Specialista in Chirurgia Generale di vasta esperienza, consolidata in campo nazionale ed internazionale sia in ambito pubblico che privato. Il Prof. Amato  svolge, insieme all’attività didattica accademica, importanti studi di ricerca i cui risultati sono pubblicati e in via di pubblicazione, specificamente (ma non esclusivamente) nel campo della chirurgia della parete addominale.
Laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia Università di Palermo con tesi sperimentale su ”Trattamento chirurgico delle pericarditi uremiche” (pubblicata su AMSC  1977;4:3-10)
Specializzazione in Chirurgia Generale presso l’Ärztekammer di Münster in  Westfalia, (Germania) 1984
Parla e scrive correntemente in Inglese, Tedesco e Spagnolo ed ha buona  conoscenza del Francese


Università di Siviglia (Spagna), 1975; Università di Cracovia (Polonia), 1976; Università “La Sapienza” Roma, 1977


Ospedale di Warburg (Germania) 1978-1980; Ospedale Accademico dell’Università di Francoforte/Hanau (Germania); 1980– 1982; Ospedale di Halle/Westfalia (Germania) 1982 – 1985; Università di Gottinga (Germania) 1985 – 1987


Dal 1987 svolge attività clinica e di ricerca scientifica a Palermo, operando da libero professionista in casa di cura.
Università di Palermo dal 2004  al 2011 professore a contratto presso scuola di specializzazione in chirurgia generale. Attualmente professore a contratto di Chirurgia della parete addominale e delle ernie presso la scuola di specializzazione in Chirurgia Generale dell’Università di Cagliari.




  • Sphincter-like motion following mechanical dilation of the internal ring during indirect inguinal hernia procedure. Hernia 2009;13:67-72
  • Histological findings of the internal inguinal ring in patients having indirect inguinal hernia. Hernia 2009;13;259-62
  • The use of a new kind of low profile retractor for arteriovenous fistula procedure simplifies and speeds up the intervention. J Vasc access 2009; 10(1):33-6
  • A new kind of disposable autostatic surgical retractor in inguinal hernia repair. The International Journal of Artificial Organs 2009; 32 (7): 446-7
  • Reply to the letter to editor by Prof. Desarda: inguinal hernia repair: the hypothesis postulated in the article is not true. Hernia 2009;13:455–457
  • Dynamic implant for inguinal hernia repair in porcine experimental model. A feasibility study. Hernia 2009;13:S1-332
  • Prosthetic stap system for simplified ventral hernia repair: results of a porcine experimental model. Hernia 2010;14:389-95
  • Suture intradermiche totali. G Chir. 2010;1/2:48-54
  • Reply to the letter:”Histology of the internal inguinal ring: it is really a novelty?”. Hernia 2010;14:665-7
  • A new shape of mesh to simplify and standardize the implantation procedure in ventral hernia repair. Hernia 2010;14:S-43
  • Dynamic autostatic implant for inguinal hernia repair. Early results in an explorative cohort of patients. Hernia 2010;14:S55-S100
  • Terminal ligature of inferior thyroid artery branches during total thyroidectomy for multinodular goiter is associated with higher postoperative calcium and PTH levels. Journal of Visceral Surgery 2010;147;329—332
  • Open mini-invasive cholecystectomy in high risk elderly. G Chir 2010;11/12:518-22
  • Nerve degeneration in inguinal hernia specimens. Hernia 2011;15:53-58
  • Pathological anatomy of hernia disease. Hernia 2011;15:S46-4765-7
  • Fixation free open ventral hernia repair using anew mesh with integrated placement straps. Hernia 2011;15:S21
  • New mesh shape and improved implantation procedure to simplify and standardize open ventral hernia repair. A preliminary report. Hernia 2011;5:659–665
  • Damage to the vascular structures in inguinal hernia specimens. Hernia 2012;16:63–67
  • A new prosthetic implant for inguinal hernia repair: its features in a porcine experimental model. Artificial Organs 2011;35(8):E181–E190
  • Fixation free prosthetic repair of large umbilical hernia granting a broad defect overlap. Hernia 2012;16: Sl43-S240
  • Muscle degeneration in inguinal hernia specimens. Hernia 2012;16:327–331
  • Physiopathology of hernia disease. Hernia 2012;17 (Suppl 1): S159-160
  • Fixation-free inguinal hernia repair, using a dynamic self-retaining implant inducing enhanced biologic response. Results of a midterm follow up Hernia 2012 (Suppl 1):S85-S87
  • Fixation free incisional hernia repair with a newly designed mesh with integrated bands. Hernia 2012;16 (Suppl 1): 569-572
  • Fixation-free inguinal hernia repair using a dynamic self-retaining implant. Surg Technol Int. 2012 Sep 30;XXII:22/17
  • Histological findings in direct inguinal hernia. Hernia 2013;17(6):757-63
  • Enhanced biologic response using a fixation-free, dynamic implant for inguinal hernia repair. Results of a midterm
    follow up. Hernia 2013;17 (Suppl 2): S31-S70
  • Defect obliteration vs. coverage: new concepts in the surgical treatment of inguinal hernia. Hernia 2013;17 (Suppl 2): S31-S70
  • Fixation free prosthetic repair of large umbilical hernia Hernia (2013) 17 (Suppl 2): S1-S26
  • Modified fixation free plug technique using a new 3D multilamellar implant for inguinal hernia repair. Hernia 2014; 18(2):243-50
  • Dynamic Inguinal Hernia Repair with a 3D Fixation-free and Motion-compliant Implant: A Clinical Study. Surg. Techol. Intl. 2014 Feb 14;XXIV
  • Fixation free prosthetic repair of large umbilical hernia Hernia (2013) 17 (Suppl 2): S1-S26
  • Modified fixation free plug technique using a new 3D multilamellar implant for inguinal hernia repair. Hernia 2014; 18(2):243-50
  • Multiple ipsilateral inguinal hernias. If undetected source of complications and re-interventions. Hemia 2014; 18 (Suppl 2):26
  • Addressing hernia genesis. It’s impact in the surgical management of inguinal protrusions. Hemia 2014; 18 (Suppl 2):87
  • Biologic Response of Inguinal Hernia Prosthetics: A Comparative Study of Conventional Static Meshes Versus 3D Dynamic Implants Artificial Organs. 2015 Jan;39(1):E10-23
  • Vacuum inversion and securing of distal colonic pseudodiverticula with novel spiked O-rings. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015 Mar;81(3):749-55
  • Comparing the biological response of conventional static meshes and dynamic responsive implants Hemia (2015) (SuppI2):S3-SI94
  • Combined inguinal hernia, a progressive protrusion disease. Hernia (2015) (Suppl 2):SI95-S340
  • Combined inguinal hernia in the elderly. Portraying the progression of hernia disease. Int J Surg. 2016 Sep;33 Suppl 1:S20-9.
  • External hernia of the supravesicalis fossa: a misidentified protrusion. More frequent than imagined, riskier than perceived. Hernia (2016) 20 (Suppl2):S198   
  • The septum inguinalis: a neglected feature of the inguinal backwall showing significant implications in hernia genesis. Hernia (2016) 20 (Suppl 2):S175                                                                                                        
  • External hernia of the supravesical fossa. A misidentified protrusion with high risk of incarceration. Hernia (2017) 21 (Suppl 2):S173             
  • Physiopathology of inguinal region & hernia genesis. Highlighting the visceral impact theory. Hernia (2017) 21 (Suppl 2):S208                     
  • External hernia of the supravesicalis fossa: a misidentified protrusion. More frequent than imagined, riskier than perceived. Int J Surg. 2017 May;41:119-126
  • Fixation free incisional hernia repair in the elderly: our experience with a tentacle-shaped implant. Aging clinical experimental research. Aging Clin. Exp. Res.2017 Feb;29(Suppl 1):173-177
  • Long-term results of fixation free incisional hernia repair using a tentacle shaped implant. Surg. Technol. Int. 2017 Jul 25;30:175-181.
  • Fixation free dynamic femoral hernia repair using a 3D multilamellar implant Hernia (2018) 22 (Suppl 1):S115 
  • 10 years inguinal hernia repair with a 3D dynamic responsive implant: indications, procedural steps and long term results Hernia (2018) 22 (Suppl 1):S114
  • Long-term results of fixation-free incisional hernia repair with a tentacle-shaped implant. Hernia (2018) 22 (Suppl 1):S115 
  • Fixation free femoral hernia repair with a 3D dynamic responsive implant. A case series report. Int J Surg. Published online April 2018
  • Lipoma of the fossa femoralis mimicking a femoral hernia. Report of 2 cases Int J Surg Case Rep. 2018; 49: 223–227
  • Neomyogenesis in 3D dynamic responsive prosthesis for inguinal hernia repair. Artif Organs. 2018 Dec;42(12):1216-1223
  • Tentacle‑shaped mesh for fixation‑free repair of umbilical hernias. Hernia. 2019 Aug;23(4):801-807
  • Fixation-free incisional hernia repair with tentacle-shaped implant: The results of a long-term follow up. Hernia (2019) 23 (Suppl 2):S240                                                                                                                               
  • The ProFlor Technique: An innovative concept change in inguinal hernia repair. Hernia (2019) 23 (Suppl 2):S216
  • Fixation free laparoscopic inguinal hernia defect obliteration with ProFlor. Simple, quick and effective. Hernia (2019) 23 (Suppl 2):S126
  • Fixation free inguinal hernia repair with the 3D dynamic responsive prosthesis ProFlor: Features, procedural steps and long-term results. International Journal of Surgery Open 2019; 21:34-4 
  • Inguinal Hernia: The Destiny of the Inferior Epigastric Vessels and the Pathogenesis of the Disease. Surg Technol Int. 2020 Mar 18;36. 
  • Neo-nervegenesis in 3D dynamic responsive implant for inguinal hernia repair. Qualitative study. International Journal of Surgery Volume 76, April 2020, Pages 114-119

PARTECIPAZIONE A CONGRESSI (relatore, moderatore, guest speaker)

European Hernia Society 2008 – Siviglia (Spagna)
European Hernia Society 2009 Berlino (Germania)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2009 – Bali (Indonesia)
Società Italiana Ricerche in Chirurgia 2009 – Palermo (Italia)
European Hernia Society 2010 – Istanbul (Turchia)
Società Italiana di Chirurgia 2010 – Roma (Italia)
Australasia Hernia Society 2011 – Gold Coast (Australia)
12th International Workshop on Inguinal Hernia Repair 2011 -Singapore
European Hernia Society 2011 – Gent (Belgio)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2011 – Bangkok (Tailandia)
5th International Hernia Congress Joint Meeting AHS/EHS 2012 – New York (USA)
1° Congresso Nazionale Chirurgia Unita 2012 – Roma (Italia)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2012 – Cebu (Filippine)
European Hernia Society 2013 – Danzica (Polonia)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2013 – Hong Kong (Cina)
Congresso Nazionale SIPAD 2013 – Palermo (Italia)
European Hernia Society 2014 – Edimburgo (Scozia – UK)
Deutsche Hernien Gesellschaft Kongress 2014 – Wiesbaden (Germania)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2014 – Jaipur (India)
1st World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery – 2015 Milano (Italia)
Congresso Nazionale SICU 2015 – Palermo (Italia)
Congresso Nazionale SIFIPAC 2015 – Palermo (Italia)
European Hernia Society  2016 – Rotterdam (Olanda)                                                                                                               Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2016 – Tokyo (Giappone)
European Hernia Society 2017 – Vienna (Austria)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2017 – Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
International Hernia Congress AHS & EHS 2018 – Miami (USA)
Congresso Congiunto Società Scientifiche Italiane 2018 – Roma (Italia)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2018 – Dubai (EAU)
American Hernia Society 2019 Las Vegas (USA)
ACS Italian Chapter 2019 Pisa (Italy)
European Hernia Society 2019 – Amburgo (Germania)
Asia Pacific Hernia Society 2019 – Bali (Indonesia)


  • Direttore della sperimentazione su modello animale di protesi dinamica per ernia inguinale
  • Direttore della sperimentazione su modello animale di protesi tentacolare per laparoceli
  • Direttore della sperimentazione su modello animale di materiale protesico per trattamento laparoscopico dei laparoceli
  • Direttore della sperimentazione su modello animale di dispositivi per trattamento endoscopico dei diverticoli del colon
  • Direttore della sperimentazione su modello animale di nuovi materiali protesici per la riparazione di ernie della parete addominale.
  • Direttore della sperimentazione su modello animale di protesi dinamica per la riparazione laparoscopica dell’ernia inguinale


Istituito di Anatomia Patologica Università di Trieste (Italia)
Ketteler Krankenhaus di Francoforte/Offenbach (Germania)
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale Siciliano A. Mirri – Palermo (Italia)
Clinica Medica Università di Vienna (Austria)


Insightra Medical Inc. Irvine-Los Angeles, California – USA
Minos Inc. Irvine-Los Angeles, California – USA
Assut Europe SpA. Roma – Italia
Dipromed S.r.l. Torino – Italia


A tutt’oggi il prof. Amato ha depositato 15 brevetti di invenzione su dispositivi innovativi inerenti specifiche tecniche chirurgiche