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Francesco Sardanelli

Francesco SardanelliUniversity of Milan
IRCCS Policlinico San Donato

Via Morandi, 30
20097 S. Donato Milanese (MI), ITALY


Francesco Sardanelli graduated in Medicine with honors at the Genoa University in 1982 and post-graduated in Radiodiagnostics with honors at the same University in 1986. He served as a staff radiologist at the San Martino Hospital, Genoa (1987-1999) and as adjunct professor at the Genoa University (1993-2000). Since 2001, he is director of the department of radiology at the Research Hospital (IRCCS) Policlinico San Donato, Milan. Roles at the University of Milan: Adjunct professor of radiology (2002-2006), associate professor of radiology (2006-2015) and full professor of radiology (2015-2023); director of the postgraduate school in Nuclear Medicine (2008-2010); director of the postgraduate school in Radiodiagnostics (2015-2021).

He has been consultant for the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy, for the national radiological coordination of multicenter studies on breast MRI screening of high-risk women (1998-2009), member of the Research Committee of the European Society of Radiology (2006-2010; 2012-2015), president of the European Society of Breast Imaging (2012-2015), and president of the Italian College of Breast Radiologists by SIRM (2014-2015). Since 2009, he is Director of the European Network for Assessment of Imaging in Medicine in the context of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research of the European Society of Radiology. In 2009-2010 he coordinated the EUSOMA working group on breast MRI (Sardanelli F, et al. Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast: recommendations from the EUSOMA working group. Eur J Cancer 2010; 6:1296-1316; 718 citations). In 2010 he was co-founder of Breast Centres Certification, the multidisciplinary body for certification of breast units. Since 2015, he is vice president of the Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group of the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer. In 2023-2024 he served as President of the Ethics Committee of San Raffaele Hospital, then as President of the Comitato Etico Territoriale Lombardia 1.

He has been or currently is member of the Editorial Board for several medical journals, including the American Journal of Roentgenology, European Radiology, The Breast, and Radiologia Medica. Since 2017, he is Editor-in-Chief of European  Radiology Experimental (impact factor 3.8). He published 8 books and 46 book chapters. Data from Scopus on February 14, 2024: articles 508; citations 14,140; h-index 59 (ORCID identifier: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6545-9427). Topic distribution of published articles: Breast 34%; Cardiovascular 26%; Body 13%; Musculoskeletal 11%; Neuro 9%; Methodology and other 7%.

Honors: Honorary member of the Royal College of Breast Radiologists, United Kingdom, 2009; Honorary member of the Iranian Society of Radiology, 2014; Platinum Reviewer Lifetime Achievement Award, American Journal of Roentgenology, 2020; Gold Medal European Society of Radiology, 2021; Premio alla Carriera, Attualità in Senologia, 2023; EUSOBI Gold Medal, 2023; Italian College of Breast Radiologists by SIRM, Premio alla Carriera, 2023.

Most relevant papers

F. Sardanelli
Trimboli RM, …, Sardanelli F.
Do we still need breast cancer screening in the era of targeted therapies and precision medicine?
Insights Imaging 2020; 11:105. doi: 10.1186/s13244-020-00905-3.

F. Sardanelli
Pediconi F, …, Sardanelli F, Montemezzi S.
Breast imaging and cancer diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic: recommendations from the Italian College of Breast Radiologists by SIRM.
Radiol Med 2020; 125:926-930. doi: 10.1007/s11547-020-01254-3.

F. Sardanelli
Schünemann HJ, …, Sardanelli F, et al;
European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer Contributor Group. Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis: A Synopsis of the European Breast Guidelines.
Ann Intern Med 2020;172(1):46-56. doi: 10.7326/M19-2125.

F. Sardanelli
Schiaffino S, …, Sardanelli F.
Upgrade Rate of Percutaneously Diagnosed Pure Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of 6458 Lesions.
Radiology 2020; 294:76-86. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2019190748.

F. Sardanelli
Bick U, …, Sardanelli F; European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI), with language review by Europa Donna–The European Breast Cancer Coalition.
Image-guided breast biopsy and localisation: recommendations for information to women and referring physicians by the European Society of
Breast Imaging. Insights Imaging 2020; 11:12. doi: 10.1186/s13244-019-0803-x.

F. Sardanelli
Rotili A, …, Sardanelli F.
Double reading of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging for breast cancer detection.
Breast Cancer Res Treat 2020;180:111-120. doi: 10.1007/s10549-019-05519-y.

F. Sardanelli
Cozzi A, Schiaffino S, Sardanelli F.
The emerging role of contrast-enhanced mammography. Quant Imaging
Med Surg. 2019 Dec;9(12):2012-2018. doi: 10.21037/qims.2019.11.09.

F. Sardanelli
Evans A, …, Sardanelli F; EUSOBI, with language review by Europa Donna.
Breast ultrasound: recommendations for information to women and referring physicians by the European Society of Breast Imaging.
Insights Imaging 2018; 9:449-461. doi: 10.1186/s13244-019-0803-x.

F. Sardanelli
Sardanelli F, et al; EUSOBI, with language review by Europa Donna.
Mammography: an update of the EUSOBI recommendations on information for women. I
nsights Imaging 2017;8(1):11-18.

F. Sardanelli
Sardanelli F, et al. P
osition paper on screening for breast cancer by EUSOBI and 30 national breast radiology bodies […].
Eur Radiol 2017; 27:2737-2743.