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Mario Stefanelli

Riccardo Bellazzi has informed us of the sad, and untimely death, of Mario Stefanelli, who many international colleagues knew well. Riccardo writes:

it is with great sorrow that I inform you that (on October 19, 2010) Prof. Mario Stefanelli died due to a hemorrhagic stroke. Prof. Mario Stefanelli was one of the world leader of Medical Informatics. He strongly supported IMIA activities and was Medinfo SPC chair in 2004. His main scientific contributions include mathematical modeling of biological systems, expert systems, automated reasoning, computerized guidelines and workflow systems.

Mario Stefanelli graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering in 1969 at the University of Pavia, Italy. He soon became Full Professor of Automatic Control and later of Bioengineering, Medical Informatics and Artificial intelligence in medicine. His great passion for bioengineering made him a founding member of the Master’s Degree and PhD Program in Bioengineering at the University of Pavia.  Students cherished him for his dedication and mentorship.

He directed the Department of Computer and Systems Science, where he established the Laboratory for Biomedical Informatics, which thanks to his dedicated work increased to the curren size of fourty people, including professors, PhD students, and young researchers. Prof. Stefanelli has been one of the most influential researchers in medical informatics. He collaborated with IMIA, EFMI and AMIA and he was SPC chair of Medinfo 2004. He participated to the foundation of the European Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and has been the first Italian to be elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He coordinated several research projects funded by the European commission and actively collaborated with many medical informatics laboratories in the world. He has been a member of the editorial Board of prestigious international journals, comprising the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Methods of Information in Medicine. He contributed fundamental results to the fields of modeling of physiological systems, expert systems, decision support and health care information systems, including computerized guidelines and workflow systems.

He was a lively, energetic and optimistic person, who loved research and people. We’ll always miss his intelligence, energy and generosity The medical informatics community has lost one of its main researchers and a great man. His memories will remain in our hearth.

Riccardo Bellazzi, PhD

October 22, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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