SGU Philanthropic Heart Beats Strong as Alum Marks 14th Visit to SGU Cardiology Program

SGU Philanthropic Heart Beats Strong as Alum Marks 14th Visit to SGU Cardiology Program

Dr. Mark Lanzieri, SGUSOM ’85, made his 14th visit in 12 years to provide cardiology services to Grenada citizens as part of St. George’s University’s Visiting Cardiology Program this past January. He and his team provided consultation, cardiac testing, pacemaker implantations and referrals for those needing advanced care. In all, 140 patients were seen at the clinic and four pacemakers were implanted. All services were provided to the patients free of charge.

Dr. Lanzieri was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Mrs. Annie Lanzieri, a nurse technician; one of his partners from Maine, Dr. Robert Bender, a cardiologist; and Ms. Leigh Silver, Senior Clinical Specialist at Medtronic, who was on her third trip. Dr. Lanzieri has participated in the Visiting Cardiology Program since its inception, sometimes facilitating more than one clinic in a year. With the help of Medtronic, a US-based developer and manufacturer of medical technology products such as pacemakers and defibrillators, he has facilitated the donation of almost 50 pacemakers and leads, an approximate value of US $350,000.

“Dr. Lanzieri has singlehandedly contributed more to this program than any other visiting cardiologist, in particular when it comes to pacemaker implants,” said Johansen Sylvester, SGUSOM ’00, coordinator of the program. Dr. Lanzieri, who practices interventional cardiology in Maine, reciprocated the praise of his colleague, remarking that “Johansen Sylvester is singularly responsible for carrying the clinic on his shoulders to where it is now.”

Dr. Lanzieri said he is driven to give back to Grenada because of the way he felt welcomed as a student here. “Grenada is a very welcoming place and a beautiful island,” he said. “There has been much adversity that it has had to overcome, but it always lands on its feet.”

He first learned of SGU from friends who already studied here. He remembered just knowing he wanted to be a doctor from the time he was in high school and being inspired to become a cardiologist from his first year in grad school when he met his role model, a cardiologist, who, he recalls, “Seemed in love with what he did.” Twenty-seven years after he graduated, he marvels at the exponential growth of  the campus and the breadth of the University’s curriculum. Of the changes he sees, Dr. Lanzieri said, “The only thing that hasn’t changed is the quality and ambition of the student body to be the best.”

Published on 6/15/12