Dr. Alessio Pigazzi is an international expert in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery and other innovative treatments. He performed the world’s first robotic total mesorectal resection for rectal cancer and has published extensively in this field. The procedure results in faster recovery, better cosmesis and improved preservation of sexual function. He also is skilled in robotic surgery for pelvic iatrogenic injuries, specifically recto-urethral and vaginal fistulas. Additionally, Pigazzi performs transvaginal colectomy for women who wish to avoid an abdominal scar. He also offers hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, combined with cytoreductive surgery, for peritoneal carcinomatosis.
Pigazzi received a medical degree from Universita degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza.” After arrival in the United States, he earned both an MD and a PhD from Boston University School of Medicine. He also earned a PhD in biochemistry from Boston University. He completed his residency in surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University, followed by a fellowship in Laparoscopic and robotic surgery at Hackensack Medical Center, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and president-elect of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association, and is a member of numerous professional societies. He comes to UC Irvine from City of Hope.