Selman Uranues, MD, Dr. h.c., FACS, FEBS (Laparoscopic and Emergency Surgery)

Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Section for Surgical Research, Department of Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Dr. Selman Uranues has acquired an international reputation based on his expertise in minimally invasive surgery, as well as visceral traumatology and acute care surgery. His early interest in surgical research coincided with the dawn of the age of laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery and he was one of its early advocates, proceeding from animal studies to ever more demanding clinical applications with ever smaller instruments and increasingly sophisticated techniques, including virtual reality and robotics. Alert as always to innovations, a current focus of Dr. Uranues’s interest is reduced port and endoscopic surgery, which has the potential to further decrease the surgical trauma for a significant number of procedures.

International experience including visiting professorships and intensive activity in leading national and international professional societies have secured Dr. Uranues a prominent position in the surgical community. In 2007, he coordinated the merger of the European Trauma Society (ETS) and the European Association for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (EATES) to form the European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES), of which he was the first president. In the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery he served as Chairman of the Education and Training Committee as well as the Scientific Program Committee and presided over the Association’s Congress in Vienna in 2013.

His excellence in the relevant fields was underscored by his election to the presidency of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC) for the period of 2011 to 2013. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of World Coalition for Trauma Care.