My professional experience

I was born in a family of doctors, so, after the classical maturity, it was natural for me to be interested in medicine and realize how exciting it was. I specialized in urology, which is a branch that has many interesting aspects; among these, the one that has always attracted me the most is oncological urology.
I specialized in robotic surgery, especially in the prostate, but without neglecting other kidney and high urinary pathologies, such as renal tumor, the ureteral-joint syndrome. This is because I am convinced that, in selected patients, the robotic technique is the best to guarantee healing, minimizing the impact of surgery on the patient's quality of life, reducing complications as much as possible.
I had the opportunity to train with the best professionals in the world, in Italy and abroad, and from all of them I learned the techniques, the passion and the ethics necessary to carry on the profession of the doctor.


My professional experience

  • Degree in Medicine at the University of Milan, 1998

  • Be part of the urological team of the European Institute of Oncology, 2001

  • Specialization in Urology at the University of Milan, 2003

  • I begin the experience of minimally invasive surgery at the Milan Sacco Hospital, 2005

  • I attend the School of robotic surgery directed by Prof. Piercristoforo Giulianotti, current director of the Department of Robotic Abdominal Surgery at the Chicago Hospital and president of the CRSA, 2005

  • I attend Clinique St. Augustin in Bordeaux, where I collaborate with dr Richard Gaston and Thierry Piechaud, pioneers of laparoscopic prostate surgery, 2006.

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

  • For almost a year I'm assistant professor Vipul R Patel, the world's leading expert on prostate robotic surgery, 2009

  • I get an American visa for scientific merit and authorization to operate in the USA without the need for additional exams, 2009

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

  • I am appointed Director of the School of Robotic Surgery at the European Institute of Oncology, 2009

  • I am appointed Clinical Instructor at the Center for robotic surgery directed by Patel and a volunteer professor at the University of Central Florida 2010

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

  • I currently have more than 1,500 robotic surgery operations, particularly for prostate cancer, but also for kidney cancer, ureteral-joint syndrome and other diseases

  • I was a lecturer at the School of Specialization in Urology at the University of Milan and since 2011 lecturer in the course of robotic oncology surgery at the American Society of Urology Congress (AUA 2011 San Francisco, 2012 Atlanta, 2013 San Diego)

  • I was a lecturer in the University Master in Robotic Surgery at the Vita and Salute University of the San Raffaele Hospital and the University of Modena

  • I am a member of the educational program Fundamental of robotic surgery by the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement, supported by the US Department of Defense

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

  • I have carried out demonstration interventions (Florence, Modena, Hamburg, Bogotà) and live surgery in courses and congresses

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

  • Associated editor of the journal Journal of robotic surgery and member of the editorial board of numerous scientific journals (International British Journal of Urology, ecancermedical science)

  • Together with my father, Prof. Francesco Rocco, I am author of a surgical technique known as Punto di Rocco aimed at improving urinary continence. The technique, the subject of numerous international studies, is currently the subject of a large, randomized prospective study involving more than 10 of the world's most prestigious hospitals and is coordinated by the IRCCS Ca 'Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano Foundation

  • I have held the position of Associate Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia from 2016 to 2018-12-14

  • From 1 November 2018 I hold the role of Full Professor of Urology at the University of Modena and Reggio

  • From 1 November 2018 I am Director of the Complex Structure of Urology at the University Hospital of Modena.