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Prof. Franca Melfi, MD, PhD

Consultant Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Pisa, Italy

Franca Melfi presently is Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Medical School of the University of Pisa and Chair of Robotic Multidisciplinary Centre for Surgery - Thoracic MIS and Robotic surgery at the University Hospital of Pisa. Educated in Italy, she continued her University studies at Medical School of University of Pisa where she received her M.D. degree and completed residencies in General Thoracic Surgery. Franca Melfi is currently involved in research projects at the University of Pisa, in cooperation with other clinical Institutions and active author of scientific publications.

She has been mainly focusing on: robotic surgery, lung cancer (specifically, Sentinel Lymph-node mapping in lung cancer), lung cancer in women and tracheal surgery.

In 2005, along with a group of professional women, she founded the ONG Association AIDAcp (Women Association against Lung Cancer).  The intent has been to share experiences relative to neoplastic lung pathology in women, to disseminate information, mentor young trainees, transfer data within the context of programmes and social initiatives of pragmatic intervention.

Working within this Association, as Vice-President and Thoracic Surgeon, she has been carrying on the research program regarding Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) and K-Ras Mutations in Adenocarcinoma of the Lung, in cooperation with the Oncological Institute of Tuscany (ITT) and other European Institutions.

She is presently focusing her research work on the application of high-technology in surgery (robotic surgery), lung cancer and mediastinum surgery for the standardization of the procedures.

In addition to being  Professor of Thoracic Surgery, she is also an authorized European Tutor and Proctor for Robotic thoracic procedures.

Furthermore, she focuses her teaching activity on telementoring and cross Europe-tutoring using the latest technologies available in thoracic surgery.