Obituary After a lengthy illness, Professor Mario Mariani passed Foundation, which led to statutory changes for national away on 24 October 2017, peacefully at his home. He and European specialty training. earned his medical degree in 1960 at the University of Professor Mariani devoted his life to the Italian Society of Pisa, where he subsequently completed his postgradu- Cardiology, for which he continued to serve as an active ate subspecialty training in Cardiology and Rheumatol- and distinguished member, though no longer being Pro- ogy. After a period at the Cardiology Clinic of the fessor in charge but proud of having actively contributed Broussais University Hospital in Paris, he came back to the many successes achieved over the years. to Pisa where he obtained his PhD in Special Medical Pathology. In 1980, he became Professor of Cardiology He was rigorous with himself but always open to every- at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Pisa and one: the great suffering from the injustices he experi- then Head of Cardiology. In 1988, he was ﬁrst enced has eroded his body but not his mind. While appointed Director of the Institute of Cardiology and ﬁghting against illness, he continued devoting his life later of the Cardio-Thoracic Department. From 1994 to to Cardiology. 2002, he served as pro-Rector for the Pisa University Professor Mariani witnessed the institutional crisis that and was then appointed as a leading expert by the involved the Italian Society of Cardiology, without ever Ministry of Health for participation in the Scientiﬁc losing trust in the Society. He was able to recognize in Research Commission. many university chair professors the dual roles of both great scientists and great men devoted not only to Professor Mariani authored more than 700 scientiﬁc research, education and healthcare but also to strengthen papers on national and international journals, chaired the bonds and the perfect harmony of the university many congresses and research programs either of the cardiology component. Ministry of Health or the Italian National Research Council. In 1992, he was elected President of the Italian In the last period of his life, his thoughts were turning to Society of Cardiology and during his mandate he was also young researchers, as those who could the most foster or responsible for the relationships with national and inter- favor a reform and renewal process within the Italian national cardiology associations. He was elected Presi- Society of Cardiology in a more cohesive way than in dent of the Italian Federation of Cardiology for the term the past. 1998–2001 and then of the Italian College of Cardiology Professor Mariani has contributed signiﬁcantly to the Physicians till 2004. growth of the Italian Society of Cardiology, and Among the many research activities he carried out, it remembering his many commitments undertaken in deserves special mentioning those focused on ‘‘Cardiol- favor of this Society should be a stimulus for future ogy in the next decade: perspectives and future areas of leader generations to continue his work and to guide research’’, committed by the National Institute of the Society towards achieving new and important goals Cardiovascular Research. in the years to come. With great foresight, Professor Mariani formulated a Prof. Livio Dei Cas document on the right to adequate cardiology educa- Editor-in-Chief tion on behalf of the European Cardiology Section J Cardiovasc Med 1558-2027 2018 Italian Federation of Cardiology. All rights reserved. DOI:10.2459/JCM.0000000000000616 © 2018 Italian Federation of Cardiology. All rights reserved.
Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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