Crocco Named Chair of WVU Emergency Medicine

Todd J. Crocco, M.D., has been named chair of West Virginia University’s Department of Emergency Medicine, in the WVU School of Medicine.

As chair, Dr. Crocco will lead the physicians who care for patients in the emergency departments at WVU Hospitals in Morgantown and United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, and at the new WVU Urgent Care in Morgantown.  Together, WVU emergency physicians treat about 85,000 patients each year.

“It takes collaboration and teamwork for an emergency department to function well,” Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals, said.  “Dr. Crocco is uniquely qualified to lead this team.  He knows that the mission to care for patients extends beyond the walls of the E.D.”

 Todd J. Crocco, M.D.
WVU School of Medicine Dean John Prescott, M.D, himself a former chair of emergency medicine, agreed, “Being chair of emergency medicine at a major academic medical center is rewarding and also a great challenge.  I am confident that under Dr. Crocco’s leadership the department will continue to grow to meet the needs of the people of West Virginia.”

Dr. Crocco specializes in emergency care for stroke and heart patients. He is a three-time recipient of the Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty of the Year Award, and the 2002 recipient of the WVU School of Medicine Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award.

Crocco earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995, and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati/University Hospital in 1999. He joined the WVU faculty in 2001.  He served as interim chair of the emergency department since July, 2006.

He succeeds Ann S. Chinnis, M.D., who has been appointed executive director of WVU Hospitals’ Epic project, a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center’s computer system. 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
aj: 09-12-07

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