San Raffaele Scientific Institute, founded in 1971, is a university and research hospital of international standing, highly specialized in several important diseases, including specifically the cardio-thoracic and vascular area. Together with its related Centers, as San Raffaele “Turro” Hospital, polyclinics Cardinal Schuster and San Donato Milanese, the Institute has a total of 1,318 beds, annually carrying out a total of about 35,000 surgical operations, 44,628 admissions, 950,531 outpatient and over 66,600 emergency department procedures.
The Vascular Surgery Department of San Raffaele Scientific Institute, home of the Vascular Surgery Residency Program of “Vita-Salute University”, both directed by Prof. Roberto Chiesa, founded in 1993, has become famous in the Italian and international cardio-vascular community for the publication of several scientific papers on the most prestigious national and international journals of vascular surgery, with a particular focus on thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic surgery (open and endovascular). The Division performs over 2,100 vascular interventions every year, especially on the thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta, for which disease the Department is recognized as a High Volume and Tertiary Referral Center in Italy. Prof. Roberto Chiesa and Prof. Germano Melissano organize every two years one of the worlds largest international meetings focused on thoraco-abdominal aortic disease, the “Aortic Surgery: How To Do It” symposium, with more than 1,000 delegates coming from every part of the world.