TRIBUTE Dr.Mario Sideri 1953- 2014
It is with deep sadness that I write to inform of the death of Dr. Mario Sideri following a tragic motor vehicle accident in Italy in June 2014.
He was the past President of the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disorders (ISSVD) and was recently nominated as President Elect of the International Federation for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (IFCPC). Dr. Mario Sideri had been Director of the Preventive Gynecology Unit in the Division of Gynecology of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, since 2002.
Born in Milan in April 1953, he graduated from the University of Milan in 1978. A great gynecological oncologist, he worked extensively on vulvar diseases and HPV test for cervical cancer screening and triage. He had a great interest in colposcopy, was a prominent member of the IFCPC Nomenclature Committee, and contributed significant changes to the IFCPC Colposcopic Classification.
He was gracious to accept our invitation to be a Course Director for the IFCPC approved Workshop on Colposcopy organized by the Department of Gynecology of Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and Narayana Health Multispecialty Hospital, Bangalore in March 2011. His lectures on vulval intraepithelial disease and vulval cancer were stimulating and well received and highly appreciated by the audience. A true gentleman, he accepted our invitation without charging a penny, and traveled at his own expense. We were hoping to have him amongst us again for another academic event, but sadly, God took him under his shelter.
We, at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and Narayana Health Hospital in Bangalore, pray to God to rest his soul in peace and grant courage to his family members to bear this great loss.
Professor B.Shakuntala Baliga
Chief of Colposcopy Services
Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and
Narayana Health Hospital