Francesco Azzolini


Dr. Francesco Azzolini heads the Functional Department of Operative Endoscopy in the Operative Department of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy of the IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, under the supervision of Professor Pier Alberto Testoni.

Since 2017, he has been an adjunct professor and lecturer of the Integrated Gastroenterology course of the specialized Course of Medicine and Surgery at the Vita-Salute University of San Raffaele.

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna in 1995, he specialized in Gastroenterology and endoscopy in 2000 at the University of Modena, and then in General Surgery at the University of Ferrara in 2013. During his studies, he interns abroad at Jichi Medical University, Tochigi in Japan and at Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai. In 2015, he completed a course of training and management certification for managers of healthcare companies at the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of the University of Parma.

Performs diagnostic and operative gastroenterological endoscopic interventions on the digestive organs (colonoscopy and diagnostic and operative gastroscopy), pancreas and biliary tract (esophageal, enteral, biliary and colonic prostheses) in planned and emergency cases.

Dr. Azzolini deals with endoscopic treatment of complex lesions of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum and colon, submucosal endoscopic dissection (ESD) in various tracts of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, colon) and achalasia of the esophagus (he usually treats achalasia by all methods, in particular by oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). Francesco Azzolini is also an expert in the treatment of gastroparesis with G-POEM.

As a researcher, he mainly deals with endoscopic treatment of colon adenomas, early gastric cancer and dysplastic lesions of the stomach and esophagus, achalasia and gastroparesis.

He is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific articles published in industry journals, his Hirsch index is 7. Constantly participates in congresses and conferences of national and international importance. He is a member of the Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SIED).

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University of Bologna
Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery - 1995

University of Modena
Specialization in gastroenterology and endoscopy - 2000

University of Ferrara
Specialization in General Surgery - 2013

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Latest publications

Proposal of a new clinical index predictive of endoscopic severity in ulcerative colitis.
Dig Dis Sci 2005;50:246-251
Azzolini F, Pagnini C, Camellini L, Scarcelli A, Merighi A, Primerano AM, Bertani A, Antonioli A, Manenti F, Rigo GP
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Submucosal dissection for residual rectal polyps embedded in tissue scar: a “rescue therapy” to prevent surgical intervention?
Endoscopy 2008;40:Suppl 2:E222-3
Azzolini F, Biolchini F, Sassatelli R, Camellini L, Decembrino F, Iori V, Tioli C, Sereni G, Bedogni G
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the natural history of upper gastrointestinal subepithelial tumors: a multicenter endoscopic ultrasound survey.
J Clin Gastroenterol. 2009;43:723-726
Gill KR, Camellini L, Conigliaro R, Sassatelli R, Azzolini F, Messerotti A, Woodward TA, Wallace MB, Jamil LH, Raimondo M.
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Ga-68 dotatoc pet, endoscopic ultrasonography, and multidetector ct in the diagnosis of duodenopancreatic neuroendocrine tumors: a single-centre retrospective study
Clin Nucl Med 2010;35:321-328
Versari A, Camellini L, Carlinfante G, Frasoldati A, Nicoli F, Grassi E, Gallo C, Giunta FP, Fraternali A, Salvo D, Asti M, Azzolini F, Iori V, Sassatelli R.
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Endoscopic submucosal dissection of scar-embedded rectal polyps: A prospective study (Esd in scar-embedded rectal polyps).
Clin Res Hepatol Gastroenterol. 2011 Sep;35(8-9):572-9.
Azzolini F, Camellini L, Sassatelli R, Sereni G, Biolchini F, Decembrino F, De Marco L, Iori V, Tioli C, Cavina M, Bedogni G
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A randomized clinical trial comparing 22G and 25G needles in endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of solid lesions.
Endoscopy 2011;43:709-715.
Camellini L, Carlinfante G, Azzolini F, Iori V, Cavina M, Sereni G, Decembrino F, Gallo C, Tamagnini I, Valli R, Piana S, Campari C, Gardini G, Sassatelli R.
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Endoscopic ultrasound image of hydatid membranes in the common bile duct.
Dig Liver Dis. 2012 ;44:e19.
Azzolini F, Camellini L, Menozzi G, Sassatelli R.,
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Efficacy of a therapeutic strategy for eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection.
World J Gastroenterol. 2012 Sep 7;18(33):4542-8.
Sereni G, Azzolini F, Camellini L, Formisano D, Decembrino F, Iori V, Tioli C, Cavina M, Di Mario F, Bedogni G, Sassatelli R.
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Endoscopic submucosal dissection of an unusual flat rectal neoplasm.
Gut. 2015 Jan;64(1):180
Azzolini F, Cecinato P, Iori V, De Marco L, Zecchini R, Fodero C, Tioli C, Sassatelli R.
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Endoscopic full-thickness resection for suspected residual rectal neuroendocrine tumor and closure of the defect with a new suturing system.
Endoscopy 2015;47:Supp 1E556-7
Azzolini F, Cecinato P, Iori V, De Marco L, Sassatelli R.
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Unique presentation of a plasmablastic lymphoma superficially involving the entire large bowel.
Pathol Res Pract 2015;211:1030-3
Zanelli M, Ragazzi M, Valli R, De Marco L, Cecinato P, Azzolini F, Ferrari A, Bacci F, Ascani S.
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Glomus Tumor of the Stomach: GI Image.
J J Gastrointest Surg. 2017;21:1099-1101
Castro Ruiz C, Carlinfante G, Zizzo M, Giunta A, Ronzoni R, Azzolini F, Pedrazzoli C.
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Malignant intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the pancreas with gastric and duodenal fistulas.
Gastrointest Endosc. 2016 Dec;84(6):1074-1075. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2016.02.014. Epub 2016 Feb 20.
Cecinato P, Azzolini F, Parmeggiani F, Carlinfante G, Sassatelli R.
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Submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection of a gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumor.
Endoscopy 2017;E193-E194.
Azzolini F, Cecinato P, Froio E, Sassatelli R.
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Endoscopic ultrasound-guided biliary drainage for malignant biliary obstruction after failed ERCP in low performance status patients.
Dig Liver Dis. 2019 S1590-8658(19)30711
Sassatelli R, Cecinato P, Lupo M, Azzolini F, Decembrino F, Iori V, Sereni G, Tioli C, Cavina M, Zecchini R, Parmeggiani F, Grillo S, Camellini L.
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