Born at Bagnacavallo (RA), April 26th, 1962
Married with two daughters
Work address: Institute of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal
Transplantation, S. Orsola University Hospital, Via Massarenti 9,
40138 Bologna, Italy
Phone: +39 051-6364577
Fax: +39 051-6363720
Higher School Diploma, Classical Lyceum G. B. Morgagni at
Degree in Medicine and Surgery, top marks (110/110 cum laude),
University of Bologna, 1988
Specialization in Nephrology, top marks (70/70 cum laude),
University of Bologna, 1992
PhD in Nephrology, University of Bologna, 1995
Postdoctoral Diploma, University of Bologna, 1997
Confirmed Associate Professor of Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine
and Surgery, Alma Mater Studorium, University of Bologna.
Director of the Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal
Transplant Unit of the St Orsola University Hospital (Unità
Operativa di Nefrologia Dialisi e Trapianto del Policlinico
Universitario S. Orsola-Malpighi)
Director of the School of Specialization in Nephrology, Faculty
of Medicine, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna
Member of the Academic Board of the PhD in Specialistic Medical
Member of the Advisory Commission for the reorganization of the
Member of several Committees (admission to the PhD, the School
of Specialization, Contests)
Member of Commission of Doctoral Degree and School of
Advisor for the Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia
Reviewer activities for the following scientific journals:
Kidney International, Kidney and Blood Pressure Research, American
Journal of Nephrology, PLOS ONE, Therapeutic Apheresis and
Dialysis, Artificial Organs, Cochrane Review Group, Cochrane
Scientific secretary for several National and International
events including the Congress of the European Society for
Artificial Organs (ESAO), the Interdisciplinary Seminars in
Nephrology and Organ Substitution, etc.
Course of Nephrology- B Channel, Specialist degree in Medicine
and Surgery (single cycle)
Participation in the Course of Nephrology- A Channel, Specialist
degree in Medicine and Surgery (single cycle)
Course of Reading and Interpretation of normal and pathological
hemogasanalysis. Renal compensation, Specialist degree in Medicine
and Surgery (single cycle)
Course of Acute Renal Failure and Nephrology Emergency Medicine,
Specialist degree in Medicine and Surgery (single cycle)
Course of Nephrology, Master of Science in Biotechnology
Course of Nephrology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Campus of
Courses at the School of Specialization in Nephrology, Faculty
of Medicine and Surgery
Director of the Master-University of Bologna in Oncology Nursing
at the Scientific Institute for the Study and Treatment of Tumors
Responsible for the programmes in Nephrology PhD in Specialistic
Medical Sciences, University of Bologna
Course of Nephrology and substitution techniques in the
Master-University of Bologna in Nursing in Critical Area at
University Hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna
Supervisor of 49 degree theses for the Specialist degree in
Medicine and Surgery (single cycle).
Supervisor of 7 degree theses for the Degree in
Supervisor of 3 degree theses for the Degree in Biology.
Supervisor of 21 post-doctoral theses for the Specialization in
Supervisor of 19 theses for the Nephrology program of the PhD in
Specialistic Medical Sciences.
Member of the Commission of 12 competitive exams for “Assegno di
Ricerca” (University grant).
Tutor of 9 winners of an “Assegno di Ricerca” (University
Research activities regarding University projects, strategic
projects, projects funded by organizations focused on Experimental
Nephrology, Clinical Nephrology, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant.
Author of over 250 original papers, chapters in books,
monographies, abstracts. Speaker at national and international
conferences. Speaker at several National and International
The most relevant papers have been published in the American
Journal of Kidney Disease, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation,
Transplantation, Cell Transplantation, Annals of Transplantation,
Nephron, American Journal of Nephrology, Artificial Organs,
International Journal of Artificial Organs, Amyloid, Transplant
International, In Vivo, Contributions to Nephrology, Blood
Purification, Journal of Nephrology, Giornale Italiano di
Nefrologia, Anticancer Drugs, Transplantation Proceedings, Journal
Contract as a Physician in the Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal
Transplant Unit, St Orsola Hospital in Bologna since November 10th
Designation by an internal selection procedure of a management
position (“posizione professionale ex-C- Alta Professionalità”) in
the Unit of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplant for the
period January 1st, 2008-December 31st, 2011.
Nominated as Head of the pre-transplant phase,
December 1st, 2012.
Clinical knowledge and abilities
Primitive glomerulonephritis, systemic diseases with renal
impairment (Connectivitis, Diabetes, vasculitis). Nosographic
framework of glomerular diseases through interpretation of renal
biopsy. Pharmacological treatment of primary and secondary renal
diseases and clinical monitoring of nephropatic patients.
Hereditary kidney diseases. Management of patients with cystic
kidney disease, kidney malformations, Alport syndrome, Fabry
disease. Genetic investigations on patients and their family
Chronic renal dysfunction. Monitoring of patients with CKD at
different stages. Early treatment of major complications secondary
to chronic renal failure: high blood pressure, fluid and
electrolyte balance, acid-based balance disorders, anemia,
disorders of mineral metabolism (CKD-MBD), neurological disorders
(restless legs syndrome), metabolic disorders (metabolic syndrome,
Management of patients on hemodialysis with both intermittent
and continuous techniques. Dealing with clinical, metabolic and
therapeutic problems concerning chronic dialysis patients.
Managing of dialysis patient complications. Monitoring vascular
access. Dealing with fistula and central venous catheter
complications and their management (thrombosis, infection).
Management of intradialytic complications (hypotension,
arrhythmias, disequilibrium syndrome).
Complications of kidney transplant patients. Follow up of
transplanted patients and treatment of major immunological
complications. Use of therapeutic protocols including suspension of
steroid therapy and minimizing the dose of calcineurin
Management of patients with acute kidney injury. Providing
information on dialysis in acute patients, the choice of dialysis
methods. Jugular and femoral central venous catheterization.
Management of hemodialysis complications in the acute patient.
Cardio-renal syndrome. Drug treatment and management of the
hydro-saline balance. Setting up of ultrafiltration treatment
through continuous and intermittent hemodialysis.
Author of over 250 scientific publications and numerous other
contributions to books, chapters, monographs, abstracts. Speaker at
national and international congresses.