Giancarlo Mari, MD, Named Chairman for Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Lacey Smith, MD, interim dean of the College of Medicine for UTHSC, has announced the appointment of Giancarlo Mari, MD, as chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, Memphis.

Lacey Smith, MD, interim dean of the College of Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has announced the appointment of Giancarlo Mari, MD, as chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, Memphis. The Memphis campus is one of three College of Medicine campuses that are part of the UT Health Science Center.

Dr. Mari joined the UTHSC faculty in 2008 as director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He served in various capacities including vice-chair of OB/GYN, director of the Tennessee Institute of Feto-Maternal and Infant Health, director of the High-Risk Obstetrics Center of Excellence at the Regional Medical Center, and interim chair for the Department of OB/GYN since August 2009.

“Giancarlo has been quite an asset to UTHSC, and I am very pleased that he has become the permanent chairman,” said Interim Dean Smith. “He has made significant contributions to strengthening the Department of OB/GYN. Even while interim, he has expressed a very positive strategy for growth and commitment. We expect results, and he will deliver.”

The search committee, ably led by Russell Chesney, MD, professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, evaluated a group of outstanding candidates for the position. Dr. Mari emerged as the leader among a field of distinguished candidates. Dr. Chesney stated, “Dr. Mari will be a formidable leader for the Department of OB/GYN. His vast knowledge and experience will be a major asset to the faculty as well as the resident trainees.”

Dr. Mari was born in Salerno, Italy, where he received his undergraduate, graduate as well as medical training from the University of Naples, Italy, receiving his medical degree in 1982. He completed his residency/internship training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine as well as the Ospedale Maggiore and Universita’ di Napoli, in Parma and Napoli, Italy, respectively. Dr. Mari furthered his medical training by completing a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine with Yale University School of Medicine and two research fellowships completed at Baylor College of Medicine in obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatric cardiology.

Prior to joining the faculty of UTHSC, he served as professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University, where he also served as the director of Diagnostic Endoscopy and Fetal Therapy. Dr. Mari has garnered numerous honors, most recently being named one of the Best Doctors in America® 2011-2012. An internationally renowned speaker, he delivers expert presentations on different topics in maternal fetal medicine. Dr. Mari is not only revered as one of the top maternal-fetal medicine physicians internationally, but he is an accomplished researcher with extensive publications to his credit; many of which he is first author.

“My goal is to continue to build a stronger team and academic program at UTHSC that will fulfill the core of our mission,” Dr. Mari noted. “My plan is to develop new OB/GYN programs and to strengthen and consolidate our partnership through UT Medical Group with the Regional Medical Center, Baptist, St. Francis and the Methodist systems.”