Frank J. Travisano, MD.
May 29, 1937 – January 4, 2020
Dr. Frank J. Travisano, 82, of Mechanicsburg, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 4, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born on May 29, 1937 in Newark, NJ to the late Charles and Madeline (Buccino) Travisano. He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and was awarded a track scholarship to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Following his graduation from Johns Hopkins, Frank earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed subspecialty training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, training under heart-bypass surgery pioneer Dr. Rene Favaloro, and coauthoring “Treatment of Infected Sternal Wound,” published in Cleveland Clinic Quarterly. After serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, Frank moved to Harrisburg, PA to enter medical practice. It was over a gurney at Harrisburg Hospital that he met nurse Patricia “Patti” Krasevic, who was the love of his life.
At Harrisburg Hospital, Dr. Travisano was Chief of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill and held consulting surgical appointments at a number of hospitals throughout the greater Harrisburg area. Additionally, Dr. Travisano was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University and a founding partner of the Capital Area Cardiovascular Surgical Institute. He was also available to pop in a son’s dislocated kneecap, stitch up a son’s thumb, or remove a daughter in law’s stitches whenever the need arose. Frank enjoyed flying his twin engine Cessna, skiing in Deer Valley, Utah, wintering in Naples, FL , working with Patti to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle and playing golf with friends whenever there was an opportunity. He loved old musicals (Oklahoma!), Penn State football, the New York Yankees, watching movies and listening to Frank Sinatra.
He is survived by Patti Travisano, his loving wife of 50 years; son Frank and grandchildren Frank and Lola of Thornwood, NY; son Michael, wife Aimee and grandson Jack of Mechanicsburg, PA; brother Charles and wife Mary Ann of Langhorne, PA; two nephews, several great nephews, great nieces and numerous cousins.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Neill Funeral Home, 3401 Market Street, Camp Hill, followed by a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4250 Crums Mill Road, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17112 or the American Lung Association, 3001 Gettysburg Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
- Patricia "Patti" Travisano, Spouse
- Michael Travisano (Aimee), Son
- Frank Travisano, Son
- Charles Travisano (Mary Ann), Brother
- Grandchildren; Frank, Lola and Jack
American Heart Associtation
4250 Crums Mill Rd Suite # 100 , Harrisburg, PA 17112
American Lung Association
3001 Gettysburg Rd., Camp Hill, pA 17011
- Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
- Celebration of Life Friday, January 10, 2020
Frank J. Travisano, MD.
January 8, 2020
Patti, You were the first upper class mate to greet me at Brady Hall as I began my nursing education at the Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing which led to a life long friendship between you and Frank and Tom and I.
Whether casual dinners, or fabulous trips to Italy to eat and ski and skiing out west we always had great times and so many wonderful memories.
Sharing all the memories with us were Carol and Jim Rich. We were 6 friends who loved travel, fine dining and good times.
Never forget the Vestal virgins in Italy and Tom getting us lost in whatever country we were in, which always added extra miles to our journeys and Frank and I yelling at Tom!!!!
I often think about the Cipriano in Venice and how we loved our rooms there, especially our bathtubs!
We loved Harry’s Bar and I still have my ashtray which they gave me rather than stealing it.
We will never forget meeting Franks’ colleague in Naples who he had trained with at the Cleveland Clinic. He treated us to a fabulous dinner and wine and an unbelievable dessert, a trifle filled with fresh fruit, cake and soaked in vodka or rum, I can’t remember which.
When I think back to Italy we cannot forget the cab driver who practically kidnapped us.
We are sending love to you and your family,
Sheron and Tom
Geoffrey & Susan Lefferts
January 8, 2020
Meeting Frank while standing in an orientation line 50 years ago as new residents at the Cleveland Clinic I (Geoff) was immediately taken by his friendly, magnetic personality and engaging smile. Upon his recommendation, my wife(Susan) & I moved to the apartment right down the hall from them and we've been friends with Frank & Pat ever since. Over the past several years we have had the fortune to visit with them often in Naples at their beautiful winter home and to share their delicious Christmas lasagna as well as other wonderful times. Frank's engaging personality warmed our hearts and kept us laughing as he recalled numerous memories of his and Pat's life together. Pat truly was and from heaven, still is, the love of his life . We will remember Frank permanently, each time with great pleasure that we were blessed to know him.
With heartfelt sympathy to Pat and the rest of his family, Geoffrey & Susan Lefferts
Rosemary Ruggieri Baer
January 7, 2020
Dr. Frank saved my father's life back in 1981. His surgical skill was extraordinary. We were always so grateful to have "Pop" with us another 15 years.
Rest in peace.
January 6, 2020
DEAR TRAVISANO FAMILY ,
I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS . HE WAS A GREAT HEART DOCIOR . HE TOOK CARE OF MY FATHER DURING HIS HEART SURGERY . HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THE PEOPLE HE WORKED WITH AT THE OFFICE AND HOSPITAL . THE KNULL FAMILY !
January 6, 2020
Sorry to hear about Frank's passing. He was a great mentor when I was a young surgeon joining the practice. I will always remember our conversations. He was incredibly proud of his family.