John A. Crocco earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his MD from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center. He went on to residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, completing his training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at Kings County Hospital, SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, which propelled him into an academic career.
Dr. Crocco rose through the academic ranks, first at SUNY-Downstate and then at New York Medical College. A stint with the military, where he achieved the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, punctuated his career, and he served as Chief of Professional Services for the 1208th U.S. Army Hospital for four years.
Dr. Crocco has published articles on pulmonary diseases, including landmark studies on massive hemoptysis published in 1968 and on tuberculous pericarditis in 1970. He has held leadership positions in the New York Trudeau Society, President’s Commission on Smoking and Health, the New York Lung Association, and the American College of Physicians. In 1977, he wrote the new introduction for the Classic Collector’s Edition of the iconic medical text, Gray’s Anatomy.
He has been a consulting editor for several prestigious journals and has been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the New York Academy of Medicine. In 1983, Cardinal Terrence Cooke installed him as a Knight of the Sovereign & Military Order of Malta.
He served as Chief of the Pulmonary Department and Associate Director of Medicine at St. Vincent’s for 15 years before moving to the post of Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey in 1988. During his tenure, the department made strides in resident education and developed a significantly more academic environment. He advocated for and laid the foundation for the transition to University Hospital status.
Since his retirement in 2000, he has remained active as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he has earned a Certificate of Excellence in teaching every year since 2003. In 2005, he received The Gold Humanism Honor Society Award in recognition of his exemplary service to others, his integrity, clinical excellence, and compassionate and respectful relationships with patients, families, and colleagues. Jersey Shore Medical Center presented him with the Department of Medicine 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.