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Hamburg Cancer Surgeon to receive RCSEd Honour

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10 Oct 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is to recognise the achievements of a surgeon from the University of Hamburg at a diploma ceremony being held at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College on Friday 12 October 2012.


Professor Jakob Izbicki is to be awarded the RCSEd Fellowship ad hominem in recognition of the substantial contribution to surgery he has made in the fields of surgical oncology, upper gastrointestinal surgery and laparoscopic surgery.


As Chairman of the Department of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Hamburg, Professor Izbicki is also well-known internationally amongst professional peers for the high quality clinical research he and his team have produced, particularly in cases of pancreatic cancer and acute and chronic pancreatitis.


Explaining more about Professor Izbicki's nomination to receive the RCSEd Fellowship, RCSEd Council Member, Professor James Garden said:


"Professor Izbicki is well-known in European circles for the strong department he runs which delivers both extensive training and valuable clinical research. He has been a prolific writer, serving on the editorial boards of 13 journals, as well making an impact through his role in a number of committees.  I am delighted to welcome Professor Izbicki to receive his well-deserved Fellowship of the College." 


Commenting on receiving his Honorary Fellowship from the College, Professor Izbicki said:


"In accepting the Fellowship ad hominem of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, I feel greatly honoured, greatly humbled and greatly privileged.


"I feel honoured  that RCSEd should recognise in this way the limited contributions I have been able to make in advocating pancreas sparing surgery for patients with chronic pancreatitis; humbled that I should have been singled out from the great number of people worldwide who are dedicating themselves so wholeheartedly to efforts in trying to improve the quality of life for patients with pancreatic disease; and privileged that I can represent in some way the German society of surgeons, as well as having had the opportunity to be accompanied throughout my career with other outstanding surgeons such as Prof Cameron, Warshaw, Williamson, and last but not least Prof Garden who had a great impact on my personal development." 

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