Pope Francis’ personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has passed with the cause of death stated as health complications related to the Covid-19, according to the Vatican.
The 78-year-old physician, according to Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, was said to be treated for an “oncological pathology” at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital, where he died.
Pope Francis chose Soccorsi as his personal physician in August 2015, after not renewing the term of papal doctor Patrizio Polisca, who was also head of the Vatican’s healthcare services. As the Pope’s doctor, Soccorsi travelled with the pope on several international trips.
Soccorsi trained in medicine and surgery at Rome’s La Sapienza University. His career included both medical practice and teaching, especially in the areas of hepatology, the digestive system, and immunology.
The doctor also did consulting for the health and hygiene office of the Vatican City State and was part of the council of medical experts at the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.