Louis F. Scaramella, MD
Dr. Louis F. Scaramella came
to the United
in 1947 after completing his medical degree at
in his native Italy.
He began his career as a family
Chicago, but developed an
interest in Otolaryngology during his service in the
US Army Medical Corps in the 1950’s. After his
discharge from the Army, Dr. Scaramella did a
residency in Otolaryngology at the Hines VA, under
the supervision of Dr. Francis Lederer who headed
the UIC Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck
Surgery and chaired the residency program at Hines.
On completion of his residency, Dr. Scaramella began
to build what is now a thriving private practice in
the southwest suburbs of
Chicago. His philosophy of
“if you are
kind to people, you will get back what you give”–
is evident in his service to his patients, to
his community, and to his alma mater.
Dr. Scaramella has been a UIC faculty member since
1960. He was a regular participant in the weekly
tumor teaching session with Dr. Burton Soboroff.
In July 1960, he also was assigned to the
teaching faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology
– Head &
Neck Surgery at
Hines Veterans Hospital
in the section of Otology.
In this capacity, he worked closely with Dr.
Richard Buckingham, an excellent teacher and Master
Otologist from July 1960 through July 1994.
He learned and taught otology surgery and
developed a keen interest in the surgical treatment
of traumatic facial nerve paralysis.
1993, he organized the first Golf Outing at the
Prestwick Country Club to benefit UIC’s
and Neck Surgery resident research program. He hoped
to have 40 participants; 80 people teed off.
The annual event continues with great
Scaramella was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Illinois
at Chicago College of Medicine by the Chicago
Medical Alumni Association in 2001.
Family is an important part of Dr. Scaramella’s
life. He met his wife Nina when his ship first
docked in New York (“I saw a beautiful girl standing
there,” Dr. Scaramella reminisced). They were
married in 1948 and settled in Chicago. They currently
have 5 children and 11 grandchildren, and are
eagerly anticipating another generation in the near
Daughter Cheryl is a lawyer, Valerie a psychologist,
and Linda is an audiologist working in her father’s
practice. Son Gene is a professor of law enforcement
at Western Illinois University,
and John is a family practitioner.
The continued success and popularity of the Golf
Outing is due in large part to Dr. Scaramella’s
drive and enthusiasm. The UIC Department of
Otolaryngology thanks him for his many years of
service on our faculty and his significant
contributions to the Department by naming this
annual event in his honor.