Alessandro Brunelli, MD

Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK

Dr. Alessandro Brunelli is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James's University Hospital, in Leeds, UK. He previously worked in Italy, at Ospedali Riuniti Ancona, where he was the vice-Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Head of Section of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Brunelli has been a visiting physician at several USA centers (Duke University, UCSD, Washington University St. Louis) and in 2010 worked for 6 months at the Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Brunelli is the current Secretary General of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and member of the Executive Committee. He has been the Director of the ESTS Database from 2008 to 2012 and is member of the Educational Committee and Faculty of the ESTS School of Thoracic Surgery.

He is the Author of more than 190 articles published in peer-reviewed impact factored scientific journals with a personal impact factor greater than 600. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Brunelli was the Chair of the European Respiratory Society/European Society of Thoracic Surgeons joint task force appointed to develop guidelines for the selection of patients for lung resection and is the lead author of the Physiologic Chapter of the third edition of the American College of Chest Physicians guidelines for diagnosis and management of Lung Cancer.

His main clinical interests focus on:
• Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

• Transcervical VATS thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis

• Biportal Fissureless VATS Lobectomy and Segmentectomy

• Thoracic Oncology

• Uniportal VATS for pneumothorax

• Mediastinal tumors

His research interests and main publications focus on:
• Quality of care and Clinical Audit

• Health economics

• Patients reported outcome measures

• Preoperative functional evaluation

• Postoperative management of thoracic surgery patients

• Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

• Risk-modeling

Associate Editor-in-Chief of JTD

Terms of Appointment: Dec 2013 - Nov 2019; Dec 2019 - Nov 2021