Dr. Fingerhut, born in 1939 in New Brunswick New Jersey, USA, received his BA in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961 and his medical degree from the University of Paris in 1971. He worked in several Parisian hospitals (under the tutelage of renown surgeons such as A Toupet and M Mercadier) before becoming assistant, then chief of service in the Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal of Poissy, France in 1987, position he held until 2006. He was named Associate Professor of Surgery. Department of Surgery Louisiana State University Medical Center. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA in 1993, Associate Professor of the Collège des Médecins des Hôpitaux de Paris in 2000, and holds three Professor DSc (hon) degrees (Medical University of Graz, Austria, University of China, Tai Chung Taiwan and University of Bucharest, Romania).
He is author or co-author of > 750 articles or book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and major textbooks and has participated as speaker, chairman, or organizer in > 950 National and International meetings. As assistant secretary of the French Association for Clinical Research, he was co-author or contributed to the conception and/or publication of some 140 controlled, prospective or retrospective trials or registries run in France in the last 30 years.
He is or has been on the Editorial board of 22 French and International Journals. He teaches laparoscopic surgery In connection with the EAES (European Association for Endoscopic Surgery)(past president (2011-2013), emergency surgery in connection with the European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) (past president 2011-2012), medical writing (in French and in English) for over 30 years and Definitive Surgery Trauma Care (DSTC) courses (founding member) of the International Association for Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (IATSIC) (past president 1995-1997). He was President of the 14th World Endoscopy Surgery meeting held in Paris June 25-28, 2014. He is honorary member of the American College of Surgeons, International Society of Surgery and American Surgical Association. His current research involves the potential role of indocyanine green fluorescent techniques in the prevention of bile-duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy and intraoperative detection of vascular insufficiency for gastro-intestinal operations with anastomoses.
Last in 1995, as the team doctor, but also as a climber, he accompanied a French expedition to the Himalayas (Baruntse 7280 m).