Dr. Alberto Lomeo

Alberto Lomeo is an Italian cardiovascular surgeon formerly serving as the head of Vascular Surgery at Cannizzaro Hospital in Catania, Sicily, Italy, until his retirement in 2015. Lomeo has a significant background in medicine, having served as a consultant in cardiac and cardiovascular surgery at various hospitals in Italy, and has been actively involved in various clinical research projects, notably in the application of nanotechnology for treating degenerative cerebral pathologies.

Education and Career

Lomeo obtained his degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Catania in 1974, followed by specializations in Cardiology (Catania, 1977), Cardiac Surgery (Rome, 1977), and Vascular Surgery (Palermo, 1983). He also completed a fellowship in Houston in 1982 and was a fellow of the Cardiothoracic Institute in London from 1974 to 1976. Throughout his career, Lomeo developed expertise in several areas of medical practice, including vascular surgery, a specialty that involves the treatment of diseases affecting the vascular system, excluding the heart and brain, and cardiac surgery, which involves the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the heart.

Lomeo served as a consultant in cardiac surgery at Brotzu Hospital in Cagliari (1993-1994), cardiovascular surgery at the Heart Center in Pedara, Catania (1995-2000), and Cannizzaro Hospital in Catania (2001), eventually becoming the Chief of the Cardiovascular Department at Cannizzaro Hospital in 2007. After retiring from Cannizzaro Hospital, he became the Medical Director of Tao Technologies.

Currently, he is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, a professional network that connects cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons worldwide, and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS), an organization dedicated to enhancing patient care through the promotion of less invasive cardiothoracic surgical techniques.

Research and Innovations

Lomeo has contributed significantly to clinical research aimed at leveraging nanotechnology for the treatment of degenerative cerebral pathologies. His studies have explored the utilization of nanotechnological devices to aid patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), enhancing their postural control, joint range of motion, and overall well-being.

An invention that has been pivotal in this research is a device that addresses postural imbalances through the emission of photons — with a wavelength used in laser therapy — towards the body. This device aims to facilitate more fluid and flexible body movements by relaxing contracted parts, thereby reducing pain arising from incorrect posture and improving the communication between the central nervous system and proprioceptors.

Giorgio Ambrosoli Award

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Lomeo received the prestigious Giorgio Ambrosoli award "for integrity, responsibility, and professionalism". The award was in recognition of his resistance to pressure to endorse a diagnosis that did not comply with clinical test results for a primary regional political figure in 2010. The director of the hospital tried very hard to fire him, but did not succeed. He never had to go to trial though, as he defended himself with the assistance of a competent lawyer.

Current Role

Alberto Lomeo continues to pioneer in his field, supporting researchers in groundbreaking new studies and providing guidance to professionals on the application of innovative devices in the treatment of various diseases.

Other Interests

Apart from his illustrious career as a cardiovascular surgeon, Lomeo has a diverse array of interests both in and outside of the medical field. These include peripheral vascular surgery, health care management, snow-skiing, bridge (a card game), and coronary surgery, a branch of medicine focused on the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.