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The first international Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery Training Course was organized by Gruppo San Donato, Chinese Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Association and Doctors Artist APP; sponsored by Cardio Medical, Panther Healthcare and Balance Medical.

The two days’ intensive training was composed of theoretical course in the morning, live case broadcast, dry lab hands-on course with swine hearts and echo lab in the afternoon.

Dr. Glauber and Dr. Chunsheng Wang gave an opening speech. Dr. Glauber expressed his pleasure to be able to help new generations of Chinese doctors to learn Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery and emphasized the importance to form a team dedicated to minimally invasive surgery. Later on, a video of San Donato Group is presented as well to give a brief introduction of GSD.

To end the training course, Dr. Glauber together with Dr. Chunsheng Wang both signed and issued the certificates of attendance for the participants and certificates for the lecturers.


GSD Privilege Talks #GCC Healthcare Strategies Towards 2020

The Hospital of the Future: How it will look like and what are we doing to make it real?

Dubai, September 27 2018 – For the past few years the healthcare sector and the health industry have been labeled as “disrupted”. Innovations happen every day in the fields of clinical delivery, research and technology, while digitalization has provided amazing opportunities to change the traditional way healthcare is delivered, planned and how individuals experience it. These disruptive innovations are taking place in a time of financial constraints, wherein worldwide national governments, international bodies and commissioners are struggling with new solutions for cutting the escalating cost curve of healthcare.

In this scenario, hospitals and acute care providers have been displaced from being in the driver seat of health systems, and new models of delivery, organization,  and financing are urgently needed to support and make sustainable any strategy program in the long term.

The privileged talk on the hospital of the future will explore this scenario, focusing on the health strategies devised by the GCC governments. Decision makers from the governments, Key players from the healthcare sector and the health industry and academics will be sharing views, strategies and solutions implemented to shape the future of hospital care.

Professionals and key decision makers from the healthcare sector and industry will join the event and the following networking cocktail.


Gruppo San Donato at IFSO 2018

Dubai, September 27 2018 – Gruppo San Donato will be present at the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO 2018), a federation composed of 63 official national associations of bariatric surgeons and individual members, with Ethicon booth along with Dr. Alessandro Giovanelli and Mr. N. Ghilardi with Ethicon booth “Managing high volume obesity care centers in a multidisciplinary setting” on 27th September at 10:00 am.

The IFSO 2018 event is by the National Institute for Obesity Surgery, a scientific organization that brings together the most prominent surgeons and healthcare professionals in this field, such as nurses, practitioners, dieticians, nutritionists, psychologists, internists and anaesthesiologists, involved in the treatment of patients with morbid obesity.

The main goal of IFSO is the optimization of the treatment of severely obese patients bringing together surgeons and allied health professionals. IFSO is committed to the creation of a global system for accreditation of bariatric centres and individual surgeons.

IFSO’s main activity is the organization of the yearly World Congress, which provides a forum to exchange knowledge on surgical treatment of severely obese patients to present new techniques, research and concepts, and to meet the experts in the field.


March 2018 – Gruppo San Donato Partners with Bocconi Business School

Partnership SDA Bocconi School of Management – Gruppo San Donato to impact the future healthcare in the Gulf Area

A top ranked business school and one of the largest private hospital groups in Europe together to promote courses for healthcare professionals starting in September 2018


Dubai, March 6 2018 – SDA Bocconi School of Management and GSD Healthcare, part of Gruppo San Donato, signed a partnership to promote innovation in healthcare management and delivery through Executive Education and applied research programs targeted to professionals already working in the healthcare field.

The executive healthcare management courses will start in September 2018 and will take place in Dubai over the course of 2-4 days each. Topics will range from public policy, hospital management, healthcare strategy, public health and disease management. Candidates will choose whether to participate in individual certified modules or cluster them towards obtaining higher degrees from the prestigious Italian business school. All upcoming courses will be published on the  GSD Healthcare web page.

The successful partnership between SDA Bocconi School of Management, a top ranked business school, and Gruppo San Donato, one of the largest private hospital groups in Europe, aims to promote a transformational impact in the future of healthcare in the Gulf Area, boosting clinical excellence, the use of technologies and digitalization, managerial capacities and strategic leadership competences and developing applied research.

Francesco Magro, General Manager of GSD Healthcare, says: “We are extremely proud to work with SDA Bocconi offering together executive education and research in healthcare services delivery and organization and to add this important part to our broad clinical training program in Dubai. We strongly believe that today organizations of all sizes need to be proactive and take the most from international experiences in healthcare”.

Giuseppe Soda, SDA Bocconi Dean, underlines: “Our goal is to be an increasingly international School of Management, capable of conducting rigorous, relevant and multidisciplinary studies and this collaboration is an important opportunity to directly impact the Gulf Area and Middle-Eastern area in general. Internationalization is a top priority for SDA Bocconi and the launching of new and challenging International Executive Programs and research in partnership with Gruppo San Donato reflects our mission – to contribute to the development of individuals and organizations by creating and disseminating innovative managerial knowledge”.

29 January – 1 February 2018 – Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato Platinum Partner at Arab Health 2018

Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato, Italy’s leading private hospital group and among the largest in Europe, is a Platinum Partner at Arab Health 2018 taking place from 29th January 2018 to 1st February 2018.

Arab Health is the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region. The 2018 edition of the event is expected to welcome more than 4,200 exhibiting companies and 103,000 attendees from 150+ countries.

Accompanying the exhibition will be the Arab Health Training programmes which will focus on advanced techniques with the latest state-of-the-art equipment across different modalities.

Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato hosts dedicated Hands-on Training in Dentistry Excellence under the leadership of Professor Massimo De Sanctis, titled, “A Multidisciplinary approach to excellence in dentistry”.

In the Hands-on training sessions the best professors of the School will show and teach the most upfront therapies in dentistry: in particular the new trends in implantology, esthetic dentistry, endodontics, periodontology and new technologies in oral rehabilitation.

Prof. Massimo De Sanctis is the Deputy Director of Periodontal Oral Hygiene and Prevention Hospital, San Raffaele, Milan. He is also the Chairman of the program in Periodontology at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan.

Learning Objectives include:

    • To learn and train in the most important aspects of Esthetic and Conservative Dentistry Register here
    • To learn and train in Periodontology: in particular, reconstructive surgery of periodontal tissue Register here
    • To learn and train in New trends in Implantology, in particular, computer aided procedures Register here
    • To learn and train in Digital Smile Design and software planning Register here
    • To learn and train in Endodontics from A to Z, including the most complex cases

Session Schedule:

Session 1 29 January 2018 11:00 – 14:00
Session 1 30 January 2018 10:00 – 13:00
Session 1 31 January 2018 10:00 – 13:00
Session 1 1 February 2018 10:00 – 13:00
Session 2 29 January 2018 15:00 – 18:00
Session 2 30 January 2018 14:00 – 17:00
Session 2 31 January 2018 14:00 – 17:00
Session 2 1 February 2018 14:00 – 17:00

Please visit the Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato at the exhibition in Hall 6 – H6.A11 or Concourse 2 CC135

13-14 November 2017- GSD Course on Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery

International key opinion leader in Minimal Invasive Cardiac Surgery with more than 3500 minimal invasive surgical interventions, Dr. Mattia Glauber, Director of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Sant’Ambrogio Cardiothoracic Center, Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato, Milan, Italy presented at the GSD Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery course at Raffles Hotel, Dubai, UAE on 13th November 2017. He also presented and performed MIAVR surgery at Dubai Hospital – Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE on 14th November 2017 which was simultaneously screened live to delegates at the GSD Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery course.

Dr. Glauber was accompanied by Dr. Matteo Ferrarini, Heart Surgeon, Cardiac Surgery Unit, Sant’Ambrogio Cardiothoracic Center, Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato, Dr. Andrea Montisci, Anesthesiologist and Intensivist, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Sant’Ambrogio Cardiothoracic Center, Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato, as well as Dr Faouzi Safadi, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dubai Hospital, Dubai Health Authority.

The two days training course, covered all the procedures involved in the surgery, including tips and tricks for various techniques, including a visit to Dubai Hospital to view a live surgery.
The course introduced the latest and most efficient techniques in MIAVR through an extensive theoretical and clinically relevant programme. Delegates gained valuable knowledge and practical skills.

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