Dr. Gabriele BERTONI

Dr. Gabriele BERTONI
Consultant Venous Surgeon and Phlebologist at Laserplast (Milan / Italy) Specialist in Venous Ultrasonography

Dr. Gabriele BERTONI

Honorary Senior Lecturer at The College of Phlebology


Short Biography

Born and raised in Milan (Italy), class of ’74, I became enamoured of anything that is alive and grow since childhood. Curious by nature, I often look at things with the intent of understanding how they worked, and ways to fix them when they would stop ticking. So it was how I decided to become a doctor. And because curiosity has no boundaries, I have taken up interest in the vascular system, which is at the root of life and sprinkles all and every corner of our body. But I have also always sided for all that is neglected and considered of small worth (by those that do not know it and/or understand its real value). Hence, after completing the training in cardiovascular surgery, I started to concentrate on the venous pathology and the impact that this have on people. It was a hard decision to leave behind all that I learnt about arteries, aneurysms and heart diseases. But my main purpose has always been to make people feel better, and there is nothing for it much more than to cure the venous diseases. I might not save the life of one, but I can make a hundred feel better. And this is what I do best in life!
In February 2023 Dr. Gabriele Bertoni was awarded an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The College of Phlebology.

Professional Profile

In the last fifteen years, I focused on the fast-growing world of phlebology. Overall, I have performed well over 5000 varicose veins operations. These include about 2500 thermal ablations for minimally invasive treatment of trunkal reflux (since September 2009, using laser and radiofrequency), as well as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy treatment, pelvic veins embolisation and avulsion of VVs. All these operations are carried out under local anaesthetic on an ambulatory/day-surgery basis. I have performed the first microwave GSV ablation in the Country.
In conjunction with the Interventional Radiology Service at San Gerardo Hospital, I have set up the Pelvic Venous Reflux embolization service, which has never been performed before in the Trust. Within six months I managed to streamline the patient’s journey from the first consultation to the radiology suite. This included having to train all the personnel and my colleagues on the pathology (rather unknown at the Institution, at the time) and to train a gynecologist to perform TV Duplex according to the “HH protocol”, as performed at the Whiteley Clinic. The latter was achieved organising a two-days in-hospital teaching with a TWC sonographer.
In recent years I have expanded my interest on the ever growing field of aesthetic phlebology, dealing with veins on the forehead and facial area, hands, breast and feet.

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer at The College of Phlebology
  • MCPhleb at The College of Phlebology
  • Member of the European Venous Forum
  • Member of the Italian Society of Phlebology
  • Member of the Italian College of Phlebology
  • Independent consultant phlebologist, specialising in varicose veins treatment and aesthetic phlebology of hand, feet, breast and facial veins.
  • I am an active reviewer for
    Vasa - European Journal of Vascular Medicine
    Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • Senior lecturer at The College of Phlebology.
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer at The College of Phlebology
  • MCPhleb at The College of Phlebology.

  • I am one of the early members of the Italian Society of Phlebology (SIF – Società Italiana di Flebologia), and a member of the Italian College of Phlebology (CIF – Collegio Italiano di Flebologia). 
  • As a senior member of the Society, I am part of the steering committee that is currently drawing the latest edition of the Guidelines in Phlebology for the Country.
  • I am also a Member of the UK College of Phlebology and of the European Venous Forum.
  • ACST-2 Collaborative Group, Halliday A, Bulbulia R, Gray W, Naughten A, den Hartog A, Delmestri A, Wal-lis C, le Conte S, Macdonald S.
    Status update and interim results from the asympto-matic carotid surgery trial-2 (ACST-2).
    Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2013 Nov;46(5):510-8.
  • Tolva V, Bertoni GB, Bianchi PG, Keller GC, Casana R.
    Immediate surgery for acute internal carotid artery dissection and thrombosis during filter deployment prior to stenting: a case report.
    Vascular. 2013 Apr 11.
  • Tolva VS, Casana R, Lonati L, Invitti C, Bertoni GB, Bianchi PG, Cireni LV, Parati G.
    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty improves glu-cose control and quality of life in patients with criti-cal limb ischemia.
    Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2012 Dec;16(15):2082-7.
  • Bianchi P, Tolva V, Dalainas I, Bertoni G, Cireni L, Trimarchi S, Rampoldi V, Casana R.
    Immediate conversion to CAS after neurological in-tolerance at cross-clamping test during CEA: a pre-liminary experience.
    Int Angiol. 2012 Feb;31(1):22-7.
  • Casana R, Tolva V, Majnardi AR, Bianchi PG, Addoba-ti L, Bertoni GB, Cireni LV, Silani V.
    Endovascular management of symptomatic cerebral malperfusion due to carotid dissection after type A aortic dissection repair.
    Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2011 Oct;45(7):641-5.
  • Tolva VS, Bertoni GB, Trimarchi S, Grassi V, Rampol-di V.
    Bifurcated endovascular graft for spontaneous acute aortic dissections: report of a case using a simple technique to help safe deployment.
    Minerva Chir. 2009 Feb;64(1):101-3.
  • Westaby S, Balacumaraswami L, Evans BJ, Bertoni GB, Jin XY, Robson D, Grebenik CR.
    Elective transfer from cardiopulmonary bypass to centrifugal blood pump support in very high-risk cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007 Feb;133(2):577-8.
  • Westaby S, Bertoni GB, Clelland C, Nishinaka T, Frazier OH.
    Circulatory support with attenuated pulse pressure alters human aortic wall morphology. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007 Feb;133(2):575-6.
  • Westaby S, Bertoni GB.
    Fifty years of thoracic aortic surgery: lessons learned and future directions. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Feb;83(2):S832-4;
  • Tolva V, Bertoni GB, Trimarchi S, Grassi V, Fusari M, Rampoldi V.
    Unreliability of depopulated bovine ureteric xenograft for infra inguinal bypass surgery: mid-term results from two vascular centres. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2007 Feb;33(2):214-6
  • Bertoni GB, Rampoldi V.
    Activation of coagulation system during air travel. Lancet. 2006 Jul 1;368(9529):25-6;


  • "Advanced Heart Failure: the role of the surgeon"
    S. Westaby and G.B. Bertoni
    in Supportive Care in Heart Failure,
    Beattie and Goodlin
    Oxford University Press
  • "Surgery for chronic dissection of the aortic arch"
    S. Westaby and G.B. Bertoni
    in Aortic Arch Surgery: Principles, Strategies and Outcomes
    Coselli and LeMaire
  • “Destination Therapy”
    S. Westaby and G.B. Bertoni
    In Mechanical circulatory support: principles and clinical applications
    David L Joyce; Lyle D Joyce; M Loebe
    McGraw-Hill, 2012