A/Prof Rocco Pitto

Born in Genoa, Italy, Dr Pitto has held the position of Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, since 2001. He has an extensive clinical and basic research portfolio and a high-profile Orthopaedic Surgeon career with special interest in Hip and Knee Arthoplasty.


He began his medical education at the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, where he graduated in 1987. In 1992, Dr. Pitto completed the residency programme in orthopaedic and trauma surgery, which was attended jointly at the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico, Florence University, Italy, and at Klinik Wichernhaus, Nuremberg, Germany. After the board examination, he held a fellowship in hip surgery at Berne University, Switzerland.


In 1993, Dr. Pitto returned to Germany where he was appointed consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg School of Medicine. He obtained his PhD degree and was appointed Assistant Professor in 1988. The clinical mentors of Dr. Pitto have included the internationally recognised Prof. Heinz Wagner, Rainhold Ganz, and Dietrich Hohmann.


Dr. Pitto has received several honours in his career. He has received the SICOT Trainees Award in 1991, the prestigious John Charnley Award of the Hip Society in 1998, the Best Poster Award of the Hip Society in 1999, and the Best Paper Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons in 2006. 2017, his research team was the recipient of the prestigious John Insall Award of the Knee Society.


Dr. Pitto has published, as sole or co-author, more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and more than 20 book chapters. He served as a reviewer on the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Injuries Group, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Br) and International Orthopaedics. Since 2013, Dr. Pitto is Deputy Editor, Adult Hip Reconstruction, for the top-ranking journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.


Dr. Pitto is particularly active in the clinical research area of hip surgery and in the promotion of education and research in Orthopaedics. He is Honorary Professor of the Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland. His International Hip Society membership provides strong evidence of International peer-esteem of Dr. Pitto’s surgeon career. Recently, he was elected vice-president of the prestigious Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.