How did you get envolved in OSA field?
I have met Prof. Claudio Vicini when I was a medical student and since the 90s I followed him at the beginning of the Forlì Sleep Apnea Program.
How do you see ideal collaboration between doctors of surgical and non-surgical specialties?
By understanding that non-surgical treatment is the first-line treatment in more severe cases of OSA. And that at the same time one treatment does not fit all. Ideally, each patient should be consulted by both, ENT, and pulmonologist.
How is this work in conjunction with your specialty training?
ENTs and head and neck surgeons are dealing with OSA patients in their every day practice, and standard ENT training includes basics of OSA diagnostics and treatment. But to achieve adequate knowledge and skills in this field most of surgeons need extra training that include multidisciplinary approach, visits to leading centers and practical courses.