Alfio Ferlito is Director of the Department of Surgical Sciences, Professor and Chairman of the ENT Clinic at the University of Udine School of Medicine. He graduated in medicine at the University of Bologna. After two years at the University of Trieste, he worked at the ENT Department of Padua University from 1970 to 1997.
He has collaborated in writing articles, editorials, commentaries, letters to the editor, special issues, book chapters and books with 323 international experts.
He has edited a three-volume book entitled Cancer of the Larynx (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1985) and three other books entitled Neoplasms of the Larynx (Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1993), Surgical Pathology of Laryngeal Neoplasms (Chapman and Hall, London, 1996) and Diseases of the Larynx (Arnold, London, 2000), and co-authored two books entitled Granulomas and Neoplasms of the Larynx (Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1988) and Surgery for Cancer of the Larynx and Related Structures together with Dr. Carl E. Silver (Saunders, Philadelphia, 1996). He is editor with Dr. Marvin P. Fried of The Larynx (Plural Publishing). He has been the author or co-author of 383 refereed publications in 46 medical journals and 48 chapters in various books.
He serves as editor, co-editor, assistant editor or reviewer for the following 54 journals representing an international spectrum of publications.
Cancer; Modern Pathology; Oncology; Journal of Surgical Oncology; Oral Oncology - A Journal Related to Head & Neck Oncology & Pathology; Head and Neck; Laryngoscope; Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology; American Journal of Rhinology; Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Acta Otolaryngologica; European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head & Neck; ORL Journal for Otorhinolaryngology and its Related Specialties; American Journal of Otolaryngology; Journal of the American College of Surgeons; Journal of Voice; Journal of Laryngology and Otology; Auris Nasus Larynx; Journal of Otolaryngology; Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery; Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology; ORL Update; Otolaryngology Journal Club Journal; Otorhinolaryngologica Nova; Indian Journal of Otology; Anales Otorrinolaringológicos del Perú; Applied Pathology; Advances in Therapy; Ear, Nose and Throat Journal; Head and Neck Diseases; Head and Neck Pathology; Medical Science Monitor; BioMed Central Ear Nose Throat Disorders; BioMed Central Cancer; European Journal of General Medicine; ORL Today; Focus on ORL; Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy; Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica; Tumori; Chirurgia della Testa e del Collo; Giornale di Stomatologia e di Ortognatodonzia; ORL Digest; Arquivos de Otorrinolaringologia; Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center; World Journal of Surgical Oncology; International Journal of Surgery; Excerpta Medica; Neurology India; Nowotwory - Journal of Oncology; Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; Cancer Detection and Prevention Journal.
He has been awarded ad hominem fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and ad eundem fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Glasgow, Ireland and Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
He is a fellow or a member of other Colleges and scientific societies, i.e. the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society of Medicine of London, the American Otological Society, the American Laryngological Association, the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum, the American Laryngological Rhinological and Otological Association, the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, the American Rhinologic Society, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the International Broncho-Esophagological Society, the Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Japan, the Japan Laryngological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Hungarian Association of Otorhinolaryngologists (Honorary), the Slovenian Association of Otorhinolaryngologists, the Slovak Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Honorary), the Spanish Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Honorary), the Israeli Society of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, the Hong Kong College of Otolaryngologists, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Laryngeal Cancer Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, the International Academy of Pathology and the International Academy of Oral Oncology.
He has been honored with several distinctions from professional ENT Societies including two Presidential Citations from the American Laryngological Association for his contributions made to the field of laryngology and the association. He has been appointed as the International Liaison for Corresponding Fellows of the American Laryngological Association.
He is also a Fellowship External Examiner in Otorhinolaryngology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
He was visiting professor at the Departments of Otolaryngology of the Universities of Ljubljiana (twice), Valencia, Zagreb, Yale (three times), Pittsburgh, Amsterdam, San Francisco, the House Ear Institute of Los Angeles and New York (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Montefiore Medical Center).
He collaborated as a member of the World Health Organizations Committee on Histological Typing of Tumours of the Upper Respiratory Tract and Ear. He is also a member of the Laryngeal Cancer Associations Committee on the Classification of Laryngeal Cancer. He was consultant to Yale University.
He has delivered prestigious lectures all over the world. Recently he gave the 2nd Morrison Lecture in San Francisco (2006) and the 19th Som Lecture in New York (2006).
He has shared his professional life between clinical practice, teaching and research. One of his chief interests is the promotion of international cooperation in head and neck surgery, oncology and cancer research.