Luigi Bonavina is from Tropea, one of the seven best surgeons in the world


By John

“We are happy and honored that Tropea you continue to give birth to illustrious people linked to surgery. The professor Luigi Bonavina, among the 7 best surgeons in the worldrecipient of the honorary scholarship of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), can be considered a worthy heir of the brothers Pietro and Paolo Bojano (Vianeo), the most famous rhinoplasty surgeons of the 16th century, considered the universal inventors of plastic surgery and , for this reason, included among the Distinctive Identity Markers (MID) that make our region unique in the world”.

This is what Mayor Giovanni Macrì declared, complimenting his illustrious fellow citizen for the prestigious international recognition that will be awarded on the occasion of the inauguration of the ACS Clinical Congress 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the largest training meetings of surgeons in the world. “Professionals of Bonavina’s caliber – she adds – contribute to fueling the international reputation of our destination and of Calabria”.

Head of the University General Surgery Unit and Esophagus Center at the San Donato Polyclinic in Milan, Luigi Bonavina is also Full Professor of Surgery at the University of Milan. He also collaborates with the Casa di Cura La Madonnina. He trained at the University of Padua, where he obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery and specialization in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. He completed his PhD in the United States at the University of Chicago and Creighton University, where he participated in clinical and experimental studies relating to the pathophysiology and reconstructive surgery of the upper digestive tract. The main clinical activity concerns diseases and surgery of the esophagus, in particular the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, motility disorders and esophageal carcinoma. He is an expert in minimally invasive thoracoscopic, laparoscopic and trans-oral surgical techniques. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the European Surgical Association, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus and the Académie Nationale de Chirurgie. He is also a member of the standing scientific committee of the OESO, of the governing council of the World Society of Emergency Surgery and a founding member of the American Foregut Society. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and reports at national and international conferences. He also contributed to the drafting of the Italian guidelines for esophageal cancer and is President of the Italian Association of Esophageal Research (AIRES). The brothers Pietro and Paolo Vianeo in their studio in Tropea, sought after and frequented at the time by the courts of half of Europe, reconstructed noses throughout the continent. Their method was defined by Tommaso Campanella as tropiensium magic. Their innovative technique involved using flaps of skin taken from the inside of the left arm; so much so that it became a model and was applied in the rest of the West.