Silvia G. Priori, MD, PhD

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Under your guidance and mentorship I developed a passion for the field of cardiovascular genetics and translational science. I learned to treat each patient as a unique case, worth it of all my dedication and knowledge; you taught me to never stop at the first impression, but to look further with scientific curiosity. My training with you brought in me a love for science and research, as tools that help us to understand the substrate and mechanisms of inherited arrhythmias, with the ultimate goal of improving patients’ care.

Thank you for your leadership and guidance.

Marina Cerrone, MD

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It is with great pleasure that I am writing a tribute to Professor Silvia G. Priori.

Silvia spent her career in pursuing the appropriate therapy for each one of the patients affected by inherited arrhythmogenic diseases coming from every part of the world to her Laboratories of Molecular Cardiology in Pavia and New York City. I was amazed by her scientific approach and thereafter, I was lucky to have the opportunity to work in her clinics on IAD.

After all the insights I received from her and from her working group I realized how important is to dedicate attention, accuracy and persistence to even rare diseases.
I thank Silvia very much for the imprinting she gave to my daily work activity, and I wish her all the best.

Antonio Curcio, M.D.,Ph.D.

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To my dearest friend of a lifetime of hard work, great science and common objectives, it is an honour for me to express here my gratitude for being a continuous source of inspiration, motivation and support for the growth of my profession.

Your way of being a great scientist while remaining a compassionate doctor, always trusted by patients for the unique balance of competence and caring attitude has become model for all your fellows over the years. Solving medical dilemmas and findings solutions for the problems you encounter with your patients has been the premium moments of your bright career and I’m sure, it will always be. The tougher the challenge the more motivated you are to solve it, leading all your team another step forward.
Thank you.

Carlo Napolitano, MD, PhD

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You have inspired my passion for this field, for always questioning, and for boundless curiosity. You were not only a role model for my career in science, but also as a physician. Your discretion and care of families in the face of tragedy is an exemplary example of one who truly embraces excellence all the way from the bench to the bedside. Despite your very busy professional life and heavy demands on your time, you gave me an incredible opportunity for experience and growth. I cannot state with enough eloquence or gratitude, how your hand has shaped my career.

Danna Spears, MD

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I started working with Prof. Priori immediately after finishing my PhD. Electrophysiology is only a small part of what I learned under her supervision. She believed in me and encouraged me to always pursue my goals. Her contributions to the field of molecular cardiology have been tremendous and I will forever be grateful to her for showing me what it means work with pure passion and dedication for science.

Francesco Lodola, PhD

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I had the pleasure and the opportunity to work with Silvia while at fellow at NYU. Never have I seen such a combination of research, clinical acumen, empathy and style. She set the bar high on all fronts and I was lucky to have had the privilege to learn from her.

Josiah Peñalver, MD

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Professor Priori blew me away.

As a junior doctor I had the extraordinary good fortune to be able to spend 6 months with Professor Priori in her Italian lab in Pavia. In addition to having a lot of fun, I loved and learned from the tough brilliance and academic mastery of ‘la Prof’.

I am and was truly amazed by her accomplishments, modesty and high work ethics that have transferred to her whole team. I have never worked for anyone as smart, productive and knowledgeable on topics ranging from molecular biology to clinical science.

I am forever grateful for this unique experience. I still honor an advice she gave me when I turned in work not sufficiently thoroughly prepared: ‘don’t panic or you will be wasting our time’.

The nomination is so well-deserved. Congratulations!

Juliane Theilade, MD

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I first met Dr. Priori as an intern at New York University. I had known that I was interested in cardiology as a specialty at the time and was looking for a mentor to work with. Dr. Priori had given a grand rounds to the internal medicine residents about genetics and its role in diagnosis and risk stratification in the channelopathies. I was immediately drawn to the field of genetics and thought it was amazing that bench research can be brought to the bedside to help treat patients.

I reached out to Dr. Priori and asked if she could meet with me to set up a research project. She was so nice and helpful during our meeting. I can tell that she would be invested in helping me learn about the field of genetics. I learned a great deal from the lab as well as reviewing charts and shadowing Dr. Priori meet with patients and their families. Her patients initially were frightened about their diagnosis and what implications it would mean for their families. Dr. Priori has one of the best bedside manners I have witnessed in my career. She quickly put them at ease and was able to explain in simple terms what it meant to have an inherited cardiac channelopathy and what they needed to do to be able to live normal lives. I remember thinking what an impressive trait she had and how I wished to emulate her one day when I will see my own patients.

I soon started my fellowship in cardiology. I was able to take a lot of what I had learned from Dr. Priori and bring it to my own clinic. I now work as an attending in a hospital and realize how lucky I was to have such an incredible mentor. I refer patients with long QT, Brugada, and CPVT to see her and help with risk stratification. A close family friend recently came over to my house crying that her 16 year old daughter was being worked up for CPVT. She was crying and helpless in what she could do for her daughter. I had her see Dr. Priori and a few weeks later her daughter came over and thanked me profusely for referring her to Dr. Priori. She had put her at ease and gave her parents a sense of relief that her condition is treatable.

I would like to nominate Dr. Priori as a mentor who has amazing research record, impeccable bedside manner, and a great investment in mentoring young doctors who have interest in research and cardiology.

Sanam Yaghoubian, MD

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We met when I was just a medical student: a blank sheet, full of doubts. Under your mentorship I started to appreciate science, the real science, the one you make with your brain and not just following what others have already thought. I learned to be a different kind of doctor, something scary sometimes because you are not following the path that your colleagues are walking through. But with your continuous guide I understood that being different is the way, because being different was the way that led you to your astonishing career. You taught me the importance of research, because only through that you'll be able to give the patient the best care, the care he/she needs. And with your initial push I'm trying to go on with this mind in my Cardiology Residency.
So, in conclusion, thank you for the opportunity that you gave me, thank you to have written some fundamental words on that 22-yo blank sheet.

Simone Persampieri, MD

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No one deserves a bigger thank you. I opened the mysterious door of ion channelopathy and cellular electrophysiology under the guidance of you. You are an inspiring and brilliant mentor, clinician and researcher.

Yang Li, MD, PhD

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When I first came to the US in 2011, you took a chance on me and gave me my first opportunity to pursue my passion for medicine. It was an honor to be a part of your esteemed research program at NYU. After completing my residency training in Atlanta, I’m now an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. You’ve made a profound impact on my career by reinforcing a strong work ethic and a valuable skill set, which I use in both my research and patient care. Thank you for being an inspirational mentor, a top-notch physician, and an outstanding researcher. Congratulations on this honor.

Tarek Ansalari, MD

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Thanks for all you have taught and continue to teach me. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. You encouraged my passion for the science research of cardiovascular genetics and electrophysiology and it will accompany for all my life! Thank you for all you have done for me and make me who I am today!

Nian Liu, MD

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Ever since I first met Professor Priori I have admired the positive energy, enthusiasm, and courage that she puts into every single task she begins. She is a role model of scientific rigour and ethical integrity combined with genuine humanity and selfless kindness. Working with her is a never-ending learning experience, and the efforts she makes to enhance critical thinking in the minds of her students continues to attract fellows from all over the world to visit our centre. Among the countless lessons I have learned from her, I especially cherish the message that nothing is impossible when you do it with passion.

Andrea Mazzanti, MD

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I feel lucky and even proud to have met with Prof. Priori during my research experience at Salvatore Maugeri in Pavia. I admired her and her amazing team working very hard for each patient, trying to support them and their family members suffering from rare cardiac diseases. Each patient is not seen as a statistical number, but as a human being whose best treatment needs to be found through hard, scientific work and collaboration. Working with Prof. Priori’s team has been a lifetime experience.

Nicoletta Orphanou

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Professor Priori has been for me one of the most inspiring figures for two main reasons in two different moments of my academic career. First of all, as a student at the University of Pavia, I followed her lessons, I was hypnotized by her competences, by her charisma and especially by her dedication to teaching. After attending her lessons, I decided that Cardiology and Research would have been my life choice, not only my working choice. In a second instance, when I began working as part of her research team, I was empowered by her suggestions and by her gigantic knowledge. She helped me in the most difficult moments and always believed in the work I produced. Never criticized without providing a clear suggestion, without providing a real support. Thank you to the Mentor that helped me the most in the last three years.

Alessandro Faragli, MD

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I still remember the scenario when I first met Prof. Priori. She delivered a lecture on genetic screening of inherited arrhythmias to us EP Master students at University of Insubria, Verese Italy. Upon completing this program, Prof. Priori offered me a postdoc position at Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri where I started my research on cardiac ion channelopathy. She is truly a wonderful teacher, a brilliant scientist and a good friend. It is Prof. Priori who led me into a new field and encouraged me to establish the first program of inherited arrhythmia in China. She makes every efforts to support us, without which the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic at Beijing Anzhen Hospital could not be that successful. I am grateful for the opportunity to have trained under her and the wisdom she continues to provide.

Rong Bai, MD, FHRS, FESC

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Learning has never been so inspiring! It was the greatest honour to be welcomed into Prof Priori’s world - one that is filled with passion, knowledge and humility. Her dedication to clinical excellence and progressive research raises the bar for all clinicians and researchers. She is one of those rare individuals who is able to enrich the lives of all who she comes in contact with by being an indispensable mentor while supporting individuality and self discovery. She challenges us to think, to strive further, to become better doctors and scientist. She has touched my life more that she would know and has left an indelible impression that will stay with me forever. Thank you Prof Priori and congratulations on all your achievements, and undoubtably the many more to come.

Kevin Ng, MBChB

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I have had the privilege to learn from prof Silvia Priori, one of the world leaders and experts in the field of inherited arrhythmia syndromes.I met very impressive woman in her knowledge, wisdom, clinical dedication to the patients and a physician with a special ability to bridge basic science research with clinical medicine in order to prevent sudden cardiac death. I met a great clinician and researcher. In the personal level the fellowship in her center in Italy enables me to establish inherited arrhythmia clinic in Israel. That way to improve dramatically the clinical workup and therapy of patients with inherited arrhythmia syndromes and their family members in Israel and thus to prevent sudden cardiac death of young patients. I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn from prof Silvia Priori.

Miry Blich

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"Prof Priori has been a great mentor to me. She is an exceptional leader, a brilliant scientist and a gifted doctor. She has always been an inspiration to me, instilling a lifelong interest in learning. Thanks to her I have had the opportunity to introduce to the fascinating world of genetic arrhythmias, encouraging a thoughtful approach to clinical research. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented teacher and a wonderful person."

Nicola Monteforte, MD

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I was a very young student when I first met Prof. Silvia G. Priori, 21 years ago. Since that day, I have been working under her clinical and scientific guidance and, step by step, day by day, she was near me in this great adventure that is still ongoing. She understood my inclination to “human relationship” and she help me to use this attitude in every day clinical practice, in order to give the best in patient’s care. She taught me the way to approach to clinical research with her example and under her precious and unique guide. I’ll be always deeply grateful to her for all the work I have done under her guidance and for all the marvelous projects that will be part of our future.

Raffaella Bloise, MD

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"This is in tribute to a great scientist, medical doctor and woman who inspired me in the last 6 years of my career through two countries, USA and Italy. Unrestless, innovative and futuristic Dr. Priori has a professional and personal role model for me. Being my mentor since 2010, she taught me, assisted me, gave me critical support and help in obtaining opportunities. She has been crucial for my career and personal growth. Thank you!"

Valeria Novelli

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I feel so incredibly fortunate to have been taught by Dr. Silvia Priori. Her breadth and depth of cardiovascular genetics knowledge is incredible. She showed me the beauty and art of science and research and has had a tremendously positive influence on me both professionally and personally. I will always be grateful for all the years I spent with her! Thank you!

Yanfei Ruan, MD

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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Professor Priori for the support I have received from her over the years I have known her. Being an Iranian electrophysiologist, I am really honored to visit her in the ESC congress in Viena some years ago when I happened to introducing her a case of CPVT. There she kindly invite me to go to Pavia and Maugeri institute for certain period of time which I gladly consented to. Following my visit there, I embarked on use their suggestions in my daily practice in city Shiraz, Iran where I am living. My special thanks go to Professor Priori and her team who have given me useful insight along the way. I pray for their health and happiness and for constant improvement in their valuable profession in the many years to come.

Mohammad Vahid Jorat, MD

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My admiration for Prof. Silvia Priori is not only motivated by the vast scientific contribution, especially in the treatment of cardiac primary electrical disease. Her kindness in all the contacts I had with her is also admirable. I am very grateful to her and all her staff in Pavia, who received me there with great affection.

Claudia S. Fragata, MD, PhD

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