Professor Girolamo Mattioli is Director of the Pediatric Surgery School, University of Genoa, and Head of the Pediatric Surgery Unit at the Giannina Gaslini Institute in Genoa, Italy. He has performed more than 5000 surgical procedures in children, 3000 of them using a minimally invasive approach. He is the author of more than 300 publications and a member of the principal pediatric surgical societies (EUPSA, IPEG, SICP). He is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Journal of Urology, and Journal of Laparoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Professor Mattioli’s research fields cover all aspects of pediatric minimally invasive surgery, and he has a particular interest in morbidity and mortality and urology research.
Dr. Paul Petralia graduated in Medicine and Surgery and subsequently specialized in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine with a special focus on hospital organization. He first worked in health management in rehabilitation and outpatient facilities, before acquiring the skills required to become a managing director. He was appointed managing director of IRCCS Gaslini Children’s Hospital in July 2010 and in 2011 was elected President of the Italian Children's Hospitals. He has directed simultaneously many non-profit organizations and has extensive experience as a coordinator and national and regional representative. He has been a member of the board of directors of several organizations, including the Galliera Hospital in Genoa. He is also a journalist and Adjunct Professor of Health Organization on two degree courses and one school of specialization in the Faculty of Medicine, Genoa University.