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Professor of Surgery & Executive Vice President for International Innovative Strategic Ventures - Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

Ignazio R. Marino is a transplant surgeon, university professor, former Italian Senator and Mayor of Rome. As a surgeon, he trained with Thomas Starzl, who performed the first liver transplant in humans. In 1992–1993, he was a member of the team that carried out the first baboon-to-human liver transplants in medical history. In 2001, he performed the first organ transplant in Italy on an HIV+ person. He has held chairs as Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and currently at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. Today, he is the Executive Vice President for Jefferson International Innovative Strategic Ventures and the Executive Director of Jefferson Italy Center. Between 2006 and 2013 he has held a seat in the Italian Senate where he chaired the Health Committee and the Investigative Committee on the National Health System. In June 2013, he was elected Mayor of Rome. He has published extensively.