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Giancarlo Caletti was born in Venice, Italy, on 3 December 1946. He graduated in medicine at Bologna University in 1971 and completed postgraduate training in gastroenterology in 1975, both with summa cum laude. He also completed postgraduate training in internal medicine from the same institution, in 1977.
In 1973 he spent a year as Clinical Assistant at the Department of Gastroenterology, Hôpital Saint Antoine, University of Paris, France.
He completed a Fellowship of the European Community in 1977, at the GI Unit of the Middlesex Hospital in London, England, with Peter Cotton.
Dr Caletti has worked at the Department of Medicine and Gastroenterology at Bologna University since 1974. His first position was as Research Fellow (1974-1985). He then went on to become Senior Research Fellow (1986-1991), Chief of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (1986-present), and Associate Professor of Gastroenterology (1992-present).
He has also been a Visiting Professor at several institutions, including the University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital, Canada (1989), the Cleveland Clinic (1989), the Case Western University in Cleveland (1995), and the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto (1996-1997).
Dr Caletti is a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterological Association.
He is also a member of the International Editorial Board of Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In addition, he is a reviewer for the journals Endoscopy, Gut, Hepatology and Gastroenterology.
Dr Caletti was a "Quadriennal Review" lecturer on endoscopic ultrasonography at the 11th World Congress of Gastroenterology, Vienna in 1998.
He has authored over 140 full papers, abstracts and book chapters.
He is experienced in ERCP, endoscopic papillotomy, and endoscopic ultrasound.
Dr Caletti is married to Franca Massari. They have two children, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- The charisma of one of the Professors of Medicine who taught me.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Professor Luigi Barbara.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- Di Magno EP et al. The ultrasonic endoscope. Lancet 1980; 1: 629-31.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- The EUS structure of the gastric wall is made up of 5 layers.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Too much coagulation power during an endoscopic papillotomy.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To climb Mont Blanc, the Alps' highest peak.
- What is your greatest regret?
- To not have started mountain climbing when I was younger.
- How do you relax?
- Climbing. Even a climbing wall will do.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Climbing and skiing.
- What is your best place in the world?
- My house on Lake Garda, in Northern Italy.
- What is your favorite film?
- Fellini's "Lo Sceicco Bianco" (The White Sheik).
- What car do you drive?
- Volvo 850 SW R.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- My laptop.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- The History of the Second World War.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Peter Cotton got me involved.