Maurizio Cecconi

Full Professor

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Director of the Residency School of Anaesthesia at Humanitas University. Vice President MEDTEC School. Head of the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department at Humanitas Research Hospital. Past President European Society of Intensive Care Medicine


  • 2015 Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholar Research Training Program
  • 2012 FICM (Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine)
  • 2012 FRCA (Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists)
  • 2006 PhD, MD (res), University of London
  • 2006 CCT (Specialty Completion) in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • 2002 Medical Degree, University of Udine, Italy

Academic background

Professor Maurizio Cecconi is an anesthesiologist intensive care specialist. He completed his studies in Italy (University of Udine), Spain (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), the UK (doctoral degree at St George’s University of London), and the USA (research program GCSRT at Harvard Medical School).

He worked for 14 years as an NHS Consultant at St George’s Hospital, London, UK, where he chaired one of Europe’s largest Critical Care Departments.

He is the immediate Past President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, leading through the most challenging times of its history during the COVID-19 pandemic. He designed and directed the EU-funded C19_SPACE to 20000 healthcare workers.

Under his Leadership, ESICM established its reputation within European Institutions and was awarded the Gastein Health Forum European Health Leadership Award in 2021.

In 2018, he was awarded the Silver Griffin by his Alma Mater, the University of Udine. In 2020, he was mentioned by JAMA as one of the most influential doctors of the pandemic,

and was nominated Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Maurizio’s research focuses on Improving surgical outcomes with perioperative optimization, the physiology of shock, Acute Respiratory Failure, and Sepsis, and Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in anesthesia and intensive care. He’s also contributed to global anesthesia and intensive care guidelines. He is part of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and works with WHO for the COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines.

His research is published in leading journals, such as the Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Intensive Care Medicine.  He is invited regularly as a speaker at leading international conferences and Institutions.

His work is highly cited; as of September 2023, he has an h-index of 83.

Teaching appointments

  • Anaesthesia, ICU teaching at Humanitas:
    • Medical School
    • MEDTEC
    • Nursing School
    • Residency School in Anaesthesia and ICU


  • Fellow of Royal College of Anaesthetists, FRCA
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, FFICM
  • Knight, OMRI Order of Merit Italian Republic
  • United Kingdom GMC 6118699
  • Member SIAARTI
  • Member ESICM
  • Member SCCM

Academic honors, awards, and prizes

  • 2021 European Leadership Award as ESICM President (Gestein European Health Forum)
  • 2021 Honorary Citizen, “Keys of the city” of Gonars (UD), Italy
  • 2020 Knight OMRI, Motu Proprio Italian Republic President
  • 2020 Nomination Key figures COVID-19 Pandemic (JAMA Network)
  • 2018 Silver Griffin, Career Award Alumni University of Udine
  • 2015 Opening Lecture Italian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SIAARTI)
  • 2015 Readership (Associate Professorship) St George’s University of London
  • 2015 Commendation Harvard Medical School GCSRT Program
  • 2014 Best Abstract European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (Barcelona 2014)
  • 2006 Finalist for the Intensive Care Society Gold Medal Award for young investigators
  • 2004 SIAARTI Grant Scholarship Award for young trainees



Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.