is a professor of surgery at the University of Insubria and head of General Surgery – Day & Week Surgery Unit of Istituto Clinico Sant’Ambrogio in Milan. Director of the Center of Research and High Specialization on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery, University of Insubria – Hernia Center of Milano.
He is also president of the European Hernia Society, past president of the Italian Society of Ambulatory and Day Surgery, president of the First World Congress on Abdominal Wall Repair in 2015 in Milan, Honorary President of Africa Middle East Hernia Society ( AMEHS).
He is a member of the editorial board of Hernia, and author of more than 300 publications. He has also been an invited speaker and has done live surgery at more than 500 international and national congresses.
His personal surgical activity is over 8000 operations in general and hernia surgery. For over 25 years he has devoted his time to the issue of abdominal wall repair and has performed, in this field, about 7000 surgeries. A pioneer of sutureless tension-free inguinal hernia repair under local anaesthesia, he refined an original approach for the treatment of giant inguinal hernias, lumbar hernias, incisional hernias with loss of substance, Spigelian hernias, pubic inguinal pain syndrome and chronic postoperative pain, and the floppy abdomen post partum.
He is the author and principal investigator of the international TI.ME.LI trial (Randomized, Controlled, Blinded Trial of Tisseel/Tissucol for Mesh Fixation in Patients Undergoing Lichtenstein Technique for Primary Inguinal Hernia Repair), published on Annals of Surgery and one of the principal works on prevention of chronic postoperative pain syndrome.
He has taken part in several humanitarian missions in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin Ecuador, Paraguay to make his experience available to needy people and teach local surgeons and share his experience with them.