Professor Banfi graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pavia in 1984 and then specialised in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Milan.
He started his career at the San Raffaele Institute in 1985 as an clinical laboratory assistant, and in 1997 he became Medical Director of the S. Maria Clinic at the San Raffaele Hospital in Castellanza.
In 2001 he joined Gruppo San Donato as Medical Director of the Villa Aprica Clinical Institute in Como; in 2003 he became the Medical Director of IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute.
In 2006 he became Associate Professor of Clinical biochemistry at the University of Milan and then in 2014 he held the same position at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.
In 2008 he was given the position of Scientific Director of the San Donato Foundation Hospital Group until 2018.
Professor Banfi was a member of the Board of Directors of the Insubria Research Institute for Life Foundation and also member of the Evaluation Unit in Health Technology Assessment of the Lombardy Region.
In the period 2012-2021 he was in charge as General Director of the San Raffaele Foundation Centre. He is a member of Central Committee of Fondazione Cariplo from 2019.
Prof Banfi is Scientific Director of IRCCS Galeazzi, now Galeazzi-Sant’Ambrogio, from 2007.
His fields of interest concern Biochemistry, Sports Haematology, Bone Biochemistry, Hospital Management and Health Technology Assessment.