Dr. Plebani obtained his medical degree summa cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Padova in 1975. He completed residency training and specialization in Laboratory Medicine (1978), and subsequently in Gastroenterology (1983), at the same University. He is full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine, University of Padova, as well as Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University Hospital of Padova and Chief of the Center of Biomedical Research. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Management of the University of Padova, having covered the positions of Director of the Post-graduate School in Clinical Biochemistry at the Medical School from 2006 to 2012, and President of the Course for Medical Technologists from 2008 to 2012. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina); a member of the Study Group on Biomarkers in Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care and, a member of the TC - Study group on Biomarkers of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA).
Dr. Plebani is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, co-Editor in Chief of Diagnosis, and Associate editor of the International Journal of Biological Markers. He is the Chairman of the IFCC Working group on “Laboratory errors and patient safety” (WG LEPS). With 880 full papers, more than 900 abstracts, and several books and book chapters published, Dr. Plebani has been an invited speaker at many national and international meetings and conferences. Among these have been the AACC Annual Meetings in 2007-2012, EuroMedLab in Berlin (2012) and Milan (2013), and the keynote speaker at many national meetings of IFCC member societies. Dr. Plebani is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the 2007 AACC Management Sciences Division, Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences Award; the 2008 AACC Award for Outstanding Clinical Laboratory Contributions to Patient Safety; the 2011 ACB (UK) International Lecture Award; the 2014 IFCC Distinguished Award for Laboratory Medicine and Patient Care, and the 2014 AACC/NACB Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research.
His main areas of research are quality in laboratory medicine, diagnostic and laboratory errors, biomarkers in cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and in vitro allergy diagnostics.