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Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Pancreatitis

Helmut Friess1, Shailesh V Shrikhande2,
Jörg Kleeff1, and Markus W Büchler1

1. Department of General Surgery, University of Heidelberg,
2. Department of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital

Originally printed in:
US Gastroenterology Review 2006
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is predominantly a disease of the Western world that is detected with increasing frequency.While chronic alcohol intake is associated with the development of CP, gene mutations lead to hereditary and possibly even tropical forms of the disease.

Associate Professor Helmut Friess, MD PhD
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University of Heidelberg Medical School
Department of Surgery
Im Neuenheimer Feld 110

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Helmut Friess is Vice-Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at the University of Heidelberg. He also heads the European Pancreas Center for clinical and basic research in pancreatic disorders and has been Consultant Surgeon in the Department of Visceral Surgery at the University of Bern under the chairmanship of Professor Markus W Büchler.

In the early 1990s, he conducted his research fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Murray Korc in California, where he made significant contributions to the understanding of pancreatic diseases at the molecular level. Dr Friess is a member of the European Pancreatic Club (EPC), the New York Academy of Medical Sciences (NYAS), the American Pancreatic Association (APA), the European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR), the European Digestive Surgery (EDS), and the International Hepato-Pancreato- Biliary Association (IHPBA), among others.

He is the Associate Editor of Digestive Surgery and is on the editorial boards of many journals, including Pancreatology and Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery. Dr Friess has been invited for numerous lectures, is a visiting professor to universities worldwide, and has published more than 300 original articles and written more than 80 book chapters
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