VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, who treated Pope John Paul II during his long battle with Parkinson's disease, has retired from the post of personal physician to the pontiff.
The Vatican said Monday that his successor is 55-year-old Dr. Patrizio Polisca. Polisca has been Buzzonetti's assistant and accompanied the doctor on recent trips by Pope Benedeict XVI to Africa and the Holy Land.
The 84-year-old Buzzonetti served four popes starting with Pope Paul VI.
He was coauthor of a book, with John Paul's longtime private secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, on John Paul's suffering and how he dealt with his infirmity. He signed the pope's death certificate.
The theme of John Paul's suffering has been made part of the case to promote his beatification.