Salvatore J. LoCoco, MD
Dr. LoCoco completed his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Dallas Constantine College of Liberal Arts. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in both Lubbock and El Paso, TX. He completed both his internship and residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX and his fellowship in gynecological oncology at the University of Toronto including 18 months of gynecological oncology surgical services at various hospitals.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. LoCoco served as Assistant Medical Director at Harris Methodist Hospice Program and as Medical Director at Family Service Hospice, DFW Preferred Choice Hospice, Community Hospice and Home Hospice of North Texas in Texas. He also worked at Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultants of the Southwest, PA, Texas Cancer Associates, Oncare Texas Inc., Texas Health Care PLLC and North Texas Affiliated Medical Group. Most recently, before moving to Peoria in 2009, Dr. LoCoco was the Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center University of North Texas Physician Group.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
Dr. LoCoco is married and his wife is a teacher. They have five children: three sons, ages 27, 24 and 24, all in colleges and two daughters, ages 18 and 15.
Hobbies / Interests:
He enjoys running and spending time with family.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
Both technology and the constant challenge of figuring out a way to serve all people diagnosed with cancer regardless of their means to ensure no one falls through the cracks.
Why did you choose your field?
During my rotation in gynecology oncology, I found working with cancer patients a good fit by combining my interests in patient continuity, surgery, chemotherapy and end of life care. I found it both rewarding and challenging.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
It was a great opportunity to combine my work as a gynecological oncologist with the opportunity to become the department chair at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and take on the administrative challenges of that position. Also, I wanted to serve a region that is underserved in gynecology oncology specifically.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
Smile, have hope and remain optimistic.