Dr. Alessandro Brunelli works as Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at the Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James's University Hospital, in Leeds, UK. He is also Senior Honorary Lecturer and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Leeds.Previously he was the vice-Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Head of Section of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at Ospedali Riuniti Ancona, Italy, where he worked as staff surgeon for more than 14 years.During his career Dr. Brunelli has been a visiting surgeon at several USA centers (Duke University, UCSD, Washington University St. Louis) and in 2010 spent 6 months working at the Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Brunelli is one of the European pioneers of the uniportal VATS technique for operations on the lung and medistinum (i.e. spontaneous pneumothorax, lung and mediastinal biopsies, and other diseases normally managed by VATS procedures). By using the uniportal approach, only one single incision of 2 cm is performed and the camera and other dedicated endoscopic instruments are introduced through the single port.
In 2007 Dr. Brunelli started the program of VATS lobectomies in Ancona, one of he first surgeons to perform such procedures in Italy. This type of procedure allows for a reduction of hospital stay and a faster recovery from operation. Patients usually can go home 3-4 days after surgery.
He is a member of the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Interest Group (MITIG) of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS).
Dr. Brunelli is the current Secretary General of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and member of many committees and working groups of the same Organization (i.e. Executive Committee, Database Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, Educational Committee).
He has been the Director of the ESTS Database from 2008 to 2012 and he is an active member of the faculty of the ESTS School of Thoracic Surgery.
He is a member of prestigious international organisations such as the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and honorary member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS).
He is Author of more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed impact factored scientific journals such as The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, The European Journal of Thoracicand Cardiovascular Surgery, Chest, Thoracic Surgery Clinics, Respiration and many others, with a personal impact factor greater than 600.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery since 2010.
He received many prestigious scientific awards such as 2 Brompton Prizes, for the best oral presentation at the European Conference of General Thoracic Surgery, and 1 ESTS Young Investigator Award, and was a runner-up in other two Brompton Prizes and other 4 Young Investigator Awards.
He was honoured with the Distinguished Scientist Honour Lecture by the American College of Chest Physicians during the Chest Annual Congress in Montreal 2015.
Dr. Brunelli was the Chair of the European Respiratory Society/European Society of Thoracic Surgeons joint task force appointed to develop guidelines for the selection of patients for lung resection and is the lead author of the Physiologic Chapter in the third edition of the American College of Chest Physicians guidelines for diagnosis and management of Lung Cancer.