Alessandro Laviano

Sapienza University of Rome

Alessandro Laviano, MD, is associate professor of Internal Medicine at the Department of Translational and Precision Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Dr. Laviano is Chief, Clinical Nutrition Unit at Sant’Andrea University Hospital in Rome, Italy. Also, Dr. Laviano holds a position of Visiting Research Professor at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA. Dr Laviano received his MD degree at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he also completed the residency programmes in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. In the period 1994-1995, Dr. Laviano worked as a research fellow in the Surgical Metabolism Laboratory at the Department of Surgery, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY, USA. Dr. Laviano joined the Faculty of the Medical School at Sapienza University in 1998, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007.

Dr. Laviano’s main research interests are: disease-associated anorexia and cachexia, and particularly cancer cachexia; nutritional modulation of anticancer treatments; hyperphagia and obesity; neural control of metabolism; hospital malnutrition.

In the period 2010-14, Dr. Laviano has been the chairman of the Educational and Clinical Practice Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). He is currently the Director of the ESPEN LLL programme, as well as Coordinator of the Supervisory Board of the ESPEN project, nutritionDay. Dr. Laviano is currently: Editor in Chief of Nutrition; Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition; Associate Editor of Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. Dr. Laviano’s studies have been funded by private and public institutions. Dr. Laviano has a total of more than 240 publications in international peer reviewed journals (source:, accessed January 2021). Since 2019, Dr. Laviano is listed among the top 2% all-time world scientists in the Stanford-Elsevier ranking list [Ioannidis JPA et al. 2019. PLoS Biology 17(8):e3000384, and Ioannidis JPA et al. 2020. PLoS Biology 18(10):e3000918].