Prof. Daniel Jaeck is professor emeritus of surgery, University of Strasbourg, France. His achievements in research, patient care, and education place him in the highest rank of European surgeons.
Born in Mulhouse, France, in 1943, Professor Jaeck attended college and medical school at Strasbourg. Upon completion of residency at the University Hospital of Strasbourg in 1974, Professor Jaeck was appointed assistant professor at the University of Louis Pasteur. He then spent four years at Mahosot University Hospital in Vientiane, Laos. Returning to Strasbourg in 1978, Professor Jaeck was named chief of digestive and endocrine surgery and professor in 1984. He then trained in the U.S. in liver transplantation under Thomas Starzl, MD, PhD, FACS, and Christoph Broelsch, MD, FACS. In 1990, Professor Jaeck became chairman of surgery and chief of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, Hautepierre Hospital. He has been professor emeritus since 2011.
Professor Jaeck has written more than 400 publications, including important studies on multi-modality treatment of colorectal liver metastases and large series reporting his group’s experience with complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic procedures. He helped establish the liver transplantation program at the Hautepierre Hospital and has been at the forefront in auxiliary partial orthotopic liver transplantation.
Professor Jaeck has been elected honorary member of the Royal College of Surgeons (England), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Chirurgie (Germany), Japan Surgical Society, and many others. He is an Officer of the French Legion of Honor, L’Ordre National du Mérite, and L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He has served as President of the French National Academy of Surgery, the European Surgical Association, and the French Congress of Surgery.
Personally, Professor Jaeck is noted for his kindness, generosity, and humility. As Professor Henri Bismuth, MD, FACS(Hon), has noted, “He is surely the exact person in France who deserves the most to be honored by a nomination as Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.”