Born and raised in Italy, Dr. Vannelli did his medical school, 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. Currently, he is the Director of the general surgery at Valduce Hospital, Como, Italy. Dr. Vannelli is focused on advanced minimally invasive techniques, included multidisciplinary management of patients with colorectal cancers. Furthermore, his Division is a referral center for colorectal disease and is well known for sphincter saving procedures for rectal cancer and for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). 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.