Prof. Giovanni Pellacani

Giovanni Pellacani practices research mainly in the field of cutaneous physiopathology, skin bio-engineering for the evaluation of inflammatory diseases, non invasive diagnosis in dermato-oncology, since 1995. In particular, melanoma and pigmented skin lesions, their early identification by means of dermoscopy in combination with system for image analysis and automated diagnosis, and in vivo reflectance-mode confocal scanning laser microscopy for the study of cytological and architectural aspects of the skin and of skin lesions, in correlation with dermoscopy and histopathology are the present fields of research.

Since 2003, his main research interest is in the field of in vivo confocal microscopy for the diagnosis and characterization mostly of skin cancer. Melanoma features have been described and validated. An algorithm for distinction between benign melanocytic lesions and melanoma was developed. Different types of melanoma and their characteristic features were described. Characteristic aspects of benign melanocytic lesions, such as common nevi, Spitz nevi and dysplastic nevi, have been found.

Dermoscopic and histopathologic correlates have been found and evaluated on large series of images.

So far, Giovanni Pellacani published over 800 papers, including over 600 articles present in the “Science Citation Index” with an H-index = 51 (Scopus) / 63 (Scholar), 40 book chapters and over 500 abstracts in national and international congresses and conferences.


Positions and employment

11/2000-12/2004 Assistant Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
01/2005-10/2007 Associate Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
11/2007-present Full Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
1/2012-present Director, School of Dermatology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
1/2012-1/2021 Chairman, Department of Dermatology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
2/2015-1/2021 Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
1/2021-Present Chairman of the Dermatology Clinic and Director of the School of Dermatology of the University La Sapienza, Roma, 2021-current

2019-President of the XXIV World Congress of Dermatology – Milan
2015-present Board member of ILDS (International League of Dermatologic Societies)
2007-present Board member of ICWG (International Confocal Working Group)
2008-present Board member of EADO (European Academy of Dermatological Oncology)
2011-present Board member of IDS (International Dermoscopy Society)
2011-present Board member of the Italian Dermatologic Society (SIDEMAST)

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