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Personal profile


Maurizio completed his medical degree in Italy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2000. He underwent basic surgical training in Italy and moved to the United Kingdom in 2003 to focus on his career in clinical research. Maurizio obtained a higher degree (MD Research) with the University College London for his research on minimally invasive surgery in children. He has been awarded prizes for his research from the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (UK), the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (UK) and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (Canada). He was also awarded the prestigious Peter Paul Rickham Prize from the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (UK) in 2008. Maurizio has published over forty articles in peer review scientific journals, three chapters in books and he is author of more than eighty presentations at international conferences.

Maurizio was granted the membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2006 and completed his paediatric surgical training at various hospitals in the United Kingdom, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, London; Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London; Cambridge University Hospital and Oxford University Hospital. He also trained for one year at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne (Australia). He completed his training in the United Kingdom and achieved the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Paediatric Surgery in 2015.

Maurizio has a very strong passion for teaching and training and has delivered numerous formal lectures on several topics of paediatric surgery to medical students and other health professionals.

Maurizio joined Monash Children’s Hospital and Monash University in 2017. He has an interest in minimally invasive techniques for both paediatric and neonatal surgery, colorectal surgery, including anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease. He also has a particular interest in clinical research focussed on minimally invasive surgery and randomised controlled trials.

Research area keywords

  • Surgery
  • Laparoscopy

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Research Output 1997 2019

Application of a simulation-based medical education programme in a low-middle income country

Nataraja, R., Oo, YM., Webb, N., Ljuhar, D., Pacilli, M., Win, NN. & Aye, A., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Are post-operative antibiotics indicated in simple appendicitis? A prospective double-blinded randomised controlled trial

Mennie, N., Panabokke, G., Chang, A., Tan Tanny, S., Cheng, W., Pacilli, M., Ferguson, P. & Nataraja, R., Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Assessing surgical skills using deep convolutional neural networks

Nguyen, X. A., Nataraja, R., Ljuhar, D., Pacilli, M. & Chauhan, S., Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Clinical state of the paediatric acute scrotum in south-eastern Victoria

Tan Tanny, S. P., Wijekoon, N., Pacilli, M. & Nataraja, R. M., 11 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Does peritoneal lavage influence the rate of complications following paediatric laparoscopic appendicectomy in children with complicated appendicitis? A prospective randomised clinical trial

Nataraja, R., Chang, A., Panabokke, G., Mennie, N., Tan Tanny, S., Keys, C., Cheung, W., Pacilli, M. & Ferguson, P., Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review


Certificate of Merit

Maurizio Pacilli (Recipient), 28 Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Great Ormond Street Hospital Exceptional Members of Staff Award

Maurizio Pacilli (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Marshall Prize in Surgical Training

Damir Ljuhar (Recipient), Sam Alexander (Recipient), Maurizio Pacilli (Recipient), Sarah Martin (Recipient) & Ramesh Nataraja (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Peter Paul Rickham Prize

Maurizio Pacilli (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)