Roberto Bassani 

Place and Date of Birth: Italy, Febraury 7th, 1965

Academic Background

Secondary School: Liceo Ginnasio “G. Pascoli”, Gallarate (VA)
University: Medicine School in Pavia University
Post graduate diploma: Orthopaedic Surgery and Vascular Training
Language: Italian, English

Medical Experience

During medical school attended several surgical and emergency departments.

From 1990 to 1991 attended as a resident the General Surgical Department (“Clinica Chirurgica della II Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia dell’Università di Pavia”) – Head of Department : Prof. Renzo Dionigi. From 1991 to 1992 preparation of graduation in Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Department of the “II Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia dell’Università di Pavia” – Head of Department: Prof. Paolo Cherubino.

October 1992: successful discussion of graduation thesis in “Medicina e Chirurgia” at Pavia University, being awarded the mark of “110/110 cum laude”. In November 1992 successful completion of exam, with full marks, for practise in the medical profession.

From 1992 is an official member of the Italian Register of Doctors and Surgeons.

October 1997, successfully completed exam to specialize in Orthopaedic and Traumatology at the Orthopaedic and Traumatology School of The “II Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia of Pavia University”. Proclaimed specialist in Orthopaedic and Traumatology achieving  the mark of 50/50.

Attended many courses as part of continuing professional development in Orthopaedic Oncolocic Pathology and Surgery at the ”5° Divisione di Ortopedia of the Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli in Bologna University – Head of Department: Prof. M. Campanacci.

Since 1998 he dedicated to spinal surgery.

Frequently he is visiting surgeon or attends clinical and surgical update meetings in Spine pathology in several Institutions:

-“Departement De Chirurgie Orthopedique et Traumatologique de L’Institut Mutualiste Montsouris” in Paris – Head of Department: Prof. Christian Mazel

-“Service d’Orthopédie du rachis et de Traumatologie du Sport“  de l’Hopitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg – Head of Department: Prof. Jean Paul Steib.

-“Department of Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery” in Bad Berka – Weimar (Germany) – Head of Department: Heiner Boehm

-“Department of Pediatric and Adult Spinal deformity” at Sutter Neuroscience Medical Group – Sacramento (CA), USA- Heads: George D. Picetti III

May 2000, obtained in Paris the “TRAINING LICENSE” of  A.R.G.O.S. (European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteosinthesis).

1997 to October 2000: permanent orthopaedic surgeon in Orthopaedic Division in Gallarate (Varese) General Hospital.

From 2001 to december 2009 Senior permanent Trauma and spinal surgeon in Orthopaedic and Taumatologic Department of the I.R.C.C.S. Policlinico Universitario San Matteo of Pavia.

From 2005-2009 vascular training at Department of Vascular Surgery of Pavia University.

Current position:  Director  II Spine Unit of IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi in Milano. Professor at the Neurosurgical Specialization School – University of Turin, Italy.

Responsibilities: different spine surgical operations, especially covering the specialities of trauma, degenerative diseases, deformity and revision surgeries. Has performed more than 2500 major spinal surgical operations in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine whether by posterior approach or anterior-posterior combined.

External Activities

Since 2005 has been teaching techniques for Transforaminal lumbar approach (TLIF),  Anterior lumbar and thoracic approaches (ALIF), Vertebral Osteotomies in hands-on session on cadavers. In 2006 in the Anatomy Lab of the “Universite’ Rene’ Descartes” of Paris (France) has been teaching surgical anatomy (anterior approach to the lumbar spine) in the G.I.S. (Italian Society for Spine Surgery) course  for surgeons in training.

Has given many lectures about revision surgery for “failed back syndrome”, minimal invasive techniques such as video assisted anterior approaches to thoracic and lumbar spine, non fusion techniques (dynamic or hybrid stabilization) in national and international meetings.

In January 2009 he was “The first Prize Winner at the 13° International ARGOS (European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteosinthesis) Spine Symposium in  Paris” for a paper on “Long distance anterior revision surgery after TDR. Minimal invasive technique”. He was invited in September 2009 and 2014 at JPSSSTSS (Japan Society for the study of Surgical Technique for Spine and Spinal nerves) for a special lecture about these techniques.

Current Interests

Deformities, revision surgeries, degenerative diseases of the spine, all spinal surgeries, especially in performing anterior approach to the spine and in the development of minimal invasive techniques, and in “non fusion” techniques (total disc replacement, endoscopic approach to the thoracic spine, dynamic stabilization).

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Membership of Scientific Associations

  • Member of Società Italiana di Ortopedia e Traumatologia (S.I.O.T.) since January 1995

  • Member of Società Italiana di Chirurgia vertebrale (G.I.S.) since 1999

  • Member of the European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteoynthesis (A.R.G.O.S.) since February 2000

  • Fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society (S.R.S.) since 2007

  • Member of Eurospine (The Spine Society of Europe) since 2010

  • Assistant editorial board of the European Spine Journal

Main Publications

A new "keyhole" approach for multilevel anterior lumbar interbody fusion: the perinavel approach-technical note and literature review.

Bassani R, Querenghi AM, Cecchinato R, Morselli C, Casero G, Gavino D, Brock S, Ferlinghetti C.

Eur Spine J. 2018 Aug;27(8):1956-1963. doi: 10.1007/s00586-018-5659-0.

Revision surgery for degenerative spinal deformity: a case report and review of the literature.

Donnarumma P, Tarantino R, Nigro L, Fragale M, Bassani R, Delfini R.

Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2017 Nov 30;3:17085. doi: 10.1038/s41394-017-0008-9. eCollection 2017

Video-Assisted Anterior Retroperitoneal Approach to the Lumbar Spine. A Minimal Invasive Technique Improved by the Use of Endoscopic Camera to Treat Lumbar Spine Diseases

Roberto Bassani1, Riccardo Cecchinato1, Carlotta Morselli2, Pedro Berjano1, Claudio Lamartina1

International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2016, 7, 94-100

Classification of sagittal imbalance based on spinal alignment and compensatory mechanism

C. Lamartina, R. Cecchinato, R. Bassani, G. Casero, M. Pejrona, P. Berjano

Eur Spine J (2015) 24:893 DOI 10.1007/s00586-015-3885-2

Transthoracic lateral retropleural minimally invasive microdiscectomy for T9-T10 disc herniation.

Berjano P, Garbossa D, Damilano M, Pejrona M, Bassani R, Doria C.

Eur Spine J. 2014 Jun;23(6):1376-8. doi: 10.1007/s00586-014-3369-9

Anterior multiple cervical corpectomy and fusion.

Bassani R, Lamartina C, Casero G, Berjano P.

Eur Spine J. 2014 Sep;23(9):2024-5. doi: 10.1007/s00586-014-3497-2.

Minimally invasive double approach (anterior and posterior) to the lumbar spine in revision surgery.

Bassani R, Sinigaglia A, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2012 Sep;21(9):1900-2.

Metabolic effects of vitamin D active metabolites in monolayer and micromass cultures of nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus cells isolated from human intervertebral disc.

Colombini A, Lanteri P, Lombardi G, Grasso D, Recordati C, Lovi A, Banfi G, Bassani R, Brayda-Bruno M.

Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2012 Jun;44(6):1019-30. doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2012.03.012. Epub 2012 Mar 28.

Criteria to restore the sagittal balance in deformity and degenerative spondylolisthesis.

Lamartina C, Berjano P, Petruzzi M, Sinigaglia A, Casero G, Cecchinato R, Damilano M, Bassani R.

Eur Spine J. 2012 May;21 Suppl 1:S27-31. doi: 10.1007/s00586-012-2236-9. Epub 2012 Mar 13. Review.

Failures and revisions in surgery for sagittal imbalance. Analysis of factors influencing failure

P. Berjano, G. Casero, A. Sinigaglia, R. Cecchinato, R. Bassani, C. Lamartina

European Spine Journal April 2012, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 769

Validation of three methods for calculation of the need correction in surgery for sagittal imbalance

P. Berjano, R. Cecchinato, M. Petruzzi, M. Damilano, R. Bassani, C. Lamartina

European Spine Journal April 2012, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 783

Video-assisted minimally invasive lumbar total disc replacement.

Bassani R, Sinigaglia A, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2011 Dec;20(12):2282-3. doi: 10.1007/s00586-011-2077-y.

Anterior cervical decompression and 360° fusion with posterior pedicle screws C6-C7.

Bassani R, Cecchinato R, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2015 Jun;24 Suppl 5:652-3. doi: 10.1007/s00586-015-3797-1.

Circumferential fusion with lateral masses screws in cervical post-traumatic instability.

Bassani R, Cecchinato R, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2015 Jun;24 Suppl 5:645-6. doi: 10.1007/s00586-015-3792-6.

In-situ L5-S1 fusion of a stable, sagittally balanced L5 spondyloptosis.

Lamartina C, Bassani R, Cecchinato R, Sinigaglia A, Berjano P.

Eur Spine J. 2014 Dec;23(12):2769-70.