Prof. Francesco De Cobelli

Head of the Radiology
Operational Unit of the IRCCS
San Raffaele Hospital in Milan
Professor of Radiology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

He actively collaborates with different departments of the teachin Hospital and the IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute to ensure proper training of future MD’s, DMD’s and RN’s and coordinates the activities of the postgraduate school in Radiology as well as the International PhD course in Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Extensive experience in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and teaching are Francesco’s main characteristics as MD and Professor. Active part of the Hospital’s multidisciplinary decision- making groups as diagnostic reference radiologist, he has always been involved in clinical practice, research and development of non-invasive imaging tools. His scientific research is mainly focused on detection and characterization of oncological imaging, the use of imaging as a non-invasive biomarker for the evaluation of treatment response (esophageal malignancies), cardiovascular imaging and Interventional Radiology. The Unit he leads is an Italian reference center for interventional procedures in oncology as well as in emergency settings. In the recent past, he has been involved in the validation of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms as add-on quantitative tools in aiding diagnosis and describing diseases on X-ray and CT scans as well as texture analysis as add on quantitative evaluation to characterize tumor heterogeneity The COVID pandemic has seen him in first line as the Institution’s coordinator of the diagnostic activities and as sponsor additional quantitative evaluation tools of to accurately describe lung involvement, quantitively track changes of disease progression and treatment response patients. Principal investigator based on expertise and invited local investigator in researcher driven and Sponsor driven clinical studies. Invited Speaker in more than 100 national and international meetings, he is author of 269 scientific articles in national and international journals with 7799 citations and h-index of 44 (Scopus; 01.05.2021); has published a book on magnetic resonance imaging and contributed to over 40 book chapters. According to a recent adjournment published by PLOS Biology in 2020, has been ranked in the top 2% of Top Scientists worldwide in their research field (Imaging). CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS Chair, Radiology Department, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan President of Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Vita Salute University San Raffaele, Milan Full Professor of Radiology and Radiotherapy, Vita Salute University San Raffaele, Milan Head of Clinical and Experimental Radiology Unit, Experimental Imaging Center, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, MilanDirector, International PhD Course in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Vita Salute University San Raffaele, Milan Director, Post-graduate School in Diagnostic by Imaging (Radiology) and Neuroradiology Vita Salute University San Raffaele, Milan OTHER POSITIONS Member of the Steering Committee for the Accreditation and Designation Programme OECI (Organisation of European Cancer Institutes), IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan Member of the European Cooperation in Science& Technology (COST) Group CA18122 – European cholangiocarcinoma network Member and Vice-President of the Executive Board, Italian College of Interventional Radiology (ICIR – Interventional Radiology)