Vincent Anthony Fulginiti, MD 81, a long-time resident of Tucson died March 19, 2013. Dr. Fulginiti was the founding Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and served as the Acting Dean of the College of Medicine. He was named Dean of Tulane University Medical School and subsequently Chancellor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 2001, he returned to Tucson where he was an active member of the medical community, serving as a writer, lecturer and innovator for organizations including the UMC Board of Governors, CDC, American Pediatric Society, Medscape Medical Journal and the federal response to bioterrorism. During his professional career, Dr. Fulginiti, an internationally respected expert in pediatric infectious disease, authored four books and over 200 scholarly articles. He pioneered digital multimedia and websites for evidence-based patient care and medical education. He served as the Chief Editor of the American Journal of Diseases of Children for 11 years and on editorial boards of several other medical journals. He was named the Chair of the Academy of Pediatrics "Red Book" Committee and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee of the U.S. Public Health Service. Vince and his wife of 56 years, Shirley, held a lifelong interest in biomedical ethics and in 2012 the University of Colorado honored their commitment with the dedication of the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, CO. Vince was educated at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was Chief Resident at St. Christopher's Hospital specializing in pediatric infectious disease and was a member of the research teams working to eradicate polio in the United States and smallpox world-wide. Vince was awarded many honors in his career including an AOA Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Markle Scholarship. He received teaching awards from the University of Arizona, Tulane Medical School and the University of Colorado. He was most recently honored with the University of Colorado first annual Veritas Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Pima County Medical Foundation. Vince is recognized internationally for his professionalism, leadership and innovation in medical education and biomedical ethics. An inveterate doodler, Vince loved his family, opera, chess, Oriental cooking and global travel. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, John (Susan Ellis); daughter, Laura (Dan Martin); son, Paul (Lisa Hayden); three grandsons, Daniel, Alexander, and Lucas; his sister, Elizabeth Cherry and numerous family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Jeffrey. A commemoration will be held Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in the Duval Auditorium at UAMC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be considered to the Fulginiti Pavilion to continue his commitment to biomedical ethics. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 24, 2013