In 1990, I graduated from the University of Perugia, Italy. I was resident in general surgery at the same Institution from 1990 to 1995. I completed a research fellowship in small bowel transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Transplantation Institute and a clinical fellowship in multi-organ transplantation at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute of the University of Pittsburgh. I have a PhD in Surgery Biotechnology and Transplant Immunology. Currently, I am the Nicoletti Family Professor of Transplant Surgery and the Director of the Division of Transplantation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. I am a multi-organ transplant surgeon with extensive expertise in cadaveric and living related liver and kidney transplant, pancreas and small-bowel transplant, liver and pancreatic resection and surgery of the bile duct. I came to Jefferson from the IsMeTT- UPMC Italy - a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Italian Government - where I served as Chief of Abdominal Organ Transplant. This is a multi-organ transplant program which I developed from ground to operational. I also served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Pittsburgh, PA. My research interests include the development of inhibitory pathways for liver cancer growth, immunology of solid organ transplantation, and the development of artificial liver devices. In 2007, I began basic science research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. My research focuses on human HCC, cell migration and invasion.
Biography Updated on 30 September 2012