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Carlos Enrique Ottolenghi

Dr Carlos E. Ottolenghi
President of the Argentine Medical Association
1956 – 1958

Carlos Enrique Ottolenghi was born in Argentina on 1st January 1904; his father Leon had immigrated from Acqui in Italy in the 1880’s and had married Carmen Maradona, who was born in the Argentine province of San Juan  
Carlos graduated in 1926 from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires with a Diploma of Honour at the age of 22. 
In 1929 he won a scholarship to specialize for one year at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute of Bologna, Italy under Professor Vittorio Putti.

In 1936 he became a Full and Founding Member of the Argentine Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, where he was successively Secretary General, Vice President, President and Honorary Member. 

He worked at the Rawson, Piñero, Pirovano, Sanidad Policial and Churruca Hospitals. From 1926 until his death he worked continuously at the Italian Hospital where between 1944 and 1975 he was Head of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. He said: “The only merit I have is having been a hospital doctor and a university teacher”

Between 1963 and 1970 he served as Full Professor and between 1970 and 1975 he was Consulting Professor. In 1976 Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. Between 1934 and until 1940 he also performed teaching work at the Faculty of Medicine of La Plata.

He received distinctions as:
“Master Surgeon in Rioplatense Orthopaedics and Traumatology”; 
“Master of Argentine Medicine”; 
“Commander of the Order of Merit of the Government of Chile”; 
“Star of Solidarity” of the Government of Italy; 
“National Order of the Condor of the Andes” of the Government of Bolivia; 
“Order of Merit with the Degree of Commander” of the Government of Italy; 
“Order of Francisco Miranda” of the Government of Venezuela.

He was President of the Argentine Medical Association in the 1956-1958 biennium. During his tenure, teaching, ethics and medical education gained great importance. The contact between the Medical Association and the American Medical Association, which began under Romano’s presidency, intensified. During its first year, a regulation was approved for advanced courses for graduates. He was a Full Member of the National Academy of Medicine. His most widespread book is “Surgical Technique” in collaboration with Drs Christmann, Raffo and Von Grolman. 

Dr. Ottolenghi joined the Orthopaedics and Traumatology Service of the Italian Hospital in 1926, where he worked for 58 years. While he was in charge of the service he lead it to become the leading unit in the specialty. He became an honorary member of all Orthopaedic societies worldwide. His scientific publications included more than 120 works, many of which were used as teaching material for several generations of Latin American students.

His devotion to the specialty and his vision led him to create in 1970 the “Ottolenghi Foundation for the Progress of Orthopaedics and Traumatology.” Following his legacy, the Center for Teaching and Development of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (CEDOT) was inaugurated, with the primary purpose of stimulating, supporting and promoting medical-scientific research in the field of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. The creation of CEDOT reaffirms the commitment of the members of the Orthopaedics and Traumatology Service of the Italian Hospital and the Ottolenghi Foundation in pursuit of the progress of Orthopaedics and Traumatology.

Prof. Dr. Carlos Enrique Ottolenghi died on 26th July 1984

By bryanell2020

Occasional genealogist and full-time Ottolangui family historian. 8th generation descendant of the 17th century Ottolenghi family of Livorno, born in London, graduated in Birmingham, lived around the United Kingdom, Israel, and in Rome, Italy. For a short while in Buenos Aires, and currently residing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where I have been since 2005.

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