Mario Morino (Gastrointestinal Surgery)

Chirurgia Generale II e Centro di Chirurgia Mini Invasiva, Department of Surgery, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

Graduated in Turin in 1982 in Medicine and Surgery cum laude. Specialized in General Surgery at the University of Turin in 1987, Prof. Morino was trained in London at Prof. Leslie Blumgart, Liver Unit, Royal Postgraduate School Hammersmith Hospital as Reasearch Fellow from Sept 1984 till Sept 1985 and in Paris at the Centre de Chirurgie Hepato-biliaire, Hospital Paul Brousse with Prof. Henry Bismuth from 1986 till 1990.

Back in Italy in March 1990, he was assistant professor at the University of Turin, performing in March 1990 the first laparoscopic cholecistectomy in Italy. In Nov 1990 he participated to the beginning of the Program of Hepatic Transplantation at Molinette Hospital. In 1992 he became Associate Professor and in 1998 Full Professor at the University of Turin.

In 1992 he founded the University Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Turin, clinical, scientific and teaching centre, recognized as Regional Referent Center for Piemonte Region and as Teaching Centre for the European Association or Endoscopic Surgery (E.A.E.S.). Since 2000 he is chairman of General and oncological Surgery, the Emergency Surgical University Unit and the Center for Minimal Invasive Surgery  at the Molinette Hospital, University of Torino. Since 2005 he is Director of the Scuola di Specialità in Chirurgia Generale.

In 2010 Prof. Morino was nominated Dean of  the Department of Surgery of the University of Torino.

Prof. Mario Morino has an experience of more than 9000 interventions performed laparoscopically and about 5000 performed open. He introduced laparoscopy in Italy and performed laparoscopically the first cholecystectomy (1990) and the first fundoplication (1991) in Italy, the first gastric banding for obesity in the world (1993). His main clinical focuses are minimal invasive treatment of colorectal cancer, bariatric surgery and functional upper GI surgery.

Prof. Mario Morino has published 355 papers on International Journals (among which Lancet, Annals of Surgery, British Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, Disease of the Colon & Rectum, Obesity Surgery, etc.), and 56 monographies and book chapters. Main research fields are colorectal laparoscopic surgery and oncology, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, obesity surgery, reflux laparoscopic surgery, adrenal gland laparoscopic surgery.

He participated as speaker and moderator to numerous national and international congresses. In particular he performed 86 laparoscopic interventions live to national and international congresses in Italy, UK, France, USA, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Greece etc.

The University Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery directed by Prof. Mario Morino has organized more than a hundred of different courses of laparoscopic surgery with more than 1000 surgeons participating.

Prof. Morino is also member of numerous Scientific Societies, and has served on the board of EAES, ESA, SICE, SICOB, SPC. At present he is President Elect of the European Surgical Association, Immediate Past President of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and President of the Italian Society for Endoscopic Surgery. He is member of the Editorial Board of numerous national and international journals and is member of the Council of BJS.

Prof. Mario Morino was nominated Honorary Member of the Romanian Society of Laparoscopic Surgery in 1999, of the International Association of Young Laparoscopic Surgeons in 2003, of the French Society for Surgery in 2004, of the Collegium Astensiensis Chirurgiae digestivae in 2005, of the Academie Nationale de Chirurgie de France in 2013, of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery in 2015, of the Endolaparoscopic Surgeons of Asia in 2015 and of the Korean Endolaparoscopic Society in 2015. He was decorated Honorary Medal of the town of Nice in 2004.