Dr Massimo Giola graduated in Medicine in Italy, at the University of Pavia Medical School, in 1991. He specialised in Infectious Diseases (ID) in the same Country in 1996; during his ID training, he was lucky enough to spend some time in Paris (France) where he attended the Francophone Master Course in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS (Institut Alfred Fournier, 1995) and obtained the Diploma of Parasitic and Tropical Diseases (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 1996).
During his early years as ID Specialist at Varese Regional Hospital (Italy) he was particularly involved with the care of people living with HIV and AIDS. He also used to run the Parasitology Laboratory of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Clinic at the same hospital, providing specialised diagnosis and treatments to international migrants and travellers. From 2006 to 2008 he was instrumental in launching and leading the STI Clinic in Varese.
From 2005 to 2008, Dr Giola dedicated some time to the study of the pharmacokinetics of antiretrovirals, working towards a Research Doctorate (PhD) in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology at the University of Insubria (Italy).
In 2009, he moved to New Zealand with his partner to start a new life “down under”. Dr Giola obtained the recognition in Australia and New Zealand of his specialist qualification in ID while working in Tauranga from 2010 to 2013, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2012, then moved to Auckland from 2013 to 2015 to complete a second Australasian specialty training in Sexual Health Medicine (SHM). He is now also a Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine.
Apart from English and his native Italian, Dr Giola is fluent in French, can read and understand spoken Spanish, and reads Portuguese. Therefore, if you have any medical documentation in one of these languages, you can bring it with you to the consultation without having to provide translations.