15 Facts About Angelo DiGeorge


Angelo Mario DiGeorge was an Italian American physician and pediatric endocrinologist from Philadelphia who pioneered the research on the autosomal dominant immunodeficiency now commonly referred to as DiGeorge syndrome.


Angelo DiGeorge was born in South Philadelphia on April 15,1921.


Angelo DiGeorge graduated at the top of his class from South Philadelphia High School for Boys in 1939 and was awarded the White Williams Scholarship at the Temple University, where he graduated with distinction in chemistry in 1943.


Angelo DiGeorge received his medical degree with honors from Temple University School of Medicine in 1946, and completed his internship at Temple University Hospital.


Angelo DiGeorge then left Philadelphia from 1947 to 1949 to serve as captain and Chief of the Medical Service for the US Army 124th Station Hospital in Linz, Austria.


Angelo DiGeorge completed his pediatric residency at St Christopher's Hospital for Children and did a postdoctoral fellowship in endocrinology at the Jefferson Medical College in 1954.


Angelo DiGeorge joined the Department of Pediatrics of Temple University School of Medicine in 1952.


Angelo DiGeorge served on the Pediatric Endocrinology Subboard of the American Board of Pediatrics from 1987 until 1992.


Angelo DiGeorge was a founding member and past president of the Lawson-Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society and was the author of the endocrinology chapter for the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, known by pediatricians around the world as the "Green Bible" for more than 40 years.


Angelo DiGeorge first gained international recognition in the mid-1960s for his ground breaking discovery of a disorder characterized by congenital absence of the thymus and associated abnormalities.


Angelo DiGeorge syndrome includes a pattern of more than 200 different defects, including hypoplastic thymus and parathyroid glands, conotruncal heart defects, and a characteristic facial appearance.


Angelo DiGeorge Syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorders known, occurring in about one every 4,000 livebirths.


Angelo DiGeorge first learned the art of debate on the debate team at South Philadelphia High School for Boys and he gladly engaged in animated debates on virtually any topic from sports to politics with his professional colleagues and at the family dinner table throughout his life.


Dr Angelo DiGeorge was often invited to Italian scientific meetings, including the San Giovanni Rotondo Medical Genetic School and the Rome "Deletion 22q11" Meeting in 2002.


Angelo DiGeorge died at the age of 88 years, on October 11,2009, of kidney failure at his home in East Falls, Philadelphia.