Roberto Delfini


Roberto Delfini was born in  Rome on  January 5th 1948 . He began his studies in Verona, where he had moved with his family,   at the classical lyceum Tarquato Tasso . In 1972 he  graduated  in  Medicine and Surgery at Rome  “Sapienza” University. 
In 1979 he became Specialist in Neurosurgery  with the maximum grade at the same university in the Residency program headed  Prof. Beniamino Guidetti . Soon after, in  1973 , he  left Rome to follow Professor Giampaolo Cantore  to Siena , collaborating with him in the creation of a neurosurgery division in the  Santa Maria della Scala hospital.  
His neurosurgical career really began in Siena, firstly in the role of Assistant : in 1978 he obtained the role of   University  Researcher and  returned to his native city with Prof. Giampaolo Cantore , who had been  called back to Rome University to become Chief  of  the newly instituted  Neurotraumatology Division. 
In 1988 he became Associate Professor and in 1997  Full Professor of  Neurosurgery ,  following in  Prof. Cantore’s footsteps ,  first as Chief of the Chair of Neurotraumatology and then of the 1st  Chair of
Neurosurgery, a role he still holds today . 
His current positions include :
•    Chairman  of the Nominating Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies

•    Director of the Residency Program in Neurosurgery , Rome “Sapienza” University

•    President of the Italian College of University Professors of Neurosurgery.

In 2003  he became  Chief of the Residency Program in Neurosurgery of Rome  “Sapienza”  University.
Roberto Delfini has published more than  400 scientific papers, mostly in International Journals . He is the author of many chapters in national and international neuosurgical textbooks and has taken part as invited speaker in numerous  scientific events in Italy and all over the world.
Earlier in his career , he  spent some time in  highly qualified neurosurgical centers around the world  to perfect his neurosurgical skills , for example: 
•    Neurosurgical Clinic, Hannover School of medicine

•    First Surgical Clinic,  University of  Vienna

•    ORL Division , University of Zurich

•    Department of  Neurosurgery, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm

•    Department of  Neurosurgery, Ospedale Civile Maggiore , Verona

•    Department of  Neurosurgery , Mayo Clinic, Rochester 

•    Department of  Neurosurgery, University of Western Ontario

•    Department of  Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix 

•    Department of  Neurosurgery, Krankenhaus Nordstadt, Hannover 

•    Department of Neurological Surgery, George Washington University Medical Center 

•    Department of  Neurosurgery, Hopital Lariboisière, Parigi 

•    Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas 

As first operator, he has carried out more than 11,500 operations covering all fields of neurosurgery and neurotraumatology.
His main fields of interest include  surgery of intracranial tumors in general and those of the skull base in particular; surgical treatment of cerebral and medullary vascular malformations;  surgery for  neoplastic , 
degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine.
Within the Italian Society of  Neurosurgery , in which he has  always played an active role, he has held the posts of Executive Council Member, Treasurer, Secretary and , most recently, President. 
He is a member of many national and international  societies of Neurosurgery and related  disciplines as well as being  an elected  member of the World Academy of Neurosurgeons.  In 2014  he received the  Bonifacio VIII award for his social dedication in the field of Medicine.  
Roberto Delfini has been married to his wife Rosella since 1971 : they have two daughters ,  Lavinia and Claudia  and four marvellous grandchildren.  In his free time , he likes to travel,  play tennis  and go to the cinema , and to entertain friends for whom he loves to cook.