Dr. Frank Anthony Faraino, a retired Baltimore thoracic and vascular surgeon whose career spanned more than four decades and who performed the first pacemaker implantation in Maryland, died Saturday of renal failure at his Timonium home.
He was 90.
The son of an immigrant Italian shoemaker from Cefalu and a homemaker, Dr. Faraino was born in an Edmondson Avenue home, where he was also raised.
After graduating from City College in 1939, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1943 from what is now Loyola University Maryland.
Dr. Faraino earned his medical degree in 1947 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed additional medical training at the University of Maryland, Mercy Medical Center and what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
He enlisted in the Air Force and served as chief of thoracic surgery at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, from 1954 to 1956.
After leaving the service with the rank of captain, Dr. Faraino returned to Baltimore and went into private practice, establishing an office in the Medical Arts Building on Cathedral Street.
During his 40-year career, Dr. Faraino had been chief of thoracic and vascular surgery at seven area hospitals and had been on the staff of nine Baltimore-area hospitals. He also served as president of the staff at Mercy Medical Center from 1969 to 1971.
In 1961, Dr. Faraino performed the first pacemaker implantation in Maryland at Mercy Medical Center.
"He was a pacemaker expert," said Dr. Hilary T. O'Herlihy, a cardiologist who got to know Dr. Faraino when the two worked together at North Arundel Hospital in 1965.
"Frank was an excellent board-certified surgeon. We used to meet Saturday mornings to put in a couple of pacemakers. In those days, you needed a cardiologist and a surgeon to do pacemaker surgery," said Dr. O'Herlihy. "And then we would go out and have lunch at a restaurant."
Dr. Faraino also taught the staff.
"He was very popular," said Dr. O'Herlihy. "He was Italian and a very competent guy and people liked him. He was cool, calm and not excitable."
Dr. Faraino was a member of the American College of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgery, American Medical Association, and MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society.
After his 1993 retirement, Dr. Faraino established the Italian American Physicians, which promoted the accomplishments of Italian-American physicians, both in practice and research.
"Distinguished physicians such as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland were guest lecturers," said a daughter, Marianita Stevens of Cary, N.C.
Dr. Faraino was also an active member of the National Italian American Foundation and the Sons of Italy.
He enjoyed studying Italian and traveling to Italy, and was also an avid gardener.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville.
In addition to his daughter, Dr. Faraino is survived by two sons, Jerry Faraino of Birmingham, Ala., and Michael Faraino of Virginia Beach, Va.; two other daughters, Donna Faraino McCarthy of Timonium and Julie Stephens of Concord, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren. His marriage to the former Nadine Banachowski ended in divorce.