Born in Cinisi (Palermo) on May 4, 1948.
Graduated with honors in Medicine (1972). Post-graduated with honors in CV Diseases (1976), Internal Medicine (1982), Medical Angiology (1985). Fellow (1973-1980), Researcher (1980 to 1987), Associate Professor of Clinical Pathophysiology (University of Catania in 1988-1993 and University of Palermo in 1993-2001), full Professor of CV Diseases (2001-today), University of Palermo. Vice – Coordinator of the PhD in Medical Pathophysiology (2006-2008). Coordinator of the PhD in CV Sciences (2010-2013). Director of the Cardio-Angiology Section of the Department of Internal Medicine, CV and Nephro-Urological Diseases (2004-2011), of the Department of Internal Medicine and Specialities (DIMIS – 2010-2012). Director of the Section of Cardio-Respiratory and Endocrino-Metabolic Diseases of the Biomedical Department of Internal Medicine and Specialties (DIBIMIS – since 2013). Director of the II Level Master on Vascular Diseases (since 2007) and on Echocardiography (from 2007). Director of the post-graduate School of Cardiology (2003-2010) and of Cardiovascular Diseases (2010-2012). Director the Division of Cardiology of the University Hospital “P. Giaccone” of Palermo (since 2004). Director of the Center for Early Diagnosis of Preclinical and Multifocal Atherosclerosis and Secondary Prevention (since 2006). Director of the Reference Regional Centre for Diagnosis and Care of Heart Failure (since 2013). Teaching at the post-graduate Schools of Thoracic Surgery (1984-1986), Internal Medicine I (1988), Internal Medicine II (1985), Cardiology (1978), Geriatrics (1988) and Nephrology (1993) and since 2010 at the Schools of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Cardiac Surgery, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Oncology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Psychiatry, Radiotherapy, Respiratory Diseases, Urology. Member of the Executive Board and General Secretary of the Italian Society of Cardiology (1986-2002), President (2006-2010) and Past-President (2010-2014) of the Italian Heart and Circulation Foundation, President (2011-2012) and Past-President (2013-2014) of the Italian Society of Cardiology. General Secretary (1998-2001) and Councillor- Treasurer (2011-2013) and again Councillor-Secretary (since 2013) of the Italian Federation of Cardiology. National Coordinator for the CV Prevention designated by the Italian Federation of Cardiology (2012-2016) for the relations with the ESC and the EACPR (2012-2016). National Coordinator for diffusion in Italy of the ESC Guidelines (2014-2016). Councillor of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology (SIAPAV) (2000-2005). Councillor of the Scientific Committee of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Research (INRC), as Director of the Operative Unit of Palermo (since 2004) and Member of the Executive Board as delegate of the University of Palermo (2011-2014). Member of the Italian Group for the Study of Arteriosclerosis and Dismetabolic Disease and Director of the Center for Early Diagnosis of Preclinical and Multifocal Atherosclerosis and Secondary Prevention (since 2006). Chairman of the Working Group on Peripheral Circulation of the European Society of Cardiology (1990-1992 and 1998-2000). Member of the Executive Board of the CEVF as “National Delegate for Italy” (since 2002). President (2004-2008), past-President (2006-2008) and Responsible of the Multinational Chapter of the International Union of Angiology (2010-2014). Vice-President for Multinational Chapter (2014-2016). Member of the Executive Board of the MLAVS as “National Delegate for Italy” (2000-2005) and Honorary Member (since 2006). Member of the Faculty of TASC I (2000) and the TASC II (2007).
President of the Rotary Club Palermo of the District 2110 (2011-2012) and President of the District Commission for the First Aid (2012-2013) and four times Paul Harris Fellow. Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC), since 2004 and of the American College of Cardiology since 2012. Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), since 2012. Honorary member of the Academy of Medicine “Purkinje” of the University of Praha (2005), of the Italian Society of Cardiology (2012) and of the Italian Association of Cardio-Oncology (since 2012).
It is particularly engaged in developing research in the field cardiovascular disease, epidemiology and risk factors of atherosclerosis, acute and chronic ischemic heart disease, hypertension, cardiometabolic disease, peripheral vascular diseases and multifocal atherosclerosis and Takotsubo cardiomiopathy. Author of about 800 papers published in full on national and international journals with referees of which 380 appear on PubMed. Author of about 850 abstracts of communications presented at national and international conferences. He was invited to deliver Lectures in major national and international conferences.
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