Mario Socolinsky, a pediatrician who gained popularity for his TV programs, died June 26 of pneumonia in San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina. He was 65.
A native of Buenos Aires, Socolinsky launched “La salud de nuestros hijos” (The Health of Our Children) in 1977 on Canal 9. He hosted that and similar programs over the following 40 years, including most recently a family health show on a feevee in San Salvador.
Doctor Mario, as he was called, gained a following for his clear voice and ease with children and parents.
An investigation by news program “Punto.doc” in 2003 on America TV, however, uncovered that some guests posing as doctors paid to appear on Socolinsky’s program, then airing on pubcaster Canal 7. Socolinsky denied the accusations but the program was axed and the host moved to cable channels without regaining his previous stature.