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Reinhold W. Stockbrugger was born on 22 August 1941 in Bunde, Germany. He studied medicine in Munster, Germany, and Uppsala, Sweden, and graduated from Munster in 1969. He trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology, mainly at Sahlgrenska Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden until 1976. In that year he published his PhD thesis on 'Aspects of chronic atrophic gastritis - with special reference to serum gastrin and antral gastrin cells'.
Between 1978 and 1980, Professor Stockbrugger worked with Dr Peter B Cotton at the Middlesex Hospital in London, England, as a postgraduate clinical fellow. In 1978 he was appointed Associate Professor and Consultant at the University of Gothenburg. In 1985 he was appointed Medical and Managing Director of a 160-bed clinical rehabilitation center for GI and metabolic diseases (Marbachtal Klinik) in Bad Kissingen, Germany. Then, in 1990, he was appointed Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, where he is presently Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Vice-head of the Department of Internal Medicine.
Professor Stockbrugger also teaches gastroenterology at the University of Ferrara, Italy, as a visiting professor.
He serves on the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), the Organisation Mondiale de Gastro-Enterologie (OMGE), and as a councillor in the ASNEMGE.
Professor Stockbrugger's research interests are in gastric acid secretion, peptic diseases, Helicobacter pylori, atrophic gastritis, gastrointestinal bacterial overgrowth, gastrointestinal pre-cancerous conditions, malabsorption, maldigestion, gastrointestinal motility, functional GI diseases (particularly irritable bowel syndrome), inflammatory bowel disease, and primary sclerosing cholangitis, as well as a few others.
He spends 85 hours of the week in Italy, 83 hours in the Netherlands, and the rest on airplanes.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- The report of the first gastroscopy performed in Sweden in 1969.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Dr Bernard Rieux in "La peste" by Albert Camus.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- A publication by Henning about intragastric bacterial overgrowth, written in the 1940s.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- There are three, and I do not know which one is the most important: (1) Chronic alcohol addicts can become abstinent if, as a doctor, you believe in them (unpublished experience). (2) Endoscopic colorectal cancer screening is feasible (published experience). (3) Recently - rapidly progressing atrophic gastritis in H.-pylori-positive patients treated with PPIs is due to double-infection of the gastric lumen with H. pylori and non-Helicobacter bacterial flora.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- That I only discovered the beauty of Italy as late as 1979.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To keep working until the age of 85 years.
- What is your greatest regret?
- That I cannot repeat at all.
- How do you relax?
- I don't.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Climbing hospital stairs.
- What is your best place in the world?
- 'Ronnie Scott's', Frith Street, London W1, England.
- What is your favorite film?
- Alain Resnais' "Last year in Marienbad".
- What car do you drive?
- VW Golf GTD 1986.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- Ericsson MC 218.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "Writing New York: A Literary Anthology" by Phillip Lopate.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- I like gastroenterology and I like the idea of globalization. GastroHep.com combines both of these.