Jefferson Italy Center

The Jefferson Italy Center is the culmination of decades of collaborations between Jefferson and Italy, providing a formal centralized system to identify, organize, coordinate, and promote strategic partnerships between Jefferson and Italian institutions that maximize our collective impact on individual and population health. The Center is also a catalyst for a new era in academic medicine, boosting partnerships with Italian colleges and universities, and opening doors to new possibilities such as joint research, clinical trials and grant applications for European funding agencies. Based within the cradle of the Renaissance, Italy also offers a delightful richness of art and architecture, making The Jefferson Italy Center an unparalleled destination for study away academic experiences in architecture, design and fashion.

Center Director

Ignazio R. Marino, MD, ScD

Director of Jefferson Italy Center; Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; Executive Vice President for International Innovative Strategic Ventures, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health; former Italian Senator and Mayor of Rome


  • Launch of the world’s first international sequential MD degree

    In 2018, an agreement was signed with the prestigious Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Gemelli University Hospital to offer students the first international sequential MD degree, recognized in both the U.S. and in Europe.
  • Creation of an internationally unique MS in Fashion Design Management

    Working in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, this innovative and immersive 18-month program provides industry experiences on an international level, teaching students to work within a corporate brand structure, incorporating technology and social media metrics into globalization and the brand building process.


We are honored to collaborate with these world-recognized academic partners: 

  • Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Gemelli University Hospital
  • Universitá di Bologna and Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • University of Arkansas Rome Center


Thomas Jefferson University and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome were awarded Erasmus KA 107 grants supporting student and staff international mobility in the areas of Precision Medicine and Vascular Medicine, as well as Neuroscience.