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Gruppo San Donato had the pleasure to welcome the delegates from the Sharjah Health Authority for an official visit of the San Donato Hospital and San Raffaele Hospital. It was a great opportunity to discuss further the future project of the Group with Sharjah Health Authority after the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding earlier this January.

The delegates included H.E Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan – Chairman of Sharjah Health Authority, H.E Dr. Abdelaziz Al Mheiri – Director of Sharjah Health Authority and Mr. Binu G Pisharadi – Commercial Affairs Manager.

Delegates from Gruppo San Donato included: Mr. Paolo Rotelli, President, Gruppo San Donato, Mr. Kamel Ghribi, Chairman, GSD Healthcare and Mr. Pierre Appert, CEO, GSD Healthcare.



Dr. Emanuel Bosi, Professor of Internal Medicine, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan & Head, General Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology Unit, San Raffaele Hospital Scientific Institute, Milan will be visiting Obaidallah Hospital, Ministry of Health in UAE on 25th – 28th February 2019. Find location map here:

Dr. Bosi will hold seminars on Beyond glycated hemoglobin and New glucose metrics in Diabetes during the visit at the Obaidallah Hospital.

Dr. Emanuele Bosi received his M.D. degree, at University of Milan 1979 and got a Diploma in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases 1983, University of Milan. He is a certified Medical Practitioner since 1985 at the General Medical Council, UK.  From 2002 to date he is the Head, General Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology Unit, San Raffaele University Hospital and Research Institute, Milan. And he worked as the Director of Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), at the same institute over the last four years. His areas of expertise are Diabetes & Endocrinology and he holds an extraordinary curriculum of research projects and publications.

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) is composed of 8 units of basic research and 5 groups of clinical research. The DRI is an international center of excellence of prevention and treatment of diabetes. It is part of the International DRI federation (DRI-NET), which includes 12 other DRI’s around the world.

The most recent and innovative program include the development of modern technologies (eg. Insulin pumps and artificial pancreas), the study and prevention of diabetes complications and programs of cardio-diabetes and cardio-metabolism in type 2 diabetes.

A breakthrough research is focused on the prevention and cure of Diabetes Type 1 (T1D). To achieve this objective, two specific programs are pursued, both of which take advantage of patients and animal models:

  1. Prediction and prevention of T1D: aims at defining pathogenetic mechanisms of induction and perpetuation of autoimmunity and developing strategies for halting/reverting the progression to T1D.
  1. Beta cell replacement and cell therapy in T1D: aims at developing novel immune tolerance-inducing, immunosuppression-lightening and islet-regeneration therapies to prolong the survival of native and/or transplanted beta cells.

Read more about the Diabetes Research Institute at San Raffaele University Hospital:



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”.

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