Dr Isabella Frigerio’s activity in pancreatic surgery begins in 1999 with a residency program focused on this topic. Other than clinical activity and surgical practice, she is involved in clinical research and oncological trials and completed her PhD in Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic diseases at the University of Verona. During her training she spent 12 months at Flinders University (South Australia) and defined an experimental project regarding fungal infection during severe pancreatitis.
She is actually consultant surgeon of a high volume Pancreatic Surgical Unit in Pederzoli Hospital, Peschiera del Garda (VR) that is the third center for pancreatic resection in Italy.
Since 2012 she is member of the EDS faculty which focuses its educational programs in Eastern Europe Countries and since 2016 is tutor of surgical skills in postgraduate courses of the same society.
She partecipated as voluntary surgeon to humanitary missions in developing countries: Kiremba rural hospital (Burundi, 2004), Peja-Pec Hospital (Kossovo, 2005 post-war project in Balcanic area) and Mabesseneh Hospital (Sierra Leone, 2006 and 2007).
In 2016 she co-founded the first Italian association of women surgeons (WIS Italia) and, at this time, she is the President in charge. The National Conference of WIS Italia (2016 and 2017) has been held during the National Congress of the Italian Society of Surgery. In 2 years of activity the association reached 45 members and promoted high level surgical course and international collaborations.
In 2017 Dr Frigerio organized the first fellowship in Pancreatic Surgery at Pederzoli Hospital with the contribution of Italian Society of Surgical Oncology.
Since 2019 she is member of E-AHPBA Council.
Dr Frigerio’s principal interests are pancreatic surgery, surgical oncology and the role of women surgeons in the challenging scenario of all surgical branches.