Raffaele De Caro

Centre for Mechanics of Biological Materials - University of Padova 
tel +39 049 8212327 - fax +39 049 8212328 - e-mail: raffaele.decaro@unipd.it


Date of birth: July 18, 1953

Raffaele De Caro received Medical degree cum laude on 1980 in Padova. Specialisation cum laude in Pathology (Padova, 1984) and Legal Medicine (Padova, 1987). At the Medical School of the University of Padova Assistant Professor in Human Anatomy from 1981, Associate Professor from 1992 and Full professor from 2000. Director of the Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology from 2004 to 2011. President of the School of Medicine of Padova since 2007. Visiting scientist at University of Sheffield in 1988, University of Heidelberg (Germany) in 1990 for Plastination of human cadaver, at the "International School of Neuroscience", (Prof. E. Costa, G.M. Edelman e R. Levi Montalcini) in 1990, Italy. He personally made 3000 cadaver dissections for research and teaching. Author of 150 in extenso papers. Associate edithor of Surg. Radiol. Anat., member of the editorial board of Clin. Anat. and reviewer for J Anat, Anat Record.

Educational activity
Teaching activity is developed at University of Padova

Main Research Topics
The research is devoted to embryogenesis of cerebral vessels, the nuclei of the human medulla involved in the continuous monitoring and autonomic regulation of respiratory and cardiovascular functions, anatomy and topography of the retroperitoneal fibroadipose tissue of the human pelvis, ileal neobladder mucosa, anatomy of the hepatic vessels and segmentation of the human liver, Gross Anatomy(nervous, cardiovascular, alimentary, urinary and reproductive systems), Clinical anatomy of superficial and deep fascias.

Membership and Appointment
Member of Italian Association of anatomy and histology, President of European Association of Clinical Anatomists, Fellow of British Association of Clinical anatomists, American Association of Clinical anatomists. Coordinator of research projects supported by the italian university ministery (MIUR) from 1987.



[max 10 publications
in the last 3 years]

Macchi V, Stocco E, Stecco C, Belluzzi E, Favero M, Porzionato A, De Caro R. The infrapatellar fat pad and the synovial membrane: an anatomo-functional unit. J Anat. 2018 Aug;233(2):146-154.

Manouvakhova OV, Macchi V, Fries FN, Loukas M, De Caro R, Oskouian RJ, Spinner RJ, Tubbs RS. Landmarks for Identifying the Suprascapular Foramen Anteriorly: Application to Anterior Neurotization and Decompressive Procedures. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2018 Feb 1;14(2):166-170.

Porzionato A, Macchi V, Stecco C, Loukas M, Tubbs RS, De Caro R. Forensic clinical anatomy: A new field of study with application to medicolegal issues. Clin Anat. 2017 Jan;30(1):2-5.

Macchi V, Porzionato A, Sarasin G, Petrelli L, Guidolin D, Rossato M, Fontanella CG, Natali A, De Caro R. The Infrapatellar Adipose Body: A Histotopographic Study. Cells Tissues Organs. 2016 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Macchi V, Tiengo C, Porzionato A, Stecco C, Sarasin G, Tubbs S, Maffulli N, De Caro R. The cubital tunnel: a radiologic and histotopographic study. J Anat. 2014 Aug;225(2):262-9.

Macchi V, Porzionato A, Bardini R, Picardi EE, De Caro R. Surgical anatomy of the posterior liver surface: the retrohepatic lamina as the basis for mobilisation of the right liver. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Oct;17(10):1766-73.

Stecco C, Fantoni I, Macchi V, Del Borrello M, Porzionato A, Biz C, De Caro R. The role of fasciae in Civinini-Morton's syndrome. J Anat. 2015 Nov;227(5):654-64.

Stecco C, Cappellari A, Macchi V, Porzionato A, Morra A, Berizzi A, De Caro R. The paratendineous tissues: an anatomical study of their role in the pathogenesis of tendinopathy. Surg Radiol Anat. 2014 Aug; 36(6):561-72.

Stecco A, Stern R, Fantoni I, De Caro R, Stecco C. Fascial Disorders: Implications for Treatment. PM R. 2015 Jun 14. pii: S1934-1482(15)00292-0.

Porzionato A, Sfriso MM, Pontini A, Macchi V, Petrelli L, Pavan PG, Natali AN, Bassetto F, Vindigni V, De Caro R. Decellularized Human Skeletal Muscle as Biologic Scaffold for Reconstructive Surgery. Int J Mol Sci. 2015 Jul 1;16(7):14808-31.





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