Prof. Selman Uranues is the professor and head of the clinical division for general surgery and the section for surgical research at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Professor Uranues started his medical career as an assistant professor of surgery at the Karl-Frazens University of Graz in 1991 and became professor and head at the Medical University of Graz in 1996. In 2000, he spent time in the division of trauma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, as a Fulbright Professor, and in 2005–2006 he was the director of research at the division of laparoscopic surgery at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Penn State University, Allentown, PA.
In a rare combination of talent, Professor Uranues has become an international leader in two fields that are typically separate: trauma surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He was the president of the European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery in 2008 and the president of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care in 2011. He also has been the congress president and the chair of multiple committees of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery. In 1993, he became the president of the Austrian Society for Surgical Research.
Beyond his numerous contributions to the surgical literature in peer-review publications, book chapters, and books, Professor Uranues is a renowned educator. He has developed a number of outstanding trauma and laparoscopic courses, as well as arguably the best structured emergency surgery course worldwide. His commitment to education serves as a model for future academic surgeons.