Cesare Fieschi

Cesare Fieschi, MD

Member Since 1980
Rome, Italy
Date of Death: June 2016

Prof. Cesare Fieschi passed away last June in Rome (Italy) at the age of 84.

He was born in Pavia, from a family of old Genovese ancestry. He did his medical internship and neurology residency at the University of Genoa. In 1969 he moved to Rome to follow his mentor, Prof. Cornelio Fazio. Very shortly thereafter he did his research fellowship in the “Laboratory of Cerebral Metabolism” of the NIH-NINDS in Bethesda (USA), where studied the regional energy metabolism of the brain using the autoradiography approach, under the direction of Prof. Lou Sokoloff and Prof. Seymour Kety. These experimental studies contributed to the later demonstration of a therapeutic window for the treatment of cerebral ischemia in humans. This was probably his major scientific achievement that opened the field to thrombolytic therapy in acute stroke. After his return to Italy he served as Professor of Neurology, first in Siena (1970-1977), and then in Rome, where he created the first Italian Stroke Unit at the University La Sapienza.

Prof. Fieschi was one of the founders of the Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and was its President from 1981 to 1982. He was also one of the founders of the European Federation of Neurological Societies.  In his professional career he served as the President of the Italian Society of Neurology. He received the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic in 2003, for meritorious Public Health service in cerebrovascular diseases and in multiple sclerosis.  In 2009 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism for his tremendous contribution to the field and for his untiring work on behalf of the Society. He retired from the University in 2002, but continued to be active within his group at the Sant’Andrea Hospital in Rome, up until a few months before his death. His wife, Carla, Associated Professor of Neurology, survives him.

Published in EAN.org on Aug. 1, 2016
Accessed 20 October 2016