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|Director Centre of Gynaecology and Medical Sexology H. San Raffaele Resnati in Milano, Italy|
Alessandra Graziottin is currently Director of the Centre of Gynaecology and Medical Sexology at the H. San Raffaele Resnati in Milano, Italy.
She received her medical degree at the University of Padova in 1978, where she specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1982, and Oncology in 1985. She is also a certified Psychotherapist in Sexual Medicine.
Since 2008 she has been Founder and Chairman of the Alessandra Graziottin Foundation for the cure and care of pain in women Onlus.
Since 2010 she has been Consultant Professor at the Advanced Master in Clinical Sexology of the University of Pisa.
Since 2009 she has been Consultant Professor at the Advanced Master in Andrology and Sexual Medicine of the University of Firenze.
Since 2007 she has been Consultant Professor at the Master Course of Sexual Medicine for Students of Psychology of the University of Venezia and Salesian University (UPS) of Roma.
In 2013 she was Faculty Member of 14th International Meeting of the European Association of Urological Nurses on "Bladder dysfunction: overactive bladder syndrome, nocturia and pelvic floor issues", organized in Milano, Italy, by the European Association of Urology (EAU).
In 2012 she took part in the International Recommendations Meeting on the interdisciplinary management of vaginismus, organized in Jerusalem, Israel, by the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH).
In 2010 Professor Graziottin was appointed Co-President of the 86th National Congress of the Italian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SIGO), held in Milano, Italy, on November 14-17.
She was Consultant Professor at the University of Florence, Italy, from 2003 to 2010, where she is currently Faculty member of the Master Course in Human Sexuality and Andrology.
Prof. Graziottin has published: 16 scientific books (as author, co-author or editor); more than 80 chapters of scientific books, over 90 refereed papers and more than 240 proceeding contributions and non-refereed articles; 6 lay books and 8 educational booklets for women. Since 1984 she has been regular columnist on women’s health in Italian national newspapers and magazines.
In 2011 she wrote, with Filippo Murina, “Clinical management of vulvodynia” (Springer Verlag Italia, Milano).
She was Coordinator of the Special Interest Area “Pelvic Pain” of the Italian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Società Italiana di Ginecologia e Ostetricia, SIGO) from 2009 until 2011, and former Member of the European Working Group of FSDeducation.eu (2006-2010), that developed CME-certified educational material in the area of Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD).
After serving on the Board of:
- the Italian Menopause Society from 1997 until 2001,
- the Italian Menopause Project (PMI) from 1997 to 2007,
- the European Society of Menopause and Andropause (EMAS) from 2000 to 2006,
- the Italian Society of Psychosomatic Gynecology and Obstetrics (SIPGO) from 2002 to 2008,
- the Italian Society of Gynaecology of the Elderly (SIGITE) from 2003 to 2006,
- the International Society for Sexuality and Cancer (ISSC) from 2003 to 2010,
- the Italian Society of Preventive and Social Paediatrics (SIPPS) from 2008 to 2012,
- the Female Sexual Function Forum, FSFF (2000-2001), as Vice President,
- the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, ISSWSH (2001-2002), as President,
- the Italian Society of Psychosomatic Gynecology and Obstetrics (SIPGO) from 2008 to 2012, as Vice-President,
she is currently a member of the permanent International Organizing Committee (IOC) of Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI)
In June 2004 she was awarded the Honorary Membership by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).
As a leading expert and teacher in Gynaecology and Medical Sexology, she has given more than 1200 lectures (more than 60 state of the art lectures) at international and national meetings and courses.
In October 1998 she contributed as a board member to the First International Consensus Conference on Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD), held in Boston. In 2003 she assumed this role for the Second International Consensus Conference on FSD, in Paris, France. In 2005-2006 she chaired the FSD Sub-Committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM). The pertinent proceedings have been published in: Porst H. Buvat J. (Eds), ISSM Standard Committee Book, Standard Practice in Sexual Medicine, Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2006. She is currently member of the Ethics Committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM).
From August 2007 to October 2009 she was the only European member of the Scientific Programme Committee of the XIX World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (October 4-9, 2009, Cape Town, South Africa), organized by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).
I loved working at the department of Gynaecological Oncology. This gave me the deepest insights into this challenging and beautiful life-centered profession. I learned a lot from my unfortunate patients. We shared affectionate talks, especially during voluntary duty late in the evening or at night when nobody else was around in the ward and the real life of a patient comes through: the family at home, children missing their mum, the fear of dying and a different sense of what matters in life. Many of them were very young with premature menopause due to radical surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy. Their sense of femininity and personal sexual life were devastated by the aggressive treatments required and yet they still desperately struggled on.
Alessandra Graziottin, Stephen D Skaper, Mariella Fusco
Review Article: J Depress Anxiety 2014, 3-142