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Marco Lanzetta Bertani is an internationally renowned hand surgeon and microsurgeon based in Lugano, Switzerland. Since 1998, he has served as the Founder and President of the GICAM Foundation. In this capacity, he has led more than 50 surgical camps across 12 countries. His involvement with the African continent began in 1981 and 1983 when he dedicated time to building wells in Burundi. In 1988, as a young doctor, he engaged in humanitarian work in Benin and Togo before relocating to Australia with his wife and two-month-old son. He received training in hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery in Australia, France, and Canada. From 1996 to 2006, he held the position of Director at the Microsearch Foundation in Sydney, Australia. Presently, he serves as the International Scientific Coordinator of the Italian Institute of Hand Surgery and the National Center for Arthritis. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor of Hand Surgery and Microsurgery at the University of Canberra, Australia, and Professor of Hand Surgery at Ludes University, Lugano, Switzerland. In 1998, he performed the world's first hand transplantation, followed by the first bilateral hand transplantation in 2000. That same year, he conducted the first hand transplants in Italy. He has been honored with numerous international awards, including the Knightwood of the Republic of Italy in 2002 and the "Numero Uno" award by the Italian Embassy in Switzerland in 2022. Marco Lanzetta Bertani is also a prolific author, having penned over 200 books, chapters, and scientific articles. He has been invited as a Visiting Guest Professor of Hand Surgery in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Japan, Venezuela, and Finland. In addition to his professional endeavors, he is an advocate for veganism and a dedicated triathlete, having qualified twice for the X-Terra World Championships in Hawaii in 2015 and 2017. He is fluent in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.

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