Giovanni Zucchelli graduated with a degree in dentistry from the University of Bologna in 1988. He was awarded PhD in medical biotechnology in 1999 from the same university. He has been a professor of Periodontology and Implantology at the University of Bologna since 2000. Dr Zucchelli received many awards for clinical research in periodontology in Europe and the United States. In 2006 and 2008, he was the winner of the AAP Foundation-E Bud Tarrson Research Award in Oral Plastic Surgery. He is an active member of EAED, SIdP, and IAO a member of the EFP. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry, a member of the editorial board and a peer reviewer for numerous periodontal and implant journals. Dr Zucchelli has also developed several soft tissue plastic surgery techniques and is the author of more than 100 publications. He has spoken on periodontology at major international conferences and has taught theoretical and practical courses (with live surgery) in many countries. Dr Zucchelli is the author of the book Mucogingival Esthetic Surgery (Quintessence, 2013), which is published in 12 different languages, the coauthor of two illustrated textbooks on periodontal plastic surgery, and the author of a chapter in Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (Lindhe J, Lang NP, Karring T [eds], Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).