Esophageal Diseases

Research Topics

Multimodal treatment of esophageal cancer.
Staging and treatment of early esophageal cancer.
Minimally invasive and robotic esophagectomy.
Cancer Cachexia.
Esophageal Cancer Organoids.
Computational model for the simulation of functional esophageal disorders.
Evolutive behavior of achalasia.
Treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux diseases.
Esophageal tissue engineering.


Costantini A, Familiari P, Costantini M, Salvador R, Valmasoni M, Capovilla G, Landi R, Mangiola F, Provenzano L, Briscolini D, Merigliano S, Costamagna G. Poem Versus Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy in the Treatment of Esophageal Achalasia: A Case-Control Study from Two High Volume Centers Using the Propensity Score. J Gastrointest Surg. 2020 Mar;24(3):505-515.

Valmasoni M, Capovilla G, Pierobon ES, Moletta L, Provenzano L, Costantini M, Salvador R, Merigliano S. A Technical Modification to the Circular Stapling Anastomosis Technique During Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Procedure. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2019 Dec;29(12):1585-1591.

Provenzano L, Salvador R, Cutrone C, Capovilla G, Moletta L, Nicoletti L, Costantini M, Merigliano S, Valmasoni M. Traction on the septum during transoral septotomy for Zenker diverticulum improves the final outcome. Laryngoscope. 2020 Mar;130(3):637-640.

Salvador R, Provenzano L, Capovilla G, Briscolini D, Nicoletti L, Valmasoni M, Moletta L, Merigliano S, Costantini M. Extending Myotomy Both Downward and Upward Improves the Final Outcome in Manometric Pattern III Achalasia Patients. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2020 Feb;30(2):97-102.

Costantini M, Salvador R, Capovilla G, Vallese L, Costantini A, Nicoletti L, Briscolini D, Valmasoni M, Merigliano S. A Thousand and One Laparoscopic Heller Myotomies for Esophageal Achalasia: a 25-Year Experience at a Single Tertiary Center. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 Jan;23(1):23-35.

Valmasoni M, Pierobon ES, Zanchettin G, Briscolini D, Moletta L, Ruol A, Salvador R, Merigliano S. Cervical Esophageal Cancer Treatment Strategies: A Cohort Study Appraising the Debated Role of Surgery. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Sep;25(9):2747-2755.

Salvador R, Savarino E, Pesenti E, Spadotto L, Voltarel G, Capovilla G, Cavallin F, Nicoletti L, Valmasoni M, Ruol A, Merigliano S, Costantini M. Effects of laparoscopic myotomy on the esophageal motility pattern of esophageal achalasia as measured by high-resolution manometry. Surg Endosc. 2017 Sep;31(9):3510-3518.

Salvador R, Spadotto L, Capovilla G, Voltarel G, Pesenti E, Longo C, Cavallin F, Nicoletti L, Ruol A, Valmasoni M, Merigliano S, Costantini M. Mucosal Perforation During Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Has No Influence on Final Treatment Outcome. J Gastrointest Surg. 2016 Dec;20(12):1923-1930.

Salvador R, Pesenti E, Gobbi L, Capovilla G, Spadotto L, Voltarel G, Cavallin F, Nicoletti L, Valmasoni M, Ruol A, Merigliano S, Costantini M. Postoperative Gastroesophageal Reflux After Laparoscopic Heller-Dor for Achalasia: True Incidence with an Objective Evaluation. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Jan;21(1):17-22.

Valmasoni M, Pierobon ES, Capovilla G, Piangerelli A, Moletta L, Costantini M, Salvador R, Merigliano S. Providing surgery for cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic: experience of a northern Italian referral centre. Br J Surg. 2020 Aug;107(9):e326-e327.

People involved

Stefano Merigliano (Full Professor of Surgery)
Mario Costantini (Associate Professor of Surgery)
Michele Valmasoni (Associate Professor of Surgery)
Renato Salvador (Assistant Professor of Surgery)
Lucia Moletta (Assistant Professor of Surgery)
Elisa Sefora Pierobon (Attending Surgeon)
Gianpietro Zanchettin (Attending Surgeon)
Giovanni Capovilla (Research Fellow)
Luca Provenzano (Research Fellow)