Bruno Gridelli, MD, is a world-renowned expert in transplantation, especially pediatric liver transplant. A graduateof the University of Milan, he specialized in transplant surgery at UPMC where he worked with Thomas Starzl, MD, the liver transplant pioneer. In 1999, Dr. Gridelli was appointed director of Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo’s Transplant Centre. In June 2003, he became medical and scientific director of ISMETT. He is one the first surgeons in Italy to use the “split liver” technique, which involves the division of the liver into two different lobes allowing the performance of two transplants
In November 2002, Dr. Gridelli performed the first combined liver-lung transplant in Italy in a 22-year-old man who had a cystic fibrosis. In May 2007, he performed the first lung transplant in the world in an HIV-positive patient. Under his direction , pediatric liver and kidney transplant programs, as well as heart and lung transplant programs, have been launched at ISMETT.