Dr. Eduardo de Santibañes

Presentation Letter

This website is designed to help patients, students, doctors and surgeons, to find information related to my professional activities.

They will find information about my background, education and professional training, academic and scientific programs we lead.

My specialization area is the liver diseases, pancreas and biliary tract surgery.

Liver Transplantation,benign and malignant liver tumors.

The significant medicine progress allows a modern way to treat a patient, this requires a multidisciplinary teamwork composed of (surgeons, hepatologists, clinical oncologists, imaging specialists, pathologists, anesthesiologists, pain specialists and psychologists etc.) who understand the patient needs, so both, can be connected for the best results. This is one of the objectives of this website.

At the bottom you will also find my contact information.

With my warmest regards,

Dr. Eduardo de Santibañes

Academic Activity
Academic Activity / Nonacademic Performance


Current  Situation

Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires

  • Chief of the General Surgery Service Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (2005-2016)
  • Chief of the Liver Transplant Unit Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires  (1987-2016)

Fundación Hematológica Argentina F.A.D.H.E

  • Vice-President (1989)

Teaching Experience

  • University: Universidad de Buenos Aires

          Chair: General Surgery

          Position: Full Professor (2005-2016)

  • University: School of Medicine. University Institute. Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.

           Chair: General Surgery

          Position: Full Professor in charge of the University Department Surgical Clinic (2006-2012)

         Current Position: Associate Professor

  • Postgraduate Study

       University: Universidad de Buenos Aires

       Chair: Specialist in General Surgery

       Position: Director


Academic Degrees

  • 1974 -M.D. Graduated from Universidad Nacional de La Plata School of Medicine

Graduation date: December 18, 1974 Overall grade average: 9.27 Graduated with distinction

  • 1980- Specialist in General Surgery, degree awarded  by Colegio de Médicos de la Provincia de Buenos Aires.       
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires
  • 1981- Specialist in Surgery, degree awarded by the Asociación Argentina de Cirugía (Argentine Association of Surgery).
  • 1987-Doctoral Thesis:”Tratamiento de los abscesos intra-abdominales mediante el drenaje percutáneo guiado”, approved on December 15, 1987.
  • 1988 - Associate Professor of Surgery, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires
  • 1992 - Academic Degree: Doctor in Medicine / Ph D, awarded by Universidad de Buenos Aires School of Medicine, March 18, 1992
  • 1993 - Certification in Surgery, awarded by Consejo de Profesionales Médicos Board of Medical Professionals supported by the National Academy of Medicine. Buenos Aires. August 3,1993.
  • 1997 – Full Professor of General Surgery, Surgery Department, University of Buenos Aires.  Recognition of Outstanding Performance by the Board of Medical Examiners.
  • 2004- Honorary Member of La PlataMedicineUniversity, June 12th, 2004.
  • 2005- Full Professor of General Surgery at the Surgery Unit of the University  of Medicine, Buenos Aires, October 26, 2005 -11-15 Resolution N° (CS) Nº 5543/05.
  • 2006 / 2012 - Full professor of the Clinical Surgery Department  University Institute, School of Medicine, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.



  • 1975-1978 Resident /General Surgery . Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires     
  • 1978- 1979 Chief Resident /General Surgery. Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
  • 1981 – 1983 Fellow at UniversityHealthCenter of PittsburghSchool of Medicine. Department of Surgery and Liver Unit. Chairman: T.E. Starzl, MD, PhD.
  • Visiting Surgeon at the University of Minnesota (June- 1983-August1983) Chairman Davis Shuterland.
  • 1983 – Visiting Surgeon at the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami. JacksonMemorialMedicalCenter Professor and Chair: Robert Zeppa, M.D. October-November 1984
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Louvaine (St.LukeHospital) Belgium. Chairman: Prof. J.B Otte.
  • 1986-Visiting Professor at the Washington Cancer Institute, USA. Chairman: Paul Sugarbaker.
  • Visiting Professor at the NebraskaUniversity, Omaha. Chairman: Layton Rikers & Byers Shaw.
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago , Ilinois. Chairman: Christopf Broelsh.
  • 1985 – Visiting Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Liver and Transplantation Unit. Chairman: T.E. Starzl, M.D., PhD. Grant awarded by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 17 – October 1.
  • Visiting Fellow at the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery. Transplant Service and Transplant Laboratory  Chairman : J.Najarian , M.D; Laboratory Head : D. Shutterland, M.D. Grant awarded by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. October 2 – October 26.  
  • 1985 – Visiting Fellow at the Surgical Department of the Mayo Clinic Foundation. Chairman: M. Adson, M.D.
  • 1987 – Visiting Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Liver and Transplantation Unit. Chairman: T.E. Starzl, M.D., PhD.
  • 1988 – Visiting Fellow at the Transplantation Service of the PresbyterianPacificCenter (FormerStanfordUniversity). Chairman: Geoffrey Collins. San Francisco, California. May, 1988.
  • 1988 –Visiting Fellow at the Service de Chirurgie Pediatrique Generale et Abdominale de l´Université Catholique de Louvain. Clinique Universitaire Saint-Luc, Liver Transplantation Service.Chairman: Professor J.B. Otte. Brussels, Belgium. September 5- September 1992.
  • 1989 – Visiting Fellow at the Transplantation Service of the PresbyterianHospital. Chairman T.E.Starzl. October, 1989.
  • 1991 -Visiting Professor, University of NebraskaMedicalCenter. Omaha. Chief Transplantation Service: Prof.  Byers W. Shaw  Jr,M.D Chairman: Dep.Surgery.  Layton F. Rikkers M.D. Sponsored by World Transplant Children Foundation. September 15 - 17       
  • 1991 – Visiting Professor, University of ChicagoPritakerSchool of  Medicine. Dep. of Surgery. Chairman Liver Transplant Service: J.C. Emond M.D. Sponsored by World Transplant Children Foundation September 8th through September 14th     
  • 1992 -Visiting Professor University of Washington.  WashingtonMedicalCenter and Cancer Institute. Chairman and Director: Paul Sugarbaker M.D. Phd. April, 1992.
  • 1993 -Visiting Professor, Erlangen University, Germany. Chairman: Johaness Scheele.August,1993.



  • 2015- Honorary Felowship of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) , October 4th Chicago Illinois, USA.

  • 2015 “Honorary  Member of The Brazilian College of Digestive Surgeons” founded in 1988 by a Group of professors from the most important Universities. “Member Award”. July 2 ;  Sao Paulo, Brasil.  “Gastrao”.
  • 2015- Honarary Member of the Peruvian Society of General Surgeons. March 23rd , 2015.
  • 2015-Distinguished Citizen  of  Provincia de Buenos Aires,  for his outstanding  contribution in the Medicine area and  Surgery. 
  • 2013- Full Member of the Academia Nacional de Medicina, November 2013 /2014 
  • 2013 Honorary Member of  the Italian Society of Surgeons. . Confer in Turin, Italy.
  • 2013.-Nomination “New Chavaliers Du Tastevin” Honor conferido por la European Surgical Association. ESA 20° Aniversary. April 12-13 Burgundy, Beaune, Francia 2013.
  • 2012-Presidente del 1° Congreso Argentino y Latinoamericano de Cirugía Hepato- Pancreato-Biliar (HPB). Marzo del 2012.
  • 2012- Honorary Member German Surgical Assosiation .
  • 2012-Member of the  Academia Nacional de Ciencias Médicas de Córdoba.
  • 2011- Honorary Member of the European Surgical Association (ESA).
  • 2011- Honorary Member Argentine Academy of Surgery.
  • 2010-Chairman of the  9° Congreso Mundial de la Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association, April  18-22 ;2010.
  • 2010-Chairman of the  Jornadas de Otoño, 2010. San Juan, May 13 / 14.
  • 2010-Chairman of the 50° Congreso Cuyano de Cirugía. San Juan May 13 / 14 de
  • 2010- Next World Congress Chairman ex officio 2010. IHPBA COMMITTEES
  • 2010-Honorary Member of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • 2009-Chairman of the Argentine Academy of Surgery
  • 2009-Chairman of the Argentine Society of Surgery
  • 2009-Member of Board of  Director  “Capítulo Argentino de la International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association” (CA- IHPBA), 2008-2010.
  • 2008- Vice-president of the Argentine Academy of Surgery
  • 2008-Full Professor of the Board of the  IHPBA (International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association)
  • 2008- Honorary Member of the Sociedad de Cirugía Digestiva de Brasil.
  • 2008-President elected of the 79º Congreso Argentino de Cirugía.
  • 2007- Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association.
  • 2007- Honorary Faculty Member of the International School of Surgical Oncology (ISSO).
  • 2007- Member of the International Surgical Group (ISG).
  • 2007-Member of the Capítulo Ecuatoriano (AHPBA)
  • 2006-Full Member of the Board  American HPBA.
  • 2006-Full Member of the Board  International HPBA.
  • 2004- General Secretary of the  Academia Argentina de Cirugía Comisión Directiva para el período 2004-2008
  • Member of the Committee  AHPBA  Membership  
  • Honorary Member of the Facultad de Ciencia Médicas de La Plata.
  • 2002 – Honorary  Member de la Academia Peruana de Cirugía.
  • Director (Publicaciones y Prensa de la Academia Argentina de Cirugía)
  • Chairman of Capítulo Argentino de la International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. (Argentine Chapter of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association)
  • Member of the Board  International- Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

2013-Nomination "Chavaliers Du Tastevin" at the 20° European Surgical Association, Burgundy, Paris 2013



Awards / Honors

  • 2015 - Highest Award in Health : "PRIZE TO THE MEDICAL BY ACHIVEMENT FOR A BETTER LIFE". For his contribution for a better human quality in health. Recognition : "The Best health Professional of the Year 2014-2015".
  • 2014-Distinction "Academy Excellence" for his teaching, confer by the University of Medicine.
  • 2014- Best Video Award: "Ante in situ hepatectomy and replacement of inferior vena cava and hepatic vein , using a transitory porto-caval shunt". IAHPBA 2014 World Congress Seoul Korea.
  • 2013 –Award “KONEX PLATINO” (he was acknowledged with one of the most important awards given in Argentina) for  “Maximum Discipline in Surgery”
  • 2013-Award “KONEX” –Diploma for the “Best Surgeon of the last Decade”
  • 2013- Honorary Member of  Sociedad Italiana de Cirugía. Confer in Turin, Italy. August 2013
  • 2013-Nomination “New Chavaliers Du Tastevin” honor confer by the European Surgical Association (ESA) 20° Aniversary. April 12-13 Burgundy, Beaune, Paris 2013.
  • 2013-Award “Honorary Diploma in Trasnplantation Surgery”. Confer by the Division of Trasplantation with the UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes European Union of Medical Specialists. The UEMS Section of Surgery.
  • 2010-Award “Maestros de la Medicina” confer by  Prensa Médica Argentina. June; 2010, at the NationalAcademy of Medicine.
  • 2010-Award “Award of Fellowship ad Hominem of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg, Scotland. September 3rd; 2010.
  • 2007- Honorary Fellow. American Surgical Association.
  • 2004- Award “Senador Domingo Faustino Sarmiento de la Cámara de Senadores de la Nación”.
  • 2003- Award “Consultor de Salud”,  in favor in  quality of life. 1997. Prensa independiente                  
  • 1988- Award “Laurel de Plata a la personalidad del año”. Rotary Club of Buenos Aires.
  • 1988-“XVIII Selection of Ten Outstanding Youths”.
  • 1992- Distinguished as Illustrious Citizen of Saladillo in recognition of his contribution to science  Distinction awarded by Honorable Consejo Deliberante de Saladillo.
  • 1997- Award “Fundación Argentina de Trasplante Hepático”  recognition  for his contribution about Liver Transplantation  in Argentina.
  • 1997 -Award INCUCAI 1997 “Pioner in Liver Transplantation” in Argentina.
  • 1999- Award “Calidad de Vida” en el Día Mundial de la Salud











Service Chief - General Surgery

Liver Transplant Unit Chief

Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires