Ignazio Marino was born in Genoa the 10th of March 1955. In 1969 he moved to Rome where he finished his high school classes. In 1979 he graduated, with highest distinction, in Medicine and Surgery at the University Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome.
From 1980 to 1990 he worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Chirurgical Pathology of the Policlinico Gemelli.
During the same period of time he studied techniques of liver transplantation with the pioneer of this techniques, Sir Roy Y. Calne and Thomas E. Starzl, and worked for 4 years in the two most prestigious transplant centers of the world: Transplant Center of the University of Cambridge in United Kingdom and the Pittsburgh Transplantation Institute in the United States.
In the 90’s he was appointed Associate Director of the National Liver Transplant Center of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Pittsburgh, the only organ transplant Department of the Government of the United States. He was also appointed director and CEO of the Ismett Center (the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Therapies) he founded in Palermo, Sicily.
In November 2002 Marino was appointed Professor of Surgery at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he became also head of the organ transplantation Unit.
Marino has also been member and a co-founder of many scientific associations and has received national and international awards for his contribution to the medical science.
He is the author of more than 680 publications and has authored several books.
Marino has performed over 650 transplants and, in 2001, performed the first organ transplant in Italy on a HIV infected person. Before that in Italy, a person affected by HIV would have never had the hope to be in the national health system’s waiting list for transplantation. Since then, and after a national debate upon the question, it has become a right.
In 2006 he was elected senator and became Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health.
Reelected in the Senate in 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Investigative Committee on the National Health Care System.
During his mandate he pursued a major investigation upon the judicial psychiatric hospitals, whose effects contributed to their closure. These hospitals were real criminal mental hospitals where the hygienic conditions were inadequate and unacceptable.
In 2009 Marino decided to run as a candidate for the Democratic Party leadership election in October. He arrived third in the election, winning 14% of the votes.
In 2013 he won the primary election of the center left coalition becoming the center-left candidate for Rome mayor. At the ballot against the outgoing Mayor, Gianni Alemanno, he won with 64% of the votes. He officially took office, becoming Mayor of Rome, the 12th of June 2013.