Dr. Francesco DiMeco



34 years of experience





Neurosurgical Oncology

Procedures performed:

Craniotomy, Gliomas Meningiomas

Work Experience

Professor of Neurosurgery

Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, University of Milan

Milan, Italy.

from 2018


Besta NeuroSim Center, IRCCS Foundation Neurological Institute "C.Besta"

Milan, Italy.

from 2014


Department of Neurosurgery, IRCCS Foundation Neurological Institute "C.Besta"

Milan, Italy.

from 2012

Director of 1st Division of Neurosurgery

Department of Neurosurgery, IRCCS Foundation Neurological Institute "C.Besta"

Milan, Italy.

from 2011

Assistant Professor (Adjunct)

Department of Neurosurgery, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Baltimore, MD, United States.

from 2005

Adjunct Professor

Medical School Residency Program in Neurosurgery, University of Milan

Milan, Italy.

2007 - 2018

Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Baltimore, MD, United States.

1997 - 2000

Neurosurgery Residency

Institute of Neurosurgery, University of Milan Medical School

Milan, Italy.

1988 - 1993


Dr. Francesco DiMeco is a specialist in Neurosurgery. After finishing his medical studies at the University of Milan, he completed a fellowship in Oncological Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA). Dr. DiMeco is Full Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Milan, Director of the School of Specialization in Neurosurgery, and Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Fondazione Neurological Institute C. Besta of Milan, Italy. He is also Assistant Professor (adjunct) at Johns Hopkins Medical School's Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. DiMeco founded the first Neurosurgical Simulation Center in Europe "Besta NeuroSim Center", which is also one of the best-equipped Simulation Centers in the world.

Dr. DiMeco mainly deals with brain tumors such as gliomas, glioblastomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, and ependymomas. His interest is also in both intramedullary and intradural extramedullary spinal tumors. Focusing on cancers of the nervous system he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles and many book chapters.

Dr. DiMeco has gained considerable experience in the loco-regional treatment of brain tumors and has distinguished himself worldwide for collaborating in the discovery of glioma cancer stem cells. In this regard, he collaborated in the identification of innovative glioblastoma treatment strategies based on the induction of stem cell differentiation by publishing a pioneering article in the journal Nature. Recently his studies have extended to the field of intraoperative imaging and image-guided surgery, becoming a world leader in the use of intraoperative ultrasound. Lastly, he is a world-renowned expert in the field of Focused Ultrasound, a novel treatment strategy for a variety of CNS diseases.


Managerial Training in Health Care, SDA Bocconi School of Management


MD, University of Milan



Honorary member of the Rotary Club


Brain Tumours UK foundation: 2005 Award for Translational Research Excellence, for the paper “Human, tumor-founding neurak stem cells and tumor stem cell lines for the diagnosis and therapy of glioblastomas” presented at the 2nd Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Neuro-Oncology


Carlo Besta Neurological Institute Award “Excellence in Neuro-oncology”


Harvey Cushing Award (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) for the contribution to the advancement of neurological sciences


European Award: “1996 Beniamino Guidetti Prize” for the best scientific paper published in the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences, 1997. Title: “Perspectives for the gene therapy of malignant gliomas by suicide gene transfer.”



Member, German Academy of Neurological Surgeons (GANS)

Member, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) Training Committee

Member, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AAcNS)

Board of Neuro-oncology Section, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies

Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Co-chairman of the European subgroup of the Board of Directors of the Joint Section of the American Neurosurgical Association AANS and CNS

Member: Board (Executive Committee), Italian Society of Neurosurgery (SINCH)

Member, Neuro-oncology Committee of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS)

Member, Executive Board of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors

Member, Dandy Society of Neurological Surgeons


Dr. Francesco DiMeco has more than 220 publications