Biography: Francesco Rubino, MD

Francesco Rubino, MD
  • Professor and Chair
  • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
  • King's College
  • London, UK

Francesco Rubino, MD is currently Full Professor and Chair of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at King's College London, UK.

Dr Rubino's work contributed to conceptually transform bariatric surgery from a mere weight loss therapy into a surgical approach intentionally aimed at treating diabetes and metabolic illnesses (metabolic surgery). In 1999 Dr Rubino conceived the idea that gastrointestinal surgery could be used to intentionally treat type 2 diabetes ("diabetes surgery") and theorized that dysfunctional gastrointestinal mechanisms may play a role in the pathophysiology of insulin resistance (Annals of Surgery 2002). His experimental studies in non-obese diabetic rodents provided the first experimental evidence that gastrointestinal surgery can improve diabetes by weight-independent mechanisms (Ann Surg 2004).

Dr Rubino was also one of the principal organizers of the Rome's Diabetes Surgery Summit in 2007. He also organized and directed the 1st and 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes and served as a co-chair for the Position Statement of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on bariatric surgery for obese diabetes.

His clinical expertise includes laparoscopic bariatric and metabolic procedures, and upper digestive surgery. He has given hundreds of presentations throughout the world, authored or co-authored more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 book chapters. His work has also been featured in the media including headlines on national televisions/major newspapers of USA, Japan, Italy, France, UK, Brazil, Ireland, Austria, Qatar, South Africa and other countries.

Dr. Rubino received his MD and completed his residency in general surgery at the Catholic University of Rome, Italy. He completed fellowships in advanced laparoscopic surgery at the European Institute of Telesurgery in Strasbourg, France; Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and the Cleveland Clinic.

Before joining King's College London, he served at Catholic University of Rome, Italy, Hopital Civil, Strasbourg, France and Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, USA.

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