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Alessandro Parolari

Alessandro Parolari, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milano
Policlinico San Donato IRCCS
Via Morandi
San Donato Milanese, MI  20097
39 02 52774847
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


President-designated, Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery (2023-4)
Vice President, Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery (2021-2)
Chief, Universitary Cardiac Surgery, Policlinico San Donato IRCCS (2017-)
Full Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Milano (2020-)
President of the Board of Directors, Fondazione Cuore Domani SICCH Research ONLUS (2017-)
Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Milano (2015-2020)
Head, Clinical Research Unit in Atherothrombosis, Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS (2007-2014)
Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Milano (2006-2014) and University of Sassari (2009-2013)
Senior Staff, Dept. of Cardiac Surgery, Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS (2004-2014)
Staff, Dept. of Cardiac Surgery, Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS (1993-2004)

Other Interests

Translational cardiovascular medicine and surgery
Statistical analysis
Valve surgery
Cardiopulmonary bypass
Coronary bypass surgery
Biotechnologies in cardiac surgery
Aortic diseases


A great part of the research activity of Alessandro Parolari has been devoted to the study of the biological effect of coronary surgical revascularization concerning bleeding, haemostasis, inflammation, oxidative stress and endothelial damage. In particular he has been interested by the role of surgical trauma and/or extracorporeal circulation on the activation of the haemostatic-thrombotic/inflammatory systems occurring during and persisting several weeks after coronary artery bypass. He could demonstrate that, when extracorporeal circulation is avoided (off-pump coronary surgery), the activation of the above mentioned parameters still occurs, but is slightly delayed with respect to the use of the extracorporeal circulation (on-pump). Moreover, he unequivocally demonstrated that the activation is protracted in the postoperative period for at least one month, independently from the revascularization strategy used. He has acquired expertise in the evaluation of data with the use of advanced statistical models. By the use of this methodology he has published a variety of meta-analysis on cardiac surgical outcomes, especially concerning different surgical techniques in coronary bypass surgery and in the treatment of left ventricular aneurysms. During his career as surgeon and researcher he recently turned his attention also on the aortic and mitral valve biology. 

Total impact Factor: 855.

Average Impact Factor: 4.6.

h-Index = 36 (Scopus)

Citations (Scopus) = 4007


Additional Educational Information

1988: MD degree summa cum laude, University of Parma.

1993: Specialty (Residency) in Cardiac Surgery, summa cum lode, University of Milano.

1994-5: Step 1,2 and English test, United States Medical Licensing Examination.

1997-1998: Clinical Fellow, Dept. of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

1999: Ph. D. in Cardiothoracic Surgical Pathophysiology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Cardiac
  • Coronary disease
  • Extracorporeal circulation
  • Valve disease
  • Aorta
  • Professional Affairs