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Tilman Sauerbruch, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University of Bonn, is head of the Medical Department I, General Internal Medicine.

He was born in 1946 in Germany, spent most of his school time in Hamburg and then received his medical education at the Universities of Würzburg, Hamburg, Montpellier and Heidelberg. After an internship at the University of Heidelberg, he trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in Heidelberg, Pforzheim and Munich from 1973 to 1979.

From 1979 to 1983 he was a resident at the University of Munich, and then served as Assistant Professor at the Medical Department II of the University of Munich from 1983 to 1991.

He became Associate Professor at the University of Munich, Medical Department II, in 1991. In 1992 he received a full professorship at the University of Bonn and became head of the Department for Internal Medicine I (General Internal Medicine).

His main research interests are in the fields of complications of liver cirrhosis, biliary tract diseases, hepatitis and hereditary colorectal cancer. He is currently Vice-Dean of the Medical Faculty of Bonn.

He is President Elect of the German Society of Gastroenterology for 2002 and has served as a member of several editorial boards (Endoscopy, Hepato-Gastroenterology, Journal of Hepatology, Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift). According to PubMed, he is author and co-author of 310 medical publications.

What made you decide to become a hepatologist?
My first teacher at the University of Heidelberg had a great interest in gastroenterology and hepatology. I started clinical research in his lab and then never totally left the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.
Who was the teacher you admired the most?
Gustav Paumgartner at the University of Munich. With his broad personality and his high intellectual capability, as well as with his dedication to younger co-workers and to patients, he considerably influenced my academic career. He taught me to write scientific papers, but I also I learned many things about literature and music from him.
Which research paper influenced you the most?
A paper by B.S. Blumberg [A serum antigen (Australia-antigen) in Down's syndrome, leukemia and hepatitis Ann Intern Med 1967; 66:924. It was the first step towards the discovery of the hepatitis B virus and allowed the development of vaccination for hepatitis B. Furthermore, it was the stimulus for my doctoral thesis and for my start in hepatology.
What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
When I was still at school one of our teachers told us that none in this class was really ingenious, and he was right. Thus, I never discovered something very important. I took part in the development of two new therapeutic strategies for GI-diseases: shock wave lithotripsy of gallstones N Engl J Med 1986; 314:818-22 and pancreatic stones Gut 1992; 33:969-72 and treatment of bile duct injuries by placing stents Gastroenterology 1986; 90:1998-2003.
What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
With respect to my academic career probably not having accepted two post-doctorate offers, one in New York and the other in Switzerland.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
To write a good novel.
What is your greatest regret?
That my job contains too much administration and hinders me from clinical research, co-operation with younger co-workers, and practical medicine.
How do you relax?
I relax when I am in the country, or by going swimming, or reading a book.
What is your favorite sport?
I enjoy skiing and going horseback riding.
What is your best place in the world?
My favourite places are in my bed or in a mountain home together with all my kids and my wife.
What is your favorite film?
'Blow-up' by Michelangelo Antonioni.
What car do you drive?
A thirteen-year-old Volkswagen Polo.
What is your best electronic 'toy'?
The computer allowing me access to the internet, especially PubMed. However, I am a bit clumsy when using 'electronic toys'. I still prefer handwritten communications.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Memories (1914-1933) from a German journalist (Sebastian Haffner) who emigrated to London. In the book he reflects on Germany before World War II.
Why did you get in involved in
I got involved in through Roy Pounder.

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