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Davide Maria Donati

Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/33 Orthopaedics

Curriculum vitae

Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Neuromotorie. Head of the 3rd Clinic (Orthopaedic Oncology) of Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli. He graduated from the School of Medicine in 1983. He got the Specialisation degree in Orthopaedics and Traumatology in 1988. He was further specialised Orthopaedic Oncologic Surgery with a particular interest in reconstructive surgery of the limbs. Since 1983, he has hold as the first surgeon more than 2500 surgeries most of which related to oncologic diseases. He has been working on grafts and bone transplants since 1986 after having attended some hospitals abroad as a research fellow: 6 months at the Harvard Medical School in Boston at Massachussets General Hospital tutored by Prof. Henry Mankin al Massachusetts General Hospital, and 6 months at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota tutored by Prof. Franklin Sim. He contributed to the foundation of the Musculoscheletal Tissue Bank of Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli which he managed until 1997. He got the Diploma of the Specialisation Course on Biomaterials in Prosthetic Surgery in 1995. In 1999 he started his research activity on stem cells opening the Bone Regeneration Laboratory and he started many preclinical and basic research projects to study bone.


Some of his projects are:

-Study of the application of the demineralised matrix in oncologic surgery. -Joint European study on the use of the Calcium Solfate (Osteoset) in chronic osteomyelitis.

-Study of the expression of stromal totipotent cells in the autologous bone marrow sample.

-Expanded autologous mesenchymal stem cells graft for the regeneration of the bone in various clinical indications.

-Clinical study of the bone regeneration in the development of bone cysts in young patients.

-Autologous bone marrow concentrate graft for bone regeneration in femoral head necrosis.

-Aneurismatic cyst treatment by mininvasive surgery with demineralised bone matrix and bone marrow concentrate.

-Experimental Clinical Study on the safety and effectiveness of mesenchymal stem cells implant for the treatment of bone defects "TCOR04" (Approved by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità)


All these projects were approved By the Ethics Committee of Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute.



Professor Donati worked as a Technical Expert at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bologna from 1989 until 2002 and he was hired as a researcher in 2002. He has been teaching at the Faculty of Medicine since 1989. In September 2012 he was hired as Associate Professor. 


He is member of various commissions as well:

-Member of the Commission “Use of Osteoarticular Transplants and Bone substitutes” of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics

-Member of the Regional Committee on Transplants “Technical Commission on the Tissue Conservation and Transplants of Emilia Romagna Region.

-Delegate of the National Committee of Transplants, Commission on Tissues for Musculoscheletal Tissue.

-Member of the Scientific Committee of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.


Member of many scientific societies:

-October 1988: S.I.O.T. (Società Italiana Ortopedia e Traumatologia)

-August 1993: ISOLS (International Society of Limb Salvage)

-August 1993: Charter Member EAMST (European Association of Musculo-Skeletal Transplant)

-May 1994: EBJIS (European Bone and Joint Infection Society)

-May 1997: Associazione per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori delle Ossa e delle Parti Molli

-October 1997: EMSOS (European Musculo-Skeletal Oncology Society)

-October 1998: ISG (Italian Sarcoma Group)

-September 2002: Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sul Cancro “Giorgio Prodi”

-September 2002: International Skeletal Society -September 2003: European Tissue Engineering Society


Reviewer of:

-Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research Biomaterials

-Chirurgia degli Organi di Movimento

-Italian Journal of Orthopaedic and Traumatology


He was invited to attend and to speak at many national and international congresses.

He wrote more than 300 publications, articles, abstracts, presentations