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Luca Morelli, MD, FACS, FASCRS

General Surgery Unit, Department of Translational Research and New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery, University of Pisa, Italy


Prof. Morelli received his M.D. degree from University of Pisa in 1999. Beside a formal General Surgery Residency at University of Pisa, he completed a fellowship in surgical interventional ultrasound at the same University. After working in the field of organ transplantation from 2004 to 2007, his interest has shifted more in the field of surgical oncology, new technologies, minimally invasive surgery, education and training. In 2009, he became Vice Head and referent of Minimally Invasive, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at General Surgery Unit directed by Prof. Franco Mosca, Full Professor at University of Pisa, Tuscany (Italy).

In 2014, he became Fellow of American College of Surgeons (FACS) and in 2018 Fellow of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS).

Since 2015, he is Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Pisa, and in 2018 he obtained the National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor of Surgery.

Currently, he is the Surgical Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Accredited Education Institute, EndoCAS  (, the first and only Italian educational center accredited by the ACS.  He is member of the  following national and international committees: Video Based Education Committee of the American Society of the Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), New Technologies Committee of the American Society of the Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), International Committee of the American Society of the Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), Research Committee of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), Educational Committee of the Italian Society of Colo and Rectal Surgery (SICCR), Executive Member of Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA).

He is also Board of Directors Member of the American College of Surgeons, Italy Chapter and Editorial Board Member of more than 10, and referee of more than 50 Indexed Journals.

Since 2015 he has been proctoring on robotic surgery, for several Italian and European surgeons, and he mentored several Fellows and PhD Students.

In the last five years, he organized and was President of several national and international congresses, particularly focused on simulation, education and training.

He is also the President of Arpa Foundation (, a no-profit foundation among whose aims there is the financing of training and updating of physicians, nurses and other professional figures involved in health care.

His surgical experience consists of more than 4500 surgical procedures as first operator including major oncologic surgery (pancreatectomies, hepatectomies, multivisceral resections), organ procurement for transplants (liver, pancreas and kidney), advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery with particular interest for colorectal, HBP, upper GI and urologic (adrenal and kidney’s) surgery.

Since 2001, he has performed over 14.000 diagnostic ultrasound and over than 1700 ultrasound guided interventional procedures such as biliary drains, drainage of abdominal collections, chest drains, nephrostomy, definitive dialysis catheters, thermo-ablations (with RF, MW, laser or HIFU), biopsy of native or transplanted organs.

Since 1999, he has written more than 300 scientific publications on several topics such as simulation and training in surgery, transplants, surgical oncology, interventional ultrasound, laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Spoken languages: Italian, English.