Marco Pignatti 2019-11-06T13:10:02+00:00

Marco Pignatti


Senior assistant professor (Ricercatore RTDB) in Plastic Surgery at the University of Bologna since December 2018

Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine – DIMES

Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Department, Sant’Orsola University Hospital of Bologna (Italy) since December 2018. 

He is a Medical Doctor, specialized in Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

Its main interests are Microsurgery, Perforator flap surgery, Breast Surgery, Autologous fat grafting.

1992-1998: Medical School University of Verona. Graduated “cum laude” discussing a thesis on the surgical  treatment of Romberg disease with parascapular free flap.

1998-2003: Residency at the School of Specialization in Plastic Surgery of the University of Verona, Department of Plastic Surgery.

2004-2007: Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Plastic Surgery Dept, Hospital of Verona.

2005: EURAPS young Plastic Surgeon Fellowship (Gent, Belgium)

2007-2010: Registration to the GMC (UK General Medical Council) and full time job at Plastic Surgery Departments in England

2007: Clinical Attachment Frenchay Hospital (Bristol, UK)

2008: Clinical Fellow Microsurgery,Breast,Hand (Broomfield  hospital Chelmsford, UK).

2009: Microsurgery Fellow (Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, UK).

In 2009 becomes EBOPRAS (European Board of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons) Fellow

2010- 2018: Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Department, Hospital of Modena (Italy)


1. Rigotti G, Cristofoli C, Marchi A, Bruti M, Pignatti M.

Treatment of Romberg’s disease with parascapular free flap and polyethylene porous implants.
Facial Plastic Surgery 15(4):317-325. 1999

2. Rautio J, Pignatti M.

Endoscopic forehead lift for ptosis of the brow caused by facial paralysis.
Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surg. 2001 Mar;35(1):51-6.

3. Pignatti M, Cristofoli C, Rigotti G.

Repositioning of a drain.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 Jul;108(1):268.

4. Pignatti M, Bruti M, Rigotti G.

Saving one step in lipostructure. M-AGO (magic-needle)
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 Nov;108(6):1833-4.

5. Pignatti M, Bruti M, Rigotti G.

Mobile-VAC for the treatment of lower limb ulcers
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 Nov;108(6):1837-8.

6. Bruti M, Pignatti M, Rigotti G.

A simple way to remove clots from drain tubes without surgical aspirator.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2002 Feb;109(2):822-3.

7. Parise M, Pignatti M, Bruti M, Rigotti G.

Inflatable catheters in plastic surgery. A new use for the placement of tissue expanders.
Plast Reconstr Surg.2002 Apr 1;109(4):1468-9

8. Rigotti G, Pignatti M, Battistoni A, Gallici L, Parise M.

Use of the pectoralis major myofascial flap in intraoral reconstruction.
Chirurgia maxillo faciale. Padula E. Monduzzi Editore. 2003. Pag. 465-470

9. Rigotti G, Marchi A, Pignatti M.

Ricostruzione mammaria con lembi liberi ad anastomosi microvascolare. In: Furlan S. Trattato di tecnica chirurgica vol. XVII/3. Chirurgia Plastica Ricostruttiva ed Estetica. Padova: Piccin; 2003 p 1489-1523

10. Battistoni A, Pignatti M, Giovannini M.

A Web site service for plastic surgeons: new ideas for patients’ records.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Sep 15;114(4):947-9

11.  Pignatti M, Benati D, Cavadas P.C.

Effect of the two-wall-stitch mistake upon patency of rat femoral vein anastomosis: Preliminary observations.
Microsurgery. 2004;24(4):339-44.

12.  Atzei A, Pignatti M, Baldrighi C, Maranzano M, Cugola L.

Long-term results of replantation of the proximal forearm following avulsion amputation. Microsurgery 2005;25(4):293-8

13.  Pignatti M, Hansson HA, Gewalli F.

Calvarial bone healing under spring distension at continuous forces.
Ann Plast Surg. 2006 Nov;57(5):561-8.

14. Atzei A, Pignatti M, Cugola L.

Reimpianto delle dita lunghe.
In Landi, Catalano. Luchetti, Trattato di Chirurgia della Mano. Capitolo 38. Sezione II – Patologia traumatica e post-traumatica. Roma, Verduci Editore 2007

15. Atzei A, Pignatti M, Udali G, Cugola L, Maranzano M,

The distal lateral arm flap for resurfacing of extensive defects of the digits
Microsurgery 2007; 27(1):8-16.

16. Marco Pignatti, M. Pasqualini, M. Governa, M. Bruti, G. Rigotti.

Propeller flaps for leg reconstruction.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008 Jul;61(7):777-83. Epub 2008 May 2

17. Galiè M, Pignatti M, Benati D, Sbarbati A, Rigotti G.

Comparison of different centirfugation protocols for the best yield of adipose-derived stromal cells from lipoaspirates.
Plast Reconstr Surg.  2008 Dec;122(6):233e-235e

18. Pignatti M, D’Arpa S, Cubison T.

Novel Fasciocutaneous Flaps for the Reconstruction of Complicated Lower Extremity Wounds
Techniques in Orthopaedics: June 2009 – Volume 24 – Issue 2 – pp 88-95 

19. Grisendi G, Bussolari R, Veronesi E, Piccinno S, Burns JS, De Santis G, Loschi P, Pignatti M, Di Benedetto F, Ballarin R, Di Gregorio C, Guarneri V, Piccinini L, Horwitz EM, Paolucci P, Conte P, Dominici M.

Understanding tumor-stroma interplays for targeted therapies by armed mesenchymal stromal progenitors: the Mesenkillers.
Am J Cancer Res. 2011;1(6):787-805. Epub 2011 May 28. 

20. Pignatti M, Ogawa, Hallock, Balakrishnan, Mateev, Georgescu, Ono, Cubison, D’Arpa, Koshima, Hyakusoku

The “Tokyo” Consensus on Propeller flaps
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Feb;127(2):716-22.

21. Marco Pignatti, Fortune C. Iwuagwu Anne P.Harrison. Rino Cerio.

Desmoplastic trichoepithelioma confused with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in childhood.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2011 Apr;64(4):e92-4. Epub 2010 Dec 3.

22. Pignatti M, Pedone A, Baccarani A, Guaraldi G, Orlando G, Lombardi M, De Santis G.

High-density hyaluronic acid for the treatment of HIV-related facial lipoatrophy.
Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2012 Feb;36(1):180-5. Epub 2011 Jun 30. 22.

23. D’arpa S, Cordova A, Pignatti M, Moschella F.

Freestyle pedicled perforator flaps: safety, prevention of complications, and management based on 85 consecutive cases.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Oct;128(4):892-906.

24. De Santis G, Pignatti M, Pedone A, Baccarani A, Orlando G, Guaraldi G.

Long-term efficacy and safety of polyacrylamide hydrogel injection in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus-related facial lipoatrophy: a 5-year follow-up.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jan;129(1):101-9.

25. D’arpa S, Pignatti M, Cordova A, Moschella F. Reply: how large can a pedicled perforator flap be?

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jul;130(1):196e-8e.

26. Pignatti M, De Santis G.

Reply: long-term efficacy and safety of polyacrylamide hydrogel injection in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus-related facial lipoatrophy.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jul;130(1):177e-8e.

27. Pignatti M, Iwuagwu FC, Browne TF.

Late partial failure of a free ALT flap. J
Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012 May;65(5):e124-7. Epub 2011 Dec 24

28. Piccinno, M.S., Veronesi, E., Loschi, P., Pignatti, M., Murgia, A., Grisendi, G., Castelli, I., Bernabei, D., Candini, O., Conte, P., Paolucci, P., Horwitz, E.M., De Santis, G., Iughetti, L., Dominici, M.

Adipose stromal/stem cells assist fat transplantation reducing necrosis and increasing graft performance (2013)
Apoptosis. 2013 Oct;18(10):1274-89

29. Pignatti M, Mantovani F, Bertelli, L., Barbieri, A., Pacchioni, L., Loschi, P., De Santis, G.

Effects of silicone expanders and implants on echocardiographic image quality after breast reconstruction.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 132 (2), pp. 271-278.

30. Pignatti, M., Gerunda, G.E., Rompianesi, G., De Ruvo, N., Di Benedetto, F., Codeluppi, M., Bonucchi, D., Pacchioni, L., Loschi, P., Malaventura, C., De Santis, G.

Treatment of wounds colonized by multidrug resistant organisms in immune-compromised patients: A retrospective case series
Patient Saf Surg. 2013 Sep 3;7(1):28.

31. Cortesi L, Razzaboni E, Toss A, De Matteis E, Marchi I, Medici V, Tazzioli G, Andreotti A, De Santis G, Pignatti M, Federico M.

A rapid genetic counselling and testing in newly diagnosed breast cancer is associated with high rate of risk-reducing mastectomy in BRCA1/2-positive Italian women.
Ann Oncol. 2014 Jan;25(1):57-63.

32. Pignatti M, Govoni M, Graldi G, Pacchioni L, De Santis G, Borgna C.

Thalassaemia intermedia: the role of erythroexchange in the treatment of an indolent wound.
Blood Transfus. 2013 Nov 14:1-3.

33. Pignatti M, Loschi P, Pedrazzi P, Marietta M

Mondor’s disease after implant-based breast reconstruction. Report of three cases and review of the literature.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Jun 4. pii: S1748-6815(14)00301-5.

34. Pignatti M, Spaggiari A, Sala P, Loschi P, Fiumana E, Faggioli R.

Laser treatment of angiofibromas in tuberous sclerosis.
Minerva Pediatr. 2014 Dec;66(6):585-6.

35. Lundgren TK, Pignatti M, Halle M, Boscaini G, Docherty Skogh AC, Luigi C, De Santis G.

Composite orbital reconstruction using the vascularized segmentalized osteo-fascio-cutaneous fibula flap.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2016 Feb;69(2):255-61.

36. Cassuto D, Pignatti M, Pacchioni L, Boscaini G, Spaggiari A, De Santis G.

Management of Complications Caused by Permanent Fillers in the Face: A Treatment Algorithm.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Aug;138(2):215e-27e.

37. Pignatti M, Zanella S, Borgna-Pignatti C.

Can the surgical tourniquet be used in patients with sickle cell disease or trait? A review of the literature.
Expert Rev Hematol. 2017 Feb;10(2):175-182.

38. Toia F, D’Arpa S, Pignatti M, Noel W, Cordova A.

Axial propeller flaps: A proposal for update of the “Tokyo consensus on propeller flaps”.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2017 Jun;70(6):857-860. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2017.02.007. Epub 2017 Feb 27.

39. Pignatti M., De Santis G.

Storia, terminologia, definizione e classificazione dei lembi perforanti peduncolati e propeller
In Lembi perforanti, propeller e freestyle peduncolati Monografia Società Italiana di Microchirurgia (SIM). Capitolo 02. Palermo, University Press 2017

40. Pignatti M., D’Arpa S., Ciclamini D., Cherubino M., Garusi C., Schonauer F., De Santis G., Moschella F., Cordova A., Tos P. L.

Lembi perforanti sul modello animale vivente
In Lembi perforanti, propeller e freestyle peduncolati Monografia Società Italiana di Microchirurgia (SIM). Capitolo 03. Palermo, University Press 2017

41. De Santis G, Boscaini G, D’Arpa S, Pignatti M.

Tecnica chirurgica dei lembi perforanti peduncolati
In Lembi perforanti, propeller e freestyle peduncolati Monografia Società Italiana di Microchirurgia (SIM). Capitolo 06. Palermo, University Press 2017

42. D’Arpa S, Pignatti M, Vieni S, Muradov M, Blondeel P, Cordova A.

The Thin bilateral and bipedicled DIEAP flap for axillary reconstruction in hidradenitis suppurativa.
Handchir Mikrochir Plast Chir. 2019 Jul 15. doi: 10.1055/a-0881-9646