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Prof. Traina Francesco


Date of Birth

MD, PhD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Current assignment

Head chief of the Department "Orthopaedic-Traumatology and Prosthetic surgery and revisions of hip and knee implants"

Title of qualification awarded

1999: Degree in Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy, with honors.

Other qualifications awarded
  • 2017: National Academic Qualification as Full Professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery;
  • 2015: PhD in Biomedical Science;
  • 2014: National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery;
  • 2005-17: Consultant Surgeon at Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute;
  • 2004-12: Clinical responsible of the Medical Technology Lab, Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy;
  • 2004: Italian board certified Orthopaedic surgeon;
  • 1999-2004: Residency Program, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, University of Bologna, Italy.
Positions held
  • 2019: Professor in Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Universities of Messina and Bologna.
  • 2018: Director of Prosthetic Surgery Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute.
  • 2017-18: Head Chief of the Orthopaedic Clinic of Messina;
  • 2012-2016: Vice Director, Rizzoli-Sicilia;
  • 2005-2012: Consultant Prosthetic Department at the Rizzoli Institute.
  • Italian mother language;
  • Fluent English;
  • Basic French and Spanish.
Teaching activities
  • Coordinator of the degree course in Podiatry at the University of Bologna
  • 2019: Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, at the University of Messina and the University of Bologna, Italy.
  • 2017: Associate professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Messina, Italy.
  • Chief of the Orthopaedic Residency Program of the University of Messina

Volunteer Surgery in developing countries:

  • From 2011: in charge of the orthopaedics team at the Halibet Hospital, Asmara, Eritrea, as instructor to train local orthopedic surgeons in collaboration with the association “Annulliamo la Distanza ONLUS”.
  • From 2010: visiting Professor & Surgical Instructor at the hospital of Bafut, Camerun.
  • From 2000: in collaboration with the “Orthopaedics Onlus” Association, he has put in work a department of pediatric Orthopedics at the Children's Hospital in Mlali (Kongwa, Tanzania). He started the surgical activity in August 2000 as a volunteer surgeon at the same hospital, and performed a total of 30 expeditions (15 as responsible of the orthopedic team). 
Scientific activities

By December 2021, Dr. Traina has published more than 250 scientific works, including: 156 articles published on peer reviewed and PubMed indexed journals, 37 works published on scientific journals or books, 8 papers published on Italian Journals of Orthopaedics & Trauma surgery, 10 chapters in text books and 18 scientific videos. 

More than 500 presentations at national and international congresses mostly on THR and TKR, including 12 lectures as invited guest, 36 Scientific Exhibit or Videos at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting. 

Most scientific papers are on hip replacement. 


  • Student Biomaterial Award: Traina F, Bordini B, De Clerico M, Toni A.  Twelve years follow up experience with an hydroxyapatite coated hip arthroplasty with ceramic bearing surfaces. ISTA, Roma, 2004;
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2011 Award of Excellence: Traina F, Tassinari E, De Fine M, Bordini B, Toni A. Revision of a Ceramic Hip for Fractured Ceramic Components; 
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2015 Award of Excellence: Faldini C, Traina F, Di Martino A, Toscano A, Fabbri D, Borghi R, Perna F, Chehrassan R, Denaro V, Giannini S. Changes in Spino-pelvic Alignment after Surgical Treatment of High Grade Isthmic Spondylolisthesis. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, 2015;
  • 14 scientific videos awarded by the AAOS as best scientific video of the meeting.
Clinical and/or Scientific interests
  • Total hip and knee replacement;
  • Revision hip and knee replacement;
  • Hip and knee arthroscopy;
  • Cartilage regeneration with mesenchymal stem cells.