Ms Claudia Di Bella is an academic orthopaedic surgeon in Melbourne, with main focus in joint arthroplasty and bone and soft tissue tumors.
Ms Di Bella studied Medicine and Surgery at Bologna University, the first established University in Europe, graduating in 2002 with honours. She has completed her orthopaedic training in 2007 at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, one of the world's most renowned orthopaedic hospitals. Her passion for the treatment of bone and soft tissue tumours started there, where she had the privilege to work alongside the world's best tumour surgeons, with Prof Davide Donati as her mentor.
Ms Di Bella has moved to Australia in 2009, where she has completed her fellowship in musculoskeletal tumors at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA).
Ms Di Bella is expert in lower limb joint replacement surgery, which she performs using the most advanced technologies, including 3D printing and robotic. Ms Di Bella is also one of the very few orthopaedic surgeons in Australia with certified expertise in the treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors (member of Australian Sarcoma Group).
Ms Di Bella's focus on academic surgery and research have driven her to obtain a PhD in oncology and experimental pathology in 2012, with top marks.
Ms Di Bella is a faculty member of the Academic Surgery section at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and a member of the Women in Surgery section of the RACS.
Ms Di Bella is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, with an impressive number of publications in peer reviewed journals and oral presentations at national and international conferences. Her main focus in basic science research is the use of 3D Bioprinting technologies and stem cells for the treatment of joint injuries and diseases, for which she has obtained numerous national research grants.
Ms Di Bella is the group leader of the Cartilage Regeneration Program of Research within the department of surgery at the University of Melbourne.