Stefano Ferraresi


Born in Milan (Italy) the 3rd May 1958. Classical Baccalauréat with Greek and Latin studies in 1977.
Degree at University of Milan (Doctor in Medicine & Surgery) in 1983. Board Certified in Neurosurgery in 1988 and European Board Certification in Neuropathology in 1992 . Appointed Professor in Neurosurgery in 2016.
Married to Boscolo Fiordalisa.
They have two children Maria Yuliana (2001) and Pablo Emilio (2004).

From 1983 to 1987   he obtained a Grant  from the Italian  Ministry of Health for  Research on Neurooncology  at the Istituto Neurologico C.Besta of Milan.

In 1987 he was appointed Assistant in Bergamo with the World renowned Prof. V.Cassinari . Here he develops particular skills in Neurotraumatology and  Neurosurgical Intensive Care.

Bergamo is a very large referral center for Trauma and he starts to develop a special interest for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, and particular in the field of Brachial Plexus Injuries.. He spent the summer 1989 as visiting doctor in Wien, at the Allgemeines Krankenhaus with Professor Hanno Millesi.

In 1992 he joins a Fellowship at the Clinique Longeraie in Lausanne (Switzerland) under Professor A.O.Narakas, a world renowned leading expert in the field of Brachial Plexus Injuries.

In 1993 he is visiting Fellow in New Orleans, with Professor David Kline, one of the leading experts in USA in  Peripheral Nerve Surgery and intraoperative Monitoring of peripheral nerves.

In 1995 he is with Alain Gilbert at the Clinique Jouvenet in Paris to participate in his  Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Clinic, where he starts a very profound interest in this particular subspecialty of Peripheral Nerves.

Later he fulfills his professional plans extendind his skillls and interests in the field of cranial nerves  and in  skull base surgery.

He is Visiting fellow in Pittsburgh at the  Facial Paralysis Center at Shadyside Hospital , directed by Professor Mark May, and  than at the Allegheny Hospital under Prof. T.Fukushima.

He also was visiting in Lubjiana with Professor Vinko Dolenc where he learned the extradural  approach to the cavernous sinus  and the oculomotor nerves.

In 1996 he is invited to join Dr.P.Buffatti  who was charged of  the opening of a new Department of Neurosurgery in Rovigo, in the General Hospital (Santa Maria della Misericordia) which is a Hub referral hospital for a wide area.

He performed more than 7500  neurosurgical procedures in all the fields of Neurosurgery.

His experience in adult and neonatal plexus injuries is outstanding with more than 1500 microsurgical reconstructions  and another 500 secondary procedures.

He authored  six book chapters and many papers in international  peer-reviewed journals.

In the last years he described two novel personal techniques in the reanimation of the facial nerve and in the reconstruction of the upper plexus in C5 and C6 avulsive injuries.

Invited speaker  and Honorary Lecturer in Italy and abroad in the field of pain, peripheral nerves and facial nerve reconstruction.

Adjoint Professor at the Neurosurgical School in Padua (Italy).

Visiting Professor at the   Illinois Neurological Institute (USA).

Consultant Neurosurgeon for Obstetrical peripheral nerve injuries at the Meyer Pediatric Hospital in Firenze.

From 2007 and currently, Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Santa Maria della Misericordia  Hospital in Rovigo.

From 2011 to 2015 he is in the Advisory Board of the Italian Society for Skull Base Surgery (SIB).

Appointed Professor of Neurosurgery from the Italian Ministry of School and University (2016).