A medical doctor and surgeon, he specialized in Paediatrics in Pavia and in Rome, completing a Fellowship at the Children ‘s Hospital Medical Center of Harvard University in Boston.
He directed the Perinatal Clinical Research Center of the University of Yale (U.S.A.) for three years. He was Professor of Neonatology at the Universities of Naples, Sassari and Rome “La Sapienza”, with the Direction of the respective Clinical Divisions of Neonatology.
He directed the Neonatal Intensive Care Division and the Department of Medical and Surgical Neonatology of the Bambino Gesù-IRCCS Paediatric Hospital in Rome.
He was Italian Representative at the European Society of Perinatal Medicine and Member of the Board of Directors of the European Society for Paediatric Research and the Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine.
He was President and Past President of the Italian Society of Neonatology and of the Italian Society of Intensive Care and Secretary of the Epidemiology Section of the European Pediatric Research Society.
He is an Honorary Member of the American Society of Pediatrics.
He is President of the Bioethics Committee of the Italian Society of Pediatrics and member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Maruzza Lefebvre D’Ovidio Onlus Foundation.
He is the author of more than 330 scientific publications, many of which in prestigious high impact factor international journals, For many years he has been dealing with respiratory pathophysiology of neonates, the evaluation of perinatal care, the humanization of healthcare for neonates, bioethical problems in neonatology and paediatrics and the organization of paediatric palliative care services.
He is an independent Speaker on paediatrics, children’s palliative care and ethics.
His Native language is Italian but he also reads and speaks fluently English, French and Spanish.