Pretolani received his MD Degree graduating with honors from the
University of Bologna in 1980 and completed his post graduate
training with honors degrees in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
He is specialied in Gastroenterology, Digestive Endoscopy, Internal
Medicine, Emergency Hospital Management, Clinical Ultrasound Treatment
and Research, Tumour Studies and Laser Ablation, Breath Test Analysis,
Gastroenterology, Medical Statistical Analysis, Helicobacter Pylori
and Viral Hepatitis (A, B, C, E) Research.
Dr Pretolani has worked in the Hospitals around Bologna and also
abroad in America, England and France. After specialising in Gastroenterology
and Digestiva Endoscopy he was appointed leading Doctor for the
Emergency Department at the S. Orsola Hospital in Bologna. During
the years 1991 - 1998 he was engaged as Consultant for the Ministry
of Health and the Institute Sicurezza Sociale in the Republic
of San Marino, 1991 al 1998. After several years in this department
and having a particular interest in Internal Medicine and UltraSound,
Dr. Pretolani accepted the role of leading Doctor in the Department
of Internal Medicine at the Hospital Maggiore in Bologna.
career he has contributed to over 150 pubblications in Italian
and foreign Medical Journals of which 23 were in international
papers with a review committee (with Total Impact Factor : 37,398),
9 in national papers, 9 in international papers and 13 chapters
in national books
to 2000 he has been Assistant Editor for the Medical Journal Helicobacter,
(edizione italiana, CIC edizioni Internazionali). he has been
invited as relator or corelator to more than 50 Italian and Internazional
Scientific Symposioms and Congresses dedicated to Internal Medicine,
Emergency Hospital Medicine and Gastroenterology.
He has been distinguished as winner of 8 prizes and research Italian
and International awards.
He has been a member and is a member of the following national
scientific associations :
Italiana di Immunologia ed Immunopatologia (dal 1986 al 1991)
del Tenue (dal 1994 al 1999)
Italiano Helicobacter pylori
(socio fondatore e Segretario Scientifico dal
1995 al 1999)
Italiana di Gastroenterologia ed Endoscopia Digestiva (dal 1985)
Italiana di Ultrasonologia in Medicina e Biologia (dal 1986)
Italiana di Medicina Interna (dal 1990)
delle Associazioni dei Dirigenti Ospedalieri Internisti (dal
He has been
a visiting fellow in several international research centers such
Immunology Department Charing Cross Sunley Research Centre,
Charing Cross Medical School, London, (Dir. Prof. M. Feldmann)
- malattia celiaca, linfociti T intraepiteliali
e marcatori immunologici tessutali
e 1988 Laboratoire d'Immunologie (Dir. Dr. J.M. Mencia-Huerta),
Istituto Henri Beaufour e Unite'des Venins (Dir. Dr. B.B. Vargaftig,
Institut Pasteur, Parigi)
(ruolo del PAF quale mediatore dell'infiammazione
nella gastrite emorragica e nella m. peptica)
1992 e 1995 Laboratoire de Bactériologie. Università
(Dir. Prof. Francis Mégraud) (diagnostica
dell'infezione da H. pylori, mediante microbiologia con coltura,
sierologia con ELISA ed IMMUNOBLOT, e 13C urea breath test).
Istituto di Patologia Medica (Dr. Natale Figura), Università
di Siena e Istituto Biocine di Siena (Dir. Dr. Gino Rappuoli) per lo studio della risposta immune all'infezione
da H. pylori citotossici (CagA) su siero e biopsie gastriche
in pazienti con gastrite, ulcera e cancro gastrico.
has also been the scientific secretary for the following Congresses
The IV International Workshop on Gastroduodenal Pathology and
Helicobacter pylori, Bologna 28-30 Novembre 1991, the XIII Workshop
dell'European Helicobacter pylori Study Group (11-14 Ottobre 2000,
Roma) and the V Congresso Nazionale della Federazione Italiana
di Medicina d'Urgenza e Pronto Soccorso 1999.
is currently working, teaching and researching at the Hospital
Maggiore in Bologna Italy. When he is not consulting, researching
or preparing presentations for Congresses he spends the rest of
his time with his family.