Erik Pietro Sganzerla


Erik Pietro Sganzerla was born in Milano, July 27, 1950. Education. Medical School, Anaesthesiology and Neurosurgery degrees at the Univeristà degli Studi di Milano. Job positions. Consultant in Anaesthesiology at the dept. of Intensive Care Medicine of the Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milano. From 1982: is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the dept. of Neurosurgery of the Univeristà degli Studi di Milano. From 2000: is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Università degli Studi di MIlano-Bicocca. From 2004: is the director of Service of Neurosurgery at the Ospedale S.Gerardo di Monza and is the chairman of the Residency program in Neurosurgery vecchio ordinamento.


  • Study and treatment of the cranio-vertebral junction abnormalities in syndromic patients.
  • Study and treatment of the neurodegenerative and psychiatric pathologies amenable of deep brain stimulation
  • Study of new animals models of cerebral ischemia to develop new techniques of cerebral revascularization.


  • To develop virtual surgery program to implement the training of residents
  • To develop neuronavigation systems for the pre-operative simulation of complex malformative spine cases.
  • To develop animal models to study vasospasm in SAH and ischemia
  • To develop brain mapping techniques for the surgery of brain tumors in eloquent areas.


  1. Anatomical correlates for category-specific naming of living and non-living things. Giussani C, Riva M, Gallucci M, Boukhatem L, Sganzerla EP, Demonet JF, Roux FE. Neuroimage. 2011 May 1;56(1):323-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.01.080. Epub 2011 Feb 4.
  2. Is preoperative functional magnetic resonance imaging reliable for language areas mapping in brain tumor surgery? Review of language functional magnetic resonance imaging and direct cortical stimulation correlation studies. Giussani C, Roux FE, Ojemann J, Sganzerla EP, Pirillo D, Papagno C. Neurosurgery. 2010 Jan;66(1):113-20. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000360392.15450.C9. Review.
  3. Spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of sensory symptoms in advanced Parkinson’s disease. Landi A, Trezza A, Pirillo D, Vimercati A, Antonini A, Sganzerla EP. Neuromodulation. 2013 May-Jun;16(3):276-9. doi: 10.1111/ner.12005. Epub 2012 Dec 10
  4. Severely symptomatic craniovertebral junction abnormalities in children: long-term reliability of aggressive management. Giussani C, Roux FE, Guerra P, Pirillo D, Grimaldi M, Citerio G, Sganzerla EP. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2009;45(1):29-36. doi: 10.1159/000202621. Epub 2009 Feb 17.
  5. Cortical visual evoked potentials recorded after optic tract near field stimulation during GPi-DBS in non-cooperative patients. Landi A, Pirillo D, Cilia R, Antonini A, Sganzerla EP. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2011 Feb;113(2):119-22. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2010.10.006. Epub 2010 Nov 20


  • Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • Laboratory of Pediatric Immunology, KU Leuven

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