Ed Iannuccilli, a retired gastroenterologist, has had extensive experience in academics, management, governance and entrepreneurial endeavors. Former Chairman of the Board at Rhode Island Hospital, he was a Clinical Professor Emeritus at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. As a founding father of Ocean State Physicians Health Plan (United Health Care), he became the third chairman of its Board.

Dr. Ed is the author of the popular memoir, “Growing up Italian; Grandfather’s Fig Tree and Other Stories.” The success of his book has resulted in invitations to speak in the United States and around the world of his heritage and of the Italian immigration. Watch for his second book in the spring of 2010.

And now, becoming equally popular is his blog site,



23 Comments on “About”

  1. Charlie Riotto Says:


    Great picture! I always knew you were a “ladies man” but why all the girls in this shot. Was this a class picture?

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Let’s try to get together for dinner and share stories of Italy this winter.


  2. Joe Rainone Says:

    Going to the beach stirred up fond memories of Summers of years past. My dad had a small trucking business and on Saturdays we would clean it out, wash it down and set it up for the trip to the beach on Sunday. We would pick up all our relatives from Grandparents to Grandchildren, Aunts, Uncles and Friends and head off to Olivo’s with as many as 20 or more in the back of the truck sitting on folding chairs (seatbelts were not even a vision) the elders used their forearms to protect the young ones from any quick stops. I remember it being $1.00 to get in to Olivos but my dad had to pay $2.00 because we had a truck with so many people packed inside. We would arrive early in the morning and leave late at night, the ocean, food, games and family spirit will never be forgotten, thanks for the memory reminder

    • Joe, this is a wonderful story and among so many that I have heard. I guess the best part of recording my stories is to see that I have stirred so many memories. I wish you would write this story in a bit more detail, send it to me for editing, and I will publish it on my blog with you as the guest writer. What do you think?

  3. Dear Dr. Iannuccilli,

    Thank you for your recent note, and thanks even more for including us in your blogroll. We’ll be delighted to reciprocate. You have a lovely blog.

    I would add a restaurant to your collection of Roman favorites: Crisiciotti nel Boschetto is a little trattoria, two or three short blocks from San Pietro in Vincoli.

    Apart from serving excellent Roman cuisine at agreeable prices, they have a mushroom cave in the restaurant’s basement, and often serve specials featuring their home-grown porcini.

    Again, compliments on your blog, we look forward to your future writings.

    Best regards,
    Skip Lombardi

    • Thank you, Skip. Now I must return to Rome, away from the snow and to the restaurants. We must have passed that restaurant many times as we stayed in a hotel just across the street from San Pietro in Vincoli. Yikes…a musroom cave!
      Tante belle cose e buongusto!
      Dr. Ed

  4. Dear Dr. Iannuccilli, what a wonderful way to express the love we have for our ancestors. My Dad came from Roccamonfina, his name was Angelo Gallo. He told me of the mountain he lived on, the wonderful chestnut trees, the way the olive trees grew on the side of the mountain, leaning outward like an outstretched arm. He told me about his mother walking down the mountain to a common area to wash clothes, and his father leading donkeys up and down the mountain with fruit and vegetables. He was so happy to come to America. He loved this country so much. He became a barber and did some amateur boxing. He supported his entire family, and although he was married, he gave his pay to his father. The respect and love for family was so great then. And yes, he ALWAYS wore a shirt and tie, EVEN WHILE RELAXING IN THE YARD. Thank you for this opportunity. Sincerely (former patient) Jean

  5. Thanks for this great website. I love the stories. The hemmorhoids story was hysterical! I also have grown up Italian. My grandparents where from Italy and cam to america through Ellis Island and I grew up with great food, love and laughter and much time in the kitchen and at the dinner table enjoying grandmas amazing food! I helped her a lot in the kitchen when I was a kid, helped stir the sauce, helped make the meatballs and braciole. I learned a lot along the way. I have spent a lot of time trying to keep my Italian grandmothers traditions and recipes going on into the next generations. I have created this Italian Recipes Website in an effort to share with others how to cook like grandma did. There is nothing quite like a home that has had a good pot of sauce cooking all day in it. Wonderful! Anyway, thanks for the stories about growing up Italian and keep them coming. I am going to link you on my site.

    Mangiare, ottenere grandi! (Eat, Get Big!)


  6. …and so worth the effort! 🙂

    Forget not and keep it going.


  7. Love your blog and love to cook, so I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I sure do appreciate the encouragement.


  8. George Says:

    Hey, This is a wonderful blog! Would you be interested in being a guest for Onetravel? Please let me know and we can set something up.

  9. Hello, Ed

    Great blog. Have you seen the site I run at http://www.scordo.com ?


  10. Janet Noke Says:

    Trying to reach you to inquire about having you as a speaker at our East Greenwich Leisure Learning group in April. No response yet to telephone voicemail. Also Classical graduate.

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