Ettore Contessini

General surgeon


Professor Ettore Contessini-Avesani is the chief surgeon at Casa di Cura La Madonnina.

After graduating in 1970 from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, he specialized in general surgery (1976), thoracic surgery (1979), pediatric surgery (1982) at the same university.

Along with a brilliant professional career, Professor Contessini-Avesani began his successful academic career in 1971 as a university assistant, first as a freelance lecturer, and then as a professor at the Department of Special Surgical Pathology of the II IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan. In addition, in 1983 he became an associate professor of digestive system surgery at the same university, and in 2001 – Professor of General Surgery.

In addition, in 1999, the Faculty and the IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico invited him to lead the II Complex Operating Department of General Surgery, and in 2007 offered him the leadership of the Complex Operating Department of General and Emergency Surgery - a position he has held for several years.

Currently Prof. Contessini-Avesani is a freelance employee and has been working since 2015 as a chief surgeon at Casa di Cura La Madonnina and as a consultant surgeon in the Structural Unit of General Surgery at the IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan.

The surgical activity of the professor was initially associated with thoracic surgery, then with surgery of the digestive system, with a special interest in:

  • oncological surgery (especially neoplasms of the colon and rectum),
  • functional pathologies.

The areas most developed by the specialist are:

  • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis),
  • Diverticulitis,
  • Family polyposis.

All of them are treated with the help of video laparoscopic technique, for which one of the largest case studies at the national level was performed.

His research activity in the field of surgery of the digestive system is aimed at studying chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), often in collaboration with gastroenterologists, in order to evaluate innovative methods of their treatment that eliminate colostomy and ileostomy, as well as the preparation of training videos.

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