Active in the areas of hip surgery and trauma, and promotion of education and research in orthopedics, Dr. Rocco Pitto is a driving force in championing FARM’s initiatives in the orthopedic community. Born in Genoa, Italy, Dr. Pitto is currently an Associate Professor of orthopedic Surgery at the University of Auckland, South Auckland Clinical School, New Zealand. He is Director of the Laboratory of Osteodensitometry and Radiostereoanalysis, and Consultant orthopedic Surgeon at Middlemore Hospital.
Dr. Pitto began his medical education at the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, where he graduated cum laude with a MD degree in 1987. In 1992 he completed the residency programme in trauma and orthopedic surgery, which was performed jointly at Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico, Florence University, Italy and at Klinik Wichernhaus, Nuremberg, Germany. Dr. Pitto held a fellowship in hip surgery at Berne University, Switzerland.
In 1993 he returned to Germany, where he was appointed Consultant and Senior Lecturer in orthopedic surgery at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg School of Medicine. He obtained his PhD degree and was appointed Assistant Professor in 1998.
Dr. Pitto is extensively published, as sole or co-author, in more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and 14 book chapters and serves as a reviewer on the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Injuries Group.