Marco A. Pelosi graduated in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School where he also completed a fellowship in OB/GYN oncology. He has been in private practice since 1975, being initially certified in the field of OB/GYN in 1974 and recertified several times since then.
Dr. Pelosi's extensive writing on topics related to his specialty includes over 165 published articles and contributions to several textbooks. In addition to lecturing frequently at both the national and international levels, he also performs live surgical demonstrations and presents videos and scientific exhibits, a number of which have earned awards: he is a four-time Golden Laparoscope Award winner for World’s Best Surgical Video (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists). One of his primary interests throughout his early professional career has been the development of obstetrics and gynecologic surgical instrumentation, such as the Q-Tip diagnostic device for stress urinary incontinence (developed in the early 1970's); the Pelosi uterine manipulator and laparoscopic illuminator; various devices for urogynecologic and vaginal surgery; his pioneer work with the soft vacuum extractor in vaginal and abdominal delivery and with the use of uterine absorbable staple devices for cesarean section; and a new soft, self-retaining abdominal retractor for cesarean sections. Since expanding his professional career into the area of cosmetic surgery, he and Dr. Pelosi III developed a number of cosmetic surgery instruments that were designed to improve the effectiveness and patient outcome of the cosmetic procedures they perform.
Dr. Pelosi is recognized as the leading expert in laparoscopic surgery using the single umbilical puncture approach and his expertise as a vaginal surgeon is also widely recognized. He introduced a number of single-puncture laparoscopic procedures that include hysterectomy, supracervical hysterectomy, appendectomy, myomectomy, adnexal surgery, colposuspension, sling procedures, gasless single umbilical puncture hysterectomy, and ectopic pregnancy. Dr. Pelosi was also the first in the world to perform several laparoscopic procedures including: combined hysterectomy, appendectomy, and cholecystectomy; myomectomy during pregnancy; gasless adnexal surgery during pregnancy; combined cesarean section and laparoscopic cholecystectomy; laparovaginal repair of rectovaginal fistula; laparoscopic assisted vaginal metroplasty; and hand-assisted laparoscopy for complex gynecologic procedures. He is a pioneer in the development of combined laparoscopic and vaginal techniques for the routine removal of large uteri, urogynecologic procedures, and rectovaginal surgery. They are credited with the introduction of the transobturator sling technique for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in America.
Both he and his son, Dr. Marco A. Pelosi III, are credited with the laparoscopic removal of the largest intra-abdominal tumor ever recorded (103 lb. Ovarian mucinous cystadenoma), the largest uterus removed by vaginal hysterectomy (2003 grams) and the largest uterus removed by laparoscopic assisted hysterectomy (3050 grams). Together they have introduced four new simplified techniques: cesarean section, vaginal hysterectomy for the difficult hysterectomy, cesarean hysterectomy for placenta accreta-percreta, and a minilaparotomy system for the performance of hysterectomy, myomectomy, and other pelvic surgery. In 1996 they founded the One Kilo Club (www.onekiloclub.org), an exclusive international association of pelvic surgeons of proven caliber committed to furthering the technical horizons of minimally invasive surgery and who have demonstrated that commitment by the removal of a uterus weighing one kilogram or greater without resorting to laparotomy.
In 2004 Dr Pelosi II and his son founded the International Society of Cosmetogynecology for the purpose of educating and training gynecologists in cosmetic techniques. They have thus far trained over 650 physicians worldwide and of varying specialties in the area of cosmetic medical and surgical procedures, including liposuction under local anesthesia, abdominoplasty, advanced autologous fat transfer techniques, and cosmetic breast surgery. As a result of Dr. Pelosi II’s accomplishments and vision in the evolution of cosmetic surgery, he was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS).