Tiziano M. Scarabelli, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC, MAMDA
Dr. Scarabelli was born and raised in Vercelli, a town in Piedmont, Italy. He discovered his passion for healthcare at the young age of six and pursued that passion to become a clinical cardiologist that focuses on the prevention and treatment of a variety of medical conditions affecting the cardiovascular system, such as hypertension, heart failure, arrhythmias, and cardiac ischemia. Tiziano graduated with a degree in Medicine from the University of Turin and completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Brescia. He then moved to England where he carried out research projects for several years. Subsequently, he moved to the US and continued his research activity at St John Hospital and Medical Center, a large teaching hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He also joined the faculty at Wayne State University, where he taught cardiovascular pathophysiology at the school of medicine for over 15 years. Tiziano completed a conventional postgraduate training in the US, including a 3-year residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, and a 3-year cardiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was mentored by eminent cardiologists such as Dr. Valentine Fuster and Dr. Jonathan Halperin. Dr. Scarabelli is board certified in Cardiovascular Medicine as well as Internal Medicine.
Cardiology can be a broad specialty covering diseases and abnormalities of the heart. Tiziano’s subspecialty is cardio-oncology, whose primary goal is to prevent and treat cardiovascular complications of cancer, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Patients diagnosed with cancer will often receive chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, which can cause severe damage to the heart and blood vessels. Likewise, cancer treatments can worsen a preexisting cardiovascular condition, accelerating its progression and aggravating its prognosis. As early diagnosis and new cancer therapies have significantly extended the life expectancy of cancer patients, an increasing number of people are now surviving their malignancies long enough to face the risk of cardiovascular disease. Clinical vigilance and cardiac monitoring carried out before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy plays a central role in limiting the development of cardiovascular complications. Dr. Tiziano approaches patients by being genuine, direct, empathetic and accessible. “I try to give advice as though I myself was hearing it from a doctor – I try to let my patients know that what I preach is exactly what I would do for myself. I am always there for my patients when they need me. If they call me with a question, I will provide or find an answer.”
Dr. Scarabelli comes to Taos with his wife Carol and daughter Caroline. Carol is a nurse practitioner with a PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences and will be an integral part of the Holy Cross Cardiology team. Tiziano and Carol met 23 years ago at the American Heart Association scientific sessions and were married only months after meeting. “We have been happily together for the past 23 years and she is still the one. My wife is also my closest collaborator.” said Dr. Scarabelli. They have worked together for many years, both clinically and scientifically and are looking forward to caring for the Taos community.
Outside of practicing medicine, Tiziano is an avid soccer player. He played semi-professional soccer throughout his entire course of academic studies. He played on the Pro Vercelli team, which won 7 national titles. The income he earned from playing soccer helped pay for his medical education. He said “I still play soccer and will continue to do so in Taos. I have heard about weekly games and I can’t wait to start.”
The highest fulfillment in my job is giving my best to those patients who cannot give you anything in return, but their gratitude. Service becomes an end in itself. Unconditional.