The event was sponsored by the Smith & Nephew Company. Professor Aldo Guardoli directs the Italian-based orthopedics staff located in Parma, and was on-site with his entire team to witness the extraordinary surgery. A number of speakers were also present, all experts in the field. These included Ettore Sabetta, a top clinician from Reggio Emilia, Enrico Valenti, from Vaio Hospital, Filippo Randelli from Milan, and Nicola Santori from Rome. Immediately following the live broadcast, the assembled political and health care officials offered words of appreciation and short speeches.
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According to Dr. Philippon, "I was immensely impressed by the professionalism I saw here in Borgotaro and in the whole team, but especially my friend, Dr. Gennaro Fiorentino, who worked with me in Colorado. I was also impressed by the quality of the people and the first-rate facilities. Everyone did their jobs perfectly and impeccably. I felt completely at home here in Parma and delighted to work with a staff that clearly has a future in this field of surgery."
Experts who attended the extraordinary event, also raved about the Local Health Care Agency of Parma who have been so proactively willing to make an investment in the Borgotaro Hospital. Leaders and public officials throughout the day stated that the televised surgery was a major breakthrough for the Italian medical industry. According to one public official, “They invested not only in the technological realm, but also in professional and cultural expertise. The event offered a stellar example of this progressive move.”
Dr. Marc Philippon is an orthopedic hip surgeon and partner with The Steadman Clinic (http://thesteadmanclinic.com/