Graduated with honours in Medicine and Surgery at the University
of Bologna on July 16, 1976.
Specialist with honours in Internal Medicine at the University
of Bologna on July 16, 1981.
Specialist with honours in Gastroenterology at the University of
Bologna on July 18, 1985.
University assistant and university researcher at the Clinical
Medicine of the University of Bologna respectively from March
16, 1977 to July 31, 1980 and from August 1, 1980 to November 13,
Associate professor of Internal Medicine of the University of
Bologna from November 14, 1987 to October 31, 2001.
Full professor of Internal Medicine of the University of Bologna
from November 1, 2001 up to now.
Director of an Internal Medicine Unit of the University General
Hospital S.Orsola-Malpighi of Bologna from September 2000 up to
Director of the postgraduate School in Geriatrics of the
University of Bologna from 2007 to 2012.
Director, from 2010 to 2012, of the University Department
of Internal Medicine, Aging and Nephrology.
Director, from 2012, of the University Department of Medical and
From 1987 member of research groups which obtained grants from
the Ministry of Education-University and from Emilia-Romagna
Author of 634 scientific publications: 178 full papers on
internationl journals quoted in Journal Citation Reports 2011
(total Impact Factor 1023), 121 full papers on
national/international journals/books, and 335 abstracts on
proceedings of national/international medical congresses.
Principal research fields:
1. Employment of ultrasonography
and echo-Doppler to the study of various pathologies in internal
medicine and geriatrics.
2. Functional, metabolic and
instrumental changes in the aging process.
3. Studies on physiopathology and
treatment of portal hypertension.
4. Study and definition of the
functional and instrumental parameters which may contribute to
define the prognosis in patients with liver cirrhosis.
5. Hepatocellular carcinoma:
epidemiology, natural history and treatment.
6. Prognostic factors in