Christian Partensky has been Professor of Digestive Surgery at the Claude Bernard University of Lyon since 1977 and Head of the Department of HPB Surgery at the Edouard Herriot Hospital of Lyon since from 1981 to 2007. After 2007, he was either concomitantly or sequentially, consultant for surgery, emeritus professor, member of the French High Health Authority Committee for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Medical Technologies, and IARC Senior Visiting Scientist. His main areas of interest have focused on pancreatic cancer. He is a member of the French Academy of Surgery, of the French Association of Surgery, a senior member of the European Surgical Association and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was awarded the Order of the French Legion of Honour (2003).
Since 2016, he was offered an appointment as Senior Research Fellow of the International Prevention Research Institute.