Lives of the fellows

Ugo Efisio Francesco Carcassi

b.12 August 1921 d.16 May 2016
MD Sassari(1946) Dip Bac Manch(1951) PhD Rome(1953) FRCP(1997)

Ugo Carcassi was dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, and then professor of rheumatology at the University of Rome. He was born in Cagliari. His father, Mario Efisio Carcassi, was director of the Italian Bank of Commerce, Sassari, Sardinia; his mother, Adele Maria Carcassi née Nateri, was a teacher. Carcassi attended high school in Sassari and studied medicine at Sassari University. He gained his MD in 1946.

After a junior post in the department of internal medicine at Cagliari University, in 1955 he was appointed as professor of infectious diseases at the University of Siena. In 1963 he returned to Cagliari University as professor of internal medicine. He was dean of the medical faculty there from 1970 to 1981. From 1983 to 1994 he was professor of rheumatology at Rome University.

His most significant contribution was on the study of congenital haemolytic anaemias, particularly in Sardinia. He was the author of numerous monographs and over 500 scientific papers published in national and international journals.

In 1996 he helped found the European Federation of Internal Medicine. He was the founder and first editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Internal Medicine, the organisation’s official scientific journal, and was made an honorary president.

In 1975 he became a distinguished knight of the president of the Italian Republic. He gained his fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1997.

Outside medicine he enjoyed sailing and riding. He was a member of the Rotary Club.

In 1949 he married Paola Maria Marcellion, a teacher. They had six children – Anna Maria, Marco, Carlo, Alessandra, Luca and Gianmatteo.

RCP editor

[European Journal of Internal Medicine Sept 2016 Vol.33 p.118-9]

(Volume XII, page web)

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