My professional experience

I was born into a family of doctors, so, after completing high school, it was natural for me to look at medicine and I realized how exciting it was. I specialized in urology, which is a branch that has many interesting aspects, including the one that has always interested me the most: oncological urology.
I specialized in robotic surgery, especially focusing on the prostate but without neglecting other diseases: kidney cancer, pyeloureteral junction syndrome and other diseases, this is because I am convinced that, in selected patients, it is the best technique to ensure healing, minimizing the impact of surgery on the patient’s quality of life, and reducing complications as much as possible.
I have had the opportunity to train under the best professionals in the world, from all of whom I have not only learned the techniques, but also the passion and ethical codes that are necessary to practice the profession of a physician.

Curriculum

My professional experience

  • Degree in Medicine at the University of Milan, 1998

  • Became a member of the urology team at the European Institute of Oncology, 2001

  • Specialization in Urology at the University of Milan, 2003

  • Started working in minimally invasive surgery at Sacco Hospital in Milan, 2005

  • Attended the School of Robotic Surgery at Grosseto, Italy, headed by Prof. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, the current Chief of The Division of General, Minimally Invasive, and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and president of the CRSA, 2005

  • Attended the Clinique St Augustin in Bordeaux, where I worked with Dr. Richard Gaston and Dr. Thierry Piechaud, pioneers in laparoscopic surgery of the prostate, 2006.

  • I introduced multidisciplinary robotic surgery at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan developing, in particular, the approach to prostate cancer, 2006

  • For nearly a year, I was the assistant to Prof. Vipul R. Patel, the world’s leading expert in robotic surgery of the prostate, 2009

  • I was awarded an American visa for scientific merit and the authorization to operate in the U.S. without having to sit any additional examinations, 2009

  • I have performed more than 100 robotic prostatectomies under the direct supervision of Prof. Vipul R. Patel

  • I was appointed director of the School of Robotic Surgery at the European Institute of Oncology, 2009

  • I was appointed Clinical Instructor at the Center for Robotic Surgery headed by Prof. Patel and volunteer lecturer at the University of Central Florida in 2010

  • I was called by the Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico to coordinate the development of robotic surgery and became Scientific Director of the Research and Therapy Foundation in Urology RTU-NGO, 2011

  • To date I have performed approximately 500 robotic surgeries, in particular for prostate cancer, but also for kidney cancer, pyeloureteral junction syndrome and other pathologies

  • I am a professor at the School of Urology, University of Milan and, since 2011, have held a course on robotic oncologic surgery at the American Society of Urology Congress (AUA 2011 San Francisco, 2012 Atlanta, 2013 San Diego)

  • I have been a professor of the Master in Robotic Surgery, Vita-Salute University of the San Raffaele Hospital, and at the University of Modena

  • I am a member of the teaching program Fundamentals of robotic surgery by the Nicholson Center for Surgical advancement, supported by the U.S. Department of Defense

  • I have been called as an official lecturer-tutor to numerous Italian universities and hospitals (Udine, Milan, Brescia, Pavia, Como, Modena, Chieti)

  • I have performed demonstrative operations (Florence, Modena, Hamburg, Bogota) and live surgery at courses and congresses

  • I have published numerous articles, in particular about prostate cancer and robotic techniques, in prestigious international journals including The Lancet, European Urology

  • I am an associate editor of the Journal of Robotic surgery and member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals (British Journal of Urology International, and Ecancermedicalscience)

  • Together with my father, Prof. Francesco Rocco, I am the inventor of a surgical technique known as the Rocco stitch for the improvement of urinary continence. The technique, the subject of numerous international studies, is currently the subject of a large prospective randomized study involving more than 10 of the most prestigious hospitals in the world and is coordinated by the Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan