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Sergio Canavero, M.D.
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Sergio Canavero, M.D.

The pioneer who plans the first human head transplant.

Everything is possible – as long as you believe in it. I am a neurosurgeon from Turin, Italy, and plan the first human head transplantation in the world. Imagine if we succeed. There will be hope for millions of people with spinal paralysis and those who are sitting in wheelchairs. I am the former director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. Prior to that, I worked as a neurosurgeon at the University Hospital Turin, Italy, for 22 years.


Prof. Canavero donates significant parts of his fees to charitable and humanitarian organizations and projects, including Médecins sans Frontières.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Prof. Canavero will only be available on OOOMNOW to discuss his projects in his capacity as medical pioneer and to talk about leadership, inspiration and how visions can become reality. He will not offer medical advice or counseling on the platform in any form. 

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Biography

I am a neurosurgeon from Turin, Italy, and founded HEAVEN, the Head Anastomosis Venture. We plan the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage in the world.

When I went to medical school, I was convinced that before I become a doctor, the first human head transplant would have been performed. But it didn’t happen. So I decided to do it and it became the goal of my life. I have been into it for the past 30 years.

Hope for millions. Imagine if we succeed. Think of the possibilities for patients with spinal paralysis after traumatic spinal cord transections and people who are sitting in wheelchairs. We could change the lives of those patients entirely. Prof. Michael Sarr, editor of the journal Surgery and a renowned surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, predicted a “98 percent chance” of success for the operation. If we succeed, this transplantation could change the lives of thousands or even millions of people around the globe.

Ethical questions. No doubt, what we are planning is controversial and will raise many ethical questions. I totally respect them. But as a scientist, I know that a human head transplantation could be successful, and therefore, it is my responsibility and duty to try my best to make it possible.

Is there life after death? The first human head transplantation is much more than just a surgery. It will allow us to answer many fundamental questions: Is there life after death? Or is our physical death the final end? If we prove that the brain does not generate consciousness, it would have immense implications for our lives – and on our religions.

The technology to perform the first human head transplantation will have been fully tested by the end of 2017 and it will be a matter of months before it is executed in China.

Visit my website: www.headtransplantation.org 

Prof. Sergio Canavero and his plan for the first human head transplantation has led to thousands of reports and articles in the print media, online, on television, and on the radio around the globe. Television networks such as CBS, ABC, CNN, Sky, ITV, BBC, RTL, CCTV, and RAI have reported on the first human head transplantation. In addition, publications such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Die Welt, OOOM, Newsweek, Zeit, SPIEGEL, BILD, Daily Mail, Forbes, The Guardian, FAZ, Huffington Post, NZZ, Mirror, Time, Paris Match, La Repubblica, El Mundo, The Independent covered Prof. Canavero’s plan.

My experience

I can tell you how it is possible to achieve your dreams and to make something happen that nobody would expect and that could even change the world.

When I first talked about my plan for the world’s first human head transplantation the people thought that I might be totally crazy. Then I developed the GEMINI protocol, a scientific paper that describes in detail the operation step by step. But most of my colleagues still said: “This will never be possible. Never.”

Now we have, together with teams of scientists, physicians and surgeons from around the globe, including China, the U.S. and South Korea, made massive progress in medical experiments, which would have seemed impossible even as recently as a few months ago. The milestones that have been reached will undoubtedly revolutionize medicine. Prof. Farid Amirouche, director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, developed the sharpest cutting device in the world for the procedure. Inventum Technologies in Chicago developed a Virtual Reality system to prepare patients for the operation. And Prof. James Tour and his student William Sikkema at Rice University created a nanoenhanced form of polyethylene glycol (Texas PEG) that can mend a fully transected spinal cord for the first time and recover near-complete motor function. This shows that a severed spinal cord can be reconstructed, paving the way for our surgery.

And there have been many more achievements within the last years what led to the decision that the first human head transplant will be conducted already in Winter 2017/18 in China, led by my friend Xiaoping Ren from the Harbin Medical University. He has previously been a member of the team performing the first successful hand transplantation in the US.

So if you work hard, if you ignore all those who just explain to you why something will never happen, if you move forward and overcome all obstacles, if you survive even the darkest hours when everyone is against you – then you finally will win. This is my message to you. Everything is possible – as long as you believe in it.

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you. Then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

Prof. Canavero donates significant parts of his fees to charitable and humanitarian organizations and projects, including Médecins sans Frontières.

Education

  • Graduated cum laude from the University of Turin
  • Passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (USMLE) in Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Visiting physician at the Neurosurgical Division of Karolinska Hospital Stockholm, Sweden
  • Consultant for the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), USA
  • Former director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group
  • Neurosurgeon at the University Hospital Turin, Italy, for 22 years
  • Former member of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons (AANOS) and of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • Intern at the Neurological and Neurosurgical Hospital Pierre Wertheimer in Lyon, France

Awards & Certificates

  • Professor honoris causa of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China
  • Has published or contributed to more than 140 scientific articles
  • Has written numerous scientific books, including Central Pain Syndrome. Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management (Cambridge University Press and Springer Nature; Canavero S, Bonicalzi V), Textbook of Therapeutic Cortical Stimulation (New York: Nova Biomedical), Textbook of Cortical Brain Stimulation (DeGruyter Open), and Immortal. Why Consciousness is Not in the Brain (Amazon), among others

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Prof. Canavero will only be available on OOOMNOW to discuss his projects in his capacity as medical pioneer and to talk about leadership, inspiration and how visions can become reality. He will not offer medical advice or counseling on the platform in any form.

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My price packages for appointment73:

15 minutes€ 750

30 minutes€ 1.500

45 minutes€ 2.250

60 minutes€ 3.000

75 minutes€ 3.750

90 minutes€ 4.500