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Anthony M. Imparato, M.D., 1922-2018

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of our esteemed colleague, Anthony Imparato, M.D. who served as Professor, and Chief of the division of vascular surgery from 1968 through 1991. He died on February 12, 2018 at the age of 95.

Dr. Imparato served US Naval reserve from 1943-1953, and saw active duty during World War II. He attended NYU medical school, and ultimately completed his surgical training at Bellevue Hospital in 1956. "Tony" was promoted to the academic rank of Professor of surgery in 1975.

Dr. Imparato was a respected teacher and prolific writer. He presented over 200 invited lectures, and published over 170 peer reviewed publications. Most notably, Dr. Imparato was one of 6 vascular surgeons who established the subspecialty of vascular surgery in 1980 and received one of the first 6 Board certificates in Vascular Surgery. This history is well chronicled in the book "Band of Brothers–Creators of Vascular Surgery", -Ed. Andrew Dale, MD. While serving as an officer in virtually all major vascular Societies in the United States and some internationally, and as a founder and a luminary in Vascular Surgery he was elected to the post of the President of the Society for Vascular Surgery (the Premier United States national vascular Society) in 1985. He was instrumental in establishing training programs for vascular surgeons around the United States, and dedicated much of his professional life to the education and training of vascular surgeons from the United States and around the world.

Dr. Imparato retired from practice at NYU in 1991, and remained as Professor Emeritus and Chief Emeritus until his passing. Dr. Imparato is remembered by his patients for his devotion and compassion, by his trainees for his perfectionism and tirelessness, and by his colleagues for his collegiality and inquisitive mind.

He is survived by daughter Mimi, son-in-law John Cotton, and two grandchildren by his daughter Karen (deceased).