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Editor Profiles

Guangde Tu, Editor

New Content ItemGuangde has been the Editor of BMC Surgery since 2014 and is based in the Shanghai office. Before joining BMC, Guangde received his BSc in theoretical physics from Nanjing University, China and his PhD in quantum chemistry from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. After graduation, he returned to China as an assistant researcher investigating the growth of composite membranes for water processing, before moving on to study the growth of solid tumors using computer simulation. His interest then turned to medical science and he worked as medical editor for a number of years before joining BMC as an editor of the BMC series.

Section Editors

Marco Ettore Allaix

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Marco E. Allaix, MD, PhD joined the BMC Surgery as Section Editor on June 6, 2016. He is working as Assistant Professor in General Surgery at the Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Torino. He completed the Residency program in general surgery cum laude at the University of Torino in 2008. He completed the PhD program in Robotics and Informatics applied to Surgical Sciences at Tor Vergata University, Rome in 2013. He spent 18 months (Jan 2012-June 2013) as Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Department of Surgery and Center for Esophageal Diseases, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He is member of several national and international surgical societies. He currently serves as Reviewer for 15 peer-reviewed journals. To date, he has published 74 papers in peer-reviewed journals that are indexed in PubMed. He authored and co-authored 27 book chapters. His main research and clinical interests are minimally invasive surgery, colorectal cancer and esophageal disorders.

Maurits de Brauw

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Maurits de Brauw is a surgeon specialized in laparoscopic, gastro intestinal and bariatric surgery. He completed his Ph D on an experimental surgical therapy of colorectal liver metastases in the University of Leiden, Department of Experimental Surgery. His current research is directed at the metabolic basis of diabetes and obesity and the effects of bariatric surgery in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam and the Free University of Amsterdam.

At present, he is the head of the Department of Surgery at the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Yearly, over 1200 patients recieve a bariatric procedure in this general teaching hospital. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC surgery as Section Editor in 2015.

Rene Fahrner

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Dr. René Fahrner graduated in medicine at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany and completed his doctoral thesis in the field of liver transplantation. During his surgical education he worked at the University Hospitals in Münster (Germany) and in Switzerland (Bern, Schlieren). As research fellow at the University Hospitals in Bern and Jena (Germany) he mainly worked and published in the field of liver injury and regeneration, liver immunology and liver biochip model. Beginning of 2019 he returned for work to Switzerland (Solothurn).

He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Surgery as Associate Editor in 2015 and became Section Editor for General and Visceral Surgery in 2017.

Dr. Fahrner’s research interests are basic and clinical research in general and visceral surgery with the main focus on educational aspects, liver surgery including liver injury and regeneration as well as immunological aspects.