Marco Diena graduated in Turin with full marks and honors in 1985 discussing an experimental thesis on heart transplant. In 1986 he won a scholarship in Pavia, taking part in the first heart transplant operations in Italy. At the age of 28 he performed the first cardiac surgical bypass operation as first operator and in 1995 he became, at 35, the youngest chief heart surgeon in Italy. In 2001 he introduced robotic heart surgery to Piedmont and since 2002 he has been directing the of the Department of Cardiac Surgery of the San Gaudenzio Clinic in Novara.
The Cardioteam Foundation Onlus, born in Turin in 2008 thanks to the commitment of Dr. Marco Diena, is the first Foundation in Italy that is dedicated, at an international level, to research, training and prevention in cardiovascular diseases.
Cardioteam Foundation Onlus was set up with the aim of carrying out activities and projects for prevention and early diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases and promoting teaching and scientific exchange with different countries.
Cardioteam Foundation Onlus identifies prevention as one of the main values for the health and well-being of the person.
Today, at the age of 78, I am very well and I do not know how to express to Dr. Diena all my recognition for giving me all these years of life and sport.
Today I live a “normal” life, without any sacrifice, but with respect to the limits allowed and my age: at September 15, 2018 I will be 79 years old.
In these years no one has ever forgotten dr. Diena and in our thoughts there has always been the desire to see him again to say thank you from the heart.
I repeat to you all my gratitude: I thought that my life would end at the age of 49 and instead, at 71, I find myself still committed, full time, to help poor young people who have become the purpose of my life.