Mr Alessandro Brunelli works as a consultant thoracic surgeon and senior honorary lecturer at the department of thoracic surgery, St. James's University Hospital, in Leeds, UK.
He is the former vice-director of the division of thoracic surgery and head of section of minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Ospedali Riuniti Ancona, Italy, where he worked as staff surgeon for more than 14 years.
Mr Brunelli has worked at several USA centers (Duke University, UCSD, Washington University St. Louis) and in 2010 spent 6 months working at the division of general thoracic surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Mr Brunelli is one of the European pioneers of the uniportal VATS technique for operations on the lung and medistinum performed with a single incision of 2 cm.
In 2007 Mr Brunelli started the program of videothoracoscopic lobectomies for lung cancer in Italy. This type of procedure allows for a reduction in hospital stay and a faster recovery from operation. He is a member of the minimally invasive thoracic surgery interest group of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS). He is author of more than 150 articles in high profile scientific journals. He received many prestigious scientific awards such as 2 Brompton Prizes, for the best oral presentation at the European Conference of General Thoracic Surgery, and 1 ESTS Young Investigator Award.