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Francesco Azzaroli

Associate Professor

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/12 Gastroenterology

Curriculum vitae

Associate Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Bologna since 2014, his research is focused on gastroenterological themes, mainly bile acids metabolism and clinical liver diseases.


1995 Graduation with Honors in Medicine and Surgery, University of Bologna

1996 Italian Medical License, University of Bologna

1999 Specialty in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy with Honors, University of Bologna

1999 -2000 Post Doctoral Fellowship; Liver Center, Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; Director Prof. James L. Boyer

Academic career

1/12/1999-7/11/2000 – Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology

2004-2011 - Aggregate Professor of Gastroenterology

15/09/2014-today – Associate Professor of Gastroenterology


2000 – 2018: Specialty School of Gastroenterology

2010/2011 e 2014/2017: Specialty School of Work Medicine

2004-2011: Gastroenterology in the Triennial Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques

2007 – today: Lecturer in Seminars on Gastroenterology within the School of Medicine and Surgery

Scientific activity

He has done scientific research on:

  • Pathophysiology and treatment of Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy
  • Bile acids metabolism
  • Molecular basis of cholestasis and apoptosis
  • Clinical aspects of hepatic and gastroenterological diseases
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy of the biliary tree


  • Referee for the following international scientific journals:

  • GUT
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol
  • Nature Clin Pract Gastroenterol Hepatol
  • World J Gastroenterol
  • Placenta
  • Current Medical Research & Opinion
  • Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
  • Current Gastroenterology Report

    Institutional activities

    2016-2018 member of the commission for students transfers

    Scientific boards

    Editorial board member of:

    2014-2016: World Journal of Emergency Surgery

    2017 – today: World Journal of Hepatology

    Other activities

    Since the year 2000 he regularly does clinical duties in the S.Orsola-Malpighi Academic Hospital, Section of Gastroenterology including the following:

  • Outpatient wards: hepatology, gastroenterology, biliary tree, gastrointestinal tumoirs prevention
  • Digestive endoscopy: diagnostic, therapeutic and emergency
  • Consultant, Ward of Gastroenterology, S.Orsola-Malpighi Academic Hospital
  • Diagnostic abdominal ultrasound
  • Rare Diseases: Hemocromatosis, Caroli’s Disease, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Wilson’s Disease, Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis, Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, Duhring’s Herpetiform Dermatitis, Whipple Disease, Alpha1-Antitripsyn Deficiency, Budd-Chiari Syndrome, Primary and Familial Amiloidosis
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy of the biliary tree

Clinical duties organisational roles:

  • 2002-2007 Human resources commission for the organisation of outpatient and inpatient wards shifts
  • 2002-2016 Emergency digestive endoscopy shifts
  • 2011-2016 Organisation of the on call shifts for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology inpatient wards

He has participated and participates as co-subinvestigator in several multicentric clinical trials.

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