Gaetano Rocco, MD, FRCS (Ed), FETCS, FCCP

Department of Thoracic Surgery and Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Pascale Foundation, Naples, Italy

Dr Rocco is Division Chief of Thoracic Surgery, and Department Head, Thoracic Surgery and Oncology, at the National Cancer Institute, Pascale Foundation, Naples, Italy. His main research interests include epithelial to mesenchymal transition and cancer stem cells in non-small cell lung cancer.

Dr Rocco served as Senior Clinical Lecturer, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2000-2004). Dr Rocco has served as Councillor, Treasurer, President Elect and President, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons between 2003 and 2008. In addition, he was assigned the positions of Director of Education and Director of External Relations, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2008-2010). Dr Rocco serves as Chair, New Technology Committee, and European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery and he is a Member of the Workforce on General Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, being the Chair of the Taskforce on credentialing for CT screening programs.

In 2004, Mr Rocco has been bestowed upon the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for professional distinction. In 2006, Dr Rocco has been awarded the Silver Medal of the Italian Ministry of Health for professional merits. Dr Rocco is author or coauthor of 217 publications in peer-reviewed journals (Google Scholar H index = 23; IF =493).

He sits on several editorial Boards, including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and also serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Thoracic Diseases. He was the Guest Editor for four issues of the Thoracic Surgery Clinics and has authored several chapters in the most prestigious thoracic surgery textbooks (Shields’, Pearson’s and Sabiston’s). Moreover, Dr Rocco has been recently nominated co-Editor of the Shields’ Textbook of General Thoracic Surgery.