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Ottavio Alfieri

Cardiothoracic surgeon

44 years of experience

Dr. Ottavio Alfieri is an award-winning heart surgeon with over 15 years of experience in cardiac surgery, performing more than 15,000 cardiac procedures. He is the author of over 600 peer-reviewed articles and several books devoted to cardiac surgery, and is the developer of the "Alfieri Mitral Repair" technique. He has been awarded numerous honors, including the 'Ambrogino d'Oro' and the gold medal from the European Cardiology Society for his contributions to the field. He is a member of the European Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Certification & Accreditation

European Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
European Society of Cardiology
American Association for Thoracic Surgery


San Raffaele ,Milan , Italy
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Doctor Ottavio Alfieri is an award-winning heart surgeon with over 15 years of practical experience in cardiac surgery. Has developed a method of mitral valve repair which is the most applicable method of percutaneous correction of mitral regurgitation. Has performed more than 15,000 cardiac procedures. 

Work experience

  • Since 2018 — Senior Consultant at the Cardiac Surgery Unit of the San Raffaele Hospital.
  • 1996-2017 — Director of the Cardiac Surgery Unit of the San Raffaele Hospital
  • 1986-1996 — Head of the Cardiac Surgery Department of the Civil Hospitals of Brescia
  • 1980-1986 — Adult cardiac surgeon in St. Antonius Hospital in Neuwegei (Netherlands). 


  • 1971 — Resident in Cardiac Surgery at Bergamo Hospital
  • 1973-1974 — Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery at Children's Hospital of Buffalo (USA)
  • 1977 — Research fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery at University of Alabama, Birmingham (USA).

Teaching activity

  • Professor and Chairman of Cardiac Surgery at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele
  • 1982-1986 — Visiting Professor at the University of Gdansk (Poland).

Scientific activity

Author of over 600 peer-reviewed articles and several books devoted to cardiac surgery.

Developed the "Alfieri Mitral Repair" technique — which is the most used today to correct the mitral insufficiency. Dr. Ottavio Alfieri holds numerous patents regarding devices used in the treatment of heart valve diseases.


  • 2011 — The 'Ambrogino d'Oro ' (the Golden Litle Ambrose) Award, the highest Milanese honor
  • 2018 — The gold medal from the European Cardiology Society for scientific contributions in the cardiology field.


  • The European Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) — former President
  • The European Society of Cardiology
  • The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
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Jun 29, 2022
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Aug 27, 2021

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