Hospital de Santiago Clinical Director receives doctorate from University of Coimbra

Hans Eickhoff, general surgeon and Clinical Director of the Hospital de Santiago defended his doctorate in Health Sciences (Medicine, specializing in surgery) on 10 February, at the University of Coimbra Faculty Medicine, and was unanimously approved with distinction and honors.

His dissertation, entitled Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Control of Type 2 Diabetes-Neuroendocrine Mechanisms and Clinical Significance, was based on an experimental study evaluating the effect of established surgical techniques on the treatment of obesity by glycaemic control and intestinal and pancreatic hormonal profile, using a non-obese animal model of type 2 diabetes. The results of this animal study were complemented by a clinical study that evaluated the effects of vertical sleeve gastrectomy calibrated on blood sugar change from fasting and type 2 diabetes in obese patients.

The work undertaken to prepare his doctoral dissertation also allowed him to prepare three publications for scholarly journals.