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Prof. Luca Persani

Medical Director of the General Medicine Unit specialising in Endocrine and Metabolic diseases at the San Luca Hospital Scientific Institute.
Medical Director of the Endocrine and Metabolic diseases Research Laboratory.




General Medicine Unit specialising in Endocrine and Metabolic diseases, San Luca Hospital.


Bach European Diploma in 1977
Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1987
Specialisation in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in 1993
Ph.D. in Endocrine-Metabolic sciences in 1996.


A Visiting Scientist at the Division of Reproductive Biology, Department of Gynecology/Obstetrics, University of Stanford (CAL, USA) in 1998.
Associate Professor of Endocrinology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Milan from 2001.
Medical Director of the Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory from 2006.
Head Physician of the General Medicine Unit specialising in Endocrine and Metabolic diseases at the San Luca Hospital from 2010.


Prof. Persani is a Translational and Clinical Researcher. In the clinical field he is primarily concerned with thyroid diseases, hypothalamic-pituitary diseases, gonad diseases and phosphocalcic metabolism diseases in both adult and adolescent patients. Prof. Persani directs a Unit that includes outpatient clinics dedicated to the various endocrine diseases. In addition, he directs the Service for Molecular Diagnosis of Endocrinopathies of genetic origin.


A lecturer in Endocrinology for the following Courses at the University of Milan:

  • 2-year Specialisation Course in Medicine and Surgery
  • Degree course in Biotechnology for Medical Sciences
  • Postgraduate Course in Endocrinology and Metabolism Diseases
  • Ph.D. in Biotechnology for Medical Sciences.

Prof. Persani is the tutor of numerous students of Degree Courses in Medicine or Medical Biotechnologies and Ph.D. in Biotechnology.
The Coordinator of the Commission for Scientific Research of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health.


  • Research on molecular genetic defects forming the basis of thyroid diseases, of male and female hypogonadism and of pituitary diseases;
  • Research on new biomolecular indicators useful in diagnosing and monitoring endocrinopathies.
  • Invited to present reports in more than 80 national and international congresses;
  • The author of 146 original works published in international journals indexed by PubMed/ISI-Web of Science/Scopus for a total Impact Factor of approximately 700;
  • h index 34 (classified 74th in the classification of Top Italian Scientists).
  • The author of 39 chapters in prestigious American, English, French and Italian Textbooks on Endocrinology and Thyroidology.


The Research Group coordinated by Prof. Persani has numerous active collaborations with National and International Research Centres, including the Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of California San Francisco, Institut National de Recherche Agronomique, France; Study Group of pubertal defects of the Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) and Paediatric Diabetology (SIEDP); NIH, Bethesda, USA; Department of Biology, University of Padua; Department of Pharmacology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany; Division of Endocrinology, University of Cambridge, UK.


1992 and 1994: Winner of the Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) Sandoz Poster Award.

1998: Winner of the Award for Scientific Production of the Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Institute for Treatment and Research (IRCCS) of Milan;

1999: Winner of the “PierGiorgio Chiodini 1999 Award” of the Italian Society of Neuroscience.

From 2011: Coordinator of the Scientific Commission of the Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE).

From 2009: Member of the Board of Governors of SIE.

From 2012: Member of the Standing Committee of Journées Internationales d'Endocrinologie HP Klotz, France.

A member of the Editorial Board of the following international scientific journals:

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology; Thyroid; European Thyroid Journal; Thyroid Disease Manager (; 1000 Medicine.

Over 60 years of 
research and care
Over 60 years of
research and care

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