Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri MD,
DSc, ChM, FRSE, FRCS, FACS, FIBiol, FMed Sci
Surgical Technology
t: +44 (0)1382 381009
e: a.cuschieri@dundee.ac.uk
Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri

Alfred Cuschieri is Professor of Surgery at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT). Previously he was Professor and Head of Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee. His research interests include minimal access therapy, endoscopic surgery, technology and micro-robotics, ergonomics, nanotechnology and nanoscience and virtual/augmented reality systems for skills training. Alfred Cuschieri is the European Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Endoscopy and serves on the Editorial Board of 10 other peer review journals.
Awards and Prizes
Pfizer prize and scholarship1961
Moynihan prize/ medal - Ass. of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland1973
University of Helsinki, Gold Medal1989
Scandinavian Society of Gastroenterology, Gold Medal1990
Surgical Education Audio-visual Prize, Ass. of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland1984, 1986, 1990, 1992
Honorary member Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery (SAGES)1991
International Society of Surgery/ Société Internationale de Chirurgie
Prize of the Society for "pioneering work in minimal access surgery"
1993
Honorary member Society of Surgery for the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)1994
Honorary Fellow, Italian Surgical Society1994
Scott-Heron Medal, Royal Victoria Hospital, Queen’s University of Belfast1995
Ernest Miles medal1996
Honorary Fellow, Indian Association of Endoscopic Surgeons
Sir John Marnock Medal – University of Aberdeen1997
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Gold Medal1997
Knight Bachelor - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II1998
Fellow of the Academy of Science1998
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1998
Queen’s award for higher and continued education1999
Excel Award of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
"for outstanding contributions to laparoscopy, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery"
2000
The SAGES outstanding achievement awardMarch 2001
The Nissen Prize – German Surgical AssociationMay 2001
Gimbernet’s prize – Catalonian Surgical SocietyOctober 2001
Honorary Member the Society of University SurgeonsMarch 2002
President’s Medal Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh2003
Life time achievement award Indian Association of Endoscopic SurgeonsFebruary 2004
Hon FACS, American College of Surgeons
"for outstanding contributions to the science and practice of surgery"
2005
Hon Fellow Spanish Association of Surgeons
"for pioneering contributions to minimally invasive surgery"
2005
Hon Member American Surgical Association
"for seminal contributions to surgical science"
2006
National and International Appointments
Secretary:Surgical Research Society1977 - 1979
Chairman:Admissions Committee, International Biliary Association1979 - 1982
Member of Council:Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh1984 -
Committee Member:Education and Science Committee, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh1986 -
Committee Member:Surgical Research Fund. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh1987 -
Committee Member:Biomedical Research Committee, SHHD1978 - 1981
National Committee
Member:
British Association of Surgical Oncology
Liver Club of Great Britain
Pancreatic Society of Great Britain
1980 - 1983
1979 - 1981
1982 - 1984
President:British Association of Surgical Oncology1984 - 1986
External Assessor:National Health and Medical Research Council. Commonwealth of Australia1984 -
MRC:Physiological Systems and Disorders Board Grants Committee
Chairman Gastric Cancer Working Party
Cancer Therapy Committee
1986 - 1989
1990 - 1997
1991 - 1997
National Committee
Member:
Advisory Panel on Evaluation of Medical and Scientific Equipment and
Health Service Supplies,
Scottish Health Service Common Services Agency
1984 - 1987
National Committee
Member:
SERNIP1996 -
National Committee
Member:
National Panel of Specialists1977 - 1980
1988 -
Vice-President:European Society of Endoscopic Surgeons1990
President:International Hepatobiliary pancreatic association1992 - 1993
Chairman:Association of Academic Departments of Surgery in Europe1988 -
President:European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons1995 - 1997
Director:Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit for Scotland1993 -
Committee Member:Advisory Group BIOMED - EEU1994 -
Committee Member:Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures (SERNIP)
of the Royal Medical Colleges
1996 -
MRC – Board Member:2001 - 2004
Congress President:First European Endosurgery WeekJune 2003, Glasgow
Advisor/Committee
Member:
Swiss National Research Council (CoMed)2006 -
Membership of Societies and Associations
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
British Medical Association
Collegium Internationale Digestivae
International Society of Surgeons (SIC/ SIS)
Surgical Research Society
European Society for Surgical Research
British Society of Gastroenterology
Pancreatic Society of Great Britain
Liver Club of Great Britain, SAGES
Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa (Hon)
SSAT (Hon)
European Association of Surgical Endoscopy
SAGES
Society of University Surgeons
IFSES
American Surgical Association
Editorial Appointments
Editor:Journal of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh1987 - 1997
Editor:Surgical Endoscopy1992 -
Editor:Seminars in Laparoscopic Surgery1993 - 2000
Editor:Seminars in Laparoscopic Surgery1993 - 2000
Chairman Editorial Board:Current Surgical Practice1988 - 1995
Member Editorial Board:Gut1985 - 1989
Member Editorial Board:Italian Journal of Surgical Science1982 -
Member Editorial Board:Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh1984 - 1997
Member Editorial Board:Annales Chirurgiae et Gynaecologiae1986 - 1992
Member Editorial Board:British Journal of Surgery1988 -1993
Member Editorial Board:Surgical Endoscopy1987 -
Member Editorial Board:Minimal Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies1990 –
Visiting Professorships
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Davies
University of Louisville
University of Lund
University of Pavia
University of Dunedin
University of Helsinki
Trinity College Dublin
University of Hong Kong
University of Singapore
Sains University of Malaysia
University of Durban
University of Cape Town
University of Madrid
University of Coimbra
University of Manitoba
University of Tubingen
University of Mannheim
University of Pretoria
University of Pisa
University of Rome - La Sapienza
University of Rennes
University of Winnipeg
University of Ancona
University of Tianjin, China
University of Beijing, China
External Examiner
External Examiner (PhD)
Trinity College Dublin
University of Sheffield
University of Liverpool
National University of Ireland
University of London
University of Amsterdam
Technology University of Delft
University of Rotterdam
University of Pisa
External Examiner (MB ChB)
Liverpool University
Manchester University
Glasgow University
Edinburgh University
University of London
National University of Ireland
Trinity College Dublin
Aberdeen University

Postgraduate Surgical Examiner (FRCS)
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Keynote Lectures in recent years
Presidential addressCongress of European Association of Endoscopic Surgery - GlasgowJune 2004
Inside surgery from withoutRoyal Society of EdinburghDecember 2004
Emerging technologies and techniques for photosonic and cellular surgeryItalo-Korea Symposium Scuola Superiore S’AnnaFebruary 2005
Prevention of Errors in surgical practice: system based defence versus individual proficiencyCongress of European Association of Endoscopic Surgery - BarcelonaJune 2005
Laparoscopic management of ductal calculiISW World Congress of Surgery - DurbanAugust 2005
Laparoscopic surgery quo vadisCongress of Societa’ Italiana per la Chirurgia Endoscopica (SICE) – PisaSeptember 2005
Image display technology for laparoscopic surgeryCongress of Spanish Society of Surgery - SevilleSeptember 2005
Current and future perspectives of laparoscopic surgeryCongress of Indian Association of Endoscopic Surgeons - BangaloreFebruary 2006
Optimisation of viewing and display for laparoscopic surgeryCongress of Indian Association of Endoscopic Surgeons - BangaloreFebruary 2006
Progress in anastomotic techniques for laparoscopic surgeryCongress of Indian Association of Endoscopic Surgeons - BangaloreFebruary 2006
Interface science: disruptive future medical technologiesBioRob Congress - PisaFebruary 2006
Disruptive medical technologiesGrand round lecture, University of Maryland, USAMarch 2006
Nature of human error, implications for surgical practiceCongress of the American Surgical Association, BostonApril 2006
Epistemology of vision for endoscopic surgeryCongress of Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons (SAGES) DallasApril 2006
History of Operating Room and today’s needsWorld Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, BerlinSeptember 2006
Biological Glues in SurgeryWorld Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, BerlinSeptember 2006
Cellular SurgeryMedicine Meets Virtual Reality Congress, CaliforniaFebruary 2007
Potential of carbon nanotubes for healthcareNational UK EPSRC meetingApril 2007
Nanotechnologies for Cellular SurgerySMIT Congress ViennaJune 2008
Applications of biomagentism in endoscopic surgeryCongress of European Association of Endoscopic SurgeryJune 2008
Single port laparoscopic surgeryWorld Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, YokohamaSeptember, 2008
Magnetic compression anastomotic systemsEAES Congress, PragueJune, 2009
Drug delivery systemsEAES Congress, PragueJune, 2009
Monographs and Books
Monographs
  • Cuschieri A: The Adrenal Glands in Cancer of the Breast. ChM thesis, University of Liverpool; 1968.
  • Cuschieri A, Baker P R. Introduction to Research in Medical Sciences; 1977. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh.
  • Cuschieri A, Berci G. Common Bile Duct Exploration; 1984. Martinus Nijhoff: Boston.
  • Berci G, Cuschieri A. Practical Laparoscopy; 1986. Bailliere Tindall: London.
  • Cuschieri A, Berci G. Laparoscopic Biliary Surgery, 1st Ed; 1990. Blackwell Scientific Publications: Oxford.
  • Cuschieri A, Berci G. Laparoscopic Biliary Surgery, 2nd Ed; 1992. Blackwell Scientific Publications: Oxford.
  • Cuschieri A, Szabo Z. Tissue Approximation in Endoscopic Surgery, 1995. Isis Medical Media: Oxford
  • Berci G, Cuschieri A. Bile Ducts and Bile Duct Stones, 1996. Saunders: Philadelphia

Edited Books
  • Cuschieri A, Giles G R, Moossa A R. Essential Surgical Practice, 1st Ed; 1982. John Wright: Bristol.
  • Cuschieri A, Skinner D B. Reconstructive Surgery of the Gastrointestinal Tract; 1985. Butterworths: London.
  • Hennessy T P J, Cuschieri A. Surgery of the Oesophagus, 1st Ed; 1985. Bailliere Tindall: London.
  • Cuschieri A, Hennessy T P J. Current Operative Surgery: General Surgery; 1985. Bailliere Tindall: London.
  • Preece P E, Cuschieri A, Wellwood J M. Cancer of the Stomach; 1986. Grune & Stratton: New York.
  • Cuschieri A, Giles G, Moossa A R. Essential Surgical Practice, 2nd Ed; 1989. Butterworths: London.
  • Preece P E, Cuschieri A, Rosin R D. Cancer of the Bile Ducts and Pancreas; 1989. W B Saunders: Philadelphia.
  • Hennessy T P J, Cuschieri A, Bennett J R. Reflux Oesophagitis; 1989. Butterworths: London.
  • Berci G, Cuschieri A, Sackier J M. Problems in General Surgery: Laparoscopic Surgery; 1991. J B Lipincott: Philadelphia.
  • Cuschieri A, Buess G, Perissat J. Operative Manual of Endoscopic Surgery; 1992. Springer Verlag: Heidleberg.
  • Hennessy T P J, Cuschieri A. Surgery of the Oesophagus, 2nd Ed; 1992. Butterworth-Heineman: Oxford.
  • Forbes C, Cuschieri A. Bleeding Disorders in Surgical Practice; 1992. Blackwell Scientific Publications: Oxford.
  • Cuschieri A, Forbes C. Disorders of the Spleen; 1994. Blackwell Scientific Publications: Oxford.
  • Cuschieri A, Buess G, Perissat J. Operative Manual of Endoscopic Surgery; Vol II, 1994. Springer Verlag: Heidleberg.
  • Cuschieri A, Giles G, Moossa A R. Essential Surgical Practice, 3rd Ed; 1995. Butterworth-Heineman: Oxford.
  • Cuschieri A, Hennessey T P J, Grace P, Greenlaugh R, Rowley D. Clinical Surgery; 1996. Blackwell Science: Oxford.
  • Cuschieri A, Steele R J, Moossa A R. Essential Surgical Practice 4th Ed , Vol I; 1999. Butterworth Heinemann: Oxford
  • Scott-Conner Carol E H, Cuschieri A, Carter Fiona J. Minimal Access Surgical Anatomy; 2000. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia
  • Cuschieri A, Steele, RJC and Moossa AR. Essential Surgical Practice Volume I and Volume II, 4th Edition; Anold: London, 2002.
  • Cuschieri A, Darzi A, Grace P, Rowley D. Clinical Surgery, 2nd Edition; Blackwell Science, Oxford, 2003
  • De Donato G, Cuschieri A, Ferrari M, De Donato G. Mini-Invasive Abdominal Aortic Surgery; Utet: Milan 2007.
Original Publications
Research
Technology (instrumentation, devices, access systems) for minimal access surgery and
single port laparoscopic surgery
Coaxial curved instruments in laparoscopic pancreatic resection
Coaxial curved instruments in laparoscopic pancreatic resection
Dundee manipulator with 2 distal articulations based on SMA helix drive
Dundee manipulator with 2 distal articulations based on SMA helix drive
Dundee EndoCone for single port laparoscopic surgery
Dundee EndoCone for single port laparoscopic surgery


Image display technology
Dundee image projection system for gaze down viewing
Dundee image projection system for gaze down viewing
Dundee image projection system for gaze down viewing


Biomagnetism for surgical applications
Ferromagnetisation of tissue for surgical retraction/ marking
Ferromagnetisation of tissue for surgical retraction/ marking
Nanotechnology for biomedical applications
CNTs and BNNTs used as drug vectors, non-contact electroporation by EM radiation and electro-stimulation therapy SSSA - Pisa
CNTs and BNNTs used as drug vectors, non-contact electroporation by EM radiation and electro-stimulation therapy SSSA - Pisa
Surgical Micro-robotics
Intragastic micro-robot CRIM lab, SSSA
Intragastic micro-robot CRIM lab, SSSA
Shape memory alloy devices and constructs
Dundee NiTi Basket Retractor for MAS
Dundee NiTi Basket Retractor for MAS
Thermography



Ergonomics and human factors research for MAS
Computer assisted surgery

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