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The Founder

Prof. Carlo Alberto Bartoletti

Professor Carlo Alberto Bartoletti (1933-2013) devoted all his live to Aesthetic Medicine. In 1975, he perceived the necessity of a branch of medicine dedicated to Life Quality and health considered as an expression of mental well-being, in a preventive and corrective sense.

Having had a total commitment and an insourmontable tenacity he gave impetus to this cultural and scientific movement by founding the Italian Society of Aesthetic MedicineOver the years, thanks to a series of qualifying and scientific operations, he received unconditional endorsement from Universities, Hospitals and Scientific Associations. Especially from the most famous and distinguished professionals in the fields of dermatology, plastic and aesthetic surgery, and also of geriatrics and internal medicine, gerontology and general medicine. They all came together in the scientific board of his dream that came true: the Scientific Journal of the Italian Society of Aesthetic Medicine, that is still a benchmark for the entire discipline.

He was convinced that behind this new branch of medicine there should have been doctors with high qualifications and adequate competencies. He promoted several Congresses and Courses. Moreover, in 1990 he created – in cooperation with the Fatebenefratelli Foundation – the International School of Aesthetic Medicine, that is still the most important and complete training path of the discipline.

As a result of his tireless efforts and his dream of a social role for Aesthetic Medicine, in 1994 the first Ambulatory Service of Aesthetic Medicine was opened at the San Giovanni Calibita Hospital – Tiber Island in Rome, with the goal of making more accesible the fruition of this preventive and corrective medicine in a social way. 

His charisma and his great human qualities, as well as his great scientific heritage, will remain unforgotten for all the people who met him.

Aesthetic Medicine was his life, and it has become the life of many others. In the life of these people there will be a bit of his life too.

Professor Carlo Alberto Bartoletti

He was born in Rome on April 4th, 1933
He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rome in 1958. 
He specialised in Gastroenterology at the University of Rome in 1960.
He specialised in Cardiology at the University of Turin in 1962.
He specialised in Gerontology and Geriatrics at the University of Florence in 1977
He took part in the foundation of the French Society of Aesthetic Medicine (SFME) in 1973.

He promoted the cultural movement of Aesthetic Medicine in Italy, as founder of the Italian Society of Aesthetic Medicine (SIME) and its official body the journal “La Medicina Estetica” in 1975. Furthermore, he received unconditional endorsement from Universities and Hospitals for the scientific organisation in this discipline of three basic courses of Aesthetic Medicine, 34 national congresses, 2 international congresses and 1 world congress.

In 1976, Carlo Alberto Bartoletti (Italian Society of Aesthetic Medicine), together with Jean-Jacques Legrand (French Society of Aesthetic Medicine), Michel Delune (Belgian Society of Aesthetic Medicine) and Joseph Font Riera (Spanish Society of Aesthetic Medicine), founded the Union Internationale de Médecine Esthétique (UIME) based in Paris. It aims to create the philosophy, the clinical and therapeutic aspects of this new discipline. At present there are 27 countries in the world where there is a scientific society of Aesthetic Medicine recognized by UIME.

In Italy he promoted mesotherapy as a medical method coinciding with the foundation of the Italian Society of Mesotherapy (1975). Spreading the knowledge of this method in the medical field, he gained cooperation with Universities and Hospitals, which have successfully used this therapy in their discipline.

In 1990 he promoted the International School of Aesthetic Medicine of the Fatebenefratelli Foundation for health and social research and education. This was the first school among the UIME countries to be founded, with a 4-year programme to train experts in this discipline, reserved for graduates in Medicine and Surgery.

He also promoted the opening of the Ambulatory Service of Aesthetic Medicine, for which he was the Scientific Director at the San Giovanni Calibita Hospital Fatebenefratelli – Tiber Island in Rome (1994-2008), for the practical internship of doctors enrolled in the school. It was the first experiment of the Ambulatory Service of Aesthetic Medicine in a hospital, which allowed a wider social stratum of the population to have treatments at “hospital” costs, and benefit from a preventive medicine referred to those who are not at ease with themselves, because of an imperfection. It is a medicine aimed at improving life quality. In fact, Aesthetic Medicine is a medical branch, with its preventive and corrective programmes; it deals with the construction or reconstruction of the psycho-physical equilibrium of the human being.

Teaching activities

During the years 1978/79, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, he held Seminars of Aesthetic Medicine and Mesotherapy at the School of Specialization in Hydrology, climatology and thalassotherapy of Milan University (Director: Prof. Roberto Gualtierotti).

In 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87 he was adjunct Professor of Aesthetic Medicine and Thermal Cosmetology at the School of Specialization in hydrology, climatology and thalassotherapy of Milan University (Director: Prof. Roberto Gualtierotti).

In 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1999/2000, 2000/2001, 2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2005/2006 and 2006/2007, he was adjunct Professor of Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetology at the School of Specialisation in Plastic Surgery of Pavia University (Directors: Prof. Giorgio Boggio Robutti, Prof. Angela Faga).

He held Seminars on Cosmetologic Hygiene and Applied Cosmetology in 1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84, and on Aesthetic Medicine during the years from 1986/87 to 2005/06 at the Scuola triennale diretta a fini speciali per Tecnici di Cosmetologia dell'Università Cattolica di Roma (temporary Directors: Prof. Ferdinando Serri, Prof. Decio Cerimele, Prof. Pier Luigi Amerio, Prof. Giovanni d’Abramo). In 2006/07 and 2007/08, he also held Seminars on Aesthetic and Thermal Medicine for the Bachelor’s Degree in Cosmetologic Sciences and Technologies at the Catholic University of Rome (Director: Prof. Giovanni d’Abramo).

In 1996/97, 1998/99, 2000/01 and 2003/04 he held Seminars on Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetology for the Advanced Course in Aesthetic Medicine at Pavia University (Directors: Prof. Giorgio Boggio Robutti, Prof. Angela Faga).

From 2001/02 to 2007/08, he was Professor of Aesthetic Medicine at the School of Aesthetic Medicine of the Polish Medical Society, Warsaw (Director: Dr. Andrej Ignaciuck).

From 2003/04 to 2005/06, he was Professor of Aesthetic Medicine for the Master’s Degree in Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery at the Department of Biomedical Studies at the Republic of San Marino University (Director: Prof. Nicolò Scuderi).

In 2005/06, he was Professor of Aesthetic Medicine for the Master’s Degree in Aesthetic Medicine at Pavia University (Prof. Angela Faga).

From 2005/06 to 2007/08, he was Professor of Aesthetic Medicine for the Master’s Degree in Aesthetic Medicine at Siena University (Director: Prof. Carlo D'Aniello).

From 1990/91 to 2009/10, he was Director of the International School of Aesthetic Medicine of the Fatebenefratelli International Foundation, Rome.

From 1994 to 2008, he was Scientific Director of the Outpatient Service of Aesthetic Medicine at the S. Giovanni Calibita – Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Tiber Island, Rome.

He was Scientific Coordinator of the Outpatient Service of Aesthetic Medicine of the International School of Aesthetic Medicine the Fatebenefratelli International Foundation: in Milan since 1999, in Castrocaro from 2001 to 2005 and in Catanzaro since 2005.

Scientific societies – Activity and Membership

IN ITALY

President of Italian Society of Aesthetic Medicine (SIME) – Rome, since 1975.

President of Italian Society of Mesotherapy (SIM) – Rome, from 1975 to 1992.

Founding Member in 1982, Vice-President from 1994 to 2001 and Advisor from 2001 to 2005 of the Italian Society of Phlebology (SIFL) – Ferrara

ABROAD

Executive President from 1978 to 1986 and for the two-year periods (1999-2001, 2001-2003) and Honorary President from 1987 to 1998 and since 2003 of the International Union of Aesthetic Medicine (UIME) – Paris

Honorary Member of the International Society of Mesotherapy – Paris, the Belgian Society of Aesthetic Medicine – Brussels, the Argentinian Association of Aesthetic Medicine – Buenos Aires and the Spanish Society of Aesthetic Medicine – Barcelona

Scientific Consultancy Activities

In 1982, he planned and implemented the Centre of Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetology of the Castel Rundegg, Merano.

In 1984, he planned and implemented the Institute of Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetology at Terme di Saturnia.

Consultant as General Doctor at Terme di Saturnia from 1984 to 1990.

Member of the Scientific Committee at Terme di Saturnia from 1984 to 1990.

Aesthetic Medicine Consultant for RAI-TV from 1981 to 1994.

Editorial Activities

Director of the “La Medicina Estetica” scientific journal since 1976; Editrice Salus internazionale Srl, Rome.

Director of the “Il Giornale di Masoterapia” scientific journal from 1981 to 1986; Editrice Salus internazionale Srl, Rome

Member of the Editorial Committee of the “Flebolinfologia” scientific journal; Ferrara.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the “Linfologia” scientific journal; Genova.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the “Kosmetica” journal; Cosmeo Editore, Milan.

Scientific Publishing

He was the author, together with his school, of more than 350 scientific publications in the field of aesthetic medicine.

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