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”.
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
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.
Graduated with honors, (average 9.27) receiving the University Gold Medal, 1974
Saint-Luc, Liver Transplantation Service. Chairman: Profesor J.B. Otte. Brussels, Belgium. September 5- September 10.
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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
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.
Over 350 Journal articles in local and International Journals and over 54 Book Chapters.