Scientific Community

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The BreathGroup is a network of Centers committed to promote and guarantee a high quality standards for the treatment of emphysema. To preserve the group mission, two committee of experts in the field of Bronchoscopic Therapy are established: the “Scientific Community” and the “Study Groups”.

The “Scientific Community” is composed by:

  • the President, the Founders, the Project Coordinator, the Project Assistants, the Italian Representatives of the North, Center and Western Area of the Country, which are directly involved in the coordination, management and planning of all the activities related to the registry.
  • the Access Committee, which defines the criteria required by a Center to be considered a qualified “Center for the Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction”. In particular, the Committee will oversee the compliance of the Center with the process of selection, treatment and follow-up of patients, accordingly to the International Guidelines.
  • the Quality Committee is responsible for reviewing and supervise the Center’s process of the management, treatment approach and the follow-up of patients. Moreover, it promotes training courses and defines the quality standards aimed to reduce operative errors.
  • the Coordinators of International relations coordinate the cooperation of National and International Centers accredited for Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction. This cooperation will improve knowledge and results.
  • the Biostatistics and the Literature’s Reviewers are respectively responsible for the statistical analysis of data and the revision of scientific works.

 

PRESIDENT
Stefano Gasparini - Università Politecnica delle Marche AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

FOUNDER
Michela Bezzi - AOU Careggi  -  SOD Pneumologia Interventistica, Firenze

CO-FOUNDERS
Piero Foccoli - ASST Spedali Civili - PO di Brescia - UO Pneumologia ad indirizzo Endoscopico, Brescia

Lina Zuccatosta - AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

PROJECT COORDINATOR
Mauro Novali - ASST Spedali Civili – PO di Brescia - UO Pneumologia ad indirizzo Endoscopico, Brescia

PROJECT ASSISTANTS
Margherita Innocenti - AOU Careggi  -  SOD Pneumologia Interventistica, Firenze

Valentina Luzzi - AOU Careggi  -  SOD Pneumologia Interventistica, Firenze

Italian Representative – NORTH
Piero Balbo - AOU Maggiore della Carità - SC Malattie dell'apparato Respiratorio, Novara

Mauro Novali - ASST Spedali Civili - PO di Brescia - UO Pneumologia ad indirizzo Endoscopico, Brescia

Federico Rea - AO di Padova – SC Pneumologia, Padova

Massimo Torre - ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda - SC Chirurgia Toracica, Milano

 

Italian Representative – CENTER
Stefano Gasparini - Università Politecnica delle Marche AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

Michela Bezzi - AOU Careggi  -  SOD Pneumologia Interventistica, Firenze

Erino Rendina - Azienda Ospedaliera S. Andrea  - UOC Chirurgia Toracica, Roma

 

Italian Representative – SOUTH
Giacomo Cusumano - AOU Policlinico Vittorio Emanuele - Chirurgia Toracica, Catania

Giuseppe Failla - P.O. Civico e Benfratelli -  UO Endoscopia Bronchiale Diagnostica e Terapeutica, Palermo

Alfonso Fiorelli - A.O.U Universita' degli Studi della Campania, L. Vanvitelli - Chirurgia Toracica, Napoli

 

ACCESS COMMITTEE
Stefano Gasparini - Università Politecnica delle Marche AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

Michela Bezzi - AOU Careggi  -  SOD Pneumologia Interventistica, Firenze

Pierfranco Foccoli - ASST Spedali Civili - PO di Brescia - UO Pneumologia ad indirizzo Endoscopico, Brescia  

Mauro Novali - ASST Spedali Civili - PO di Brescia - UO Pneumologia ad indirizzo Endoscopico, Brescia

Massimo Torre - ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda - SC Chirurgia Toracica, Milano

Federico Venuta - Umberto I Policlinico Di Roma -  Chirurgia Generale e Specialistica, Roma

 

QUALITY COMMITTEE
Andrea Comel - Clinica Pederzoli - UO Pneumologia, Peschiera del Garda

Franco Ravenna - ASST Mantova Carlo Poma - SC Pneumologia e UTIR, Mantova

Federico Rea - AO di Padova – SC Pneumologia, Padova

Mario Salio - IRCCS Ospedale San Martino - UO Pneumologia, Genova

Alberto Terminella - AOU Policlinico Vittorio Emanuele - Chirurgia Toracica, Catania

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COORDINATORS
Stefano Gasparini - Università Politecnica delle Marche AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

Michela Bezzi - AOU Careggi  -  SOD Pneumologia Interventistica, Firenze

 

BIOSTATISTICS
Martina Bonifazi - AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

Sofia Romani - AOU Careggi - SOD Pneumologia Interventistica, Firenze

 

LITERATURE REVIEW
Serena Conforti - ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda - SC Chirurgia Toracica, Milano

Martina Bonifazi - AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

Federico Mei - AOU Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona - OU SOD Pneumologia, Ancona

Venerino Poletti - Ospedale Morgani-Pierantoni - Ausl Forlì - UO Pneumologia, Forlì