Born 07.05.1962, Martin Riegler completed his medical education in 1988 at the Medical University Vienna (MUW). Following his surgical residency Dr. Riegler became assistant professor at the university clinic of surgery, Medical University Vienna (MUW) in 2002. From 1992 to 1997 he worked as a research fellow of Prof. Thomas Lamont and Prof. Charalabos Pothoulakis at the Department of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston. At that time his focus included the pathogenesis, clinics, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and C. difficile colitis.
In 2003 Dr. Riegler was a visiting professor at the Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Prof. T. DeMeester) with the focus of functional esophageal disorders. From 2006-2010 he attended the Course of the Keck School of Medicine on “Medical and surgical aspects of esophageal and foregut disorders” in Hawaii (Course directors: Prof Tom DeMeester, Prof. Donald Castell, Prof. Jeffrey Peters). In collaboration with the surgeon Prof. Tom DeMeester and the pathologist Prof. Para Chandrasoma, Dr. Riegler developed a novel, histopathology based diagnosis and treatment algorithm for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus. Dr. Riegler is a well-known surgeon with great national and international reputation in the field of GERD and Barrett’s esophagus. From 2005-2013 he headed the manometry unit at the Univ. Clinic of Surgery, at the Medical University Vienna (MUW). With his highly motivated team Dr. Riegler introduced novel diagnostic tools (high resolution manometry, reflux monitoring, endoflip) at his institution. In addition he launched highly innovative novel treatments: radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of Barrett’s esophagus and the laparoscopic magnetic ring operation (Linx) and ENDOSTIM reflux management system for GERD. He keeps intensive international scientific collaborations, namely with Prof. Tom DeMeester, Prof. Para Chandrasoma and Prof. Charalabos Pothoulakis, Los Angeles; Prof. Triadafilopoulos, Stanford, Prof. Stuart Spechler, Dallas, Prof. Robert Odze, Boston, Prof. Lugi Bonavina, Miliano, Prof. Giovanni Zaninotto and Prof Massimo Rugge, Padova, Prof. Alexander Simic, Belgrade and Prof. Bozidar Zupancic, Zagreb.
From Sept. 2010 to Oct. 2012 Dr. Riegler initiated and headed the reflux center and the manometry unit at the Herz Jesu Hospital Vienna. The center conducted more than 150 anti reflux surgery procedures (fundoplication) per year. He initiated numerous clinical studies. The results were published in renowned international peer reviewed journals. Taken together, Dr. Riegler ideally combines profound practical expertise and theoretical knowledge in the field of the management of esophageal disorders.
Since 2013 Dr. Riegler works in his private praxis in Vienna, where he offers a platform with the unique focus of diagnosis and treatment of GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, and cancer prevention. Dr. Riegler implements the orchestration of novel diagnosis and therapies for GERD and Barrett’s esophagus. He and his team of outstanding experts is highly enthusiastic to serve the patients in order to improve and reestablish their life quality, productivity and well being. Going in line with his interest he recently launched 4 book publication and multiple scientific contribution in per reviewed journals. The latest publication, entitled “The acid taste of success” is published by Maudrich, Vienna serves a cause directed GERD and BE management. So far the contribution has been well accepted and provides detailed information on GERD and Barrett’s esophagus for patients.
Since 2003 Dr. Riegler is Editor in Chief of European Surgery, the official publication of the Austrian and 7 other European surgical societies. Therein he is also member of the Committee of the Austrian Society of Surgeon’s. In addition he organized numerous international scientific meetings, symposia and courses on esophagology in Europe.
Aside his work as surgeon and publisher, Dr. Riegler’s interest include music (classical, reock, reggae), archaeology, sports (running, hiking) and literature (poetry, philosophy). These hobbies give him the power for having fun at do (fundo). His well-grounded holistic ideas and approach towards life and medicine have been outlined in numerous papers and editorials published in European Surgery (Springer) and elsewhere. The essence of his understanding is best taken by the idea, that being represents the interpretation of a continuous tune of mood, temper, emotion and atmosphere, which reveals itself in the form of the emotion-driven stream of perceptions. Thus Dr. Riegler understands himself as the secretary for improvement of life quality, accuracy and tune of mood.