gian andrea bindaProfessional title: Professor of Colorectal Surgery

Date of primary qualification: 1977

Current institution: Galliera Hospital, Genoa, Italy

Title of invited presentation:
Diverticular disease - Long term outcomes

Learning objectives:
In recent years, our knowledge on the natural history of diverticular disease has shown a more benign course of the disease than thought in the past. In the long term, patients medically treated for an episode of acute diverticulitis (AD) have a low risk of recurrence; of severe complication; of emergency surgery; of stoma formation and of death. In fact the most feared complication, perforation with free peritonitis, is usually at the first episode of AD. On the other hand, patients surgically treated for AD are not completely spared, in the long term, by the risk of recurrences or further emergent surgery even after years from the first surgery. This data changed the policy of treatment of the disease toward a more conservative approach, understood not only as non-surgical as well as non-resective.


Summary of clinical/research background

From 1990 Dr. Binda has been dedicated to colorectal surgery, and from 1993 he is chairman of the Coloproctology Unit at Galliera Hospital, Genoa.

International work placements:

  • 1984 "Medecin Resident Etranger" at the University of Lyon (Prof. J. Vignal)
  • 1993-1995 Research Fellows St. Mark’s (Prof. RJ Nicholls)
  • 1997 University of Geneve, Coloproctology Unit (Prof. M.C. Martì)
  • 1998 Department of Colorectal Surgery Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota, USA (Prof. R. Dozois, H. Nelson, S. Nivatvong, T Young-Fadok)
  • 1998 Department of Digestive Surgery, Chicago University, Chicago, USA (Prof. F. Michelassi)
  • 1998 Department of Colorectal Surgery Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA (Prof. V. Fazio, I. Lavery, P. Marcello).

From 2002 he has practiced laparoscopic colorectal resections.

His main fields of interest are:

  • laparoscopic colorectal resections mainly for rectal cancer
  • multidisciplinary approach to rectal cancer treatment
  • multidisciplinary approach to pelvic functional diseases
  • laparoscopic treatment of intestinal endometriosis
  • colonic diverticular disease

In 2007/8 he was President of the Italian Society of Colo-Rectal Surgery.

He is an ESCP member.

He is a referee for Colorectal Disease, Techniques in Coloproctology, BMC Gastroenterology.

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