A high performing senior scientific team ensures that GKSD Holding is focused and ready for whatever lies ahead

Advisory board

GKSD experts are the best at what they do and have the knowledge, expertise and experience to drive the Holding in its quest to achieve greatness.

Dr. Alessandro Frigiola

Director of the Paediatric Cardiac Surgical Area at IRCCS Polyclinic San Donato

Dr. Alessandro Frigiola is Director of the Paediatric Cardiac Surgical Area at San Donato Research Hospital in Milan and Head of Medical Operations of Gruppo San Donato. Upon graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Padua he began specialising in Paediatric surgery and Cardiac surgery at the University of Bologna. He further trained at the Hôpital De La Timone in Marseille, the Green Lake Hospital in Aukland, the Great Ormand Hospital for Sick Children in London, the Cardiothoracic Centre in Monte Carlo, and the Hôpital Pessac in Bordeaux. He is Founder and President of the ‘Associazione Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo’ in 1993 and Director of international cooperation projects for the development of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. He is a member of the American Association Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and a Visiting Professor at medical centres in Bucharest, Cairo, Damascus, Tunis, Lima, Dubai and Casablanca where he periodically performs cardiac surgery. Among the numerous prizes and awards he has received he can count The Ambrogino D'Oro awarded by the Mayor of Milan, the Benemerenza di Grande Ufficiale for humanitarian causes awarded in 2008 by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, and in 2016 the honour of Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana 'Motu proprio' awarded by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.


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Prof. Alberto Zangrillo

Head of the General and Cardio-Thoracic-Vascular Anaesthetics and Resuscitation Operating Unit

Professor Alberto Zangrillo is Head of the General and Cardio-Thoracic-Vascular Anaesthetics and Resuscitation Operating Unit and Clinical Areas Director of the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. He holds the positions of Pro-Rector for Clinical Activities and Full Professor of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. He is a graduate of the University of Milan, where he studied Medicine and Surgery specialising in Anaesthesics and Resuscitation before moving on to continue his career at renowned European centres of excellence such as the Queen Charlotte Hospital in London, Hospital de la Santa Creu Pau do Barcelona, the Cardio-thoracic Centre in Munich, Hetzer Deutsches Herzzentrum in Berlin and San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Professor Alberto Zangrillo is among the top ten physicians in the world for number of publications written in the field of "anaesthesia" and "intensive care". He has been called upon by such entities as the Ministry of Health, the AIFA Independent Drug Research; The Lombardy Region and has been Principal Investigator in 48 randomised research protocols that were approved by the Ethics Committee of San Raffaele Hospital. In addition to awards and honours in the medical field he was awarded the title of ‘Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica Italiana’ and ‘Commendatore’ by former Italian Presidents Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and Giorgio Napolitano.


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Prof. Enrico Gherlone

Head of the Dentistry Unit at IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital

Professor Enrico Gherlone is Dean of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the same University and Head of the Dentistry Unit at IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Genoa, where he specialised in odontology. His clinical activity is focused on the prevention, early interception and treatment of the most common oral diseases in children and he is a pioneer of implant-supported prostheses on bone-deficient and grafted patients. He is also involved in prosthetic rehabilitation using minimally invasive techniques. He is member of the technical table on dentistry at the Ministry of Health and coordinates the Clinical Recommendations; he also served as president of the College of Dentistry Faculty from January 2015 to December 2018. He is the recipient of major awards such as the Scientific Research Award from the Salerno Medical School and the William Laney Award given by the U.S. Academy of Osseointegration and has patented two implant systems. Professor Gherlone is President of the San Raffaele Implant Research Cultural Association - Oral Sciences (ACRIS), the Italian Society of Prosthetic and Implant Dentistry (2007-2009) and the Italian Association of Gnathology (2000-2002), and a member of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery (SIOCMF) and the Genoa section of the National Association of Italian Dentists (ANDI).


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Prof. Gianvito Martino

Founder of the Italian Association of Neuroimmunology (AINI)

Professor Martino Gianvito is a graduate of the University of Pavia class of 1987. He went on to specialise in neurology and from 1990 to 1992 he undertook research at the Department of Neurology in the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm before moving on to the Department of Neurology of the University of Chicago. He took up the post of Director of the Neuroimmunology Unit of San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan from 1997 to 2008; Managed the Division of Neuroscience from 2008 to 2016 and served as Scientific Director from 2016 to 2020. To date he is full professor of applied biology and pro-rector for research at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan. Professor Gianvito is among the founders of the Italian Association of Neuroimmunology (AINI), of which he was president from 2009 to 2012, and of the European School of Neuroimmunology (ESNI) and the Global Schools of Neuroimmunology (GSNI) of which he continues to hold the role as scientific coordinator. He holds numerous other positions in Italy and Europe and as has earned numerous scientific awards including the Rita Levi-Montalcini Prize.ically performs cardiac surgery.


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Dott. Roberto Bassani

Head of the Operative Unit of Vertebral Surgery II at the IRCCS Orthopaedic Unit of Galeazzi Hospital

Dr Roberto Bassani is Head of the Operative Unit of Vertebral Surgery II at the IRCCS Orthopaedic Unit of Galeazzi hospital in Milan. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pavia, where he specialised for five years in Orthopaedics and Traumatology. He is interested in the treatment of congenital (deformities) and degenerative pathology of the spine, Vertebral Surgery with a focus on the study and practice of anterior approaches to the spine and the development of minimally invasive and 'non fusion' techniques. During his career, Dr. Roberto Bassani has performed more than 3,000 Major specialised spinal surgeries, and is visiting surgeon in various Italian hospitals. He has spent many years abroad and had placements at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris, the Hopitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, the Bada Berka in Weimar and the Sutter Neuroscience Medical Group in Sacramento. In 2000, he received the Training Licence in Spinal Surgery from the European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteosynthesis (ARGOS) in Paris. In 2009 he won The First Prize Winner awarded by ARGOS. He is an esteemed speaker at international congresses and contributes to many indexed journals such as European Spine Journal, International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biologyand International Journal of Clinical Medicine. He teaches surgical anatomy of anterior spinal approaches at the School of Specialisation in Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University of Milan. In 2020, he took part in and won the competition for the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN) of the Ministero della Università e Ricerca Scientifica (MIUR) (Ministry of Universities and Scientific Research), obtaining the qualification of University Professor of II fascia- discipline Orthopaedics and Traumatology.


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Prof. Francesco Bedogni

Professor of Hemodynamics and the Interventional Cardiology

Prof. Francesco Bedogni has been Director of the Clinical, Interventional Cardiology and Coronary Intensive Care Units (CICU) at IRCCS Policlinico San Donato in Milan, Italy, since July 2015. From 1998 to 2015, he was Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit (UCIC), Hemodynamics and Interventional Radiology at the Sant'Ambrogio Clinical Institute in Milan.
Since 2013, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Specialisation in Cardiology at the University of Milan and Cardiac Surgery at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.
Prof. Francesco Bedogni studied at the University of Padua, where he graduated in 1980 specialising in Cardiology four years later. He then continued his training abroad, attending several Hemodynamics laboratories in Toulouse and Bordeaux in France, New York, California and Wisconsin in the United States. In 1984, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Arnault Tzanck Institute of Saint Laurent du Var in Nice, where he honed his skills in Interventional Cardiology, participating in about 1,200 hemodynamic procedures including numerous Coronary Angioplasties.
Prof. Francesco Bedogni routinely collaborates with numerous public and private hospitals throughout Italy, dealing with aortic and mitral structural interventional procedures. Since 2014 he has been Proctor in Pittsburgh, Saint Louis and Minneapolis (United States) for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is currently European proctor for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and Percutaneous Mitral Repair (Mitraclip) for international companies at the forefront of this field (Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Abbott and Terumo).
He has authored more than 320 scientific articles and abstracts and his contributions appear in prestigious journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, American Journal of Cardiology, QJM, Cardiology, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, and Coronary Artery Disease.


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Dott. Francesco Maisano

Director of the Heart Valve Centre at the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital

Dr. Francesco Maisano is director of the Heart Valve Centre at the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. His training began with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the ‘Cattolica’ University of Rome and continued with a specialisation in Cardiac Surgery from La Sapienza University of Rome. During his training, he spent a period abroad as a Special Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Alabama Birmingham (Alabama, USA). From a clinical and research perspective, Dr Maisano is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, with a specific focus on valvular heart disease and heart failure. In fact, the doctor is among the world's leading experts in mitral repair and mitral and tricuspid pathologies. His particular focus is on innovative interventions, both strictly surgical and trans-catheter. He has also received several honours and awards including the European Society of Cardiology Silver Medal for Innovation and the Lifetime Achievement in Research and Teaching in the Field of Interventional Cardiology (Israeli Cardiology Innovation), both awarded in 2018. He holds more than 25 patents in the field of cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology on which some implantable devices for the treatment of valvular and other heart diseases are based and he is co-director of the PCR London Valves course, the world's largest valve interventional conference.


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Prof. Pietro Mortini

Head of the Neurosurgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery unit at IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital

Professor Pietro Mortini is head of the Neurosurgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery unit at IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. He is full professor of Neurosurgery at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (USA). His training began in Parma with his graduation with Honours and Honorable Mention in Medicine and Surgery. He went on to specialise in Neurosurgery at the University of Verona and boasts numerous experiences abroad including a post at the Western General Hospital of Edinburgh, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the Hôpital Lariboisière in Paris. In 1999 he was awarded an International Fellowship at the Neurological Institute of George Washington University, which, in 2002, gave him the title of Visiting Professor of Neurosurgery. He is also a visiting consultant at Ibn Sina Hospital in Kuwait City. In surgery, Prof. Mortini has focused on skull base surgery, brain and spinal tumours, and the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases and the Neurosurgery Unit he directs is an international referral centre for the treatment of pituitary gland tumours and is at the forefront for the use of new technologies such as three-dimensional intraoperative endoscopy, cortical mapping with intraoperative monitoring, intraoperative ultrasound, intraoperative neurophysiology, minimally invasive cerebral portal surgery and spinal surgery, and the neuronavigator. The Unit also performed the world's first robotic-assisted brain tumour removal surgery in 2020. Throughout his career, alongside his clinical work, Professor Mortini is dedicated to research and development of new neurosurgical techniques, including designing more than 60 new micro-neurosurgical instruments.


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Prof. Carlo Pappone

Head of the Operative Unit of cardiac arhythmology and of the electrophysiology Laboratory at IRCCS Polyclinic San Donato

Prof. Carlo Pappone is Head of the Operative Unit of cardiac arhythmology and of the electrophysiology Laboratory at IRCCS Polyclinic San Donato in Milan. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University Federico II of Naples, where he specialised in Cardiology subsequently going on to obtain a PhD in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. Prof. Pappone is involved in all electrophysiology procedures, with a particular interest in transcatheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardias and Wolff Parkinson White(WPW) syndrome, in the adult and paediatric population. In the field of scientific research, he focuses on the development of new therapeutic strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation and WPW and in the prevention of sudden arrhythmic death in arrhythmogenic congenital heart diseases. Recently, his main field of interest has been the prevention of sudden death and the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with Brugada Syndrome. He has developed a new epicardial ablation procedure to identify and eliminate the mechanisms that trigger sudden death in these patients: about 600 patients have been successfully treated to date. He is an esteemed speaker and moderator at major national and international congresses in the field of cardiology and arrhythmology and reviewer of multiple medical journals. In 2006, he received the Elite Reviewer award from the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). He is a Fellow in several international cardiology societies such as American Heart Association (AHA), European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and American College of Cardiology (ACC).


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Prof. Luigi Zagra

Head of the Operating Unit of Hip Surgery I at the IRCCS Orthopaedic Institute of the Galeazzi Hospital

Prof. Luigi Massimo Zagra is Head of the Operating Unit of Hip Surgery I at the IRCCS Orthopaedic Institute of the Galeazzi Hospital in Milan. His obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Milan and went on to specialise in Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Following different posts at the Galeazzi Institute he is currently Head of the Hip Surgery Unit which he also directs. He is an Adjunct Professor for the School of Specialisation in Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University of Milan, and is qualified to teach pathologies of the musculoskeletal system as a Professor of the first rank. In the course of his career, Prof. Luigi Zagra became President of the European Hip Society, President of the Italian Hip Society and member of the Ethics Commission of the European Federation of Orthopaedic and Traumatology Societies (EFORT), with which he drafted the code of ethics for European orthopaedic surgeons. He is author and co-author of 130 articles published in national and international journals, as well as Guest and Speaker at more than 500 congresses in Italy and abroad. He has more than 5,000 major orthopaedic surgeries to his credit, with a particular focus on hip surgery. He is currently Chairman of the Scientific Commission of the European Hip Society and the Italian Hip Society, as well as a member of the EFORT Executive Committee, the International Commission of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Scientific Committee of the Italian Arthroplasty Registry.


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