Claudia Di Bella


Orthopedic Surgeon Bone and Soft Tissue Tumours, Hip and Knee Joint Replacement surgery

Dr. Claudia Di Bella of Heidelberg Surgical Services is our new medical review advisor. She an academic orthopedic surgeon in Melbourne, with main focus in joint arthroplasty and bone and soft tissue tumors.

Dr. Di Bella studied Medicine and Surgery at Bologna University, the first established University in Europe, graduating in 2002 with honors. She has completed her orthopedic training in 2007 at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, one of the world’s most renowned orthopedic hospitals. Her passion for the treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors started there, where she had the privilege to work alongside the world’s best tumor surgeons, with Prof. Davide Donati as her mentor.

Dr. Di Bella has moved to Australia in 2009, where she has completed her fellowship in musculoskeletal tumors at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA).

Dr. Di Bella is expert in lower limb joint replacement surgery, which she performs using the most advanced technologies, including 3D printing and robotic. Dr. Di Bella is also one of the very few orthopedic surgeons in Australia with certified expertise in the treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors (member of Australian Sarcoma Group).

Dr. Di Bella’s focus on academic surgery and research have driven her to obtain a PhD in oncology and experimental pathology in 2012, with top marks.

Dr. Di Bella is a faculty member of the Academic Surgery section at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and a member of the Women in Surgery section of the RACS.

Dr. Di Bella is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, with an impressive number of publications in peer reviewed journals and oral presentations at national and international conferences. Her main focus in basic science research is the use of 3D Bioprinting technologies and stem cells for the treatment of joint injuries and diseases, for which she has obtained numerous national research grants.

Dr. Di Bella is the group leader of the Cartilage Regeneration Program of Research within the department of surgery at the University of Melbourne.

Professional memberships

Dr. Di Bella is member of:

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Australian Sarcoma Group (ASG)
  • Victorian Sarcoma Group (VSG)
  • Asia-Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (AP-MSTS)
  • International Society of Cartilage Regeneration (ICRS)
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)
  • International Society of Limb Salvage (ISOLS)
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS)
  • Section of Academic Surgery (RACS)
Research Output

Dr. Di Bella is Editor Reviewer for Frontiers in Surgery and is a reviewer of multiple international journals, including Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Dr. Di Bella to date has more than 40 publications in national and international peer reviewed journals, and has received numerous research awards, such as the prestigious Senior Research Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Early Career research award from the ANZ Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Orthoregeneration Network award from the International Cartilage Regeneration Society.

List of publications, updated May 2017.

Media appearances

Dr. Di Bella features in MIRACLE HOSPITAL (Series 2), a TV series for National Geographic focused on the most innovative technologies in medicine and surgery. She has also been interviewed by The Project (Channel 10), Channel 7 News, ABC news for her work in 3D printing and tissue engineering.