Professor Alberto Giannetti (1939-2021)

Professor Alberto Giannetti, who died aged 82, on 2 July 2021, was one of Europe’s most outstanding dermatologists.  He was an excellent and pragmatic clinician who contributed considerably to the development of European dermatology via a community of scientists, clinicians and friends. He devoted a great deal of effort to promote educational activities for dermatology residents, thus fostering a wonderful community. He was the founder of the Euroderm Excellence Training Course, which takes place every year (this year in its 18th year) and is offered to the best residents in Dermato-Venereology throughout Europe.  Alberto was born in La Spezia and received his degree in Medicine at the University of Pavia, where he also completed the residency programme in Dermatology and Venereology. He was assistant professor of Dermatology and Venereology at the University of Pavia, research fellow in Immunology at the University of Amsterdam with Professor Rudy Cormane (1970-71) and then Associate Professor at the University of Pavia and Head of the Department of Dermatology, Sant’Anna Hospital in Como. From 1986 to 2010, Alberto was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of the University of Modena. Between 1994 and 2000, he acted as Scientific Director at the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI– IRCSS) and the Istituto Dermatologico San Gallicano (IFO-IRCCS)  in Rome. Alberto has also been a visiting professor in several international Departments of Dermatology; he has been president of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR, 1984-1985), the Italian Society of Dermatology (SIDeMaST, 2003-2007), the European Dermatology Forum (EDF, 2004-2005), and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV, 2006-2008). He received national and international honors and awards, too many to be mentioned here. He was the Editor of the Trattato Italiano di Dermatologia (first edition 2002), the most relevant and voluminous textbook of Dermatology and Venereology in the Italian language.  Some of his most accomplished achievements has been to reinforce the cultural and scientific role of our discipline within medicine, with attention to the most modern topics including gene therapy and the use of technology and non-invasive methodologies in Dermatology. Strengthening the international liaisons at clinical and scientific level was also one of his goals. Moreover, he was very dedicated to the training of young dermatologists with the aim of generating highly professional specialists. Many of his pupils accomplished important scientific and professional achievements. Finally, he was an expert and caring clinician, greatly appreciated by patients. As a powerful stimulus for our activities and thinking, Alberto was a very good friend as well as an excellent mentor, and we will miss him a lot. The EADV acknowledge’s with gratitude his legacy and contribution to Dermatology, whilst our deepest sympathies go to his family, particularly his wife and sons. He will be dearly missed by all. 

 

 

Giampiero Girolomoni

University of Verona (Italy)

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