Paolo Miccoli

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Paolo Miccoli

President of the Board of Directors, ANVUR


Prof. Paolo Miccoli biography

Paolo Miccoli was born in Livorno on June 7th 1947. He graduated from High School Gymnasiumof Livorno “Niccolini Guerrazzi”. In 1972 he obtained the graduation with honors in medicine andsurgery at the University of Studies and Refinement of Sant’Anna in Pisa. He followed a post- graduate course at the same University in the two years after graduation. Specialization in general surgery and emergency surgery and first aid at the University of Pisa. He is married and he has three sons and three nephews. He practiced swimming, water polo and fencing at a competitive level, also taking part in the national team of which he was also a sports doctor.

He began his career as an Ordinary Assistant of Surgical Clinic, from 1975 to 1983 at the University of Pisa, from 1983 till 1987 he worked as associate Professor of Pediatric surgery at the University of Pisa and from 1987 Ordinary Professor of Surgical Clinic, then General Surgery always at the University of Pisa.

Research activity

Paolo Miccoli in his clinical and research activity has dealt with topics related to endocrine gland surgery and especially of thyroid gland surgery with particular regards to studies on minimally invasive techniques, description and development of the first endoscopic operation without insufflation on the neck for the removal of thyroid neoplasms: “Minimally Invasive Video- AssitedThyroidectomy (MIVAT), considered today as the most widespread endoscopic thyroid surgery in the USA. Recently he has dedicated himself to the study and development of robotic techiques for the treatment of thyroid diseases, making an important contribution to the development of the so-called “scarless in the neck” techniques. He also dedicated himself to the pathology and surgery of the parathyroid glands and its metabolic reflexes. Important contributions in minimally invasive surgical therapy have been developed by him: he made the first neck endoscopic surgery in Europe; the contribution to the development of the use of rapid intraoperative parathyroid dosage (the first center in Italy to equip itself with this instrument). More recently he studied molecular biology and“molecular testing” in the diagnosis and prognosis of differentiated thyroid cancer and its medical, surgical therapeutics implications. He also dedicated himself to new therapeutic approaches in the treatment of poorly differentiated thyroid neoplasia. This line of research has developed mainly through primary cell cultures from poorly differentiated neoplasms taken from operating parts and subjected to the action of experimental drugs with new molecules synthesized in the Pharmaceutical Techniques laboratories of the University of Pisa. Between the years 2000 and 2011 he obtained national and European research funding several times.

Author of the book “Thyroid Surgery: Preventing and Managing Complications”(Wiley Blackwell Ed 2013, Chichester UK), of numerous chapters of endocrine surgeons in all the main monographs of General and Specialist Surgery published in the last 15 years and in the complex of over 600 surgery publications in the treatment of endocrine pathologies that received 14,544 citations with an index “h” of 65.

International Experiences

Paolo Miccoli has been a “Visiting Professor” at the Zurich Hospital and at the Brown University Rhode Island Hospital (Providence Rhode Island USA) and as “Invited Lecturer” at the Taiwan Surgical Association.

In the year 2000 he held the “Mayo Lecture” at the Northwestern University of Chicago entitled“Minimally Invasive Video Assisted Thyroidectomy MIVAT”; in the year 2010 he held the “Charles Proye Honorary Lecture” of the European Society of Endocrine Surgeons entitled “Minimallyinvasive edocrine surgery and the future”.

He is a member of the Accadémie Nationale de Chirurgie de France (since 2000); Honorary member of ESES, European Society of Endocrine Surgeons, of the Turkish Society of Endocrine Surgery, of the AFCE Association Francaise de Chirurgie Endocrinienne, of Israeli Society of Head and neck Surgery and Oncology.

Referee of numerous internationale journals of Surgery (World Journal of Surgery, British Journal of Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Annals of Oncologic Surgery, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation).

Awards and Recognitions

In the year 2003 he won Ruggeri Prize – the highest award given by the Italian Surgery Company for the research on “Minimally invasive surgery of the parathyroid glands”.

In the year 2006 he was awarded by the University of Pisa of the Order of the Cherub.

He received, on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Jagellonian University Foundation of Cracovia, the medal award.

Winner in the year 2013 of the award related to the “International Award for Publishing Excellence in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinoloy and Metabolism” by Endocrine Society.

Management and Evaluation Experiences

From 2006 to 2010, he has held the position of Pro-Rector in the Community policies of the University of Pisa; from 2002 and until the appointment in the ANVUR Governing board he has covered the position as Department Director several times at the University of Pisa. He was also Master’s Degree, Specialization Schools and Doctorate Director. He was an expert evaluator as GEV 6 within VQR 2004/2011.

Member of the working group of the Board Health of Governors for the accreditation of health structures for the diagnosis and treatment of Endocrine Diseases. He was the founding member and the first President of the European Society of Endocrine Surgeons (ESES); Vice-President of the Association of French-speaking Endocrine Surgery; Advisor of the International Association of Endocrine Surgery; in the year 2015, Co-founder of the Asian Institute for Thyroid Cancer (AITC), based in Taichung (Taiwan ROC). He is also part of the Editorial Board of Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery.


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