Professor Ercolani graduated and specialized in General Surgery at the University of Bologna. He gained his PhD in Hepato-biliary-pancreatic pathology at the University of Siena. After his board examination in general surgery, he was a visiting faculty at the Universities of Nagoya (for one year), Tokyo, Miami, Verona and Southampton. Since September 2001, he is a staff member at the Division of General Surgery and Transplantation. He is mainly involved in the management of patients carrying hepato-biliary and pancreatic tumors, and in the Liver and Kidney Transplantation programs. He has performed more than 1600 surgical procedures. He is author of 190 articles published in International Journals included in the Index Medicus mainly regarding surgical treatment of hepato-biliary tumors and liver transplantation.