Giacomo Novara

Giacomo Novara

Associate Professor

Telefono: +39 0498211250



  • Medical school at University of Palermo, Italy completed on July 20th 2000 with highest final mark (110/110 cum laude).
  • Internship in urology department, University of Palermo, Italy from July 1998 to July 2000
  • From Oct. 2000 to Jan. 9th 2005, residency in urology at “G.B. Rossi” Policlinic Hospital, University of Verona, Italy
  • From Jan 10th 2005 to Dec. 20th 2005, residency in urology at University of Padua, Italy.


  • From January 1st 2006 to December 18th 2008, clinical consultant at I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Oncologico Veneto (I.O.V.), Padua, Italy.
  • From Dec 19th 2008 to Nov 30th 2014, Assistant Professor in Urology at University of Padua, Italy .
  • From Dec 1st 2014 to present, Associate Professor in Urology at University of Padua, Italy
  • From January 2011 to present, Associate Editor of European Urology.
  • From January 2nd 2014 to Dec 31st 2014, scientific vice-director of OLV Vattikuti Robotic Surgery Institute, Melle, Belgium.
  • From January 2014 to October 2017, member of the scientific committee of the Italian Society of Urology.
  • Reviewer for Lancet, European Urology, European Urology Focus, Journal of Urology, BJU International, World Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology, Brazilian Journal of Urology, Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology, BMC Urology, International Urogynecology Journal, Urologia Internationalis, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

Urologic oncology and functional urology have been the major clinical and research interests of Prof. Novara. Specifically, evaluation of prognostic factors in prostate, kidney, bladder, penile and upper tract cancers has been the major focus of most of his scientific work. Moreover, with regard to surgical issues, robotic surgery (especially application of robotics to prostate, kidney and bladder cancer treatments) has been the topic of several major publications, especially aiming at evaluating functional and patient reported outcomes. Moreover, the scientific activity has been focused on developing training models for use in robotic surgery, and Prof. Novara has been the coordinator of the recently concluded ERUS pilot study II and III for training in robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. 

Moreover, Prof. Novara is active member of the European Association of Urology  Thromboprophylaxis panel for guidelines development.

Currently, Prof. Giacomo Novara is author or coauthor of more than 600 scientific publications. Impact factors of the publications 2953; citations collected 16372; H index 69 (Harzing’s Publish or Perish on Aug. 2018)

Prof. Giacomo Novara  has been awarded of the following prizes:

  • Reviewer of the year 2010 for European Urology
  • Winner of the Italian Matula Award in 2015
  • 2010 European Urology Best scientific paper prize. Preoperative Aspects and Dimensions Used for an Anatomical (PADUA) Classification of Renal Tumours in Patients who are Candidates for Nephron-Sparing Surgery 
  • Best abstract 2011 EAU annual meeting – Poster session 42 “RCC: diagnosis and prognosis”. For the abstract entitled “Head to head comparison of the most relevant integrated prognostic systems predicting cancer-specific survival in clear cell renal cell carcinoma”.
  • Best abstract 2011 EAU annual meeting – Poster session 51 “RCC: nephron-sparing  surgery: Function and comparison with radical nephrectomy”. For the abstract entitled “Partial and radical nephrectomy for pT1 renal cell carcinoma: results of the Saturn project”.
  • 2013 European Urology Prize for the Best Paper published on Clinical Research in the Urological Literature Pathologic Nodal Staging Score for Bladder Cancer: A Decision Tool for Adjuvant Therapy After Radical Cystectomy
  • 2013 European Urology Prize for the Best Scientific Paper published on Clinical Research in European Urology by a young urologist (max. 35 years) in 2012  Stage-Specific Impact of Tumor Location on Oncologic Outcomes in Patients With Upper and Lower Tract Urothelial Carcinoma Following Radical Surgery

1: Novara G, Catto JW, Wilson T, Annerstedt M, Chan K, Murphy DG, Motttrie A, Peabody JO, Skinner EC, Wiklund PN, Guru KA, Yuh B. Systematic review andcumulative analysis of perioperative outcomes and complications after robot-assisted radical cystectomy. Eur Urol. 2015 Mar;67(3):376-401. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2014.12.007 PubMed PMID: 25560798.

2: Novara G, Ficarra V, Rosen RC, Artibani W, Costello A, Eastham JA, Graefen M,  Guazzoni G, Shariat SF, Stolzenburg JU, Van Poppel H, Zattoni F, Montorsi F, Mottrie A, Wilson TG. Systematic review and meta-analysis of perioperative outcomes and complications after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. Eur Urol. 2012 Sep;62(3):431-52. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2012.05.044. Epub 2012 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 22749853.

3: Novara G, Ficarra V, Mocellin S, Ahlering TE, Carroll PR, Graefen M, Guazzoni  G, Menon M, Patel VR, Shariat SF, Tewari AK, Van Poppel H, Zattoni F, Montorsi F, Mottrie A, Rosen RC, Wilson TG. Systematic review and meta-analysis of studies reporting oncologic outcome after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. Eur Urol. 2012 Sep;62(3):382-404. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2012.05.047. Epub 2012 Jun 2.  PubMed PMID: 22749851.

4: Novara G, Ficarra V, Antonelli A, Artibani W, Bertini R, Carini M, Cosciani Cunico S, Imbimbo C, Longo N, Martignoni G, Martorana G, Minervini A, Mirone V, Montorsi F, Schiavina R, Simeone C, Serni S, Simonato A, Siracusano S, Volpe A, Carmignani G; SATURN Project-LUNA Foundation. Validation of the 2009 TNM version  in a large multi-institutional cohort of patients treated for renal cell carcinoma: are further improvements needed? Eur Urol. 2010 Oct;58(4):588-95. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2010.07.006.

5: Novara G, Artibani W, Barber MD, Chapple CR, Costantini E, Ficarra V, Hilton P, Nilsson CG, Waltregny D. Updated systematic review and meta-analysis of the comparative data on colposuspensions, pubovaginal slings, and midurethral tapes in the surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence. Eur Urol. 2010 Aug;58(2):218-38. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2010.04.022. Epub 2010 Apr 23. PubMed PMID: 20434257.

6: Novara G, Svatek RS, Karakiewicz PI, Skinner E, Ficarra V, Fradet Y, Lotan Y,  Isbarn H, Capitanio U, Bastian PJ, Kassouf W, Fritsche HM, Izawa JI, Tilki D, Dinney CP, Lerner SP, Schoenberg M, Volkmer BG, Sagalowsky AI, Shariat SF. Soft tissue surgical margin status is a powerful predictor of outcomes after radical cystectomy: a multicenter study of more than 4,400 patients. J Urol. 2010 Jun;183(6):2165-70. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2010.02.021. PubMed PMID: 20399473.

7: Novara G, Matsumoto K, Kassouf W, Walton TJ, Fritsche HM, Bastian PJ, Martínez-Salamanca JI, Seitz C, Lemberger RJ, Burger M, El-Hakim A, Baba S, Martignoni G, Gupta A, Karakiewicz PI, Ficarra V, Shariat SF. Prognostic role of  lymphovascular invasion in patients with urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract: an international validation study. Eur Urol. 2010 Jun;57(6):1064-71. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2009.12.029. Epub 2010 Jan 6. PubMed PMID: 20071073.

8: Novara G, Ficarra V, D'Elia C, Secco S, Cavalleri S, Artibani W. Prospective evaluation with standardised criteria for postoperative complications after robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Eur Urol. 2010 Mar;57(3):363-70. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2009.11.032. Epub 2009 Nov 21. PubMed PMID: 19944519.

9: Novara G, Secco S, Botteri M, De Marco V, Artibani W, Ficarra V. Factors  predicting health-related quality of life recovery in patients undergoing  surgical treatment for renal tumors: prospective evaluation using the RAND SF-36 Health Survey. Eur Urol. 2010 Jan;57(1):112-20. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2009.04.023. Epub 2009 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 19406562.

10: Yuh B, Wilson T, Bochner B, Chan K, Palou J, Stenzl A, Montorsi F, Thalmann  G, Guru K, Catto JW, Wiklund PN, Novara G. Systematic review and cumulative analysis of oncologic and functional outcomes after robot-assisted radical cystectomy. Eur Urol. 2015 Mar;67(3):402-22. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2014.12.008. Epub 2015 Jan 2. Review. PubMed PMID: 25560797.