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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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.

Mary Albrecht

October 23, 2020

To the Piano family, I extend my heartful sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief. I was honored to spend the past few Thanksgiving Holidays with Giancarlo and his love for coffee and mescal negronis.

Riposare in Pace

Nickie Maxson

October 23, 2020

Rest In Peace Gian. My prayers are still with your soul along with your family and all that loved you. Love from all the Maxson’s (Carmela Oliva’s family).

Carolyn Dickens

October 23, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss.
Carolyn Dickens

Lauren Langenmayr

October 23, 2020

Mariann, Mike & Matt,

I can' t begin to tell you how heartbroken I am about Gian. He was such a wonderful guy and will be missed so much. Whenever our families would get together, Gian made a point to always chat with me and ask me about what I was up to.... whether it be school, or sports, or life in general. He was genuinely interested and so sweet to me! I know my brother Danny always had so much fun at the Piano household, as did I! We love you guys and our hearts are with you during this difficult time.

All of our love,

Lauren, Dave & Milo

Lisa Hopp

October 23, 2020

Mar, Mike and Matt

It's been so hard to process losing Gian, I can only imagine how this has been for you. I feel so fortunate to know you all and to have gotten to know Gian when Mariann and I plodded our way through graduate school. As so many have said, he was intensely curious, passionate about his family and was a gifted surgeon. My thoughts have been with you all.

Lots of Love

Lorna Finnegan

October 23, 2020

Dear Mariann and family,
My heart goes out to you and your family. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.

Tracy Conn

October 22, 2020

Dear Mariann, Matt and Mike,
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. You were blessed with a great Dad and husband. He spoke about his boys and their accomplishments, so proud! He always had a picture to share and a story about his boys. He was amazed with Mariann and her strength to be able to juggle all that came her way. We hairdressers hear all details.,He also shared his recipes of what he was cooking On his grill and workouts during his haircuts. He never complained and was grateful for what he had. He always said it’s all good, with a BIG smile. Animal lover and friend, father and husband. He will truly be missed. Hugs and prayers 🙏love ya Tracy conn and Terry Ziomek

Megan Monroy

October 22, 2020

Gian was such a loving son, father, husband and doctor. He will be greatly missed for his laughter, compassion, and willingness to help others. I wish his family peace and strength to heal over this devastating loss. God Bless the Piano family!


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