Dr. Gianfranco Buccheri

Il direttore Medico di ALCASE

Il Dr. Buccheri e la skyline di Hong Kong (2010 GLCC meeting)

Gianfranco Buccheri was born in Syracuse, Italy, January the 1st, 1952.

In 1976, he graduated at the “Forlanini” Medical School of Pavia. In 1980, he obtained the specialty board certification in Pneumology (Chest Physician) and, three years later, in Physio-Pathology of Respiration (Respiratory Physician). In June 1992, he received his third board certification in Medical Oncology (Medical Oncologist).

In the free time, Doctor Buccheri likes hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing.

From graduation until February 1978, Dr. Buccheri hold the position of medical assistant of the Sanatorium of Robilante. From 1978 to 1982, he was full-time medical assistant in the department of internal medicine in the main city hospital of Cuneo, the “S. Croce” Hospital. From November 1982 until April 2007, he was full-time thoracic oncology consultant in both the “S. Croce and Carle” Hospitals of Cuneo. In this position, he was responsible for the diagnosis, stage assessment, treatment planning, chemotherapy execution and post-treatment follow-up of more than 100 new lung cancer patients per year (he has already treated over 1,600 lung cancer patients). His work includes the review of diagnostic and therapeutic lung cancer protocols, lung cancer data management and statistical analysis, and the publication of any relevant result. He is also concerned of issues relating to economic budget and work organization. Curerntly, Dr. Buccheri is Scientific Director of ALCASE Italia.

In 1983, Dr. Buccheri became a member of the European Society of Pneumology (currently, the European Respiratory Society, (ERS). Four years later, he became a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). In 1998, he joined the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

In 1985, Dr. Buccheri started collaboration with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), Lung Cancer Group, and many other Italian Oncology Cooperative Groups. In 1987, he became a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and, in 1992, of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Dr. Buccheri has been a visiting clinician in both respiratory and oncology departments of distinguished American and British Institutions, including the Mayo Clinic (USA – years 1988 & 1999), the M.D. Anderson Hospital of the Texas Medical Centre (USA -1989), the Brompton Hospital and London University Collage (UK -1990), and the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (USA -1995).

Dr. Buccheri has published more than 300 original investigations, review articles, commentaries, book chapters, and short communications, in either Italian or International medical journals (the abstracts of one hundred of them are available on line, for consultation at the world-wide web address As a faculty member, he participated in several International Meetings including all the annual meetings of the International Societies ERS, ACCP, IASLC, and ASCO. In dozen of these meetings, he has been invited speaker, co-chairman, discussion coordinator and/or member of the International Scientific Program Committee. He has served as a referee for many medical journals including the Cancer Journal, the Monaldi Archives of Chest Diseases, Thorax, the European Respiratory Journal, the European Respiratory Review, Respiration, and Lung Cancer. In the years 1995-2000, he was member of the editorial board of Lung Cancer.

In August 1997, Dr. Buccheri was honoured by ALCASE (Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education) at the 8th World Conference on Lung Cancer (Dublin, Ireland). He received a certificate of recognition along with 16 other lung cancer doctors from 9 countries for outstanding contributions in the treatment, research and/or quality of life of lung cancer patients. In 1994, he founded the Cuneo Lung Cancer Study Group ( and, in 1998, the Patient’s Advocacy Group, ALCASE Italia ( Within these non-profit organizations, he holds the position of Scientific Consultant.

Cuneo, Febraury 2016

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