Alessio Pigazzi M.D., Ph.D, is a general surgeon at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial. Dr. Pigazzi received his medical degree and doctorate of philosophy from the Boston University School of Medicine. Following an assistant surgery internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, he went on to continue his residency training as a clinical associate in surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University in New York before returning to
New York Presbyterian Hospital to complete his surgery residency.
He completed a research fellowship laparoscopic and robotic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.
Dr. Pigazzi’s clinical interests are colon and rectal surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, including laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic techniques. He performed the world's first robotic-assisted total mesorectal resection for rectal cancer, a procedure that results in faster recovery, better cosmetics and improved preservation of sexual function. His research interests include robotic-assisted surgery and he is currently involved in an international randomized study comparing robotic to laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer.
Dr. Pigazzi is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), as well as a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), the American College of Surgeon Oncology Group (ACOSOG), the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) and the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association (MIRA). He also has been named a Pasadena Magazine Top Doctor (2012).
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