Dr. Mario Traina
- IRCCS ISMETT – UPMC
Dr. Traina has been working at ISMETT since its opening and has contributed to the development of training and research activities at the Institute. He conducted several research projects on cirrotic patients transplanted with complications on the biliary tract and has developed innovative therapies for: the treatment of colon neoplastic lesions; the treatment of obese and diabetic patients; and patients with complications of acute pancreatitis. He has participated in Italian multicenter trials and is the author of more than 130 articles published in magazines with peer-review and 16 book chapters.
Dr. Traina has carried out numerous national and international presentations at conferences and is a member of various scientific societies, including the SEED (Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy) and AIGO (Italian Association of Hospital Gastroenterologists). Since July 1999, he held the position of Head of the Digestive Endoscopy Service of the ISMETT. The I level manager at the digestive endoscopy service of the Internal Medicine Division of the V. Cervello hospital from June 1989 to December 2003. From February 1999 to December 2003, he was head of the digestive endoscopy service of the V. Cervello Hospita and since January 2004, he has led the Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy service of ISMETT.
His primary focus is complications of chronic liver diseases (portal hypertension and intestinal bleeding). He has developed therapeutic endoscopic technologies such as interventional eco-enteroscopy and ERCP, favoring its diffusion in clinical practice. He has acquired skills in the organizational and design field regarding new technologies for the collection and transmission of computerized data and digital images. In recent years, he has focused on the treatment of bile complications in transplanted livers by developing therapeutic protocols for patients undergoing complex procedures on bile tracts and in pediatric patients, the pancreas. In 2013, he performed the first endobarrier transplant in Italy and in January 2017, the first intervention of endoscopic gastroenterostomy in Europe.
Dr. Traina graduated Magna Cum Laude in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Palermo in 1981. He specialized in diseases of the digestive system at the University of Palermo in 1985 with 50/50 points and honors. He completed an endoscopy internship at the Medicine Department of the Cervello Hospital directed by Professor Luigi Pagliaro in 1982. In 1992, he attended the Endoscopy service of the Polyclinic Sant'Orsola in Bologna under the direction of Professor Giancarlo Caletti for training in intestinal eco-enteroscopy. He has been Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine since 2013 and subsequently, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.