Department of Vascular Surgery @ Policlinico San Donato

The Unit performs more than 1.000 surgical procedures anually, dealing with patients affected by a broad spectrum of vascular diseases.
The Unit’s clinical activity focuses on the treatment of aortic aneurysmal disease, cerebrovascular occlusive disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD) via both, open and endovascular methods, the provision of dialysis access, and minimally invasive treatments for venous disease.

The open aneurysm repair used to be the standard surgical treatment of aortal aneurysms but San Donato’s surgeons nowadays are able to treat many abdominal, thoracic and thoracoabdominal (occurring in the lower part of the thoracic aorta and the upper part of the abdominal aorta) aneurysms with a minimally invasive procedure called an endovascular stent graft.

Professor Giovanni Nano is considered a pioneer in vascular treatments, his Unit is among the first centers in Italy to undertake an endovascular treatment program in 1995, starting with the Professor’s fellowship in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Cardiovascular Institute of Buenos Aires (headed by Dr. J.C. Parodi), and in the Department of Surgery at the Sydney University (Head Dr. G. H. White) and the Arizona Heart Institute (Dr. Dietrich).

Our excellence in numbers


vascular interventions

Notable advanced technological equipment

  • Last Generation of Eco Duplex Scan
  • 3D angiographer

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Meet our team

Head physician

Giovanni Nano

Vascular surgeon
Giovanni Nano

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Policlinico San Donato

The Policlinico San Donato Research Hospital is the largest and most renowned Italian center specialized in the field of cardiovascular treatments. The hospital is accredited by the Italian National Health Service (SSN) and is home to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Founded in 1969 and extending over 50,000 square meters in the south-eastern part of Milan, the multi-specialty healthcare institution is a leader in Italy and among best centers in Europe as for the amount as well as for the complexity of performed cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures in children (>1,000 procedures per year) and adult patients (>1,000 surgical interventions and 6,000 interventional cardiology procedures). The San Donato’s Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology Unit delivers one of the highest numbers of cardiac ablations in the world (>1,400 per year). San Donato has a research center aimed at studying of the heart and blood vessels in adults and children and searching of new prevention and treatment methods that has been recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS).

San Donato is a pioneer of international cooperation and a founder of charity missions for the treatment of children with congenital heart diseases that are run in collaboration with the association “Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo”. Thanks to this project more than 3,000 children all over the world have received their treatment.

Since 2019, Policlinico San Donato has become home to the National Institute for Obesity Cure (INCO), a national reference center with a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. Thanks to the INCO, dietary, psycho-behavioral and surgical treatments are carried out together with the most innovative video-assisted laparoscopic and mini-invasive techniques.