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Stefano Zaffagnini

Full Professor

Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences

Academic discipline: MED/33 Orthopaedics

Head of Scuola di Specializzazione Ortopedia e Traumatologia (DI 68/2015)

Curriculum vitae


Date of birth


Academic Title

Full Professor of Orthopadics at the University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy)

Current Assignment

Head of  Complex Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Istituto Ortopoedico Rizzoli.

Head of II University Clinic or Ortopaedics and Traumatology at Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli 

Coordinator of the “Sports Traumatology Excellence Centre” of Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy).





Title of qualification awarded

MD degree from the University of Bologna in Oct 17 1987, with 110/110 cum laude.

Other qualifications awarded

Specialization in “Orthopaedics and Traumatology” from the University of Bologna in Jul 15 1992, with 70/70 cum laude.

Work experiences (Occupation or position held)


He works as Head of the General Orthopaedic at the Department of Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli In Sicily from 01/05/2016 to 01/06/2017

He works as 1st assistant orthopaedic surgeon in the Sports Traumatology Dept. of Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy) from  24/07/1997 to 30/04/2016

He was ESSKA AOSSM travelling fellow from 1 to 26 of June 1997 in the U.S.A, visiting Sports Medicine medical centres of New York, London Ontario, Richmond, Memphis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, San Francisco.
He performed a 6 months Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Research at the University of Pittsburgh (USA), under the direction of Professor F.Fu and Professor S. Woo.

8000 Surgical Operation as 1st Surgeon until 31 Aug 2011.

Language skills

English, excellent.

Computer skills and competences

Excellent knowledge of Windows operating system, Word, Excel.

Excellent knowledge of Computer Assisted Navigation systems in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Teaching activities

  • School of Specialization in Medicine and Surgery - Faculty of Medicine - Univ. of Bologna from 2005/2006;
  • School of Specialization Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Medicine and Surgery Faculty of Bologna University from 2010/2011;
  • School of Specialization in Sports Medicine – Faculty of Medicine - University of Bologna from the year 2005/2006;
  • Faculty of Medicine and Surgery - Univ. of Bologna - from 2005/2006;
  • Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences – University of Bologna (Rimini) from the year 2006/2007;
  • School for Orthopaedics Technicians – Faculty of Medicine – University of Bologna from the year 2008/09;
  • School of Nursing - Faculty of Medicine – University of Bologna (Ravenna) from the year 2009/10;
  • nel C.d.L. in School of Nursing - Faculty of Medicine – University of Bologna (Rimini) from the year 2012/13;

He hold the course of “Arthroscopic techniques in Orthopaedics” in the School of Specialization in Orthopaedics and Traumatology – Faculty of Medicine - University of Messina from the year 2006/2007 to 2008/2009.

Scientific Activities

He is one of the 4 Italian members of the “ACL Study Group”, the most important scientific society on ACL reconstruction.

He is active member of many scientific societies: SIOT, SIGASCOT, SIA, IORS, AAOS, AOSSM, ESSKA, ICRS, Magellan Society, ISAKOS, ACL Study Group.

He is vice-president of the SIGASCOT society (Italian Society of Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine).

He was member of the cartilage committee of ESSKA (European Society of Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy) from 2006 to 2008, and he is the chairman of the arthoscopy committee of ESSKA from 2008 to 2010.
 He is deputy chair of the scientific committee of ISAKOS (International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine) from 2011 to 2013.

Scientific Chairman of the 15° ESSKA congress 2012.

Scientific Chairman  of the 16° ESSKA congress 2014.

He published:

- 279 scientific paper in International journals, 226 with impact factor (ISI Web of Knowledge)

      H-Index: 50

- 335 international abstract e 125 Italian National abstract;

- 14 books, 66 book chapters, 3 monographic volumes, 6 monographic volume's chapters e 8 scientific videos.

He attended as invited speaker 193 International Meetings and 195 Italina National Meetings.

He is reviewer for many international journals: Am Journal Sports Medicine, Tissue Engeneering, British Medical Bulletin, JOSPT, Musculoskeletal Surgery, Cartilage, Acta Orthopaedica Scand, Clinicl Anatomy.

Associated Editor of Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (ESSKA journal) from 2012.

Clinical and/or Scientific interests

Sports Traumatology, Cartilage Pathology, Arthroscopic and Replacement surgery of Shoulder, Knee and Hip joints, Biomechanics, Computer Assisted Surgery, Biological joint reconstructions and Meniscal Transplantation, Regenerative Medicine, Cellular Therapy.