroenterology Society
  • President of the Argentine Academy of Surgery
  • Member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
  • Founding Member of the International Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Association (IHBPA),
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • American Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Association (AHBPA)
  • Honorary Member Peruvian Academy of Surgery
  • Honorary Member Brasilian Surgical Association
  • President of the Argentine Academy of Surgery (2009)
  • President of the Argentine Surgical Association (2009)
  • Chairperson of the 9th World Congress of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, 2010.
  • Fellowship Ad Hominem of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2010.
  • Ad Hoc Honorary Fellow Advisory Sub-Committee of the American Surgical Association 2010-2013.
  • Member of the Argentine Academy of Medicine. “Award for his contribution in the field of Medicine and Research”, 2011.
  • Honorary Member of the European Surgical Association (ESA).
  • Honorary Member of the American College of Surgeons. (ACS)

 

 Biography

 

Eduardo de Santibañes graduated from the University of La Plata in Buenos

Aires,Argentina, receiving the gold medal, the highest recognition awarded by

the University for Outstanding Performance, being his overall grade average

9.27. He completed his surgical residency at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos

Aires and later became chief of residents there.

He completed a research fellowship at the University Health Center of

Pittsburgh School of Medicine (where Dr. Thomas Starzl was the chairman)

prior to beginning his career as a surgeon specialized in transplantation and

hepatobiliary cancer.

In 1988 he was recognized as one of “Ten Outstanding Young People” by the

Junior Chamber of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He obtained his PhD degree in the University of Buenos Aires in 1987.

Together with his team, he performed the first adult liver transplantation, and the first pediatric liver transplantation in Argentina in 1988  and the first liver living related donor transplantation in a pediatric patient in 1991.
Eduardo de Santibañes directed the laboratory of experimental surgery at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires between 1989 and 1995. He and his team still continue their work there.
He was president of the Argentine Transplantation Society between 1991 and 2000.
He created a fellowship in HPB and Liver Transplantation in 1992. Since then (25 years), he has trained 42 surgeons  from Argentina and other parts of the world.
In 2001 he founded the Argentine Chapter of the Argentine IHPBA (CA – IHPBA) together with other HPB surgeons.
He was president of the IHPBA Argentine Chapter (2002- 2003)
He was President of the Argentine Academy of Surgery (2004 – 2008).
He was President of the 2008 Argentine Congress of Surgery.
He was President of  the IHPBA 2010 World Congress.
He was President of the Argentine Surgical Association (2010)
He has been the Chairman of the HPB and Liver Transplantation Unit at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires since 1987. His unit has performed more than 1500 liver transplants. The HPB unit is the most active in Latin America, performing more than 1500 procedures per year.
He is an active clinical researcher and has contributed to the literature with his numerous papers and book chapters. He has given more than 500 national and international presentations and lectures.
He became Full Professor at the University of Buenos Aires in 2002.
Since 2005 an until 2017, he became Prof. and Chairman of the Hospital Italiano General Surgical Service, (the most active Service in Latin America; in 2010 they performed 5300 surgical procedures)
He is Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Surgical Association, European Surgical Association, etc, and active member of other professional organizations.

 

Honors, Awards and Recognition

Prize “Argentine Association of Surgery” 1979. “Eduardo f. Belaustegui Award” Subject: “Evaluación de la valvuplastía de Nissen en la contención del reflujo Gasoesofágico”

Prize “Argentine Academy of Surgery” 1981”. “Outstanding Paper”.
 Subject:: “La Tomografía Computada en el Diagnóstico y Tratamiento de los Focos Sépticos Abdominales”. Revista Argentina de Cirugía. Nº 1-2. Vol. 42. January-February 1982.

Prize “Bosch Arana 1984”. Awarded by Asociación Argentina de Cirugía. Subject: “La Ecografía en el Diagnóstico y Evaluación de la Colecistitis Aguda”

Prize “Sociedad Argentina de Anestesiología 1987”.  Subject: “Anestesia en el Transplante Ortotópico Experimental en el Cerdo”. Sociedad Argentina de Anestesiología.

Prize: “Academia Argentina de Cirugía 1988”.  Subject: “Resecciones Hepáticas” 6 años de experiencia. Revista Argentina de Cirugía. 56, 90-100. 1989

Prize “Laurel de Plata to the Personality of the Year”. 1988
Rotary Club de Buenos Aires.

Prize: Prof. Dr. Ricardo Finocchietto 1996. Awarded by Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad del Salvador. Subject: Tratamiento de las metástasis hepáticas.
           
Prize  to the best paper. Subject: “Diagnóstico y manejo endoscópico de las complicaciones biliares post trasplante hepático”. Congreso Argentino de Gastroenterología y Endoscopía Digestiva 1999

Prize: Prof. Dr. Ricardo Finochietto. Subject  “Avances en Cirugía Percutánea”
Facultad de Medicina Universidad del Salvador. 2001

Prize “Selection of Ten Outstanding Youths 1988”
Junior Chamber of Buenos Aires

Award “Maestro de la Medicina”. Confer by the La Prensa Medica Argentina, Founded in 1914. At the National Medicine Academy of Buenos Aires, June 3rd , 2010.

Award “of Fellowship Ad Hominem” of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Founded in 1505, Scotland. September 3rd, 2010.

Guest of Honour, appointed by Universidad Nacional de La Plata in recognition of his contribution to teaching  and to the development of scientific knowledge.Chair of Internal Medicine “A” ,Universidad  de La Plata Medical School,La Plata, Buenos Aires , Argentina, November 12,1999.

 

Distinguished as Ilustrious Citizen of Saladillo in recognition of his contribution to science Distinction awarded by Honorable Consejo Deliberante de Saladillo, July 6, 1992 Saladillo, Buenos Aires Argentina.

 “Award (Argentine Foundation of Liver Transplantion Award), in recognition of the effort made in favor of Liver Transplantation in Argentina, October 6, 1997.

INCUCAI (Organ Procurement Organization) 1997Award, distinguished as pioneer in Liver Transplantation in Argentina 

 “Award (Health Consultant Award), awarded by “Consultor”, Independent Press in favor of quality of life. 1997.

“Award (Quality of Life Award) to the best paper submitted, awarded by INCUCAI (Organ Procurement Organization). 1999

 

Honorary Foreign Member de la Academia Peruana de Cirugía

Honorary Member   de la Facultad de Ciencia Médicas de La Plata. 16 de Diciembre de 2004.

Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association. April  2007

Honorary Member of the European Surgical Association (ESA),2010.

Award of Fellowship Ad Hominem of The Royal College of Surgeons of
Edinburgh. Founded in 1505, Scotland. September 3rd,2010.

 

Publications
Over 350 Journal articles in local and International Journals and over  54 Book Chapters.

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