Doctor's degree (Medicine & Surgery) , 1973-1979 with full marks, 110/110 cum laude, University of Palermo. Specialization in Anesthesiology (1980-1983), University of Palermo;  Specialization in Science of Nutrition (1984-1987), University of Palermo. Professor of Palliative medicine and pain therapy, Post-graduate Master, University of Palermo, Rome, and L’ Aquila.
Since 1st December 2016, Adjunct professor of palliative medicine, MD Anderson, University of Texas, Houston, TX, USA. Director of Anesthesia & Intensive Care Unit, Pain Relief & Palliative/Supportive Care Unit, La Maddalena Clinic for Cancer, Palermo, Italy and Professor of Palliative Medicine at University of Palermo. Scientific Director SAMO onlus, regional home care program.

More than 400 hundred lectures at national and international congresses. Associated Editor, editorial Board and/or referee of more than 30 international peer-reviewed journals in the field of pain and symptom management, and anesthesiology. Expert Consultant for grants for Cancer Research UK, Swiss Palliative Care Research Group, Spanish Telecom Award, and European Commission.

480 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals.

  • Total Impact factor = 1400
  • H-index = 64
  • Weekly Research Gate score 47
  • Author of more than 40 chapters and books.

Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the XI congress of ESRA, Italian Chapter, Palermo, 2004. Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the 7th congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Palermo, April 1-5th, 2001. Chairman of the Scientific Congress of 22° congress of MASSC, Rome, 2009. Member of dozens of scientific committees of international congresses

Award Umberto Veronesi 2003. Award of excellence in scientific research, American Academy of Hospice and palliative medicine, Boston 2010. Award ESMO designed center of integrated oncology and palliative care, Stockolm 2011. John Mendelson MD Award, University of Texas MD Anderson cancer center “for extraordinary contribution in palliative care” Houston, 11-12 October 2013.

Patent for “new delivery system for analgesics”.


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