Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)
Value in Health Technology and Academy for Leadership and Innovation (VIHTALI), spin-off accademico UCSC
Centro di Ricerca e Studi sulla Leadership in Medicina UCSC
Università di Oxford
Società Italiana di leadership e Management in Medicina
Alma Academy Scientific Committee
The first phase of his professional career was focused on disease prevention, such as helping people quit smoking.
He then developed all NHS screening programs, for pregnant women, children, adults and the elderly.
During this time he was appointed Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS and received both a CBE and later a Knighthood for services to the NHS. He created charities to promote urban walking and a Center for Sustainable Healthcare based in Oxford.
He created the Center for Sustainable Healthcare and Better Value Healthcare and published a series of How To manuals, e.g. “How to Get Better Value Healthcare”.
His other mission, of fifty years, is how to help people live better and longer and how to deal with ageing. He published a book for people in their seventies called “Sod 70!”, another for the younger decade called “Sod60!” and a book on diet called “Sod It, Eat Well!”.
Based on his research and experience, he has developed a new paradigm to help people live better and longer, to compress mobility at the end of life and to reduce the incidence of dementia and vulnerability and, thus, reduce the need for social care. This builds on the new optimal ageing program in Oxford.
Full Professor of Hygiene at the Faculty of Medicine of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome. Scientific Advisor of the Minister of Health for the coronavirus pandemic. Scientific Director of ICS Scientific Clinical Institutes Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia.
President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). Chairman of the Mission Board for Cancer, European Commission. Coordinator of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Human Technopole Foundation. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development: Rethinking policy priorities in the light of pandemics - World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe. Ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican. In 2016 he was appointed Principal Investigator of the European Commission's "TO REACH" Project involving all European Union countries together with Canada, Israel and the United States of America.
Representative of Italy in the Executive Council of WHO (2017-2020). Director of the Department of Women's and Children's Health Sciences and Public Health of the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (January-December 2019). Commissioner (July 2014 - July 2015) and President (August 2015 - December 2018) of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. Member of the Expert Panel on Effective ways of investing in Health of the European Commission (DG-SANTE) for two terms (2013-2016 and 2016-2019). Past President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). He was a member of the Consiglio Superiore di Sanità from 2003-2006 and President of its Public Health Section from 2010-2014.
He is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate courses (Masters and International Courses). He is editor of the European Journal of Public Health, the Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice and founder of the journal Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health. In May 2019, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. In June 2017, he was awarded the honor of "Commendatore" of the Italian Republic by Decree of the President of the Republic.