In memory of Prof. Antonio Salafia
A long-standing Member of the VRF Scientific Advisory Board, Prof. Antonio Salafia passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the age of 73. He loved practicing dermatology, was deeply devoted to his patients, and greatly respected by his friends, colleagues and co-workers. An optimistic man of unwavering strength and true virtue, Antonio Salafia provided accessible dermatological treatment to patients in the poorest communities of Mumbai (India), along with boundless wisdom and compassion, for over 40 years.
Antonio was born on March 10, 1941 in Palazzolo Acreide, a town and community in the Province of Syracuse, on the island of Sicily, off the coast of Italy. After graduating from St. Johns’ Medical College in Bangalore he went on to work in Mumbai at the non-governmental organization dedicated to leprosy patients. In Bombay he studied Dermatology under Prof. Rui J. Fernandez and Plastic Surgery under Dr. J. Shah. In 1983 went to the Istituto Dermatopatico dell’Immacolata in Rome, for a stage in advanced dermatology. There he got in touch with Dr. C. Frati who passed on his experience with vitiligo. In 1984 Antonio studied hand surgery under Prof. E. Morelli and microsurgery with Prof. G. Brunelli.
Prof. Salafia has been at the forefront of dermatology treatment at the Vimala Dermatological Centre in Mumbai since 1981, working hard to maintain the highest standards of medical care for his mostly underprivileged patients. His approach to medicine was always to deliver the most advanced and accurate diagnosis and treatment, while giving his patients security and hope.
Antonio will be dearly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. A memorial service, almost coinciding with the funeral in India, will be held on April 29 at 19.00 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Ragusa, Sicily.
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