Prof. Renzo Dionigi is a general surgeon from Varese, Italy. Professor Dionigi has had a remarkable career and is highly deserving of this honor by measure of his academic qualifications and contributions to U.S. and international surgery.
He received his medical degree and surgical training at the famed University of Pavia, Italy. Early in his career, he studied under the supervision of William A. Altemeier, MD, FACS, and James Wesley Alexander, MD, FACS, at the University Cincinnati School of Medicine, OH. During those three years, he conducted research in the areas of surgical infections, immunology, and transplantation and was fortunate enough to meet his lovely wife, Janet.
A close and collegial collaboration with Stanley Dudrick, MD, FACS, resulted in Professor Dionigi being the first to introduce the concept and practice of artificial nutrition to our European colleagues. Even with his extensive expertise in surgery, since his 1984 appointment as professor of surgery at the University of Pavia, his major clinical interest has been focused on advanced oncologic surgery, particularly hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery. He also is the architect of novel techniques for immuno-guided surgery.
In 1986, he was charged with opening a new branch of the Pavia Medical School in Varese. He became both surgery department chair and dean of the new medical school. Additionally, he was instrumental in the founding of another new university, the University of Insubria, which now has more than 12,000 students, and was the school’s first rector.
He has authored more than 700 scientific publications and seven books, including the sixth edition of the renowned Chirurgia, and has received many awards, accolades, and distinguished appointments, including the Invernizzi Award, Italy’s highest medical teaching honor.
Renzo is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the American Surgical Association. He has been an active American College of Surgeons Fellow for many years, and I can think of no one more deserving of this coveted honor.