I LOST A FRIEND, THE WORLD OF MEDICINE LOST A LUMINARY
I received an email this morning from a friend in D.C. informing me that a mutual friend of ours, Dr. Joe Marotta, died last night. Tricia and I and countless others lost a good friend and the world of medicine lost a luminary in this fine orthopedic surgeon.
I interviewed Joe Marotta for Vatican Insider almost a year ago to the day. Joe was the founder and executive director of Medicus Christi, and he was in Rome with his new partner in Italy, Dr. Piero Ettore Valente, an Italo-American who is also an orthopedic surgeon and is helping Dr. Marotta to launch Medicus Christi Italia. The interview told a wonderful story of two faith-filled men who are very dedicated to medicine and to helping their fellow man. (Joe is on the left)
When there is so much bad news in the world I always feel privileged on Vatican Insider to offer the good news of wonderful, inspiring people whose altruism, faith and willingness to always be there for others is so uplifting. Those words embodied Joe, whose middle name was ‘enthusiasm’!
His cause of death, as I write, has not been made public but he was found unconscious by his son as he was exercising.
Joe was a board certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Albany, NY. He was a graduate of Siena College, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Tufts-New England Medical Center orthopedic training program and a Harvard Medical School Affiliated fellowship.
Dr. Marotta was recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by US News & World Report as one of “America’s Top Doctors”.
Medicus Christi has started orthopedic clinics in Ghana, a long wonderful story. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is from Ghana, knew Joe and was a big fan and cheerleader for Joe and his work.
He was truly a wonderful, dedicated, enthusiastic, inspiring doctor and friend. I am an honorary member of the board of Medicus Christi. Here is one of the news stories that appeared today about Joe: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2016/feb/09/dr-joseph-mar/?dgzrg