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Curriculum vitae

Roberto Bassani deals with spinal diseases with medical and surgical treatment for spinal traumas, cervical and lumbar disc herniations as well as scoliosis and deformities, thanks to traditional techniques and modern minimally invasive approaches as well as the most advanced technologies.

Academic training

After having obtained the classical high school diploma he enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pavia. In October 1992 he graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pavia with a score of 110/110 and honors. In the second session of November 1992 he passed the state exam for the qualification to the profession of doctor-surgeon with full marks at the University of Pavia. He is currently enrolled in the register of surgeons in the province of Pavia. In October 1997 he was proclaimed specialist with a score of 50 / 50L at the University of Pavia. Since 1998 he has mainly devoted himself to vertebral surgery. He attended the post-graduate university course as a research doctor in anatomy at the 2nd faculty of medicine of the University of Pavia. He is fluent in the English language.

International training

From 1998 to 2006 residential refresher activity and fellowship of vertebral surgery at the following institutes:

• "Twin cities Spine Center" of Minneapolis (USA) directed by Dr. F. Dennis, R.Winter, J.Lonstein

• "Departement De Chirurgie Orthopedique et Traumatologique de L'Institut Mutualiste Montsourisè" of Paris directed by Prof. Christian Mazel

• “Service d'Orthopédie du rachis et de Traumatologie du Sport” de l'Hopitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg directed by Prof. Jean Paul Steib.

• "Department of Orthopedic and Spine Surgery" in Bad Berka Weimar (Germany) Head of Department: Heiner Boe

• "Department of Pediatric and Adult Spinal deformity" at Sutter Neuroscience Medical Group of Sacramento (CA), USA - Head: George D. Picetti III. (second half 2006)

• From 1997 to October 2000 he was permanent medical director with assistant functions at the Division of Orthopedics and Traumatology of the Hospital of Gallarate (Varese), personally carrying out numerous traumatology surgeries, general orthopedics and being responsible for vertebral surgery.

After a period of study and training abroad he returned to Italy where, winner of a public competition, he worked as a permanent medical director at the Division of Orthopedics and Traumatology of the IRCCS Policlinico Universitario San Matteo of Pavia dealing with traumatology and Spinal Surgery which he was responsible for coordinating the Outpatient Department of the Column Pathology of the hospital. He was a member of the commission of the IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo for the multidisciplinary treatment of vertebral metastases.

Since 2010 he has been in charge of the 2nd Division of Spinal Surgery and Director of the Department of Orthopedics 2 of the IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute in Milan.

He is frequently called as a “visiting surgeon” and consultant in various Italian hospitals to perform complex revision operations on the lumbar and thoracic spine through anterior approaches with minimally invasive and traditional techniques.

He has performed more than 4500 major spinal surgery (of which more than 2000 anterior approaches) of the cervical, dorsal and lumbar tracts for the treatment of spinal trauma, scoliosis and kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, canal stenosis, cervical and lumbar degenerative discopathies, tumors metastases of the vertebrae, infections, segmental instabilities of the spine.


He currently performs all surgical approaches to the spine: posterior and anterior-posterior combined.

It hosts surgeons (fellows) from every Italian region and from abroad to demonstrate the techniques of anterior approaches to the thoracic and lumbar spine and revision techniques in adult deformities.

He is frequently called as a speaker at national and international conferences on topics concerning minimally invasive spinal surgery and complex deformity surgery. He is the author of scientific publications in international journals and coordinator of research projects on a national and international basis still in progress. He is reviewer of the international scientific journal European Spine Journal.

From 2005 to 2007 he coordinated surgical anatomy sessions on cadaver, teaching the techniques of anterior approach to the spine for fusion (ALIF) to surgeons from various European countries.

In 2006-2007 at the Anatomy Laboratory of the "Université René Descartes" in Paris (France) and at the Institute of Anatomy of the University of Vienna he was a "tutor" in the practical theoretical course on cadaver organized by GIS (Italian Society of Spinal Surgery) for spinal surgeons in training.

In May 2008 he organized a national conference in Pavia entitled "New approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of bone disease" in collaboration with oncologists and haematologists.


In January 2009 he won “The First Prize Winner at the 13th International ARGOS (European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteosinthesis) Spine Symposium in Paris, with a lecture entitled“ Long distance anterior revision surgery after TDR. Minimal invasive technique ".


He was invited in September 2009 and 2014 to the JPSSSTSS (Japan Society for the study of Surgical Technique for Spine and Spinal nerves) conference for master's lectures (invited lecturer) on complex techniques in vertebral surgery.

He is adjunct professor (2014-15 and 2019 to date) of "Advanced surgical techniques in neurosurgery" in spinal surgery in the "II level two-year University Master" at the University of Turin and in 2017-2018 lecturer in the School of Specialization in Orthopedics and Traumatology of the University of Pisa.

From the 2018-19 academic year he has been carrying out regular and continuous teaching activities (surgical anatomy of anterior approaches to the spine) at the School of Specialization in Orthopedics and Traumatology of the State University of Milan.

Specific interests are congenital (deformity) and degenerative pathology of the spine, vertebral surgery with particular attention to the study and practice of anterior approaches to the spine and to the development of minimally invasive techniques (anterior surgical approaches to the spine, endoscopic surgery of the thoracic spine).

He is the creator of the innovative surgical technique of minimally invasive anterior approach to the lumbar spine through the periumbilical approach.

Nele 2020  he participated and won the competition for the National Scientific Qualification  (ASN) of the Ministry of University and Scientific Research (MIUR) obtaining the qualification as University Professor of Band II - Orthopedics and Traumatology discipline.

Since 2019 he is a member, as a volunteer surgeon who performs assistance activities at the Hospital of the village of Afagnan in the Republic of TOGO, of a group of doctors coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe Peretti of the State University of Milan

Membership in Scientific Societies

  • Member of the Italian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology ( SIOT )
    since January 1995

  • Member of the Italian Society of Spinal Surgery ( GIS )
    since 1999

  • Member of the international society:
    European Association of Research Groups for Spinal Osteoynthesis ( ARGOS )
    since February 2000

  • Fellow of the international Scoliosis Research Society ( SRS )
    since 2007

  • Member of  Eurospine  (The Spine Society of Europe)
    since 2010

Formazione Accademica
Formazione Internazionale
Appartenenza Soc. Scien
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Main Publications

Functional and radiological outcome of anterior retroperitoneal versus posterior transforaminal interbody fusion in the management of single level lumbar degenerative disease.

Roberto Bassani , Carlotta Morselli, Amos M. Querenghi, Alessandro Nuara, Luca Maria Sconfienza, Giuseppe M. Peretti

Neurosurgical Focus 49 (3) E2 2020


R Bassani , F Gregori, C Morselli, A Querenghi, A Giacalone, M Agnoletto, L Mangiavini,

J Biol Regul Homeost Agents 2019 33 (6 Suppl. 3), 23-28


Bassani R , F. Gregori, G. Peretti

WORLD NEUROSURGERY 131: 391-398, NOV 2019


C. Morselli, A. Cirullo; R. Bassani

Orthopedic Proceedings Vol. 103-B, No. SUPP_13 The 29th Annual Meeting of the European Orthopedic Research Society (EORS), Rome, Italy, 15–17 September 2021.Free Access



A Piazzolla, D Bizzoca, P Berjano, M Balsano, J Buric, S Carlucci, C Formica, M Formica, C Lamartina, C Musso, F Tamburrelli, M Damilano,  F Taratara, A Sinigaglia, R Bassani, M Neroni, G Casero, A Lovi, D Garbossa, Z,  Nicola, B Moretti

EJS 2020

A new "keyhole" approach for multilevel anterior lumbar interbody fusion: the perinavel approach-technical note and literature review.

Bassani R , Querenghi AM, Cecchinato R, Morselli C, Casero G, Gavino D, Brock S, Ferlinghetti C.

Eur Spine J. 2018 Aug; 27 (8): 1956-1963. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-018-5659-0.

Revision surgery for degenerative spinal deformity: a case report and review of the literature.

Donnarumma P, Tarantino R, Nigro L, Fragale M, Bassani R , Delfini R.

Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2017 Nov 30; 3: 17085. doi: 10.1038 / s41394-017-0008-9. eCollection 2017

Video-Assisted Anterior Retroperitoneal Approach to the Lumbar Spine. A Minimal Invasive Technique Improved by the Use of Endoscopic Camera to Treat Lumbar Spine Diseases

Roberto Bassani 1, Riccardo Cecchinato1, Carlotta Morselli2, Pedro Berjano1, Claudio Lamartina1

International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2016, 7, 94-100

Classification of sagittal imbalance based on spinal alignment and compensatory mechanism

C. Lamartina, R. Cecchinato, R. Bassani , G. Casero, M. Pejrona, P. Berjano

Eur Spine J (2015) 24: 893 DOI 10.1007 / s00586-015-3885-2

Transthoracic lateral retropleural minimally invasive microdiscectomy for T9-T10 disc herniation.

Berjano P, Garbossa D, Damilano M, Pejrona M, Bassani R , Doria C.

Eur Spine J. 2014 Jun; 23 (6): 1376-8. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-014-3369-9

Anterior multiple cervical corpectomy and fusion.

Bassani R , Lamartina C, Casero G, Berjano P.

Eur Spine J. 2014 Sep; 23 (9): 2024-5. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-014-3497-2.

Minimally invasive double approach (anterior and posterior) to the lumbar spine in revision surgery.

Bassani R , Sinigaglia A, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2012 Sep; 21 (9): 1900-2.

Metabolic effects of vitamin D active metabolites in monolayer and micromass cultures of nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus cells isolated from human intervertebral disc.

Colombini A, Lanteri P, Lombardi G, Grasso D, Recordati C, Lovi A, Banfi G, Bassani R , Brayda-Bruno M.

Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2012 Jun; 44 (6): 1019-30. doi: 10.1016 / j.biocel.2012.03.012. Epub 2012 Mar 28.

Criteria to restore the sagittal balance in deformity and degenerative spondylolisthesis.

Lamartina C, Berjano P, Petruzzi M, Sinigaglia A, Casero G, Cecchinato R, Damilano M, Bassani R.

Eur Spine J. 2012 May; 21 Suppl 1: S27-31. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-012-2236-9. Epub 2012 Mar 13. Review.

Failures and revisions in surgery for sagittal imbalance. Analysis of factors influencing failure

P. Berjano, G. Casero, A. Sinigaglia, R. Cecchinato, R. Bassani , C. Lamartina

European Spine Journal April 2012, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 769

Validation of three methods for calculation of the need correction in surgery for sagittal imbalance

P. Berjano, R. Cecchinato, M. Petruzzi, M. Damilano, R. Bassani , C. Lamartina

European Spine Journal April 2012, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 783

Video-assisted minimally invasive lumbar total disc replacement.

Bassani R , Sinigaglia A, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2011 Dec; 20 (12): 2282-3. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-011-2077-y.

Anterior cervical decompression and 360 ° fusion with posterior pedicle screws C6-C7.

Bassani R , Cecchinato R, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2015 Jun; 24 Suppl 5: 652-3. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-015-3797-1.

Circumferential fusion with lateral masses screws in cervical post-traumatic instability.

Bassani R , Cecchinato R, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2015 Jun; 24 Suppl 5: 645-6. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-015-3792-6.

In-situ L5-S1 fusion of a stable, sagittally balanced L5 spondyloptosis.

Lamartina C, Bassani R , Cecchinato R, Sinigaglia A, Berjano P.

Eur Spine J. 2014 Dec; 23 (12): 2769-70.


Osteotomies in proximal junctional kyphosis in the cervicothoracic area.

Cecchinato R, Berjano P, Bassani R , Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2015 Jan; 24 Suppl 1: S31-7. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-014-3654-7. Epub 2014 Nov 15

How do interbody devices affect sagittal plane alignment.

Cecchinato R, Berjano P, Bassani R , Sinigaglia A, Lamartina C.

J Neurosurg Sci. 2014 Jun; 58 (2 Suppl 1): 87-90.

Variations of cervical lordosis and head alignment after pedicle subtraction osteotomy surgery for sagittal imbalance.

Cecchinato R, Langella F, Bassani R , Sansone V, Lamartina C, Berjano P.

Eur Spine J. 2014 Oct; 23 Suppl 6: 644-9. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-014-3546-x. Epub 2014 Sep 12

Failures and revisions in surgery for sagittal imbalance: analysis of factors influencing failure.

Berjano P, Bassani R , Casero G, Sinigaglia A, Cecchinato R, Lamartina C.

Eur Spine J. 2013 Nov; 22 Suppl 6: S853-8. doi: 10.1007 / s00586-013-3024-x. Epub 2013 Sep 24


Thoracoscopic approach for the treatment of adult spondyloliscitis

A. Sinigaglia, R. Bassani

Eur Spine J (2009) 18: 739 DOI 10.1007 / s00586-009-0962-4


Intersomatic cages and sagittal balance

R. Bassani , R. Cecchinato, C. Morselli1, A. Sinigaglia, G. Casero, C. Lamartina

Eur Spine J (2015) 24: 877 DOI 10.1007 / s00586-015-3885-2

Amtolmetin guacyl versus piroxicam in patients with osteoarthritis.

Montrone F, Santandrea S, Caruso I, Gerli R, Cesarotti ME, Frediani P, Bassani R.

J Int Med Res. 2000 Mar-Apr; 28 (2): 91-100

Chapt. 13 Role of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Back Pain for Degenerative Spine

Vialle, Luiz Roberto et al .: 2017 AOSpine Master Series: AOSpine Masters SeriesDOI: 10.1055 / b-0036-139149 BOOK THIEME NY

Bassani R , Serchi E

The Vertebral Column

R. Bassani

in volume: “Traumatology of Sport. Clinic and Therapy "

Edi -Ermes 2005 cap 6 page 57-119

Anatomical considerations for dynamic neutralization of the lumbar spine using less invasive techniques-Lumbar muscle anatomy, architectural analysis and biomechanism to avoid muscle damage during surgery

R. Bassani, E.Serchi

"Dynamic Stabilization of the lumbar spine". Gilles.G Dubois editor

Sauramps Medical 2014

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