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Luigi Ricciardiello

Associate Professor

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/12 Gastroenterology

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of Birth:      March 14, 1969; Bari, Italy

Work Address

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences,

Gastroenterology Unit

University of Bologna

Via Massarenti 9, Bologna, 40138, Italy




·    Doctor of Medicine

·    Specialized in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy (Italy)

·    USMLE/ECFMG Step 3 certified

·    Specialized in Internal Medicine and Boarda Eligible (USA)

·    Associate Professor of Gastroenterology


1975-1980      Elementary School Raffaello Sanzio, Bologna, Italy

1980-1983      Middle School at the Conservatory of Music G.B. Martini, Bologna, Italy

1983-1988      High School A. Righi, Bologna, Italy                                              

1988-1994       Faculty of medicine, University of Bologna, Italy

Post Graduate Training

1996 to 2001   Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Bologna, Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Academic Positions

1996 - 2001     Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Bologna, Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

2002 - 2014      Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology, Department of Clinical Medicine,  University of Bologna, Italy

2003-2005, 2009-  Professor at the Fellowship program of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, University of Bologna, Italy

2014- Associate Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Bologna, Italy

International positions and training

August 1997 to November 2000       Postgraduate Research Gastroenterologist, Department of Medicine and UCSD Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, USA

Training in molecular biology and cancer research under the guidance of Dr. C. Richard Boland, MD, chief of the division gastroenterology.

 March 2005- July 2009         Senior Research Associate, Baylor University Medical Center. Dallas, TX, USA. Working at the GI cancer research laboratory performing research on colon cancer, headed by Dr. C. Richard Boland. From July 2007 until June 2009 completed the residency program in Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center while performing research on colon cancer.

Clinical Positions

2003 – 2005,

2009-               Attending Physician at the Gastroenterology Unit of S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy

Research Activity

  • Chemoprevention of gastrointestinal cancers and their predisposing diseases through the use of dietary bioactives and synthetic molecules
  • Prevention of colorectal cancer
  • Obesity/metabolic syndrome and colorectal cancer
  • Inflammation and colorectal cancer



  • AIRC Investigator Grant 2010-2013. Project Title: Eicosapentaenoic acid-free fatty acid prevents inflammation and cancer in colitis-associated colorectal cancer. Total Budget: €195.000.
  • EU-FP7 – Cooperation. Co-coordinator and work package leader (WP5) of the project PATHWAY-27: “Pivotal Assessment Of The Effects Of Bioactives On Health And Wellbeing. From Human Genoma To Food Industry”. Project start date: February 1, 2013. Total Duration: 5 years. Total budget: € 6,000,000
  • AIRC Investigator Grant 2013.  Project title: Mediterranean diet and Eicosapentaenoic Acid for the prevention of inflammatory and obesity-driven colorectal cancer. Principal Investigator. Total budget: € 270.000         


  • 2013-   Member of the Scientific Committee, Italian Sociecty of Gastroenterology (SIGE)
  • 2013-2015    Member of the Scientific Committee of the FISMAD conference
  • 2013-   Member of the National Societies Committee, United European Gastroenterology (UEG)
  • 2014-   Member of the Scientific Committee, United European Gastroenterology (UEG)     
  • 2015 -  Chair Elect, National Societies Committee, United European Gastroenterology (UEG)

Teaching Activities

•       Professor at the Fellowship program of Gastroenterology, University of Bologna

•       Tutoring medical students of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bologna

•       Author of Chapter on Cancer of the Colon and Rectum, Handbook of Gastroenterology (UNIGASTRO) for the National Faculties of Medicine (years 2001-2003, 2004-2006, 2007-2009, 2013-2015, 2016-2018)

•       Tutoring of PhD students

•       Tutor of FIRC fellowship

Clinical Activities

•       Coordinator of colorectal cancer screening program at the S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital

•       Digestive Endoscopy of the upper and lower digestive tract. Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy and EGD

•       Clinic for the study, screening and surveillance of hereditary gastrointestinal cancers (Familial adenomatous polyposis, Lynch Syndrome, hamartomatous polyposis, serrated polyposis).

•       Clinic for the prevention of digestive tumors


1995-              Order of Physicians, Bologna

1997-              Italian Society of Gastroenterology (SIGE)

1998-              American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

2004-2008       Member of the International Affairs Committee of the SIGE

2005-2006      Emerging Leaders in Gastroenterology Program, Astra Zeneca

2007-              Texas Medical Association

2008-              American College of Physicians

2011-               International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours Incorporated (InSiGHT)

2013- European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESDO)

2015- European Hereditary Tumor Group (Formerly Mallorca Group)

Reviewer for the following journals


Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology


Nature Communications

Clinical Cancer Research

International Journal of Cancer

Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention

British Journal of Cancer

Experimental cell research

BMC Cancer

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Digestive and Liver Diseases

Cancer Treatment Reviews

Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Human Pathology


Abstract Reviewer for conferences

Digestive Disease Week (AGA)

United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW)

Italian Federation Of Digestive Diseases (FISMAD) national conference


•       US Patent Application 20090076131. Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Annurca Apple Extracts and Compositions Purified Therefrom

•       US Patent Application 20090048187. Chemopreventive, Anticancer and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Pinoresinol-Rich Olives


-  Digestive Disease Week (American Gastroenterological Association meeting): Four Poster of distinction, year 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013

- United European Gastroenterology Week: Four Best Abstract Awards, years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009.

- IX Congresso Nazionale delle Malattie Digestive (2003), Firenze, Italy.  Best Oral Presentation Award.

Oral Presentations, invited lectures and chairmanships

-   Since 1999, Professor Ricciardiello has presented his original scientific works more than 50 times at the most important national and international gastroenterology meetings as first or last author. Professor Ricciardiello is continuously invited to give lectures at both national and International venues and serves as chairman and faculty at National and International meetings, including the Digestive Disease Week and United European Gastroenterology Week.

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