Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi

Fabrizio Michelassi


NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 E 68th St # F-739
New York, New York, 10065.

Phone: (212) 746-5145

Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi is honored for Clinical Excellence at The National Physician of the Year Awards

Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi is internationally recognized as an outstanding clinician, researcher, and teacher - whose vision and leadership is setting new standards for academic university medical departments.

Dr. Michelassi was born and grew up in Pisa, Italy. His grandfather was a doctor, and as a boy he accompanied him on house calls, inspiring him to become a doctor in his own right. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pisa School of Medicine, he completed his internship and general surgery residency at New York University.

After completing a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, he joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago in 1984, serving as Vice Chair of and the Thomas D. Jones Professor of Surgery.

In 2004 he moved to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center to assume the Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery. Under his leadership, and with continuous support from the Hospital and Medical College leadership, the department has undergone an unprecedented period of growth and transformation, adding important new clinical programs and strengthening both the educational curriculum and the research initiatives.

As a surgeon, he has developed an international reputation in the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He has pioneered a novel bowel-sparing procedure for advanced Crohn's disease, the "Michelassi Strictureplasty," which has significantly improved the quality of life for these patients worldwide.

A prolific author and teacher, Dr. Michelassi has been an active member in more than 50 professional societies, has served as president of seven of them; and he is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. Despite his many responsibilities, Dr. Michelassi continues his work integrating clinical, education and research into a dynamic, unified vision of patient care.