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Gaetano Rocco

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Rocco received his medical degree from the University of Milan in Italy (1985). After general (1990) and thoracic (1995) surgery residencies at the University of Milan, Dr. Rocco completed a visiting residency and clinical fellowship in advanced general thoracic surgery at the Mayo Clinic(1996-1997).Dr. Rocco has served on the surgical faculty of E. Morelli Regional Hospital, in Sondalo, Italy (1988-1999), and as a Consultant and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals of the University of Sheffield, England (2000-2004).From 2004 to 2018, Dr. Rocco served as the Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery and Oncology at the National Cancer Institute G. Pascale Foundation in Italy. In 2018, Dr. Rocco joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering as an Attending and Member in the Thoracic Service, Department of Surgery, and as a Full Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.Dr. Rocco has been the Editor of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) and Associate Editor of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and co-Editor of Shields General Thoracic Surgery textbook. Dr. Rocco is a past President of the ESTS and served as Director of Education and Treasurer of the same organization. He co-founded the ESTS School of Thoracic Surgery in 2007.Dr. Roccos research has been funded by the Italian Ministry of Health and the Italian Association for Cancer Research, among other places. He has authored or co-authored over 420 peer-reviewed articles, wrote several textbook chapters, played a lead role in 25-plus clinical trials, and given more than 300 invited lectures around the world.