King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes excellence in 5 categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science, since 1979

Professor Attillio Maseri

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Topic: Coronary Artery Disease


Nationality: Italy


Attillio Maseri was born in 1935 in Udine, Italy. He received his MD (honors) from the University of Pedua in 1960, then obtained postgraduate degrees in Cardiology and nuclear Medicine from the University of Pisa in 1963 and 1968, respectively. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeon of Britain. His academic career spans more than 40 years. After two years fellowships at Pisa, Johns Hopkins and Columbia universities, he became Head of the Coronary Research Group at the University of Pisa (1967-1979). From 1979 to 1991 he was appointed Sir John McMichael Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, and Director of Cardiology at Hammersmith Hospital in London. For the following ten years, he served as Professor of Cardiology at the Catholic University of Rome. From 2001, he became Professor of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, and Chairman of the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Department at San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan.

Professor Maseri is a clinical investigator with a remarkable track record of innovative research. His interests include the application of molecular biology, differential gene expression profiling, and clinical cardiovascular research such as molecular mechanisms of coronary instability and molecular mechanisms of negative and positive ventricular remodeling. By changing traditional paradigms, he played an important role in shaping new diagnostic techniques in pathophysiologic thinking. Both his research and clinical investigations contributed significantly to the opening of new avenues of research and patient management in the field of ischemic heart disease. Maseri’s novel unifying vision of ischemic heart disease is chronicled in 740 pages of his single-authored textbook: Ischemic Heart Disease, A Rational Basis for Clinical Practice and Clinical Research. He published more than 550 papers in international journals, authored or co-authored several books and mentored many cardiologists and cardio-thoracic physicians. During his career, he undertook several visiting professorships at several universities including Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Brigham and Women Hospital in Boston, Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the University of Buenos Aires. He also has an impressive list of invited lectureships.

Professor Maseri’s outstanding contributions were recognized by several awards and honors. He is a Lifetime Member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, and Honorary Member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the First George von Hevesy Prize for Nuclear Medicine (Tokyo), James B Herrick Award of the American Heart Association, Distinguished Investigator Award of the American College of Cardiology, Invernizzi Prize for Medicine, European Society of Cardiology Gold Medal Award, the Napoli Prize from the Premio Napoli Foundation and the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine.

Dr. Maseri, has been awarded the prize, for his important contributions to our knowledge about heart disease and to the development of diagnostic and treatment methods.  He has authored, sometimes jointly with his associates, over 200 scientific articles published in some of the most prominent medical journals in the world.

Dr. Maseri’s research work into coronary artery disease is characterized by a great deal of originality as in his leading investigations into the vital role of coronary vasospasm as a cause of ischaemic heart disease, as well as his clarification of the significance of neurotransmitters and other chemical factors in the development of coronary vascular occlusion.  His discoveries have helped in the development of a variety of therapeutic agents such as coronary vasodilators in the treatment of ischaemic cardiac pain and acute myocardial infraction.

Aside from his pioneering research, Dr. Maseri has trained many heart disease specialists and enriched our human knowledge by his lectures, articles, and his contributions to scientific conferences.

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