My present position is Chief of Cardiology of the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science of the Italian National Olympic Committee. Rome. Italy
Education Medical Degree at the University Medical School La Sapienza in Rome, 1975, Specialization in Cardiovascular Disease, 1979 and subsequently in Sport Medicine, 1983. I have spent large part of my professional activity at Institute of Sports Medicine and Science, Rome. Substantial part of my education has been in the US, at the National Institute of Health, Cardiology Branch, Bethesda, Maryland, University Hospital of the Georgetown University in Washington DC and TUFTS University Medical School in Boston.
Area of expertise Evaluation of left ventricular hypertrophy induced by exercise conditioning. Criteria of differential diagnosis of “athlete’s heart” from structural cardiac disease, with special regard to cardiomyopathies. Implementation of pre-participation screening for cardiovascular disease at risk of sudden death in athletic populations. Definition of appropriate criteria for interpretation of the 12-lead ECG in trained individuals. Clinical assessment and recommendations for sport participation in athletes with cardiovascular diseases. Strategies to improve the level of physical activity and sport participation in sedentary individuals.
Full Professor of Internal Medicine (Sport Medicine discipline) by the National Scientific Advisory Board of the Italian Ministry of Research and University.
Professor of Sport Cardiology. Postgraduate School of Sport Medicine. University of Rome and L’Aquila.
Adjunct Professor in Sports Cardiology. Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA.
Visiting Professor at University of Belgrade School of Medicine. Belgrade. Serbia.
I’m the first author of over 200 papers published on peer-reviewed journals (including New England Journal of Medicine, Journal American Medical Association, Circulation, Journal American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, International Journal of Sport Medicine).
Since 2014, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Minerva Medica Publ. Torino.