CURRENT POSITION


Since 2017: Associate Professor in Milan University, Department of Otolaryngology, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano,  Italy
In charge of the Service of Laryngology and Phonosurgery

Since 2018: Director of the School of Specialization in Audiology/Phoniatrics of Milan Unicersity

 

From 1988 to 2017 : Staff Physician in the Department of Otolaryngology, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano

MISSION


In my professional activity I had the opportunity to gain experience in the diagnosis and treatment of the major pathologies of ear, nose and throat, but I have been mainly committed to the treatment of voice disorders and of upper airway obstruction.

I am grateful to my mentors who gave me the opportunity to continue learning and improving my skills throughout my whole career, but I am especially thankful to my patients who inspired my work with their trust, courage and fortitude.

The objectives of my clinical and research activity can be summarized in three main points:

i) to develop advanced phonosurgical techniques with the aim to restore an audible and satisfactory voice to individuals with a voice disorder impacting on their social and professional relationships;

ii) to perform a mini-invasive surgery thus preserving the crucial laryngeal functions in patients with vocal fold neoplastic lesions;

iii) to relieve airway obstruction due to laryngeal stenosis or laryngeal paralysis in children and adults. Advanced mini-invasive techniques are utilized to achieve the best results, whilst minimizing post-operative discomfort.

 

MEDICAL EDUCATION


  • MD, Naples University School of Medicine, Italy
  • Three-month-scholarship as a medical student in St Vincent’s Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, USA
  • Junior Fellowship in the Department of Surgery in Hermann Hospital and MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas, USA
  • Specialization in Otolaryngology, Milan University
  • Specialization in Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Milan University
  • Specialization in Phoniatrics, Milan University
  • Study visits in the Head and Neck Departement of the hospital Sloan Kettering (NY, USA) and ENT Departments in Zurich (Switzerland), Marseille (France), Groningen (Netherlands), Cincinnati (USA), Stuttgart (Germany), Lausanne (Switzerland) and others

LANGUAGES


Italian (native), English, French

ACADEMIC/ TEACHING ACTIVITY


  • Teaching to medical students, residents in frontal lessons and clinical settings in the operating theatre, and during inpatient and outpatient activities
  • Organization and teaching in conferences, instructional courses and congresses
  • Speaker in National and International Scientific Meetings

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS


Author of 64 peer reviewed journal articles and of 39 book chapters and extended conference proceedings; author of 38 articles on journals non indexed in pubmed. Author of more than 200 presentations in national /international conferences.

See:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=OXie184AAAAJ&hl=it

MAIN CLINICAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS AND SKILLS


  • Laryngeal Surgery
  • HPV related vocal fold pathologies (papillomas, dysplasia, carcinoma)
  • Vocal fold augmentation / medialization by fat grafting
  • Microfat and nanofat grafting procedures in the larynx, and head and neck
  • Professional voice – videolaryngoscopy – high definition videolaryngoscopy – voice analysis – voice rehabilitation
  • Phonosurgery
  • Laser treatment of vocal folds carcinoma
  • Vocal cord unilateral and bilateral paralysis
  • Treatment of laryngeal stenosis
  • Pediatric airway surgery, Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Velopharyngeal Incompetence diagnosis and treatment
  • Dysphagia
  • Botulinum toxin treatment of laryngeal dystonia
  • Neck surgery
  • Septoplasty, turbinoplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery