The personal physician of the Pope Francisco, Fabrizzio Soccorsi, has died of complications due to Covid-19, according to the Vatican media.
Soccorsi, 78, was admitted to the Gemelli hospital for an oncological pathology and had been chosen as a personal physician by Francisco in 2015, when he was a consultant to the Vatican’s Directorate of Health and Hygiene and emeritus director of Hepatology at the San Camilo Hospital in Rome.
According to the profile spread by the Holy See, Soccorsi, born in Rome, graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome in 1968 and has developed a “broad professional and educational activity”.
He has also directed the department of liver, digestive and nutritional diseases of the Department of Internal Medicine and was a specialist at the Hospital de San Camilo Forlanini, in the Italian capital.
He has also taught Immunology classes at the Hospital Medical School of Rome and the Lazio Region.
Among other things, he has played “various collaborations and consultations” in the public sector, with more than a hundred publications and scientific contributions.
And he was an expert on the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.