In memory of Marco Leonardi : 1944-2017

07/04/2017 : In memory of Marco Leonardi :   1944-2017

Marco Leonardi was born in Rome in 1944. He obtained his degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1967, and two years later he specialized in Radiology in Padua. He was also, for a short period, a fellow of Giovanni Ruggiero, one of the founders of European Neuroradiology, but he soon left his master to become Chief of Neuroradiology in Udine, where he stayed for 13 years. Afterwards, he moved to the University of Milan where he became Full Professor of Neuroradiology. Eventually, in 1996 he moved back to his hometown Bologna to chair the Neuroradiology Division of the Bellaria Hospital, and he retired just two years ago.

He was an innovator, a pioneer, and a curious scientist able to understand in which direction the medical world was heading. He was one of the first filmless departments in Europe, as well as one of the very first centers equipped with 3T MRI and biplane DSA.

Marco loved to teach and to transmit his enthusiasm and experience to young fellows.

He was the founder and chief editor of two international journals: “The Neuroradiology Journal” and “Interventional Neuroradiology”.

He was twice elected President of AINR (Italian Association of Neuroradiology), and held the posts of Secretary General and President of ESNR (European Society of Neuroradiology); he also was an active member of WFITN (World Federation of Interventional Neuroradiology). Furthermore, he was nominated President of both the Italian and the ESNR Annual meetings of Neuroradiology, President of the WFITN meeting, and President of the Symposium Neuroradiologicum.

He was a fully dedicated doctor and a master, with profound human skills and a strong didactic attitude, featured by actions and not only by theory. His practical sense in daily life led him to solve problems in a very rational way, simple and effective.

We lose a colleague and a master, we lose a scientist, but we especially lose the best friend one could imagine to have, ready to listen in case of need, discrete and reserved in his suggestions, a real guide.

We want to share with the whole neuroradiological world our sense of gratitude and affection to him and also to his beloved wife Adriana and son Nicola.


Thanks Marco, we will miss you, and we will preserve your legacy in our daily work!


Mario Muto and Alberto Beltramello

On behalf of ESNR