Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti

Dr. Pier Giulianotti is Chief of the Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and known world-wide for his pioneering techniques in treating cancer and other challenging ailments that other surgeons declared untreatable. As a preeminent surgeon in Italy, we are fortunate that Dr. Giulianotti came to Chicago to make it his new home and venue for training the next generation of surgeons; passing along his knowledge in the latest cutting edge techniques.

As both an educator and a highly skilled, world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Giulianotti is contributing to the fabric of Chicago by making these advances accessible to the disadvantaged, the next generation of surgeons and most importantly, patients previously told that their conditions were inoperable.

Prof. Giulianotti received his M.D. degree from La Scuola Normale of Pisa University, Italy. Beside a formal General Surgery Residency at University of Pisa, he has completed two additional Residencies: Digestive and Vascular Surgery. For 10 years he has been Faculty Surgeon at Pisa University.  In 1998, he became Director of the General and Minimally Invasive Surgery Division at Misericordia Hospital in Grosseto, Tuscany (Italy) and, after 5 years, Head of the Department of General Surgery at the same Hospital. In 2000, he pioneered the new robotic technology, performing complex procedures such as formal hepatic resection, lung resection and pancreatico-duodenectomy. In the last 7 years he has developed one of the largest programs worldwide for Robotic Surgery: the Special School ACOI of Robotic Surgery of which, Prof. Giulianotti is the Director. He is also a faculty member of the Minimally Invasive Training program at the European Surgical Institute, Ethicon Endo-Surgery Norderstedt (Hamburg , Germany) and invited professor at the Institut de Recherché contre les Cancers de l'Appareil Digestif (IRCAD), Strasburg France.  Since 1979, he has published over 250 papers in scientific publications on several topics such as pancreatic, vascular, transplant, oncologic, digestive and robotic surgery. Recently, Prof. Giulianotti has been awarded with the prestigious Lloyd M. Nyhus Endowed Chair in Surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago and has been appointed Chief of the Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery.

  1. Since arriving at the University of Illinois, Dr. Giulianotti has pioneered many revolutionary innovations in robotic and minimally invasive surgery including: 
  2.  First robotic pancreatectomy with auto-islet transplant worldwide (2007)
  3.  First robotic lung resection in the Midwest (2007)
  4.  First robotic Whipple procedure in the Midwest (2007)
  5.  First robotic total gastrectomy in the Midwest (2008)
  6.  First robotic renal artery aneurysm repair in the United States (2008)
  7.  First robotic total colostomy with ileo-rectal anastomosis in the United States (2008)
  8.  First robotic right hepatectomy for living donor liver transplant worldwide (2008)
  9.  First robotic right hepatectomy with hepatico-jejunostomy worldwide (2008)
  10.  First parathyroidectomy without neck incision in the United States (2008)
  11.  First fully robotic kidney transplant in obese recipients (2009)
  12.  First single port cholecystectomy in Midwest (2011)
  13.  First parathyroid transplant (2011)

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