Field Director

Field Director

Prof. Stefano Negrini, MD, PhD (Italy)

Stefano Negrini is a Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) physician (University of Pavia, Italy) with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (KU Leuven, Belgium). For more than 30 years he has practiced clinics and research in PRM, with specific attention to patients with spinal disorders and to the implementation of evidence-based medicine in clinical practice.

He is full Professor of PRM at the University “La Statale” in Milan, Italy. He is Director of the Laboratory of Evidence-Based Rehabilitation at the University & Research Hospital Galeazzi Sant’Ambrogio and Scientific and Medical Director of ISICO (Italian Scientific Spine Institute) (, both in Milan. He is Associate Graduate Faculty for the program Master of Health Science and Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) in Health Science at Ontario Tech University, Ottawa, Canada.

He is the founder and Director of Cochrane Rehabilitation and currently Co-Chair of the Cochrane Council. He has different positions in various journals: honorary Chief-Editor of the European Journal of PRM after 18 years of service as Chief-Editor; sign-off Editor of the Cochrane Library; Associate Editor of the European Spine Journal, Children (Basel) and the Journal of Clinical Medicine; Editorial Board member of the Revista de Medicina Física e de Reabilitação, and Fizikalna i rehabilitacijska medicina. He has been a peer reviewer for many indexed journals, including: Cochrane Library, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Canadian Medical Journal, Nature Communications, Plos One, and all PRM and Spine journals.

He is actively working in several PRM scientific societies: International Society of PRM; European Society of PRM; Advisory Board (Past-President) of the international Society On Spinal Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT); and National Scientific Secretary of the Italian Study Group on Scoliosis and spinal diseases (GSS). He is the Italian delegate of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) PRM Section and a member of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has won 20 research awards and organized multiple international, national and regional meetings as President, Scientific Secretary and/or Chair of the Scientific Committee.


He is 42,750th among all scientists in the world (doi: 10.17632/btchxktzyw.5) and 135th among Top Italian Scientists in the section neurosciences & psychology ( He is globally 62nd in the field of rehabilitation and 2nd among Italians (doi: 10.17632/btchxktzyw.5). His current H-Index is 50 (Scopus). The list of his almost 500 PubMed/Medline/Index Medicus papers is available at: ction=descending). He has also published 30 books (mainly in Italian), more than 100 papers in Italian journals, more than 120 book chapters, and had more than 400 abstracts accepted in peer reviewed meetings. He has always worked in EBM and has been author of 5 Cochrane Reviews (two of them updated once).



Updated September 2023