Renzo Colombo


Dr. Renzo Colombo is the coordinator of the uro-oncological care of the Urological Department of the IRCCS San Raffaele in Milan under the supervision of Professor Francesco Montorsi.

In 1981 he graduated in medicine and surgery, in 1986 he specialized in surgery of the digestive system and digestive endoscopy, and in 1991 in urology at the University of Milan. During his studies, he completed an internship in open surgery and laparoscopic surgery at the Universities of Bern and Berlin. Since 1995, he has been a tutor for students of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Vita-Salute in San Raffaele, and in 2012 he qualified as a second-level professor of the university in the field of urology.

The clinical practice of Dr. Colombo includes all urological pathologies, including benign prostatic hyperplasia and ureteral stones, with all endoscopic forms of treatment, as well as complex iatrogenic and post-traumatic urological lesions. The main interest has always been the treatment of bladder, prostate, and kidney cancer. Dr. Colombo's personal history of more than 8,000 mid-to-high level surgical interventions as a first surgeon includes both destructive and reconstructive interventions for oncological diseases with a particular focus on radical prostatectomy with open and robotic technique (Da Vinci), as well as for radical and conservative operations by open and laparoscopic methods for kidney neoplasms. In particular, Dr. Colombo is responsible for the development of original surgical nerve-sparing techniques in the treatment of radical cystectomy, bladder neoplasms in young patients, to which numerous scientific publications of national and international interest for study are devoted.

From 1985 to the present, he has authored/co-authored more than 600 publications, more than 200 of which have been reviewed in international scientific journals. His Hirsch Index is 41.

Dr. Colombo is an official reviewer for the following scientific journals: European Urology, Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology International, Urology Internationalis, and Current Opinion in Urology. Since 2012 he has been the Coordinator of the Lombard Cancer Network (ROL) for Bladder Neoplasms, since 2016 he has been the President of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Private Urology (UROP), since 2017 he has been the Lombard Regional Delegate of the Italian Society of Urology (SIU) and since 2018 he has been Vice President of the Italian Society of Urological Oncology (SIUrO).

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University of Milan
Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery — 1981

University of Milan
Specialization in Surgery of the Digestive System and Endoscopy of the Digestive System — 1986

University of Milan
Specialization in Urology — 1991

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Latest publications

Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate versus open prostatectomy for prostates > 70 g: 24-month follow-up.
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 50(3): 563-568; 2006 – ISSN:0302-2838; doi: 10.1016 ISI:000240214600029 SCOPUS:2-S2.0-33746875273
R.Naspro, N.Suardi, A.Salonia, V.Scattoni, G.Guazzoni, R.Colombo, A.Cestari, A.Briganti, B.Mazzoccoli, P.Rigatti, F.Montorsi.
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Pelvic/retroperitoneal salvage lymph node dissection for patients treated with radical prostatectomy with biochemical recurrence detected by [11C] choline positron emission tomography/computed tomography.
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 60(5): 935-943; 2011 –ISSN: 0302-2838; doi: 10.1016 ISI:000296149400017 SCOPUS: 2-S2.0-80053317243
Rigatti P., Suardi N., Briganti A., Da Pozzo L.F., Tutolo M., Villa L.,Gallina A., Capitanio U., Abdollah F., Scattoni V., Colombo R., Freschi M., Picchio M., Messa C., Guazzoni G., Montorsi F.
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Prevention and management of complications following radical cystectomy for bladder cancer
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 57 (6):983-1001; 2010 - ISSN: 0302-2838; doi:10.1016 ISI:000277245800015 SCOPUS: 2-S2.0-77951620888
N.Lawrentschuk , R.Colombo, OW Hakenberg, SP Lerner, W.Mansson, A.Sagalowsky, MP Wirth.
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Laparoscopic nerve and seminalsparing cystectomy with orthotopic ileal neobladder. The first three cases.
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 44: 567-572; 2003 – ISSN: 0302- 2838; doi:10.101; PMID: 14572756 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0142197653
G.Guazzoni, A.Cestari, R.Colombo, M.Lazzeri, F.Montorsi, L.Nava, A.Losa, P.Rigatti
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Impact of venous tumour thrombus consistency (solid vs friable) on cancer-specific survival in patients with renal cell carcinoma.
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 60(2):358-365; 2011 – ISSN:0302- 2838; doi:10.1016; PMID: 21640483 ISI:000291977400035 SCOPUS:2-s2.0-79959557894
Bertini R., Roscigno M., Freschi M., Strada E., Angiolilli D.,Petralia G., Matloob R., Sozzi F., Capitanio U., Da Pozzo L.F.,Colombo R., Guazzoni G., Cremonini A., Montorsi F., Rigatti P.
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Prognostic factors and risk groups in T1G3 non-muscle invasive bladder cancer patients initially treated with bacillus Calmette-Guerin: results of a retrospective multicenter study of 2451 patients.
EURPEAN UROLOGY, vol: 67(1):74-82; 2015 – ISSN: ; doi:10-1016 (PMID: 25043942) ISI:000345615400020
P.Gontero, R.Sylvester, F.Pisano, S.Joniau, K:Vander Eeckt, V.Serretta, S.Larrè, S.DiStasi, B.Van Rhijn, AJ Witjes, AJ Grotenhuis, LAKiemeney, R.Colombo, A.Briganti, M.Babjuk, PU Malmstrom,M.Oderda, J.Irani, N.Malats, J Baniel, R.Mano, T.Cai, EK Cha, P.V.Soukup, E.Xylinas, G.Dalbagni, RJ Karnes, SF Shariat, J.Palou.
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Comparing long-term outcomes of primary and progressive carcinoma invading bladder muscle after radical cystectomy
BRITISH JOURNAL OF UROLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol. 117(4): 604-610 doi: 10.1111(PMID:25851271) ISI: SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84930424480
Moschini M, Sharma V, Dell'oglio P, Cucchiara V, Gandaglia G, Cantiello F, Zattoni F, Pellucchi F, Briganti A, Damiano R, ontorsi F, Salonia A, Colombo R.
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Fifteen year single centre experience with three different surgical procedures of nerve sparing cystectomy in selected organ confined bladder cancer patients
World J Urol vol.33(10):1389-1395; 2015 – SCOPUS:2-s2.0-84942518375
R. Colombo, F. Pellucchi, M. Moschini, A. Gallina, R. Bertini, A. Salonia, P. Rigatti, F. Montorsi
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Neoadjuvant Short-term Intensive Intravesical Mitomycin C Regimen Compared with Weekly Schedule for Low-grade Recurrent Non-muscleinvasive Bladder Cancer: Preliminary Results of a Randomised Phase 2 Study
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 62, p. 797-802, ISSN: 0302-2838; doi:10.1016 (PMDI: 22633362) ISI:000309549700016 SCOPUS: 2-S2.0-84867081302
Colombo R, Rocchini L, Suardi N, Benigni F, Colciago G, Bettiga A, Pellucchi F, Maccagnano C, Briganti A, Salonia A, Rigatti P, Montorsi F.
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The role of a combined regimen with intravesical chemotherapy and hyperthermia in the management of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: a systematic review.
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 60, p. 81-93, ISSN: 0302-2838, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000291205700023 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-79957947567
Lammers RJ, Witjes JA, Inman BA, Leibovitch I, Laufer M, Nativ O, Colombo R
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Long-term outcomes of a randomized controlled trial comparing thermochemotherapy with mitomycin-C alone as adjuvant treatment for non-muscleinvasive bladder cancer (NMIBC)
BJU INTERNATIONAL, vol. 107, p. 912-918, ISSN: 1464-4096, doi: 10.1111 ISI: 000288212700010 SCOPUS:2-s2.0-79952613351
Colombo R, Salonia A, Leib Z, Pavone-Macaluso M, Engelstein D.
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Intravesical mitomycin C combined with hyperthermia for patients with T1G3 transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder.
UROLOGIC ONCOLOGY, vol. 29, p. 259-264;2011- ISSN: 1078-1439, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000290779400006 SCOPUS:2-s2.0-79955728238
Halachmi S, Moskovitz B, Maffezzini M, Conti G, Verweij F, Kedar D, Sandri SD, Nativ O, Colombo R.
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Prevention and management of complications following radical cystectomy for bladder cancer
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 57, p. 983- 1001; 2010 ISSN: 0302-2838, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000277245800015 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-77951620888
Lawrentschuk N, Colombo R, Hakenberg OW, Lerner SP, Månsson W, Sagalowsky A, Wirth MP
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Combined thermo-chemotherapy for recurrent bladder cancer after bacillus Calmette-Guerin.
THE JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, vol. 182, p. 1313-131; 2009 ISSN: 0022-5347, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000269764100019 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-69749111213
Nativ O, Witjes JA, Hendricksen K, Cohen M, Kedar D, Sidi A, Colombo R, Leibovitch I.
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Impact of surgical volume on the rate of lymph node metastases in patients undergoing radical prostatectomy and extended pelvic lymph node dissection for clinically localized prostate cancer
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 54, p. 794-802; 2008 - ISSN:0302-2838, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000260128600013 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-50849142878
Briganti A, Capitanio U, Chun FK, Gallina A, Suardi N, Salonia A, Da Pozzo LF, Colombo R, Di Girolamo V, Bertini R, Guazzoni G, Karakiewicz PI, Montorsi F, Rigatti P.
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Prognostic value of lymph node dissection in patients with muscle-invasive transitional cell carcinoma of the upper urinary tract.
EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol. 53, p. 794-802; 2008 - ISSN: 0302-2838, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000254670500019 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-39549096667
Roscigno M, Cozzarini C, Bertini R, Scattoni V, Freschi M, Da Pozzo LF, Briganti A, Gallina A, Capitanio U, Colombo R, Giorgio G, Montorsi F, Rigatti P.
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Conservative surgical therapy for leydig cell tumor.
THE JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, vol. 178, p. 507-511; 2007 - ISSN: 0022-5347, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000248029600046 SCOPUS:2-s2.0-34447274022
Carmignani L, Colombo R, Gadda F, Galasso G, Lania A, Palou J, Algaba F, Villavicencio H, Colpi GM, Decobelli O, Salvioni R, Pizzocaro G, Rigatti P, Rocco F.
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Radical prostatectomy after previous prostate surgery: clinical and functional outcomes.
THE JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, vol. 176, p. 2459-2463; 2006 - ISSN: 0022-5347, doi: 10.1016 ISI: 000242028800033 Scopus: 2-s2.0-33750512119
Colombo R, Naspro R, Salonia A, Montorsi F, Raber M, Suardi N, Saccà A, Rigatti P.
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Overall clinical outcomes after nerve and seminal sparing radical cystectomy for the treatment of organ confined bladder cancer.
THE JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, vol. 171, p. 1819-1822; 2004 - ISSN: 0022-5347, doi: 10.1016 ISI:000220872800011 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-4544369783
Colombo R, Bertini R, Salonia A, Naspro R, Ghezzi M, Mazzoccoli B, Deho' F, Montorsi F, Rigatti P.
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