Gianpaolo Balzano


Gianpaolo Balzano, Pancreatic Surgeon and Chief Surgeon, heads the Department of Functional Pancreatic Surgery at the Department of Pancreatic Surgery of the IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele in Milan, headed by Professor Massimo Falconi.

After graduating in 1989 from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Milan State University, in 1994 he received the highest grade in the specialty "Emergency surgery and first Aid". In 1997, he became the medical director of the Department of General Surgery of the Ospedale San Raffaele in Milan. Since 2005, he has been the Senior Medical director of the Department of Functional Surgery of the Pancreas.

Dr. Balzano is mainly engaged in pancreatic surgery. He performed a total of more than 1,000 pancreatic resections as the first surgeon, including 700 duodenal pancreatectomies and more than 100 laparoscopic distal pancreatic resections using minimally invasive techniques.

In addition to clinical activities, Dr. Balzano is engaged in research in the field of pancreatic surgery aimed at improving surgical techniques and increasing the survival rate of cancer patients. He is the author of more than 400 scientific publications, including 105 articles in journals with IF (total IF = 422); scopus Hirsch index = 35 (July 2019).

In 2012, he received a national scientific qualification for the position of university professor in the field of general surgery of the first and second range. He has held senior positions in various scientific societies: he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian branch of IHPBA (International Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association); was Secretary of the Italian Association for Pancreatic Studies (AISP) and coordinator of Oncoteam Pancreas of the Italian Society of Oncological Surgery (SICO).

Dr. Balzano is also one of the developers of the Italian recommendations for the treatment of acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and cystic lesions of the pancreas.

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University of Milan
Diploma in Medicine and Surgery - 1989

University of Milan
Specialization in emergency surgery and first aid - 1994

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Latest publications

Diabetes-free survival after extended distal pancreatectomy and islet auto transplantation for benign or borderline/malignant lesions of the pancreas 2019
Am. J. Transplant.: 2019; 19(3): 920-928 - Article IF 2018: 7,163 7,163
BALZANO, G; Maffi, P; Nano, R; Mercalli, A; Melzi, R; Aleotti, F; De Cobelli, F; Magistretti, P; Scavini, M; Secchi, A; Falconi, M; Piemonti, L
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Safety and efficacy of preoperative or postoperative chemotherapy for resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PACT-15): a randomised, open-label, phase 2–3 trial 2018
Dig. Liver Dis.: 2017; 49(9): 1050-1056 - Article IF 2017: 3,287 3,287
Reni, M and BALZANO, G; Zanon, S; Zerbi, A; Rimassa, L; Castoldi, R; Pinelli, D; Mosconi, S; Doglioni, C; Chiaravalli, M; Pircher, C; Arcidiacono, PG; Torri, V; Maggiora, P; Ceraulo, D; Falconi, M; Gianni, L
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Salvage Islet Auto Transplantation After Relaparatomy 2017
Transplantation: 2017; 101(10): 2492-2500 - Article IF 2017: 3,960
BALZANO, G; Nano, R; Maffi, P; Mercalli, A; Melzi, R; Aleotti, F; Gavazzi, F; Berra, C; de Cobelli, F; Venturini, M; Magistretti, P; Scavini, M; Capretti, G; Del Maschio, A; Secchi, A; Zerbi, A; Falconi, M; Piemonti, L
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Selecting patients for resection after primary chemotherapy for non-metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma 2017
Ann Oncol: 2017; 28(11): 2786–2792 - Article IF 2017: 13,930 13,930
Reni, M; Zanon, S; BALZANO, G; Nobile, S; Pircher, CC; Chiaravalli, M; Passoni, P; Arcidiacono, PG; Nicoletti, R; Crippa, SS; Slim, N; Doglioni, C; Falconi, M; Gianni, L
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Effect of diabetes on survival after resection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. A prospective, observational study 2016
PLoS ONE: 2016; 11(11): 0166008 - Article IF 2016: 2,806 2,806
BALZANO, G and Dugnani, E; Gandolfi, A; Scavini, M; Pasquale, V; Aleotti, F; Liberati, D; Di Terlizzi, G; Petrella, G; Reni, M; Doglioni, C; Bosi, E; Falconi, M; Piemonti, L
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Overuse of surgery in patients with pancreatic cancer. A nationwide analysis in Italy 2016
HPB: 2016; 18(5): 470-478 - Article IF 2016: 3,290 3,290
BALZANO, G; Capretti, G; Callea, G; Cantù, E; Carle, F; Pezzilli, R.
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Pancreatic surgery in Italy. Criteria to identify the hospital units and the tertiary referral centers entitled to perform it 2016
Updates Surg.: 2016; 68(2): 117-122 - Article IF 2016: No Impact Factor
Bassi, C; BALZANO, G; Zerbi, A; Ramera, M
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Consensus guidelines on severe acute pancreatitis 2015
Dig Liver Dis: 2015; 47(7): 532-543 - Article IF 2015: 2,719 2,719
Italian Association for the Study of the Pancreas (AISP); Pezzilli, R; Zerbi, A; Campra, D; Capurso, G; Golfieri, R; Arcidiacono, PG; Billi, P; Butturini, G; Calculli, L; Cannizzaro, R; Carrara, S; Crippa, S; De Gaudio, R; De Rai, P; Frulloni, L; Mazza, E; Mutignani, M; Pagano, N; Rabitti, P; BALZANO, G (Crippa, S)
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A multicenter survey on distal pancreatectomy in Italy: results of minimally invasive technique and variability of perioperative pathways 2014 Updates Surg: 2014
66(4): 253-263 - Article IF 2014: No Impact Factor
BALZANO, G; Bissolati, M; Boggi, U; Bassi, C; Zerbi, A; Falconi, M; AISP Study Group on Distal Pancreatectomy (Pecorelli, N; Ariotti, R)
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Relaparotomy for a pancreatic fistula after a pancreaticoduodenectomy: A comparison of different surgical strategies 2014
HPB: 2014; 16(1): 40-45 - Article IF 2014: 2,675
BALZANO, G; Pecorelli, N; Piemonti, L; Ariotti, R; Carvello, M; Nano, R; Braga, M; Staudacher, C
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Cystic Pancreatic Neoplasm Study Group (Albarello, L) Italian consensus guidelines for the diagnostic work-up and follow-up of cystic pancreatic neoplasms 2014
Dig. Liver Dis.: 2014; 46(6): 479-493 - Article IF 2014: 2,963 2,963
Italian Association of Hospital Gastroenterologists and Endoscopists, AIGO; Italian Association for the Study of the Pancreas, AISP; Buscarini, E; Pezzilli, R; Cannizzaro, R; Angelis, CD; Gion, M; Morana, G; Zamboni, G; Arcidiacono, P; BALZANO, G; Barresi, L; Basso, D; Bocus, P; Calculli, L; Capurso, G; Canzonieri, V; Casadei, R; Crippa, S; D'Onofrio, M; Frulloni, L; Fusaroli, P; Manfredi, G; Pacc
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Extending indications for islet autotransplantation in pancreatic surgery 2013
Ann. Surg.: 2013; 258(2): 210-218 - Article IF 2013: 7,188 7,188
BALZANO, G; Maffi, P; Nano, R; Zerbi, A; Venturini, M; Melzi, R; Mercalli, A; Magistretti, P; Scavini, M; Castoldi, R; Carvello, M; Braga, M; Del Maschio, A; Secchi, A; Staudacher, C; Piemonti, L
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Fast-track recovery programme after pancreaticoduodenectomy reduces delayed gastric emptying 2008
Br. J. Surg.: 2008; 95(11): 1387 - 1393 - Conference Paper IF 2008: 4,921 4,921
BALZANO, G; Zerbi, A; Braga, M; Rocchetti, S; Beneduce AA; Di Carlo, V;
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Effect of hospital volume on outcome of pancreaticoduodenectomy in Italy. 2008
Br.J.Surg.: 2008; 95(3): 357-362 - Article IF 2008: 4,921
BALZANO, G; Zerbi, A; Capretti, G; Rocchetti, S; Capitanio, V; Di Carlo, V
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