Piero Picci, MD

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Piero Picci, MD

Personal information - Education and work experience


Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Oncology

Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna (March 23rd, 1979).

Board in Oncology at the University of Bologna (July 13th, 1983).

Assignments at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute:

  • From 1981 to 1988 assistant pathologist at the Bone Tumor Center;
  • From 1988 to 1995 associate oncologist at the Laboratory of Oncologic Research;
  • From 1995, Director of the Laboratory of Oncologic Research;
  • From 1999 to 2002, Vice Scientific Director;
  • From 1999 to 2004, and from March 2008 to January 2009, Vice Director of the Department of Musculo-Skeletal Oncology of the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli;
  • From 2004 to 2007, Scientific Director;
  • From March 2005 to March 2006 temporary Director of Surgical Pathology;
  • From July 2014, temporary Director of Surgical Pathology.

Italian mother tongue.
Excellent English (written, oral and comprehension).

Excellent, major software.

  • From 1982 to 1994 contract professor for “Diagnosis of bone tumors” and “Musculo-skeletal oncology” in the post graduate school of Orthopaedics of the University of Bologna.
  • From 1985 to 1994 contract professor for “Bone tumors” and “Paediatric orthopaedic oncology” in the post graduate school of Oncology of the University of Bologna.
  • From 2001 contract professor for “Musculo-skeletal oncology” in the post graduate school of Orthopaedics of the University of Bologna.

Coordinator of EU Project PROTHETS (Prognostic and Therapeutic Targets in Ewing Family of Tumors); Research Line Leader (Ewing sarcoma) in the EU Project EUROBONET. Participant in another 4 EU projects.

Author or coauthor of 446 papers on International Journals (433 on Medline), H-index: 70, 56 papers on national journals, 71 books chapters, 518 abstracts from international congresses and 99 abstracts from national congresses.

Associated editor for: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling, BMC Cancer,  Clinical Sarcoma Research, Chemotherapy Research and Practice, Journal of Cancer Therapeutics and Research.

Journal reviewer for: Tumori, Cancer Research, Acta Oncologica, European Journal of Cancer, Oncology, Annals of Oncology, Orthopaedics Today, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica, Pediatric Blood & Cancer; Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Lancet, Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research, Future Oncology, BMC Cancer, Expert Opinion in Medical Diagnostic, Cancer, Sarcoma, IBMS-BoneKEy, J. Surg. Oncol.

Project reviewer for: Cancer Research UK (United Kingdom), Institut National du Cancer (France), European Projects (CE), Medical Research Council (United Kingdom), Research Grants Council (Hong Kong), Dutch Cancer Society (The Netherlands), Eurocores (Europe), Research Foundation (Germany), European Science Foundation, The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (USA), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Curricula reviewer: John Hopkins University, Baltimora (USA), The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston (USA), Indiana University, Indianapolis (USA), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (USA), Tel Aviv University (Israel).

Other appointments:

  • From 2010, alternate member of the EUCERD (European Committee of Expert on Rare Diseases).
  • From 2007 to 2010, member of the Board of Directors of the American SARC Foundation.
  • From 2006 to 2008 Member of the Regional Oncologic Commission of Emilia Romagna.
  • From 2005 Member of the board of “Alleanza Contro il Cancro”.
  • From March 2004 to December 2007, member of the Ethical Committee of the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli.
  • From 1997 responsible of the joint research projects of the Italian/Scandinavian Sarcoma Groups.
  • From 1984 responsible of the Malignant Primary Bone Tumor Registry. 


  • From 1997, founder and chairman of the Italian Sarcoma Group
  • From 1995, member of C.T.O.S. “Connective Tissue Oncology Society”. From 1996 to 1999 board member
  • From 1987, founder of E.M.S.O.S. “European Musculo-Skeletal Oncology Society”. From 1990 board member, from 1996 Treasurer, from 2000 Vice-president and President from 2003 to 2006
  • From 1984 member of  I.S.S. “International Skeletal Society”
  • From 1984, member of A.S.C.O. “American Society of Clinical Oncology”
  • From 1984, member of  A.I.O.M. “Italian Medical Oncology Association”
  • From 1982, founder and member of the  Board of the "Association for Study and Research in Musculo-skeletal Tumors". From 1999, President of the same Association.
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