Giancarlo Piano

September 15, 1956October 8, 2020

Giancarlo Piano, MD FSVS FACS, 64, died October 8th, 2020 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Piano was surrounded by his wife and two sons at the time of his death after a brave fight against COVID-19. We lost a one-of-a-kind human, a best friend, confidant, proud father, outstanding son, and brother-in-law. He was a compassionate, caring, and skilled Vascular Surgeon who impacted the life of many people.

Giancarlo was born September 15th, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Carlo and Manuela (Mary) Piano. His father immigrated to the United States from Naples, Italy in the 1950’s and together, Mary and Carlo raised Giancarlo in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Giancarlo graduated from Saint Ignatius College Prep in 1974, a Jesuit Catholic High School whereby he made many life-long friends. He graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1978, earning a BS in Biology. He received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1981 from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Over the course of his long career he received many awards and was on surgical staff at institutions such as the University of Chicago and Mercy Medical Center. Most recently he practiced at St. Francis Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society.

A true Master Surgeon, Dr. Piano saved people’s lives on daily basis, increasing the quality of life for his many patients. He was a mentor and teacher to countless surgical residents and medical students, who will always remember his burning passion, incredible work ethic and surgical skill. Above all though, his colleagues, mentors, and mentees will always remember him as a genuine, kind, honest, fun, and respectful person.

He married the love of his life, Mariann Piano, on December 4th, 1982. They raised their two sons Gian Michael and Matthew in Oak Park, Illinois surrounded by a wonderful community of friends and family. He was an incredible husband and father – the joy of his family and friends. His personality was absolutely infectious, accompanied by his great laugh and amazing smile. He loved to read and educate himself on a wide variety of interesting topics, to which he was known for then sharing with others. He was a gifted storyteller, regularly expressing emotions with his hands.

He often used a quote from the movie Gladiator – “what we do in life, echoes into eternity” – this is a true testament to the way he lived his life. We will love him forever and miss him forever. He was a man of faith, hope and love and he will live on forever in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Giancarlo is survived by his wife Mariann Piano, his two sons Gian Michael Piano and Matthew Piano. He leaves behind two beloved future daughter-in-law’s Molly and Giulia, brother-in-law Walter and RoAnne Rebenson, mother-in-law Irene Rebenson and several cousins on his mother’s side in the Cutrara Family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Dr. Giancarlo Piano to the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund in recognition of the many dedicated nurses that cared for him. Online link to donate: Under “special instructions,” please include “In honor of Dr. Giancarlo Piano.

Due to COVID-19 requirements, a private and closed memorial/mass service will be held at Christ the King church: 3001 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212 on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10:00am central time.

Please visit the link below to view the live-stream.


  • Due to COVID19 restrictions, a private and closed in person service will be held. Please join us via live-stream at 10:00am central time.

    Friday, October 23, 2020



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Rohit Bhave

May 24, 2021

Dr piano was a gifted educator. I missed the ribbing he gave me over the notre dame Michigan game. He helped me become a full fledged Doctor and his passing was way too soon. May he Rest In Peace

Ann Caruso

February 14, 2021

John and his Mom and Dad lived at the end of my block in Bridgeport. What a great family and a great person. I was always so proud of him that he became a Doctor. I was lucky to be a guest at his Wedding and unfortunately just found out about his passing in St. Jerome's Bulletin. My deepest sympathy to his wife and sons. The world lost one very special, kind, genuine man.

Gingie Ellis

December 21, 2020

Sending my deepest condolences to the Piano family. I worked for the great Dr. Piano at his downtown Chicago office for 4 years. He was so kind and generous. He always offered great insight on life. He was very passionate about his patients and would go above and beyond for them. It saddens me to hear about his passing. He loved his career but most importantly he absolutely loved his family. I hope God continues to fill your heart with peace knowing that he accomplished his mission of serving others. Job well done Dr. Piano!

Gingie Ellis

Carolyn Jarvis

December 9, 2020

Dear Mariann, I am so sorry to learn of this very tragic death of your precious husband. I cannot imagine what you are living through. I am praying for you to get through each day. His life story shows how deeply loved Gian was by his family, friends, and legions of patients. If you have a favorite recipient, please let me know so that I can make a donation in his honor. I will continue to pray for strength for you and your dear children. Carolyn Jarvis

Charles Kania

December 2, 2020

Thanks Doc for helping me through a very difficult time in my life. You are a wonderful human and will be greatly missed.

Mehra Golshan

November 22, 2020

Dear Piano family,
I was one of Dr. Piano's residents in Chicago. He was a master surgeon, mentor, and leader. It was a privilege to work for him and learn from such an amazing physician. He always spoke about his family and cared deeply about his patients. I am so sorry for your loss. He touched the lives of thousands.
Take care

Mehra Golshan MD MBA

George and Charlene Locasto

November 15, 2020

Daer Mariann, Mike and Matt:

Heartfelt sadness for your loss. We are lifted by the kind smile, sense of humor, and genuineness that Giancarlo always had when we saw him. We mentioned his passing to our son Michael a week ago and he summed it up well, "What a great guy".
God Bless you.

George and Charlene Locasto

Mary Kapella

November 2, 2020

Dear Mariann,
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Giancarlo. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Mary Kapella

Shu-Fen Wung

October 24, 2020

My deepest condolence for your great loss. I was fortunate to have met Gian. Even though it was a while ago, I still remember his warmth and smile. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Shu-Fen

Sarah Langsdon and Adam Albrecht

October 24, 2020

Sarah and I were very sad to hear about Dr. Piano. I remember last year at thanksgiving Sarah, who was then a first year surgery resident, loved talking to Dr. Piano. She loves talking to veteran surgeons and talks their ears off. Even months afterward she would remark how much she enjoyed taking to him.

Piano family — we love you all and we are so sorry for this loss.