Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit is located on the first and second floors of Building A, and on the second floor of Building B. It includes three medication rooms (one on each floor) and three commons rooms with television. Patients can be monitored throughout the structure and surrounding park with telemetry monitoring systems. Doctor’s consulting rooms are located on the first floor of building A, in the vicinity of the outpatient clinic and ergonomic and erospirometry laboratories, Dynamic ECG Holter and echocardiography for both inpatients and outpatients (the Clinic is linked to the National Healthcare System (NHS) for this activity).

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team is composed of five full-time cardiologists.

The Clinic’s rehabilitation programme aims at improving the psychosocial reintegration of patients affected by coronary heart disease.

To this end, the Clinic’s team has developed a rehabilitation programme, based on the latest scientific knowledge, which deals with both the diagnostic framing phase and the multidimensional approach to recovery, combining an “original” educational programme to customary cardiac evaluation and physical rehabilitation techniques, as well as stress management techniques. The treatment is carried out by a team of cardiologists, psychologists, physiotherapists, dietitians and specialized cardiac rehabilitation staff. It is divided into two phases: diagnostic framing and rehabilitation treatment. The first phase aims at developing an individual rehabilitative therapeutic programme that takes into account the patient’s biological, psychological and social characteristics, while the second phase involves three areas of intervention: physical rehabilitation training, stress management, and an educational programme.

Department of Eating and Weight Disorders

The Department of Eating and Weight Disorders has 49 beds (38 for regular inpatients and 11 for day patients), of which 38 are NHS accredited. It is divided into two wards: one for eating disorder treatment, and one for morbid obesity treatment.

Eating Disorder Treatment

(anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not otherwise specified - EDNOS)

Treatment is based on enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-E), considered by international guidelines as the most effective form of cure for all eating disorders. It includes the following procedures: (i) multidimensional diagnostic evaluation (medical, psychological , psychiatric, nutritional and physiatric); (ii) assisted eating; (iii) monitoring the patient’s weight and main expressions of eating disorders; (iv) weekly (round table) meeting with the patient and all members of the team; (v) individual psychotherapy; (vi) group therapy; (vii) family therapy (for adolescents); (viii) educational intervention: (ix) fitness sessions; (x) hospital school (for teenagers).

Individualized and flexible treatment, with a modular approach to therapy, to address each patient’s specific psychological issues, is conducted by a non-eclectic multidisciplinary team consisting of doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, dietitians, physiotherapists and professional nurses.

The department is recognized at national and international level as a leading provider of eating disorder treatment. It collaborates in research on cognitive behavioural therapy applied to anorexia nervosa and eating disorders in adolescents, with Prof. Christopher Fairburn, at the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO).

The treatment is described in the following international publications:

  • Dalle Grave R. (2013). Multistep Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory, Practice, and Clinical Cases. New York: Jason Aronson
  • Dalle Grave R. (2012). Intensive cognitive behaviour therapy for eating disorders. New York: Nova Press.
  • Dalle Grave, R., Bohn, K., Hawker, D., Fairburn. C.G. (2008). Inpatient, Day Patient And Two Forms of Outpatient CBT-E. In C.G. Fairburn (Ed), Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders (pp. 231-244). New York: Guilford Press.

The treatment manual for patients is available in Italian:

  • Dalle Grave R. (2016). Vincere i disturbi dell’alimentazione con il trattamento. Positive Press: Verona

The effectiveness of the treatment was evaluated in a randomized and controlled trial conducted in collaboration with Prof. Christopher Fairburn of Oxford University:

The treatment’s outcome is particularly promising for adolescents with anorexia nervosa, as evidenced by a study performed on patients under 18 years of age:

The outcome of the treatment in 2015, and a comparison with 2014 results, can be downloaded here:

An information booklet, on inpatient treatment for eating disturbances, applied at Villa Garda, can be downloaded here:

Obesity rehabilitation

The treatment is recommended for people with morbid obesity or with severe medical and/or psychological complications. The programme adopts the latest cognitive behavioural strategies for obesity therapy and provides the following general therapeutic procedures: (i) multidimensional diagnostic framing (medical, nutritional, psychological and physiotherapeutic); (ii) nutritional rehabilitation; (iii) physical rehabilitation; (iv) individual and group cognitive behavioural therapy; (v) stress management group therapy.

The treatment is conducted by a multidisciplinary non-eclectic team consisting of doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, dietitians, professional nurses and physiotherapists.

In June 2012, the Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit of Villa Garda Clinic was accredited as an EASO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Management (COM) by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) - www.easo.org

In March 2015, the Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit of Villa Garda Clinic was selected as part of the network of the Italian Society for Obesity (SIO) Accredited Care Centres

The treatment manual for patients is available in Italian:

  • Dalle Grave R. (2015). Perdere e mantenere il peso con il programma di Villa Garda. Positive Press: Verona

The effectiveness of treating morbid obesity has been assessed in a randomized and controlled tria: Dalle Grave R, Calugi S, Gavasso I, El Ghoch M,  Marchesini G. A Randomized Trial of Energy-Restricted High-Protein versus High-Carbohydrate, Low-Fat Diet in Morbid Obesity. Obesity 2013;21:1774-1781.

The effectiveness of treating morbid obesity associated with binge eating, and morbid obesity not associated with binge eating, was evaluated in the following five-year follow-up case-control study: Calugi S, Ruocco A, El Ghoch M, Andrea C, Geccherle E, Sartori F, Dalle Grave R (2016). Residential cognitive-behavioral weight-loss intervention for obesity with and without binge-eating disorder: A prospective case–control study with five-year follow-up. International Journal of Eating Disorders:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eat.22549/abstract

The 2015 treatment results can be downloaded here:

A booklet on the residential obesity treatment applied at Villa Garda can be downloaded here:

The following options are available for making an appointment with an Eating Disorder and Obesity Specialist, and for information on how to be admitted to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit of Villa Garda Clinic:


Outpatient visits

Outpatient activities for NHS patients

Access to national health care services requires a doctor’s prescription. The payment of “tickets” (cost to be paid by the patient as a participatory contribution to the national health service) and outpatient services, can be paid in cash (up to the maximum amount allowed by law), by check, bank card, or credit card, at the cash office from 8.10 a.m. onwards (and from 7.30 a.m. for physiotherapy services provided in the early hours of the morning).

Specialist medical care services, covered by the National Health Service, are listed below. These services are also available to private patients.


Head: Anna Davoli, PhD

Technical staff: Deborah Pichierri, Marisa Ruggeri, Monica Galvani

Open to the public: Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. without prior appointment.


Head: Paola Bazzani, MD

Technical staff: Enrico Pinaroli, Marisa Molon

Appointments: Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Tel: 045/6208618


Head: Gianni Destro, MD

Head: Giampaolo Perini, MD

Doctors: Alberto Di Blasi, MD, Carlo Goj, MD, Stefania Sorrentino, MD, Davide Betta, MD, Antonio Frilli, MD

Appointments: Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Tel: 045/6208618


Antonio Rocco Sergi, MD

Physical therapists: Alberto Dellera, Alessia Brunelli, Fabio Soave, Luca Fedrigo, Marco Mazzola, Rachele Savoia, Lisa Campedelli.

Appointments for physiotherapy: Wednesdays to Fridays from 12 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Tel: 045/6208667

(All treatment requires an initial physiotherapy visit. The prescribed therapy can then be booked in person immediately afterwards with a physiotherapist.)


Anna Peroni, MD, Anna Chiara Fostini, MD

Appointments: Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 045/6208611

Outpatient services for private patients


Head: Riccardo Dalle Grave, MD

Doctors: Arianna Banderali, MD, Enrico Patacca, MD, Luca Montesi, MD, Tiziana Todesco, MD

Making appointments and information about admissions:

Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 12 noon Tel: 045/6208619


Cristina Scutari, MD, Davide Cappellari, MD, Maddalena Conti, MD, Igino Marchi, MD, Sabrina Marchi, MD, Antonella Ruocco, MD


Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm Tel: 045/6208611


Chiara Guarnier, MD

Appointments: Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 045/6208611


Stefano Bernardelli, MD

Appointments: Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 045/6208611

Ambulatorio di Oculistica

Cesare Scala, MD

Appointments: Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel. 045-6208611