La Sapienza - Università di Roma

logo de La Sapienza per la stampa

The Death of Professor Franco Mandelli


Franco Mandelli, the renowned haematologist who was one of the founders on modern research on blood disease, passed away at age 87 on July 15, 2018. 

Franco Mandelli was born in Bergamo in 1931. He graduated from the University of Milan and, after a specialisation at Parma, he transferred to the Rome Policlinico Umberto Iwhere he became a professor in 1967. From 1979-2003, he directed the Sapienza Institute of Haematology, developing a state-of-the-art international centre for the cure of haematological disorders. Professor Mandelli studied a wide range of diseases, including Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, leukaemia and other lymphomas. The medical protocols developed by Professor Mandelli are applied worldwide. Since 2011, he was a professor emeritus at Sapienza University. Franco Mandelli had also brought cures and research for haematological pathologies to public attention, organising solidarity initiatives and founding the GINEMA and AIL, of which he was President. 

“A great, internationally renowned, professor of haematology, the founder of this discipline at Sapienza University and in Italy,” remembers Sapienza Rector Eugenio Gaudio “has bequeathed us a great scientific and human inheritance, including his students, and his adult and young patients, whom he often saved from death through a conscientious use of science.”