The origins of oncological pancreatic surgery in Spain. A tribute to pioneers

Luis Sabater Ortí, Elena Martín-Pérez, Vicens Artigas Raventós

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© 2017 AEC Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is a very complex operation. Its development took place very slowly at the most prestigious centers in the world. The aim of this investigation is to know who were the first surgeons to perform a PD in Spain as well as its historical circumstances. Despite all kinds of difficulties and very few resources, the first PD in Spain were carried out in Barcelona at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau where from the mid-50s a school of gastrointestinal surgery emerged with surgeons soon to become the spearhead of the Spanish surgery and a reference for the whole country: Pi-Figueras, Vicente Artigas, Antonio Soler-Roig and Antonio Llauradó. Almost simultaneously, in Oviedo, Luis Estrada also introduced the PD and total pancreaticoduodenectomy after a period of training with the pioneers of pancreatic surgery in the United States.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-198
JournalCirugia Espanola
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Ampuloma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy


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