Professor Helmut Friess was appointed director of the Department of Surgery at Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University Munich in 2007. While serving as director, Prof. Friess has continued to be an active clinician and researcher. His primary research interests include the mechanisms of molecular evelopment and the influence of growth factors on the aggressivity of pancreatic carcinoma and developments in pancreatic surgery.
Professor Friess received his medical degree at the University of Ulm (Director Prof. H. G. Beger) and received postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Prof. Murray Korc at the University of California at Irvine, USA from 1992 to 1993. He acquired his tenure review (Habilitation) at the University of Berne, Switzerland in 1998 in the Department of Visceral and Transplantation Surgery (Director Prof. M. W. Büchler). After a medical internship and residency at the Inselspital of the University of Berne, Switzerland he went on to work as vice chairman at the University Hospital in Heidelberg from 2001 to 2007 (Director Prof. M. W. Büchler).
He has published more than 1000 articles in scientific journals, received several awards (such as the Dr. Hella Bühler Price for Oncologic Research) and is an honorary professor at the R.E. Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology of the National Academy of Science of the Ukraine. His present H-index is 130 (Dec. 18, 2019).
He has served at the Council of European Digestive Surgery (EDS) for more than two decades, currently being the EDS General Secretary.