Meet the master| Volume 4, ISSUE 4, P145-147, April 2019

Prof Dr med Nib Soehendra

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        Nib Soehendra (Author photo 1, Author photo 2, Author photo 3, Author photo 4, Author photo 5, Author photo 6, Author photo 7; Video 1, available online at grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia. He relocated from Jakarta to Hamburg, Germany, in October 1961 for medical study. He graduated from the University of Hamburg in January 1968 and obtained his MD in the same year. He then did a 6-year residency in general surgery at the Catholic Marien-Hospital Hamburg and at the University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, under the guidance of Prof Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schreiber.
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        Author photo 1First detailed publication in the United States about Dr Soehendra’s achievements by Dr Mark Noar in 1987.
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        Author photo 2Live endoscopy teaching course in a lecture hall in Thailand in 1988.
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        Author photo 3Live endoscopy teaching course in China with Dr Claude Liguory in 1988.
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        Author photo 4Founders of Endo Club Nord in 1991 (Dr F. Hagenmueller, Dr D. Wurbs, Dr N. Soehendra).
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        Author photo 5The first biliary stent placement, in 1979, using a side-viewing gastroscope and a 7F transfemoral pigtail angiography catheter.
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        Author photo 6Dr Soehendra’s sculpture in the Department of Interdisciplinary Endoscopy at the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf.
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        Author photo 7Recent photograph of the sastified, happy pensioner Nib Soehendra with his wife, Yan, who is a gastroenterologist and endoscopist as well.
        In 1976, Dr Soehendra was appointed to Lecturer in General Surgery and, in 1982, to Associate Professor of Surgery. He started his endoscopy training by himself in 1969. In 1973, he built up the endoscopy unit in the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, and in 1989 he was appointed as Full Professor to the Director of the Department of Endoscopic Surgery at the same hospital. In 1999, his Department was fused with the endoscopy unit of the Department of Internal Medicine, and he became the Director of this unique Department of Interdisciplinary Endoscopy at the University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, until his retirement in 2008.
        Dr Soehendra’s additional honors include becoming Chairman of the Endoscopy Section of the German Society of Gastroenterology in 1990; founding (with Prof Dietmar Wurbs and Professor Dr Fritz Hagenmueller) the Endo Club Nord, known as the largest live endoscopy meeting in the world, in 1991; becoming President of the German Society of Endoscopy and Imaging Techniques in 1994; and joining the Advisory Board of Endoscopy.
        Dr Soehendra is one of the foremost pioneers in the field of therapeutic endoscopy. He has invented numerous instruments and methods, eg, injection hemostasis, sclerotherapy, glue injection of esophagogastric varices, Billroth-II sphincterotome, precut papillotome, biliary dilator, mechanical lithotripter, biliary stent placement, Tannenbaum biliary stent, EUS-guided pancreatic pseudocyst and abscess drainage, and EMR by use of the multiband ligation technique (Duette).
        Apart from his scientific work, Dr Soehendra has spent a major part of his professional life on teaching. He is an endoscopy teacher with a worldwide reputation. For this, he has received honorary memberships from many endoscopy societies from all around the world.
        For the magnitude of his impact on so many endoscopists whose lives and careers have been nurtured and shaped by him, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy bestowed upon him the President’s Award in 2006. He also received an honorary professor title from the Tongchi Medical School, Wuhan, China, in 2007, and the 2016 Paracelsus Medal, the highest distinction of the German Federal Medical Association.


        The author disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this publication.

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