Franco Mandelli was born in Bergamo and graduated in medicine with full marks and honours at the University of Milan.
He was appointed as professor in Clinical Medicine and Methodology (November 1962), and in General Clinical and Medical treatment (September 1965). In 1967 he also became professor in Hematology at the Sapienza University in Rome and from 1975 to 2006 he directed the Postgraduate School of Hematology, University Sapienza, Rome.
As from 2011 he has been Professor Hemeritus in hematology of the University Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
From 1979 to 2003 he directed the Institute of Hematology, University Sapienza, Rome which he created and which included with adult and pediatric wards, stem cell transplantation unit, an emergency unit as well as a unit for hemorrhagic and thrombotic diseases. He has also created a guest house “Residenza Vanessa” for patients not living in Rome.
As from 1998 he has been the President of GIMEMA Foundation (Italian Cooperative Group for treatment of adult haematological diseases).
As from 2004 he has been the President of the “Italian National Association against Leukemias, Lymphoma and Myeloma”(AIL).
He has organized numerous national and international congresses.
During his career he has been awarded several national and international prizes, including:
1987 National Award in Oncology -
1987 Gold Medal in the field of Education, Art nd Culture
2003 He received from the President of the Italian Republic the most important award “Cavaliere di Gran Croce”
2005 Gold Medal awarded by the President of the Italian Republic for merits in the field of public health
2010 International Prize for Medicine “Scuola Medica Salernitana”
2012 Premio Roma Urbs Universalis