American College of Surgeons - Italy Chapter

Inspiring quality: highest standards, better outcomes





Scarica il programma del Congresso di Peschiera del Garda di Novembre-Dicembre 2020


Residents in General Surgery are invited to send their abstracts for the ACS Italy Chapter National Congress.
Active residents in an Italian general surgery residency program will be able to participate.
The candidates must be RAS-ACS members (Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons) and active residents in general surgery when they submit the abstract.
The abstract should necessarily be no more than 2 typewritten (Ariel 12) double-spaced pages. The abstract should include the Title, the Authors (the resident has to be the first Author - 5 Authors max.) the Institution, Background, Material and Methods, Results and Conclusions. One of the Authors of the abstract has to be an active Fellow of the ACS and active Member of the ACS Italy Chapter, up to date with ACS Italy Chapter dues.
Abstracts should be submitted to by November 10, 2020
The best presentation will be awarded by ACS Italy Chapter with a prize of € 500 and the opportunity to participate in a two-day Laparoscopic Colorectal 3D ICG Guided Surgery Course at Pederzoli Hospital (Peschiera del Garda VR)

To subscribe as RAS-ACS member, please visit the following webpage

In memoria del Prof. Nicola Scopinaro

Cari Fellows,
devo purtroppo informarvi che è mancato ieri a Genova Nicola Scopinaro, Professore Ordinario di Chirurgia Generale dell’Università di Genova, Fondatore e Presidente Onorario della SICOb e dell’International Federation for Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), pioniere della Chirurgia Bariatrica in Italia e nel mondo.
Il Prof.Scopinaro era Honorary Fellow dell’American College of Surgeons, riconoscimento cui teneva moltissimo: dal 2007, anno del conferimento del titolo, portava sempre, sulla sua immancabile giacca blu, il distintivo dell’ACS.
Nicola Scopinaro è stata l’icona della chirurgia bariatrica in Italia e nel mondo - era la sua ragione di vita.
Ha cercato i "perché" nella chirurgia bariatrica con metodo rigoroso, infinita passione ed amore per la scienza, con l’entusiasmo di un giovane ricercatore e l’umiltà di un grande uomo, nella ricerca della comprensione delle cause delle malattie metaboliche.
Un grande ed autorevole maestro: come sanno generazioni di chirurghi, era sorprendentemente, sempre, disponibile a parlare, spiegare, discutere con tutti, specie con i più giovani.
Un grande esempio di scienziato e di uomo, con uno stile unico: non lo dimenticheremo.

Nicola Di Lorenzo, MD, PhD, FACS
President Elect, ACS Italy Chapter


Prof. Antonio di Cataldo
ACS Honorary Fellow

Ci fa estremamente piacere poter segnalare che il nostro Past Governor, Professor Antonio di Cataldo, è stato insignito della prestigiosa "Honorary Fellowship of American College of Surgeons"

ACS Italy Chapter: il Capitolo è in Crescita

Nel 2020,  buona parte del numero dei  nuovi Fellows (Initiates)  iscritti al American College of Surgeons provenienti dall'Europa, è risultato essere costituito da chirurghi Italiani (vedi grafico sotto); questo conferma l'attività in crescita del nostro Capitolo, a cui è rivolta grande attenzione da part del ACS Headquarters in Chicago e da party di molti Capitoli internazionali (tratto da "International Governors and Chapter Officers Meeting", October 2020). 

Rivolgiamo pertanto un caloroso benvenuto a tutti i nostri nuovi Initiates, che otterranno il titolo di "Fellow of American College of Surgeons" dopo la Initiation Ceremony.

Allo stesso tempo invitiamo, chi volesse diventare Fellow of American College of Surgeons, a visitare il sito e compilare la "application" per "International Fellow", dopo aver letto le istruzioni correlate ( Invitiamo anche gli specializzandi ( e gli studenti ( ad iscriversi ($20 per gli  Specializzandi e gratis per gli studenti): attraverso l'iscrizione otterranno notevoli benefici nel programma ACS Education.

Alessandro Paganini, MD, FACS (Governor)

Massimo Carlini, MD, FACS (President)

Giuseppe Nigri, MD, FACS (Secretary)


Prof. Franco Mosca


Professor Franco Mosca, Professor Emeritus and past Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pisa, Italy, passed away in Pisa on May 31st, 2020. Born in Biella, Italy, on February 27, 1942, he obtained his MD degree from the Collegio Medico-Giuridico of the University of Pisa in 1966; five years later he graduated from the General Surgery Residency of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pisa and stayed on as an Assistant Professor. At that time, the Department was known for treatment of common benign and malignant gastrointestinal, biliary, urological and thoracic pathology and had just started a kidney transplant program: over the course of the following four decades the visionary Professor Mosca transformed the Department of Surgery at the University of Pisa into a highly advanced and sophisticated academic quaternary center of excellence in oncologic, vascular and solid organ transplantation surgery.

This was done in a step-wise fashion following an organic vision based on clinical excellence. At first, Prof Mosca strengthened the kidney transplant program, later on followed by a pancreas and kidney-pancreas transplant program, started surgical treatment of portal hypertension after a six month fellowship in London with Dame Sheila Sherlock and vascular surgery complemented by a sojourn with a member of this Association, Dr. Antony Imparato, at New York University. Prof Mosca then expanded gastrointestinal surgical oncology to include advanced pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgery, and embraced laparoscopic surgery. After a prolonged stay at the University of Chicago with yet another member of this Association, Dr. Christoph Broelch, Professor Mosca was able to start a very successful liver transplant program.   With the addition of liver transplants to a growing kidney and pancreas transplant program, by the late 90’s Professor Mosca had created the busiest transplant surgery program in Italy with the largest series of kidney-pancreas transplants in Europe. Simultaneously, Professor Mosca dedicated himself to improve hospital facilities creating a state of the art surgical unit with advanced ORs and ICUs. He also developed advanced endoscopic and ultrasound diagnostic and therapeutic services as integral components of the Department of Surgery, based on his believe that we surgeons are well positioned to obtain the best clinical outcomes only when we are facile with all these diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

Professor Mosca paid equal attention to the development of a strong research unit with clinical outcome research, basic science research and translational research. The development of the clinical outcome research came first as a by-product of the expansion of the clinical services. This was followed by the establishment of a laboratory of tumor immunology. Then, in the early 90's, Professor Mosca was again visionary in establishing collaborative ties with the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Pisa. This led to the formation of a bioengineering laboratory in the Department of Surgery. This effort matured into a Center for Advanced Surgery (CAS) dedicated to skills training and research in computed-guided surgery, which was recognized as one of only two “center of excellence” by the Italian Health Ministry and was accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

In the process, Prof. Mosca authored more than 400 papers in the areas of gastrointestinal oncology, vascular surgery, endoscopy, ultrasound imaging, laparoscopy and transplantation, and became one of the most respected and influential Italian and European surgeons. These exceptional accomplishments were recognized in Italy with the Cherubino award, the highest award conferred by the University of Pisa (2000) and the Gold Medal for Health Care by the Italian Republic (2005); and abroad with Honorary Membership in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg (2006), in the Polish Surgical Society (2008), in the American Surgical Association (2009) and in the American College of Surgeons (2018).

All along his professional career, Professor Mosca combined incredible vision, determination, outstanding organizational qualities and indefatigable energy. In a Country, Italy, with limited resources for health care and research, these qualities are not sufficient to guarantee success. Professor Mosca realized the existence of this challenge long time ago and created one of the first Foundations for Medical Research in Italy, the Associazione Pisana di Ricerche in Chirurgia. A decade later this foundation morphed into a second one, called “Arpa”, created with the help of Maestro Andrea Bocelli. Better supported and with a broader reach, Arpa has been able to distribute funds for clinical and research programs in Surgery, and has funded the medical training of many physicians from underdeveloped countries.

Professor Mosca was a man with a strong-willed character, an excellent physician and surgeon, a demanding teacher and a person attentive to others. A man of rare integrity and exceptional stature, he dedicated his whole life to his patients, his students and the less fortunate. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Giuseppina Bottino Mosca; three daughters: Marta Mosca, MD, MPH, Professor and Chairperson of the Immunology Unit of the University of Pisa; Elena Mosca, MBA, Irene Mosca, MD; and 3 grandchildren.

Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D., FACS



The American College of Surgeons Italy Chapter has translated in Italian the ACS Patient Education Brochures.