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Dr. Mark Iannini died suddenly Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. He was born in Worcester, Nov. 21, 1953, the fourth son of Americo and Carmela Iannini. He was raised in Marlborough and graduated with honors from Marlborough High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree with high honors from Holy Cross College in Worcester. Mark fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was accepted and earned his medical degree with high honors (AOA), from Georgetown Medical School. He next completed his training program in internal medicine at Dartmouth Mary Hitchcock and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He was subsequently accepted into the fellowship program in rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital. During his training, he received a prestigious MIT Physician in Science grant to conduct research into the immunology of rheumatologic diseases. Upon completion of his fellowship, he took a position as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. After tiring of academic life, Mark established a highly successful practice in rheumatology in Tucson, Ariz. While in practice, Mark completed the graduate program in public health at the University of Arizona and received his M.P.H. He was a forerunner in the use of in-office MRI to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of joint disease and lectured nationally on this topic. In 2007, he was awarded the Consumer Research Councils Award for Excellence. During Dr. Ianninis tenure in Tucson, he graciously devoted his time to provide free rheumatologic care to Native Americans on various reservations in Arizona. As part of his M.P.H. program, he also spent three months doing research and providing health care in Africa. Marks love of music and the beauty of Hawaii were enhanced by short periods of practice in Austin, Texas, and the island of Maui. Dr. Iannini had that rare combination of clinical excellence and compassion that engendered admiration and devotion by his patients and staff. He was first and foremost a devoted father, but also an exercise enthusiast, runner, and humanitarian; yet still found time to become fluent in Italian, certify as a scuba dive master, and play guitar. Mark was also a passionate member of Red Sox and Patriots Nation and was an ardent fan of the Bruins and the Celtics as well. His patients, staff and most importantly his family, and many friends, will sorely miss him, even his corny jokes. He is survived by his sons, Julian Iannini of Los Angeles, Calif., and Luke Iannini, of San Francisco, Calif.; as well as their mother, his former wife, Sylvia Schick Young. He is also survived by his brothers, Jay Iannini of North Palm Beach, Fla., Paul Iannini of South Dartmouth, George Iannini of Sandy Hook, Conn., and David Iannini of Scottsdale, Ariz.; as well as his numerous sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, and aunts. Celebration of life services will take place Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress St., Tucson, AZ 8570, and Saturday, June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Guiseppe's Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough, MA 01532. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the or the .

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Apr. 15, 2012
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