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Gennaro Tisi Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Tisi, Gennaro M.
    Title: Gennaro Tisi Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1964 - 1988
    Extent: 23.20 linear feet (58 archives boxes)
    Abstract: Papers of Gennaro M. Tisi, noted clinical and research specialist in the area of pulmonary medicine and a founding member of the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. Author of over 100 original articles, chapters, and abstracts, Tisi's research interests included the staging of lung cancer, medical-pulmonary education, pulmonary physiology and mechanics, and clinical research in pulmonary disease. Arranged into six series, the collection contains research notes, correspondence, manuscripts, administrative memos, committee agendas and minutes, and photographs documenting Tisi's professional life from 1964 to his death in 1988.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0153
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Gennaro Tisi Papers, MSS 0153. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.


    Gennaro Michael Tisi (September 26, 1935-February 18, 1988), was a pulmonary specialist, both as a clinician and teacher. He earned a B.S. in chemistry, biology, and philosophy from Fordham University in 1956 and a M.D. from Georgetown University Medical School in 1960. He was a founding member of UCSD's medical school, where he worked from 1968 until his death in 1988 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 52.
    Tisi was appointed to UCSD's medical faculty following eight years of post-graduate training with the U.S. Navy, Georgetown University Hospital, and University of California, San Francisco. At UCSD he was a professor of medicine as well as the Director of the Pulmonary Physiology Laboratory at UCSD's University Hospital. In addition, he was a consultant in pulmonary disease at various U.S. Navy hospitals. Tisi was a chief of the Pulmonary Section of the San Diego Veteran Hospital and, later, Director of Clinical and Education Services in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the UCSD Medical Center.
    His book PULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY IN CLINICAL MEDICINE (1980) was considered by some to be a standard text in the field. A second edition was published in 1983. He co-edited CLINICAL TOPICS IN INTERNAL MEDICINE (1982) and co-authored NEOPLASMS OF THE LUNG (1975-1976).
    Tisi's professional activities included his role as president of the California Chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians (1979-1980) and service on committees of the American Thoracic Society. He was on the editorial boards of the journals PULMONARY PERSPECITVES OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS, RESPIRATORY DISORDERS: DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT, and CHEST, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS. Among his honors, Tisi was voted by UCSD medical students to be the recipient of the UCSD/Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award three times.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, photographs, research notes, original manuscripts, reprints, calculations, and editorial works documenting Tisi's career as a pulmonary specialist and academic from 1965-1988. The collection is arranged in six series: 1. Biographical Materials; 2. Research; 3. Subject Files; 4. U.C.S.D. Teaching Materials; 5. Organizations; and 6. Correspondence.
    This series consists of appointment books, curriculum vitae, certificates, photographs, and correspondence that document Tisi's career at UCSD.
    The RESEARCH series is the largest of the six series in this collection. It is arranged into two subseries: 2A. Writings and 2B. Grant Proposals. The Writings subseries contains the bulk of the material in this series; it is comprised of abstracts, correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and reprints of Tisi's work. This subseries is arranged chronologically and includes some writtings of others.
    The second subseries, Grant Proposals, is arranged alphabetically by grant title. It consists of correspondence, grant applications, notes, proposals, and data from research conducted by Tisi and other UCSD faculty.
    This series is arranged into three subseries: 3A. Miscellaneous, 3B. Medical References, and 3C. Pulmonary Perspectives. The first of these subseries contains files of correspondence and documents regarding miscellaneous subjects such as Tisi's Tantalum Studies conducted from 1973-1982, a Human Investigations file with several notebooks of research, and information on visting professors.
    Subseries 3B. Medical References contains Tisi's personal reference files and is arranged alphabetically by medical subject. This subseries includes reprints, book chapters, and his own notes.
    The third subseries, Pulmonary Perspectives, is arranged chronologically and contains material regarding Tisi's editorial involvemnet with the journal PULMONARY PERSPECTIVES from 1983-1986.
    This series consists of correspondence, lecture notes, directories, slides, faculty and student information and Tisi's teaching materials while at the USCD School of Medicine and the University Hospital. This series contains two subseries: 4A. Correspondence and 4B. Subject Files.
    The correspondence in the first subseries is arranged by subject and includes departmental and interdepartmental correspondence regarding meetings, programs, and reviews.
    The bulk of subseries 4B. Subject Files contains lecture notes and syllabi from Medical and Pulmonary courses taught by Tisi at UCSD from 1978-1988. This subseries also includes various staff and faculty directories and professorial evaluations.
    This series is arranged into three subseries: 3A. Meetings, 3B. Committees, and 3C. Societies. The first subseries is arranged chronologically and contains correspondence, lecture notes, brochures, and notes concerning meetings and conferences that Tisi attended and, in some cases, lectured at as an invited speaker.
    The second subseries consists of documents on various committees both professional and academic that Tisi served on from 1981-1987. The files are arranged alphabeticallly by committee name and include the Core Curriculum Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee.
    The third subseries, Societies, contains material pertaining to professional organizations in which Tisi was an active member. The files in this series are arranged alphabetically by the name of the society or organization and include the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians.
    This series contains two subseries: 6A. General Incoming Correspondence and 6B. Outgoing Correspondence. Subseries 6A. is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
    The Outgoing Correspondence subseries is arranged chronologically and contains material from June 1982-1987. Most of the correspondence in this subseries was sent under Tisi's signature; however, in his absence, some material was signed by his administrative staff.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Tisi, Gennaro M. -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. -- School of Medicine -- Curricula
    University of California, San Diego. -- School of Medicine -- History -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. -- School of Medicine -- Faculty -- Archives
    Pulmonary perspectives -- 1983-1986
    Medicine -- Study and teaching
    Lungs -- Diseases -- Diagnoses
    Lungs -- Cancer
    Pulmonary function tests


    Tisi, Gennaro M. -- Clinical pulmonary function testing
    Tisi, Gennaro M. -- Pulmonary Physiology in Clinical Medicine
    Tisi, Gennaro M. -- Pulmonary function testing