Prof. Juan Hepp is a general surgeon from Santiago, Chile. Professor Hepp was born in Southern Chile, where while accompanying his physician father on rounds, he decided to become a surgeon. After finishing surgical training, he was awarded a German Academic Exchange Fellowship to study abdominal surgery and transplantation in Hanover, Germany.
Returning to Chile, he performed the country’s first liver transplant in 1985. He co-founded the “Corporacion pro trasplante hepático” in 1988 and the “Corporacion de trasplantes” in 1989, which was in charge of transplant procurement. He also was instrumental in drafting Chile’s amendment to the transplant law in 1994.
In 1992, he joined Clinica Alemana de Santiago, a 440-bed private, not-for-profit academic institution. He was appointed director of surgery in 1999 and medical director in 2012. Professor Hepp, in 1993, launched the hospital’s liver transplant program, which provides special financial support that makes liver transplant available to all who need this procedure. Focusing his clinical work mainly on abdominal and hepatobiliary surgery, he was one of the leaders to implement laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Chile in 1990. He wrote the first book on laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Spanish and three others on laparoscopic and hepatobiliary surgery.
In 2001, he was involved in creating the Clinica Alemana School of Medicine, Universidad del Desarrollo, where he has served as professor since 2007. He supported the Joint Commission International accreditation in 1993 at his institution and in 2010 joined the Presidential Commission for Health Reform in Chile.
Professor Hepp is the Governor for the Chile Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and was Chapter President from 2001 to 2002; he also is past-president of the Chilean Society of Surgery (2008). He was made an honorary member of the European Surgical Association in 2010 and the American Surgical Association in 2016.
Juan, his wife Carmen, and their five children enjoy spending time at their farm in Patagonia.