Alberto Vannelli attended medical school and completed postgraduate research and general surgical training in Milan before training in colorectal surgery at the National Cancer Institute and eventually joining the faculty there. Over the 10 years that followed, he played an instrumental role in developing what was widely considered the finest department of colorectal surgery in the world. He is currently director of general surgery at Valduce Hospital, Como, Italy, a referral center for a colorectal disease that is known for sphincter-saving procedures for rectal cancer and for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dr. Vannelli focuses on advanced minimally invasive techniques, including multidisciplinary management of patients with colorectal cancers. He has participated as a speaker at national and international meetings and has published several publications in peer-reviewed journals. In 2012, Dr. Vannelli founded Erone Onlus to assist cancer patients and their families. He collaborates with the School of Specialization in General Surgery at the Emergency Department of the University of Milan.